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Red Pepper and Chilli Jam Recipe

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When I visit Seraphina on the Isle of Wight I always fit in a trip to The Garlic Farm.

They have a good restaurant and a wonderful little shop packed full of foodie delights, and of course garlic in all its forms. This is where I had my first taste of their Red Pepper, Garlic and Chilli Jam. I put two jars straight in my basket.

My Red Pepper, Garlic and Chilli Jam is inspired by their delicious savoury jam. It is such a versatile preserve – spread on oatcakes with a little cheese on top, a blob beside a rich pate, a relish for sausages. A teaspoon or two in a salad dressing is gorgeous. I could go on and on. My neighbour Gray has even stirred it into pasta for his kids.

My jam has more heat than the Garlic Farm one. Not blow your head off heat but a rather elegant tingle that stays in the mouth for a while.

I would encourage you to use a food processor to do the chopping, if you have one. I still haven’t found my Magimix blade so toiled a bit over the chopping that seemed to go on for hours.

I also find that splitting the Bird’s Eye chillies and washing the seed out under a gently running cold tap makes de seeding easy. Don’t trim out the membrane of the chillies as this is where a lot of the heat is.

I am thrilled with this chilli jam – the deep red colour makes it a great choice for homemade Christmas hampers.

Red Pepper and Chilli Jam Recipe


1200g or 6 cups white granulated sugar

700g or 4 1/2 sweet red peppers – deseeded and chopped into squares – about 1 cm

470ml or just under 2 cups white wine vinegar

25g or 0.8 oz of red birds eye chillies – deseeded and chopped fine

75g or 2.6 oz of medium heat red chillies – deseeded and chopped fine – the two types of chillies fill about 1/2 cup

36g or 1/4 fresh onions – chopped very fine

25g or 0.8 oz of crushed garlic

1 tsp of Salt

80ml or 1/3 cup of liquid pectin

2 tbsp of lemon juice


Put all the ingredients into a large heavy bottomed pan or ideally a maslin pan and stir over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved

Up the heat and bring the mixture to a rolling boil for 20 mins stirring every now and then. Take the saucepan off the heat to test for set. If the jam has not reached setting point boil for another 5 minutes, then remove from the heat and test again. My jam took about 25 minutes to set. It was slightly runny which is what you want as it will continue to set in the jar

Pour into hot sterilised jars and seal immediately with plastic lined lids. As the jam gradually set in the jars I turned them over and over every ten minutes to distribute the pepper and chilli pieces evenly though the jam. Store in a cool dry place and refrigerate once opened

This made enough to fill 4 x 400ml jars

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  1. Hi Fiona,
    Staying in France currently, and in the supermarket, the red peppers sold in a net of 6, so decided to make this ‘jam’. OH likes sweet chili sauce, so I omitted the pectin to make it as sauce.
    A few tweaks – only had cider vinegar, and not quite enough, so made up the amount with lemon juice.
    After softening the peppers and chilies, I whizzed it, and OH was my taste-tester, and declared it delicious.
    I used ex-honey jars of 375gms, and it filled (to the brim) five jars, so we have plenty!
    So, thank you for this, Fiona, really worked well.
    Kind regards,
    Brightspark. (Val)

  2. Carole Brooks

    looking forward to trying this. I have had a lot of success using your recipes, either followed faithfully or tweeked. Im sure that the mango chutney I make regularly is one of yours… have to wait 2 or 3 months for the flavours to settle, which may be the case here.

  3. Ambersparkle

    Have tried this with a few tweeks. Only had three Red Peppers, so it is mixed. Par cooked my Veg in the White Wine Vinegar. everything else is the same, but left out the Pectin,as did not have any. It is very am like, and very tasty, but feel I did not get much for my Money, but when People try it, which will not be before Xmas, am sure they will be raving about the flavor. A true Luxury Item. Am going to try bulking it out with something else, when I get a Minute.

    • Fiona Nevile

      Thanks for your response. there’s one thing that I don’t understand – what is AM? Sorry to hear that you expected more for your money – what exactly did you want? I love to hear so I can adapt if necessary.

      • Christine Claydon

        Sorry, my J is not working, it has worked now, because have punched it hard, but can’t keep doing that, as am disabled, and it hurts.

  4. I love chilli jam. Goes really well with frittata and other eggy things too.

  5. Deffo going to try this.

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