Ketchup Substitutes

Ketchup Substitutes

This article provides an overview of Ketchup, what it tastes like, its availability, alternative names, and of course what other ingredients make for great Ketchup substitutes.

What is Ketchup?

Ketchup is a table condiment commonly used with fried foods such as french fries and hot dogs. It is made from tomatoes, vinegar, sugar, and spices; however, it was originally made with mushrooms in the United Kingdom, until the United States adopted the widely popular tomato version.

The leading brand in the United Kingdom and the United States is Heinz, however, there are many alternative brands available worldwide.

What does Ketchup taste like?

Ketchup has a sweet, vinegary, and slightly tomatoey taste. There are variations that have a much stronger tomato presence, which often passes as ‘fancy ketchup,’ however, the most popular kinds have a balance of sweetness and sharp acidity.

Is Ketchup readily available in Supermarkets?

Ketchup is readily available across supermarkets in many different brands. Often stores have their own version as well as options such as reduced sugar and bulk buys. Ketchup should be found with other condiments, such as mustard.

What are some alternative names for Ketchup?

Ketchup is commonly known as tomato sauce, especially in the United Kingdom. In the United States, it is often referred to as tomato ketchup or sometimes catsup.

What is a good substitute for Ketchup in recipes?

Luckily, there are a number of great substitutes for ketchup. These include:

  • Tomato paste mixed with honey or maple syrup is the best substitute for ketchup in a cooked dish
  • Dipping sauce substitutes include:
    • Relish
    • Chutney
    • Pico de Gallo (extremely healthy as it contains zero added sugar)
    • Salsa (a healthier substitute as it generally contains less sugar)
    • Ranch Dressing
    • Mayonaise
    • Aioli
    • Brown Sauce
    • Mustard, such as Yellow Mustard, Dijon Mustard, Honey Mustard, or Hot English Mustard
    • BBQ Sauce