How to Make My Ultimate Hot and Sweet Chilli Garlic Ginger Jam

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I am slightly addicted to chilli and eat it on as many foods as possible.  This is a spicy and sweet chilli jam with garlic and ginger.  I think it has a bit of a spicy kick but it is not mouth burning, and you can still taste all the individual flavours.  You can make it less hot by deseeding or using a milder chilli.  I hope you enjoy. This makes a great gift - especially good for the Christmas/holiday season :) I love this sauce on noodles or rice dishes - but it's also great in a cheese sandwich! It's also good to add into pasta sauces or stews while cooking to add a little chilli hit to your recipes. 


225g chilli peppers (I used small green Thai/finger chillies but any would work - you can de-seed them if you want but I did not as wanted the extra heat)
400g red/bell pepper - cleaned, deseeded and roughly chopped
600g onion - chopped
400g tin chopped tomatoes
1.5kg sugar
750ml white/red wine vinegar (cider vinegar is also good)
50g ginger
1 head garlic - cloves peeled
1 tbs sea salt

preparation time: 20 minutes
cooking time:  45-60 minutes (depending on pan size/heat)

Step 1: Prepare Your Veg

  • clean your peppers and chillies well and destalk the chillies - you may want to wear rubber gloves while doing this to protect your hands - and remember don't touch any sensitive body parts after handling chillies!!!!!!
  • add the cleaned and prepared chillies, peppers, onions, garlic and ginger to a large pan with the vinegar and salt and blend with a hand blender (or in an electric blender before putting in the pan if you don't have one) until well mixed together - keep your eyes out of the way as any splashes would be very painful!

Step 2: Boil the Jam

  • add the sugar, stir with a wooden spoon and bring to a rolling boil for about 45-60 minutes until thickened and the wooden spoon leaves a trail when stirred in the bottom on the pan
  • skim off any 'scum' that rises to the surface


Step 3: Prepare and Sterilize Your Jars

  • while the jam is boiling away sterilize your jars (when you have about 30 minutes to go).  You will need enough jars for about 1500 -1750ml of finished product. (I used a combination of 1/2 litre kilner jars and small preserving jars with lids)
  • you can use your preferred method of sterilization but what I did was cleaned jars and lids well in very hot soapy water, rinsed in clean, hot running water, then put on baking trays in an oven preheated to 180C for 25-30 minutes. 

Step 4: Pour the Jam Into Jars

  • when the jars are sterilized and the jam is cooked, carefully add the jam to the prepared jars - remember you must add hot jam to the hot jars - otherwise the end product will not be sterilized and also the jars may crack. Seal the jars immediately and leave to cool before storing in a cool, dark place. 
  • the jam is ready to eat the next day but will also keep for at least 1 month unopened.  Once opened store in the fridge. 
  • I hope you enjoy - let me know how you get on......

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10 Discussions


10 months ago

When was I supposed to add the tomatoes please? (Not that they were missed as my jams turns out very spicey and fiery; just how we like it. ☺️) Many thanks


3 years ago

Preserving works because of the vinegar, if you decrease the vinegar, the pH of the product is higher and will not prevent Botulism spores flourishing, which can potentially kill you.


3 years ago

love this.... Didn't have everything so used a mixture of of peppers, 350ml cider vinegar and then poured some white wine in, only 1/2 kilo of sugar and I put some Worcester sauce in.....lovely. Very forgiving recipie. Thanks


3 years ago

Love this recipe and Chilli Jam, about to make second batch from this years chillies and peppers.

Hint when cutting chillies use a fork to hold them. Stops the horrible chilli getting on your hands, then eyes, then worse!


3 years ago

I have one question. It's not too much sugar? I can use just one kilo?


3 years ago on Introduction

My Mother is horribly allergic to tomato's, so taking note of what eward9 had to say I made two batches, one with tomato and one without. However the success was definitely the one without tomato. They were both very nice, but the hot and sweet come through more without the tomato's. Thanks so much for the recipe.


4 years ago

I just made's in the jar still warm. I'm soooo excited because this is a gift for my partner later this week. It was my first attempt and it seems to have gone well, fingers crossed. I used half the quantities, the whole thing was easy to do and I now have a 500 ml kilner jar almost full. Many thanks for the recipe!


4 years ago

Made it, ate it (on Everything!) LOVE it. Cheese sandwich (my favourite,) chips, baked on chicken. This recipe is ridiculously good. Do your taste buds a flavour and make it. Now! .... BTW, I missed out the tin of tomatoes by accident, so don't know what that would bring to the jam. But will miss out again next time (and there will be a next time!) because I don't want it any different to the amazingness of what I made this time. :) (photo is of homemade piccalilli and the infamous Chilli Jam.)