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How to Make Pineapple Chutney: The Easy Recipe

Pineapple chutney is a delicious condiment that can add a burst of flavor to any meal. Its sweet and tangy taste makes it a versatile accompaniment to a variety of dishes. Whether you're looking for a topping for grilled meat or a dip for your favorite snacks, pineapple chutney is a great option to consider.

One of the best things about pineapple chutney is that it's easy to make. With just a few ingredients and a little bit of time, you can whip up a batch of this tasty condiment in no time.

Recipes for pineapple chutney can vary, but most include pineapple, onions, vinegar, and spices like ginger and cumin. Some recipes also call for jalapenos or other hot peppers to add a bit of heat to the mix.

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Why You'll Love This Recipe

We are excited to share with you our delicious recipe for homemade pineapple chutney. This sweet and spicy condiment is perfect for adding a burst of flavor to your favorite dishes or as an appetizer spread for crackers and cheese. Here are a few reasons why you'll love this recipe:

  • Easy to Make: Our recipe is simple and quick to prepare, making it perfect for busy cooks. With just a few ingredients and a saucepan, you can whip up a batch of this delicious chutney in no time.
  • Bursting with Flavor: The combination of ripe pineapple, onions, spices, and vinegar creates a savory and sweet flavor that is sure to satisfy your taste buds. The addition of crushed red pepper flakes adds a spicy kick that can be adjusted to your liking.
  • Versatile: This pineapple chutney is a great accompaniment to grilled meats, chicken, or pork. It can also be used as a topping for salads or as a dip for crackers. The texture of the chutney is thick and chunky, adding a delicious and satisfying texture to any dish.
  • Homemade: Making your own pineapple chutney allows you to control the ingredients and tailor the flavor to your liking. Our recipe uses brown sugar, white vinegar, and a blend of spices like cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves to create a unique and delicious flavor.
  • Nutritious: Pineapple is a great source of vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Our recipe uses fresh pineapple tidbits, which are lower in sugar and higher in nutrients than canned pineapple. Plus, with only 45 calories per serving and no saturated fat or cholesterol, this chutney is a healthy and flavorful addition to any meal.
  • ​Quick: This tasty easy pineapple chutney recipe is ready in under an hour! 

Overall, our homemade pineapple chutney is a delicious and versatile condiment that is sure to become a staple in your kitchen. With its sweet and spicy flavor, easy preparation, and nutritious ingredients, it's the perfect addition to any meal or snack.

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Ingredients Needed

When it comes to making pineapple chutney, we need to have a variety of ingredients on hand. Some of the key ingredients that we will need are shared below. Get the quantities and more info in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Pineapple is the star of the show in this recipe, and we will need to have some fresh or canned pineapple on hand. We can use either fresh pineapple that has been peeled and diced or canned pineapple that has been drained. Onion is another important ingredient that will add some depth of flavor to the chutney. We can use any type of onion, such as yellow, white, or red.

Light Brown Sugar is needed to balance out the acidity of the pineapple and vinegar, and we can use either brown sugar or white sugar. 

Spices are what give pineapple chutney its unique flavor, and we will need to have some on hand. Some of the spices that we can use include fresh ginger, whole yellow or brown mustard seed, ground turmeric, ground coriander and sea salt. We can adjust the amount of spices that we use based on our personal preferences.

Red onion is great for bringing some pungent flavors and pairs well with vinegar and pineapple. 

Apple Cider Vinegar brings a wonderful flavor and a little acid and tangyness to the sweetness. You could trade this out for white vinegar or a white wine vinegar if needed. 

Overall, making pineapple chutney requires a variety of ingredients, but the end result is a delicious and flavorful condiment that can be used in a variety of dishes.

The ingredients needed to make pineapple chutney.

Helpful Tools

Garlic Press (Mincer)

Large Pot

Measuring Cups and Spoons

Knife and cutting board

Wooden spoon 

Pint Jars (Mason Jars).

You can also use smaller jars to make more servings of this chutney.

How to Make Pineapple Chutney

  1. Remove top and bottom of the pineapple, then slice off the rind and core.
  2. Next, dice the pineapple. Then, finely dice the onion and mince the ginger.
  3. Combine all the ingredients in a pot with a thick base.
  4. Over medium heat, bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Allow it to cook for 15 minutes before reducing the heat to low and continuing to cook for an additional 25-30 minutes.
  5. Regularly stir the mixture, aiding in the slight breakdown of the pineapple.
  6. Once the mixture has reduced by approximately half, remove it from the heat and carefully transfer it into a clean glass jar.
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Chutney is chunky rather than smooth and excellent served over proteins, as part of a cheese board or even in a salad.

That's it! Pineapple chutney is a versatile condiment that can be served with everything from grilled chicken, a savory sauce or spread on your pork chops, even on roasted pork, or with cheese and crackers. Give it a try and see how it adds a burst of flavor to your favorite dishes.

Storage

When it comes to storing pineapple chutney, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure it stays fresh and delicious. Here are some tips on how to store pineapple chutney:

  • Airtight containers: Store pineapple chutney in airtight containers like mason jars to keep it fresh for longer. Glass jars with tight-fitting lids or plastic containers with snap-on lids work well. Make sure the container is clean and dry before adding the chutney. It should keep in the fridge in your airtight container for up to 3 weeks.
  • Refrigerate: Pineapple chutney should be refrigerated to keep it fresh. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Make sure the chutney is completely cool (room temperature) before storing it in the refrigerator.
  • Sterilize: If you plan on storing pineapple chutney for a longer period of time, it's a good idea to sterilize the jars before filling them with chutney. To sterilize jars, wash them in hot, soapy water and rinse well. Place the jars in a large pot of boiling water and boil for 10 minutes. Remove the jars from the water and let them cool before filling them with chutney.

By following these simple tips, you can store pineapple chutney properly and enjoy it for weeks to come.

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Tips and Tricks

When it comes to making pineapple chutney, there are a few tips and tricks that can help you achieve the perfect texture and flavor. Here are some of our favorite tips:

  • Use fresh pineapple: Fresh pineapple will give your chutney a bright, sweet, and tangy flavor that can't be beat. Avoid using canned pineapple, which can be too soft and mushy for chutney.
  • Play with texture: Chutney is all about texture, so don't be afraid to experiment with different textures. You can chop your pineapple finely for a smoother chutney or leave it chunky for a more rustic texture. You can also add other ingredients like raisins or nuts for added texture.
  • Balance sweet and savory: Pineapple chutney is naturally sweet, but it's important to balance that sweetness with savory flavors. We like to add spices like ground ginger and cumin to our chutney to give it a warm and savory flavor.
  • Use as a glaze: Pineapple chutney makes a great glaze for grilled meats like chicken or pork. Simply brush the chutney onto the meat during the last few minutes of cooking for a sweet and savory finish.
  • Cuisine: Pineapple chutney is a popular condiment in Indian and South Asian cuisine, but it can be enjoyed with a variety of dishes from around the world.
  • Rich in Vitamin A: Pineapple is a great source of Vitamin A, which is important for healthy vision and immune function. Adding pineapple chutney to your meals is a delicious way to get more of this important nutrient.
  • Alterations: If your chutney is too thick, you can thin it out with a little bit of water or pineapple juice. If your chutney is too thin, you can simmer it for a few more minutes to thicken it up.
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Recipe Variations

When it comes to pineapple chutney, the possibilities are endless. Here are a few recipe variations that we love:

  • Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Chutney: Add a little more brown sugar and red pepper flakes to the recipe for a sweet and spicy flavor that pairs perfectly with grilled meats and vegetables.
  • Fruit and Curry Pineapple Chutney: Mix in some diced apples and curry powder for a unique twist on this classic condiment. This version is perfect for adding to salads or spreading on sandwiches.
  • Cheese and Pineapple Chutney: Top cream cheese with a dollop of pineapple chutney for an easy appetizer spread that's always a hit at parties. Alternatively, serve it alongside a cheese board for a sweet and savory pairing.
  • Burger Topping Pineapple Chutney: Elevate your burger game by adding a spoonful of pineapple chutney on top of your patty. This version is also great on grilled chicken sandwiches.
  • ​Add more flavor: Add some more textures and change the flavor: add some mango slices for a mango chutney or some diced red bell peppers for another variety of texture. Don't forget to add a splash of orange juice for another flavor. These are all great additions or substitutions. 
  • Pineapple Chutney Jam: Cook the chutney for a little longer to achieve a thicker consistency, and you'll have a delicious jam that's perfect for spreading on toast or biscuits.

No matter how you choose to enjoy it, pineapple chutney is a versatile and delicious condiment that adds a burst of flavor to any dish.

A jar of homemade pineapple chutney.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make spicy pineapple chutney?

To make spicy pineapple chutney, add hot peppers like jalapeños or habaneros to the recipe. You can also add spices like cumin, cayenne pepper, and paprika for an extra kick.

What is the recipe for Jamaican pineapple chutney?

Jamaican pineapple chutney typically includes ingredients like ginger, allspice, and Scotch bonnet peppers. The recipe may also include raisins, vinegar, and brown sugar.

What is the recipe for Jamaican pineapple chutney?

Jamaican pineapple chutney typically includes ingredients like ginger, allspice, and Scotch bonnet peppers. The recipe may also include raisins, vinegar, and brown sugar.

What are the ingredients in pineapple chutney?

The ingredients in pineapple chutney vary by recipe, but typically include fresh pineapple, vinegar, sugar, and spices like ginger and cumin. Some recipes may also include hot peppers, raisins, or nuts.

How is chutney different from jam or relish?

Chutney is a condiment made from fruits, vinegar, sugar, and spices. It has a sweet and tangy flavor and a chunky texture.
Jam, on the other hand, is made from fruit and sugar and has a smooth texture. Relish is made from chopped vegetables and vinegar and has a tangy flavor.

What are some ways to use chutney in cooking?

Chutney can be used as a condiment for meat, poultry, and fish dishes. It can also be used as a topping for sandwiches or as a dip for crackers or vegetables. Chutney can also be used as a marinade or glaze for grilled meats.

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A jar of pineapple chutney.

Pineapple Chutney

An easy, gluten free, vegan and nut free chutney with a fruity flavor.
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Course: Condiment, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Pineapple Chutney
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 1 pint
Author: Mason Jar Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 fresh pineapple about 4 cups diced pineapple or 630g
  • 50 g fresh ginger peeled and minced
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar 120 ml
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar 53 g
  • ½ medium red onion diced 115 g
  • ½ teaspoon whole yellow or brown mustard seed 2 g
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric 2g
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander 2g
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt 3 g

Instructions

  • Remove top and bottom of the pineapple, then slice off the rind and core.
  • Next, dice the pineapple. Then, finely dice the onion and mince the ginger.
  • Combine all the ingredients in a pot with a thick base.
  • Over medium heat, bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Allow it to cook for 15 minutes before reducing the heat to low and continuing to cook for an additional 25-30 minutes.
  • Regularly stir the mixture, aiding in the slight breakdown of the pineapple.
  • Once the mixture has reduced by approximately half, remove it from the heat and carefully transfer it into a clean glass jar.

Nutritional Disclaimer

These Nutritional Facts are ESTIMATED. Your actual nutritional info with this recipe may vary depending on the brands you choose. “Mason Jar Recipe” is not a registered dietician or nutritionist. The provided nutritional info above is based on a generic calculator, if you want more accurate info, use your nutritional calculator of choice where you can choose brands and get more info that way.

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