Fish, Game & Ketchup

Although you may be short on a few other ingredients, there’s usually a bottle of ketchup in the fridge. Many Farmer’s Markets are open with fresh, seasonal produce. Check them out! Here are a few recipe ideas to get you going. Now, you might be out of one or two ingredients and that’s where your imagination should kick in. If you require a more detailed recipe, I’m guessing that you might be an engineer. 

1. Cocktail Sauce and Poor Man’s Shrimp. Ketchup, prepared horseradish and lemon juice. If you’re out of horseradish, substitute your favorite hot sauce. Season any light-fleshed fish with Old Bay Seasoning, lightly brown on both sides. Serve on a saltine cracker with a dollop of cocktail sauce. Or try it with frog’s legs!

Frog Legs with homemade cocktail sauce

2. Sloppy Joes. Add ketchup, Worcestershire, brown sugar and a pinch of salt to sautéed diced onions, minced garlic and peppers. Mix with any browned ground meat, including waterfowl, antlered game and any other ground meat. No buns? Try it in a tortilla, taco shell or, for a low-carb version, use a lettuce leaf. 

Sloppy Joes

3. Meatloaf. Combine ground meat with egg, breadcrumbs, diced onions, diced celery, diced carrots, seasonings and ketchup. Form into a loaf pan. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 30 minutes. Brush the top with ketchup and return to the oven for another 15 minutes or until the internal temperature is 155 degrees.

Meatloaf with ketchup

4. Barbecue Sauce. Sauté diced onions, garlic and peppers in some butter. Once the onions are translucent, stir in a little brown sugar, but don’t go crazy with it. You can always add more. Some folks add a can of beer or a splash of bourbon, maybe some lemon slices. It just depends on what’s on hand and whether you’re willing to part with your beer or bourbon. Let it simmer for an hour or so, cool and strain out to solids. 

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Making a Great Grilling Sauce

Great on any game or salmon and you can use up some of the morning’s coffee grounds. “But we have a Keurig.” Open it up from the top and empty the used grounds. Brush the sauce on about halfway through the grilling part. Keep the meat away from direct heat once it’s almost done to keep it from burning, although crispy edges are a good thing. 
Prep Time10 minutes
Course: Main Course


  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar packed
  • 1 tblsp ground mustard
  • 1 tblsp instant coffee granules
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 bottle ketchup about 14 oz
  • 1 tblsp Worchesteshire sauce


  • add all ingredients to a saucepan and heat to blend flavors


  1. Shirley Summers on April 15, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    5 stars
    Thank you so much. I was needing some simple meal ideas. THank you.

    • Scott Leysath on April 15, 2020 at 5:00 pm

      That’s why we’re here!

  2. Georgett on April 15, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    Sloppy Joes work if you just use a can of tomato soup, brown sugar, Worcestershire and sweet pickle relish.

    • Scott Leysath on April 16, 2020 at 10:15 am

      Another virus hack to put food on the table! Love it!

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