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Paleo Tomato Ketchup Recipe

Louise | June 1
Paleo Tomato Ketchup Recipe #paleo

Grilling season is upon us, and with that, you’re going to need a paleo tomato ketchup recipe handy. Gone are the days when your bunless paleo burger was without your condiment of choice.

Is Ketchup Paleo?

Ketchup is just tomatoes right? Isn’t that paleo? Well, if you were talking an innocent mix of tomatoes, spices, and vinegar, you’d probably be OK.

It’s much more likely, however, that the familiar squeeze bottle you’re so accustomed to picking up out of your fridge has some decidedly non-paleo ingredients inside.

Read your labels, and you’ll probably see corn syrup and high-fructose corn syrup. Apparently, one form wasn’t enough. Anyway, commercial ketchup is a sugar bomb that’s best avoided.

How to Make Ketchup Paleo

Well, the short answer is not to include a bunch of sugar and corn syrup.

In its best form, ketchup is a straightforward sauce to make. You don’t need much. This recipe only calls for tomatoes, oregano, vinegar, salt, pepper, and my surprise twist – star anise.

Star anise is an aptly named spice that has a licorice-like taste that pairs well with tomato.

Paleo Dishes that Call for Ketchup

Not to state the obvious, but burgers are a must for this paleo tomato ketchup recipe. Try these vegged-up paleo beef burgers or these mini-burgers.

Paleo Tomato Ketchup Recipe #paleo

Paleo Tomato Ketchup Recipe #paleo

Paleo Tomato Ketchup Recipe

  • Author: Louise Hendon
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings (2 Tablespoons per serving) 1x
  • Category: Condiment
  • Cuisine: Chinese



  1. Pour the tomatoes into a pan. Add a can of water, the oregano, and the star anise to the pan.
  2. Bring the mixture to a simmer over very low heat for 1 hour. Remove from heat and stir in vinegar.
  3. Remove the star anise. Season salt and pepper to taste. Allow to cool.
  4. Blend the mixture to a smooth sauce in a food processor or blender.
  5. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for no more than 4 days.


All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.


  • Calories: 9
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 0 g