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Low sodium ketchup

Updated: Jul 3, 2022

A tangy, low sodium, and kid friendly alternative to store bought ketchup. However, if you can eat potassium (in the form of potassium chloride), then Heinz makes a great salt-free ketchup that tastes close to its signature ketchup. I usually don't like sauces made with potassium chloride because they leave a bitter aftertaste, but it works in the ketchup because it's sweet.

Servings: Makes 3 cups

Sodium: 2 mg per tablespoon

Time: 1 1/2 hours


One 15-ounce can tomato sauce with no salt added

2 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp dry mustard powder

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1/4 tsp ground ginger

pinch cayenne pepper

2 tsp white sugar

1 tablespoon brown sugar (light or dark is fine)

1 tsp molasses

1 tsp honey

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup water

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Combine all ingredients EXCEPT the unsalted butter in a small saucepan. Simmer covered over medium heat until the mixture starts to bubble. Remove the lid and simmer over low heat until the sauce thickens, stirring regularly. This takes about an hour. Stir in the unsalted butter once the ketchup is done cooking, and let cool before refrigerating. Keeps at least 2 weeks in the refrigerator and tastes better after it sits for a few days.


-Using white sugar, brown sugar, molasses, and honey give the ketchup a more complex flavor but you can substitute any one of the sweeteners for another.

-You can substitute 4 cloves of fresh minced garlic and about a cup of diced onions for the garlic and onion powder. To do this, sauté the garlic and onion in a little oil until soft before adding the remainder of the ingredients and then blend to make the ketchup smooth.

-Sodium in no salt added tomato sauces can vary so make sure you check the labels. The Kroger brand sauce I used has 70 mg of sodium in a 15 ounce can, while other salt free brands can have twice as much sodium.

-This really is kid friendly. My toddler loves this ketchup so much she would eat it by the spoonful if I let her!

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