Banana Ketchup Recipe

Published on October 16th 2022 by Chigoziri Nwachuku.
Last updated on March 20th 2024
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Overview of a dish filled with banana ketchup

Were you looking for a different condiment to dip your French fries in? Use this Banana Ketchup instead. Banana Ketchup is a Filipino condiment with a tangy and sweet flavor, just like tomato ketchup. However, adding mashed bananas makes them much more precious and adds starchiness. Banana Ketchup was invented by Maria Orosa, a food chemist who wanted to reduce the reliance of the Philippines on imported goods like ketchup. As the Philippines didn't have a lot of tomatoes, they used bananas to give the sweet base and added food coloring to show color.

This homemade Banana ketchup, though, contains no artificial food coloring. Instead, we added some tomato paste to add a bit of redness. The other ingredients for this recipe include olive oil, garlic, red onions, fresh ginger, bananas, brown sugar, white vinegar, water, cayenne pepper, and salt. Aside from adding sweetness, bananas also provide potassium, which is vital for maintaining healthy blood pressure. Bananas are also a good source of vitamin C, which boosts the immune system.

What do you use banana ketchup for?

You can use banana ketchup just the way you would use tomato ketchup. You can use it on French fries, hot dogs, chicken fingers, burgers, or on your eggs.

What are the ingredients in banana ketchup?

The ingredients in banana ketchup are olive oil, garlic, red onions, fresh ginger, bananas, tomato paste, brown sugar, white vinegar, water, cayenne pepper, and salt.

Does banana ketchup taste like ketchup?

Banana ketchup tastes quite similar to ketchup, but it has an extra layer of sweetness from the bananas, making it much sweeter.

What is the difference between banana ketchup and tomato ketchup?

The main difference between banana ketchup and tomato ketchup is the addition of mashed bananas. This makes banana ketchup much sweeter, and adds starchiness as well.

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
2 persons


  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil

  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced

  • 1 small Red Onion, small dice

  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Ginger, finely chopped

  • 4 Bananas, mashed

  • 1/4 cup Tomato Paste

  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar

  • 1/4 cup White Vinegar

  • 1/2 cup Water

  • 1/8 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt


To a medium sauté pan over medium heat, add olive oil. Once hot add garlic, red onion and ginger, sautéing for 5 minutes until the onions soften.

Overview of a hot pan with oil, red onions, garlic and ginger cooking

Add mashed bananas, tomatoes, and brown sugar, mixing well.

Overview of mashed bananas, tomato paste and sugar being added to a pan of banana ketchup

Add white vinegar, water, and cayenne pepper, mixing well. Bring mixture to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 10 minutes until the mixture starts to thicken. 

Vinegar, water and cayenne pepper being added to a pan of banana ketchup

Remove the sauté pan from the heat and let the mixture cool slightly.

Cooked banana ketchup ingredients cooling in a pan

Transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. 

Overview of banana ketchup ingredients in a blender

Season with salt, then transfer to an airtight container. Place in the fridge.

Pureed banana ketchup being seasoned in a blender
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