Green Tomato Chutney

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 35 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 20 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 11 ingredients

Late in the year, the last tomatoes before the frost are often green. Making green tomato chutney gives the green tomatoes a deliciously longer lease on life after the cold really sets in. Green...


  • 1 ¼ lb green tomatoes, cored and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fine sea salt or kosher salt
  • 1 lb white onion, chopped (about 2 med onions)
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon brown mustard seeds
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¾ cup + 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 ½ cups golden raisins
  • 2 tart apples, Braeburn or Granny Smith, peeled, cored and chopped

Nutrition Facts


81 cals


0 g

Saturated Fat

0 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

0 g

Monounsaturated Fat

0 g


20 g


16 g


2 g


1 g


198 mg


  1. Take a large bowl. Layer the chopped tomatoes and onions in it, sprinkling each layer with a little of the salt as you go. Cover with plastic film and leave in a cool place for at least 8 hours or overnight. Next day, when you’re ready to cook, tip the tomatoes and onions into a colander to drain away the accumulated liquid. Do not rinse. Set aside.
  2. Make the pickling vinegar: take a non-reactive pot. In it, over a high flame, bring to a boil the apple cider, coriander, mustard seeds, black peppercorns, and bay leaf.
  3. When boiling, lower the flame to a simmer and add the sugar. Cook stirring until the sugar dissolves. Add the raisins and the chopped apple. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add the drained green tomatoes and onion. Stir to mix.
  4. Simmer the chutney partially covered for 30 minutes. Remove the lid. Discard the bay leaf. Continue to simmer uncovered for 40 minutes or until the liquid has thickened and is starting to look syrupy. It’s important to stir often during the last stages to prevent any possible sticking or burning.
  5. Let cool a little and pour into sterilized glass jars with non-reactive lids. The chutney will keep in the fridge for 6-8 weeks.

Chef Tips

Non-reactive cookware means using stainless steel, enameled cast iron, ceramic, or tempered heat-proof glass, like Pyrex.

For larger quantities than here, simply double the recipe. Also consider canning it in the traditional way so it will keep indefinitely.

For sweeter chutney, instead of adding more sugar, use a sweet apple like Golden Delicious instead of a tart varietal.

Registered Dietitian Approved

All our recipes are created by chefs and reviewed by our Registered Dietitian Kate Ueland, MS, RD, CSO, a board-certified specialist in oncology nutrition, to ensure that each is backed with scientific evidence and follows the guidelines set by the  Oncology Nutrition for Clinical Practice, 2nd Ed.,  published by the Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group, a professional interest group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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