Quick ideas that transform the ever-present staple in your fridge door into delicious dishes

By Dawn Perry
Updated June 21, 2019
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There are plenty of reasons to keep ketchup on hand even if you don’t use it on your burgers and hot dogs. Slow-cook pork in a tangy mixture of the sweet sauce, fresh tomato, and vinegar for tender pulled pork that’s perfect for a tableful of guests. Simmer tofu and broccoli in a takeout-inspired glaze. Or whisk ketchup with fresh dill and olive oil and toss with crunchy summer vegetables for a salad your kids will thank you for.

Alison Miksch

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This easy braise turns a pork shoulder into tangy, tender shreds, perfect for piling on a toasted roll, a slab of Texas toast, or a baked potato. The point is: pair with carbs. Lots of carbs. Ketchup punches up the fresh tomato with sweetness and spices, while vinegar brings that classic barbecue vibes.

Get the recipe: Tomato-Braised Pork

Alison Miksch

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Ketchup comes to the rescue for this simple weeknight dinner recipe. It’s pre-spiced, sweetened, and packs intense tomato flavor that infuses the sweet and sour sauce. While it’s not totally authentic, that doesn’t mean it won’t become a classic. And it will, because it turns out ketchup, soy, honey, and rice vinegar are a match made in heaven.

Get the recipe: Sweet-and-Sour Tofu

Alison Miksch

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Ketchup in your vinaigrette? Yes, ketchup in your vinaigrette! You’ll thank us later. Think of it as French dressing’s cute younger sister. Here, it’s paired with a chopped tomato, cucumber, and red onion combination, but it’s surprisingly versatile.

Get the recipe: Summer Salad With Tomato Vinaigrette