Gallery: 10 Quick and Easy Ketchup Variations

  • 10 Quick and Easy Ketchups

    10 Quick and Easy Ketchups

    Just a couple minutes of work can transform ketchup into a completely new and unique condiment.

    Char Siu Ketchup

    Hoisin gives this ketchup a deep, earthy sweetness while honey, soy sauce, sherry, and five spice powder add the distinctive additional notes of char siu sauce—the Chinese answer to barbecue sauce.

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    Barbecue Ketchup

    Taking a cue from Kansas City barbecue sauce, this ketchup delivers the sweet tang with a little heat, without being overwhelmingly strong.

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    Sweet and Sour Ketchup

    Pineapple juice provides the fruity note of a classic Chinese-American sweet and sour sauce whose balance is a mix between brown sugar and rice vinegar.

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    Roasted Red Pepper Ketchup

    Using Serbian ajvar as inspiration, roasted red peppers are mixed with ketchup, garlic, and sherry vinegar, along with smoked paprika for that required smoky flavor.

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    Thai Sweet Chili Ketchup

    Thai sweet chili sauce is good with so many things, and this ketchup creates a similar balance between sugar and chili flakes that's just as versatile.

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    Sriracha Ketchup

    Sriracha and ketchup together make a great condiment, but add a little honey for some contrast with the heat, rice vinegar for extra tang, and lime and cilantro for freshness, and it's pretty killer

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    Sweet and Spicy Korean Ketchup

    So I stole this one from Kenji, but his sweet and spicy Korean sauce has become my favorite coating on wings and I wanted to try it out with ketchup. Luckily it worked out well here too.

    Gochujang—a Korean fermented chili paste—gives this ketchup its unique spice, balanced with brown sugar and given more depth from soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and sesame oil.

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    Salsa Ketchup

    A good salsa can be used for so much—chip dip, taco topper, condiment for eggs, etc. Mix it with ketchup and you have a nice accompaniment for fries, taquitos, and more.

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    Orange Chipotle Ketchup

    Orange and chipotle is a combo I like so much I’ve revisited it again and again. Add the two to ketchup, and that perfect union just gets stronger, with a strong spicy, smoky, and fruity sauce.

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    Salsa Golf

    The tangy, sweet, and fruity mayo-ketchup mix of Argentinian salsa golf is one of my favorite condiments. I’ve always wanted to find a space for this sweet and tangy sauce in my column, but how much can you say about a two ingredient recipe?

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