You will absolutely love this slightly tart yet fruity raspberry chutney recipe! Raspberries combine with apples and onions to make a delicious chutney, perfect over cream cheese and crackers or slathered on bread as part of a sweet and savory grilled cheese sandwich before it goes into the pan.
This recipe is inspired by my gooseberry chutney which is also sweet and a little tangy. This easy spicy raspberry chutney pairs seamlessly with sweet desserts, pork dishes, and grilled chicken. Enjoy this condiment instead of cranberry sauce with turkey or ham on the Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday table.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- It's delicious, sweet, and tangy with a little spice
- Versatile and easy to customize
- Simple ingredients come together for a delicious chutney
Special Equipment Needed to Make This Recipe
- Canning jars - once done cooking, the raspberry chutney goes into sterilized half pints or pint-sized mason canning jars. The mason jar can be sterilized in boiling water, as the high heat will kill any bacteria and help create the jar's seal for preservation.
- Non-reactive pot - it is important to use a wide non reactive pot when making an acidic food like a chutney. Aluminum will react with the acid in the chutney recipe, leaving behind an unpleasant metallic flavor.
- Wooden spoon - use a wooden spoon to stir the chutney to avoid any reaction with another material
Special Ingredients You Need For This Recipe
- Malt vinegar - malt vinegar is made from barley, so it has a delicious yeasty flavor that gives the raspberry chutney a complex flavor profile that is different than balsamic vinegar and apple cider vinegar.
- Vanilla pod - using a vanilla pod infuses subtle flavor into this raspberry chutney recipe instead of vanilla extract, which has a stronger taste.
Raspberries have got pips, and some people don’t like them. If this is you, place all the ingredients, except for the sugar, in a pot and cook gently until all the fruit is super soft. Rub them through a nylon sieve and return them to the pan. Add the sugar and stir over low heat until this has dissolved. Continue to simmer for 1½ hours and follow the remainder of the recipe.
- Honey ham
- Roast chicken
Popular Substitutions for This Recipe
- Fresh Raspberries - you can use frozen raspberries instead of fresh raspberries in this easy spicy raspberry chutney. No need to defrost the frozen raspberries first; they can be added right into the pot with the rest of the ingredients.
- Vinegar - instead of malt vinegar, use apple cider vinegar if you prefer. For a fruitier acid component in your raspberry chutney, apple cider vinegar will do the trick instead of the yeastier-flavored malt vinegar.
Variations to This Recipe
- Cook the onion in some olive oil until slightly softened before adding the rest of the ingredients. A quick saute in olive oil will release more of the flavor of the onion and allow the sugars to caramelize a bit, giving the chutney recipe phenomenal flavor.
- To give the chutney more of a cranberry sauce texture, cook the excess liquid out as much as possible. For a thinner than cranberry sauce texture, reduce heat and cook for less time, stirring regularly.
Allowing the chutney to sit for a few weeks to a month allows the flavors to develop and improve before enjoying.
Other fruit you can combine raspberries with
Make up your own divine combinations! Swap 50% of the raspberries in the recipe below with one of the following fruits:
- Black currant
Other flavours you can play with
Add an extra dimension of flavour to your raspberry chutney with any of the following:
Alcohol that pairs well with raspberries
- Grand Marnier
- Red wine
Alternatively, you can actually make your chutney boozy! Simply pour in 125ml (½ cup) of your preferred alcohol at the end of cooking time and bottle up your pear chutney as soon as possible.
Ideas for how to use this chutney
Serve this chutney as part of a cheeseboard - it pairs particularly well with goat’s cheese and other creamy cheeses. For an offbeat dessert, serve it with chocolate, white chocolate, or a caramel-based recipe.
How long will this food last in the fridge?
Raspberry chutney will last for two months in the fridge once opened.
Can this recipe be scaled?
Yes, simply scale up by two or three times the ingredients and be to sure to have enough jars!