Cranberry Ketchup

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hour + cooling


1-1/2 cups

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
This recipe was handed down to me from my mother. It may sound like a strange combination of flavors, but once you try it, you won’t want to go back to regular ketchup. —Jerome Wiese, Bemidji, Minnesota
Cranberry Ketchup Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 package (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)
  • 4 whole allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole peppercorns


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the cranberries, onion and water. Cook over medium heat until the berries pop, about 15 minutes. Cool slightly. Transfer to a food processor; cover and process until smooth. Return to the pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, uncovered, 20 minutes or until mixture is reduced to 2 cups, stirring frequently.
  2. Stir in sugar, vinegar and salt. Place cinnamon, allspice, mustard seed and peppercorns on a double thickness of cheesecloth; bring up corners of cloth and tie with string to form a bag. Add to cranberry mixture. Cook and stir 25-30 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Discard spice bag. Cool ketchup. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 weeks.
Sugared Cranberries
Heat 3 tablespoons light corn syrup in microwave until warm; gently toss with 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, allowing excess syrup to drip off. Toss in 1/3 cup sugar to coat. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set, about 1 hour. 

Nutrition Facts

1 tablespoon: 35 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 148mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 0 protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch.