Green Tomato Chutney


Green Tomato Chutney - make use of end of season tomatoes with this sweet and vinegary green tomato chutney (green tomato relish) made with unripe tomatoes.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

End of Season Tomatoes? Try Green Tomato Chutney

As the days grow shorter at the end of summer, and the tomato season winds down, our tomato plants are loaded with green, unripe tomatoes. Some may still get enough sunlight and warmth to turn red, but I’m thinking most will not.

If you grow garden tomatoes, what do you do with end-of-season green ones?

Green Tomatoes in bowl for tomato chutney

My mother picks them and lets them ripen indoors. I like making fried green tomatoes, and I may yet try to make a mock apple pie made with green tomatoes. Other ideas?

sliced Green Tomato for green tomato relish

Green Tomato Chutney

This green tomato chutney is one way to make excellent use of end of season tomatoes! You can store it in the fridge, or can it for later. Here are just a few delicious ideas for using this chutney:

  • Serve alongside baked chicken or pork chops
  • Use it as a relish for hot dogs
  • Serve as a lovely side for crab cakes
  • Top a cracker with the relish and a little cream cheese for an appetizer

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Green Tomato Chutney Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Makes 6 8-ounce jars, or 3 pint jars

These instructions include instructions for canning the green tomato chutney. If you plan on storing in the refrigerator and using up within a few months, you can skip the sterilization and canning steps (steps 1 and 4).


  • 2 1/2 pounds firm green tomatoes, about 7 cups, cored and chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp chopped candied ginger
  • 1 Tbsp mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon chili pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg

Special equipment:

  • 3 pint jars or 6 8-ounce jars for canning
  • Steamer rack
  • Jar lifter (helpful for lifting jars out of boiling water)
  • Large 16-quart pot


1 Sterilize the jars and lids: Place a steamer rack in a large (16 quart) pot, and place the jars on the rack. Fill the jars and the pot with water up to the rim of the jars.

If you don't have a rack you can place a clean dish towel at the base of the pot. You want to prevent the glass jars from touching the bottom of the pot which can get quite hot and cause the glass to crack.

Put the burner on high and heat until a rolling boil. Boil for 10 minutes. To sterilize the lids, place them in a bowl and pour boiling water over them.

2 Put all ingredients into a large pot and cook them 45 minutes: Place all of the ingredients in a medium sized (about 4 qt) thick-bottomed pot.

Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for 45 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings.

3 Scoop chutney into jars: Remove the jars from the pot of hot water (reserving the water if you plan to can for shelf storage.). Scoop the green tomato chutney into the jars, filling them to 1/4 of an inch from the rim.

Wipe the rims with a clean wet paper towel. Place sterilized lids on the jars. Secure with canning rings.

4 Process filled jars in a water bath: Place the filled jars back on the steamer rack in the pot of hot water. Make sure the jars are covered with an inch of water.

Bring to a boil and process for 15 minutes, or 20 minutes if you are at altitudes between 1000 and 6000 feet.

Remove the jars from the pot and place on a dish towel spread out on your counter. Allow the jars to cool completely.

The jar lids should make a popping sound as they seal. If a lid doesn't seal for some reason, store the jar in the refrigerator.

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Green Tomato Chutney in glass jar with condiment spoon

Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Debbie

    Good recipe, easy to follow. Will deffo keep the recipe and make more.


  2. Debbie

    I plan to make this recipe with the green tomatoes I have harvested from my garden. Sounds delicious and highly recommended.
    I haven’t got a pan to sterilise my jars, is it ok to wash them thoroughly in soapy water and place damp in a heated oven before filling them? I have read this on the internet. Also I don’t have canning lids. Is it ok to used ordinary jam jar lids and process them in a water bath.
    Looking forward to hearing from you.

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  3. Sue

    Delicious! Made exactly 6 250ml jars. My chutney has a lot of liquid so am wondering if I should let it simmer longer than the 45 minutes.


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  4. Winnie

    I made these today, exactly as written. Tried some on Ritz and cream cheese. They are delicious. I’m sure they will be even better, if that’s possible, after they sit for awhile.


  5. Anne

    Made my first batch yesterday and it’s absolutely delish!
    Followed the recipe exactly, it’s so easy to make and the flavours are wonderful.
    This recipe is definitely a keeper! Thank you


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