Spicy Tomato Ketchup

‘A true taste of Mediterranean tomatoes to bring a touch of sunshine to British fish and chips. It’s the ultimate sauce to enhance your haddock or perk up your pollock’. Not my words you understand, but those of Jme (Champion of the people) Oliver describing his ‘Real Tomato Ketchup’ which he is flogging on his website for an impressive £3.50 a pop. I can’t promise to perk up your pollock, but if you follow this recipe I guarantee you’ll end up with an extremely tasty sauce for less than half the price of Jme’s.

tomato ketchup

Incidently, follow this link to Jme’s shop, scroll down and watch one of the dullest videos ever made.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 2 hours
Skill level: easy
Makes: 500ml


  • ripe cherry tomatoes – halved – 500g
  • 1 onion – chopped – about 300g
  • red wine vinegar – 125ml
  • balsamic vinegar – 125ml
  • honey – 50ml
  • brown sugar – 70g
  • fresh ginger – grated – half tbsp
  • cayenne pepper – half tbsp
  • paprika – half tbsp
  • dijon mustard – 1 tbsp
  • oil – for cooking
  • s & p

Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan and cook the onions until soft and translucent but not browned.

Add the rest of the ingredients, bring to a boil, cover and simmer very gently for 2 hours.

tomato ketchup

Liquidise with a hand blender and pass through a sieve.

Bottle and store in the fridge.

Will keep for 2 weeks.

Verdict: A delicious, thick and spicy cross between Tomato Ketchup and Brown Sauce. Very good indeed.

Drink: T and K4e.

Entertainment: Adam and Joe on 6music.


  1. This sounds truly delicious and i’m going to make it. Could you get away with using a passata/tinned tom instead of the fresh tomatoes?

  2. Hi Supachunk

    It is very delicious – I would definitely use fresh (very ripe) tomatoes for this one.

    All the best


  3. Considering I used the last of ‘big name brand’ tomato sauce this afternoon, I may end up making some of this.

    Slight fact I’m missing a hand blender, bugger!

  4. Hi Neil

    After 2 hours of simmering everything is pretty mushed up anyway.

    It should pass through a sieve without being blended.


  5. Sounds delicious, i will give it a try. Can i ask where you got those cute little bottles from?

  6. Hi Lisa

    They are cute aren’t they? We bought them from a brilliant (and cheap) glass shop in Berlin (Knesebeckstraße), so regretably you may have trouble getting hold of similar unless you travel to Germany.




  7. Thanks for the info Richard. Yep, bit too far to go this weekend but Berlin IS on my wishlist… Will have to make do with diddy kilner jars for now. 🙂

  8. Fab picture by the way!

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