Umami Ketchup

  • Serves

    makes About 2 Cups


Umami, a savory taste associated with foods like aged cheese and mushrooms, is the signature flavor of this delicious condiment, which is served at the LA restaurant Umami Burger.


  • 1 (28-oz.) can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 12 cup cider vinegar
  • 13 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 2 tsp. tamari
  • 2 tsp. worcestershire
  • 2 tsp. oyster sauce
  • 5 anchovies, finely chopped and mashed into a paste


Step 1

Purée tomatoes in a blender; set aside. Heat oil in a 4-qt. saucepan over medium heat. Add onions; cook until soft, about 8 minutes. Add tomato purée, vinegar, brown sugar, tomato paste, and salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until thick, about 1 hour.

Step 2

Purée cooked tomato mixture in a blender. Transfer to a bowl; season with salt and stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and chill before using.

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