Happiness is homemade, and so is my ketchup.
Ever since I have graduated the art of making my ketchup, my family has not gone back to the store-bought ones, and this one is no exception. But there is a sweet difference. It is made with strawberries; the ripened, the better.

During this time of the year, when we have an excess supply of these bounties, I often make them in large batches, and these lovelies are so versatile that they can handle mixed profiles very well.

This strawberry ketchup has a sweet profile that naturally comes from the strawberries, and the red chilli pepper adds a spice profile to it.

However, there is a hidden gem in this ketchup that imitates the tomato ketchup's red colour by bringing down the strawberries' bright red colour, and that is the addition of fresh turmeric.
Turmeric not only lifts the health profile of this ketchup, but it also blends with the bright red shade of the strawberries and mimics achieving that perfect store-bought Heinz Tomato ketchup.

This homemade condiment is so full of flavour, so elementary and fun to make with children. Also, you know what ingredients are going into making this homemade beauty, and besides, I believe the fewer the ingredients, the better the taste is. So let's help you give it a try! Here is the recipe.

strawberry ketchup

Preparation Time: 15min
Cooking Time: 15 min
Total Time: 30 min
Serves: 20

300gm strawberries, hulled and halved
1 red chilli pepper or 1 tsp ground black pepper powder
2" fresh pieces of turmeric
4 tsp coconut sugar (optional)
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 lemon juiced
salt, as desired
A sterilised glass jar with a lid


1) Blend the hulled strawberries along with chilli and turmeric into a smooth puree.

2) Bring a deep bottom skillet with the pureed strawberries to medium-high heat.

3) Cook the berries for 8-10 min until all the moisture content evaporates. Stir in between and ensure the sauce doesn't stick to the base of the pan and burn.

4) When the edges of the sauce begin to draw towards the centre of the pan, add vinegar and salt. Simmer for a further 3-4 min.

5) Turn the heat off when the sauce reaches a ketchup consistency and stir the lemon juice into the ketchup and combine.

6) Allow it to cool and transfer it to a glass container with a lid on it.


1) I usually prefer less sugar as the fruits contain natural sugar by themselves. But, it's a personal preference.

2) If you do not want to use the red chilli pepper, you can sub it with red chilli flakes or ground black pepper powder.

3)You can use any sugar or can even skip it altogether.

4) Adding lemon juice avoids the recrystallisation of the sugar.

5) Vinegar balances the ph value and salt as a natural preservative.

6) This ketchup can stay in the fridge for up to 2 weeks in an airtight jar. But, I prefer to use it as quickly and as freshly as possible.  Hence I aim to make things that pair well with this ketchup for an easy use-up.

  • This homemade strawberry ketchup makes a great condiment and a dip. You can use this in regular tomato ketchup with fries, nuggets, fritters, pakoras, or even as a spread and as a BBQ sauce.
  • On a hot summer day, add a couple of spoons of this ketchup to a glass of cold water and make a drink. Try! Options are endless.



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  1. I have never thought of make a berry ketchup, but I am always open to food ideas and this looks delicious!

    1. Ashlyn thanks for stopping by; I'm also trying new recipes and hope I get to try your recipes too.

  2. Hello 🤗 !!! This recipe is something different and looks deliciously ,delightful creamy ,I should say, your dishes are easy and ingredients are very much available in kitchen 🙂!! Lots of love and hugs.

  3. Wow ! That's a new one.. I am definitely going to try this one. A1 loves Strawberries..he is going to be surprised.. ��

    1. I'm sure he will love this ketchup Preethi, take my word.

  4. This strawberry ketchup looks so darn good Hasin!! I know my Sugar Bugs are going to love it!! We'll start getting local strawberries next month and I bet they will be amazing with this!

    1. Thanks Tasia, Im sure your sugar bugs will enjoy it and I can kind of guarantee you as my sugar bugs have licked it all away too.😋

  5. Have never thought of making my own ketchup! And adding berries to it too! What a great idea! I'll need to try this one day!

    1. Thanks Samantha. You have a great blog and some lovely ideas too. Thanks for taking time to leave your thoughts. good day!

  6. I really love ketchup, and use it quite often. I didn't know you can put strawberries in it, though, that's such a great idea! All around, perfect for summer. Thanks for sharing this.

  7. This is really a new kind of ketchup ,am sure the tangy taste must be awesome!

  8. I loved your idea to add a fresh, fruity twist to ketchup... and the turmeric is so perfect!

  9. OMG! Hasin , this ketchup recipe is seriously a saver for me, Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. ONE things which gets emptied so quickly in my house is, tomato ketchup! I use a lot, for so many things and kids even eat ketchup / Jam with dosa , chappati sometimes. I make tomato ketchup at home , but not tried it with strawberries. Texture of the ketchup looks just like store brought , perfect!


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