Plum chutney recipe

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Plum chutney is simple to make when you know how. This easy recipe makes sweet & tangy chutney perfect for cold cuts or cheese or given as a food gift...

Plum chutney recipe
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  • healthy
Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time45 mins
Total Time1 hours
Five A DayOne
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories19 Kcal1%
Sugar4.4 g5%
Fat0.04 g0%
Salt0.07 gRow 3 - Cell 2
Protein0.1 g0%
Carbohydrates4.5 g2%
Salt0.07 gRow 6 - Cell 2

This plum chutney recipe makes sweet and tangy chutney, perfect enjoying with cold cuts and cheese, or wrapped up and given as a food gift.

Plum chutney is an ideal way to preserve a glut of fresh plums, turning them into a tasty, sweet and spicy fruit chutney. Before starting this plum chutney recipe, check the plums over before you start cutting away any blemishes. Discard any that are very soft. When cooking the chutney make sure to boil it for long enough to allow most of the liquid to evaporate – it should have a thick jam-like consistency. Enjoy this plum chutney with cold cuts of meat or cheese. Alternatively, plum chutney also makes a wonderful homemade food gift (opens in new tab), just like our easy tomato chutney recipe (opens in new tab). Just seal in a jar and decorate with some ribbon or string.


  • 1kg plums, halved stoned and chopped
  • 2 onions, peeled and finely chopped
  • 225g sultanas
  • 1tbsp grated fresh root ginger
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½tsp grated nutmeg
  • 2tsp salt
  • 600ml white wine vinegar
  • 400g granulated sugar
  • 5x 450ml jars, sterilised




  1. Place the plums, onions and sultanas in a large pan. Stir in the ginger, spices, salt and vinegar and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10-15 mins until the plums are tender, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Boil the chutney for 20-30 mins, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thick and pulpy and most of the liquid has evaporated.
  3. Spoon the hot chutney into clean, warm and dry jars and seal with airtight vinegar-proof covers. Label and store in a cool dry dark place for at least 2 weeks before eating to allow the flavour to develop and mellow.

Tops tip for making plum chutney

You can make this chutney with other fruit – try cooking apples, firm peaches, or apricots.

Make sure you sterilise your jars before adding the plum chutney. Follow our simple guide on how to sterilise jars and bottles to make sure you do this correctly.