Blackberry Ketchup for #SundaySupper

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I’ve been feeling kind of blah about cooking for the past few weeks. I just finished up a massive project that involved developing a bunch of new recipes in a very compressed tim period and all of my creativity has been sucked up. Plus, after what felt like the longest most miserable winter ever, summer is finally here in full-force. It kind of just makes me want to grill hot dogs and call it a night.

I’ve had homemade condiments on my mind ever since my trip to Toronto earlier this year, and when I saw that the theme for this week’s Sunday Supper was summer berries I knew that it was time to take the plunge. As tempting as it was to just throw some berries on a salad (like this herb salad with lemon-poppy vinaigrette and fried goat cheese, which is always a favorite) I wanted to make something a little more creative.

This blackberry ketchup was surprisingly simple to make – it only takes a few minutes to throw together – and it’s absolutely delicious. It’s a great way to perk up a grilled bratwurst and is a nice change from tomato ketchup on your fries. The sweetness of the fresh berries is balanced out by tart apple cider vinegar and warm spices. It’s sweet and slightly jammy, but it definitely has a vinegary punch to it… you won’t want to put this on toast!

(I haven’t tried it yet, but I also think this blackberry ketchup would be great as a base for barbecue sauce!)

blackberry ketchup #recipe from

Blackberry Ketchup for #SundaySupper
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This blackberry ketchup has the perfect balance of sweet and tart flavors, with a hint of warm spice. It goes great with anything fried (french fried, onion rings) or with mild meats like bratwurst or turkey burgers.
Yields about 1 cup.
Serves: 16
  • ½ pint blackberries
  • ⅓ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon Chinese 5 Spice seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • dash cayenne pepper
  1. Add berries, vinegar, and water to a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat; reduce heat and let simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. The berries will soften and pop.
  2. Set a mesh sieve or fine colander over a bowl. Pour the liquid through, pressing on the berries with the back of a spoon to force as much as the pulp though as you can (leaving the seeds behind). Discard the seeds and return the remaining liquid to the pan.
  3. Add the sugar, butter, lemon zest, and seasoning. Simmer 10 minutes or until thick and bubbly. Remove from heat and cool completely.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 20 Fat: 0.8 Carbohydrates: 4 Fiber: 0 Protein: 0


I’ve been participating in Sunday Supper for about a month now, and it’s very quickly become the highlight of my week. I love the camaraderie – it’s a great group – but I also love being “forced” to make something new at least once a week. As always, be sure to check out what everyone else made and join us for our weekly Twitter chat tonight (Sunday) from 7-8 EST!

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  1. supperforasteal says:

    This blackberry ketchup sounds so fun. I have wanted to make my own condiments and this sounds like a great place to start! I even have a few leftover turkey burgers in the freezer to try it on.

  2. Jennifer Drummond says:

    Wow, this is different, and I love it! What a great idea!!

  3. Diana @GourmetDrizzles says:

    I’ve been excited to see this, since the teaser came out, and wow- what an awesome recipe!!! I love sauces like this that add tons of flavor to some of my basics like roasted meats and veggies… yum!

  4. Renee Dobbs says:

    You have just taken homemade ketchup to a whole new level. I’m thinking of so many sandwiches and burgers this would be a perfect condiment.

  5. I’ve made date ketchup that turned out to be a great hit – this sounds awesome too! I love blackberries and can see a hundred ways I would use this.

  6. bellini says:

    There are a couple of local restaurants that have blackberry ketchup on the menu.

  7. I’ve never made my own ketchup, but this I need to try–I’ll bet it’s perfect on pretty much everything!

  8. What a fantastic idea!

  9. Hezzi-D says:

    Blackberry ketchup? I’ve never heard of such a thing but now I’m totally intrigued!

  10. Whaaaaat? This sounds amazing! What a great way to spice up summer BBQs!!

  11. Kathia Rodriguez says:

    Delicious ketchup, thank you for sharing.

  12. Megan Wood says:

    This is brilliant and I am headed to the store now to buy some blackberries. LOVE this idea. Great recipe, thank you for sharing with us!

  13. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen says:

    Well, this is surely not a blah recipe, I simply love it! And I believe it would make an amazing bbq sauce too.

  14. This sounds like an amazingly awesome sauce! I haven’t tried making my own condiments before, but this is definitely something I want to try out I think!

  15. So doing this! I’m trying to find a good recipe for tomato ketchup right now, but this sounds fantastic!

  16. Wow does that look good, love how different it is!! YUMMY!!

  17. Never thought of ketchup with anything besides tomatoes (and bananas in the Caribbean). Love it

  18. I kind of can’t stand regular ketchup but spruced up with some tart blackberries and chinese 5 spice! YES.

  19. Family Foodie says:

    I have never heard of blackberry ketchup but it sounds amazing! This would be great on some burgers and is such a neat recipe. I’d love to try it.

  20. This is such an amazing idea! I love making my own condiments too.

  21. kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts says:

    I’ve got a bunch of blueberries leftover in the freezer–I wonder if this would work with blueberries instead. It sounds delicious. Thanks, Lauren!

    • Lauren @ HealthyDelish says:

      I bet it would be delicious with blueberries! Maybe use a little less sugar though, since blueberries are sweeter?

  22. I’m kind of feeling you on the cooking slump. Summer is definitely the time to just grill some hot dogs and veggies and call that dinner. But alas, a food blog waits for new recipes….haha. I’m digging this ketchup. I have a bunch of 5-spice on hand, and never really know what to do with it.

  23. Ann Avants says:

    I made this tonight and served it with turkey burgers topped with muenster cheese! It was a big hit! Thanks for another great recipe.

  24. Cindys Recipes says:

    What possibilities this brings to mind! Sounds great for poultry!

  25. Laura Hunter says:

    What a fantastic idea. This would be a great way to spice up a BBQ.

  26. Alice Choi says:

    oh wow, love this inventive recipe! and love it topped on your bratwurst!

  27. Jess @ Floptimism says:

    It’s posts and recipes like this that remind me how much I really want to start making my own condiments. It’s so great to have control over ingredients like that, and to come up with fun twists on the classic – I love the idea of a fruity ketchup!

  28. Sunithi Selvaraj, RD says:

    This sounds lovely ! I would love to smear this over meat ! Making this soon ! Yumm !

  29. I’ve made this blackberry ketchup a few times now, and have put slight tweaks to it to make it my own. But it is sooo good! everytime I make it my friends just gobble it up and I run out so quick!! Its a little bit of work to separate the pulp from the seeds but its so worth it!


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