Small Batch Cherry Tomato Jam

This recipe for Cherry tomato jam is amazing on sandwiches, burgers, over eggs, on pizza and more. The possibilities are endless! Sweet and savoury this jam is the best way to use up a garden full of fresh Cherry tomatoes!

A jar of cherry tomato jam on a wood table with a small appetizer knife in the jar

This recipe makes just a small batch making about one cup worth but if you fall in love with it you can easily double or triple the recipe. Maybe give a jar to some friends!

This sweet, sticky, savoury recipe has a perfect balance of tangy tomato flavour and sweetness that adds pizzazz to a slew of recipes and snacks!

How to use cherry tomato jam

  • Spread on sandwiches. It goes great with turkey and roast beef.
  • Use it as a burger condiment instead of typical ketchup.
  • Dollop some over eggs such as these egg cups for an omelette or a frittata
  • Slather over avocado toast
  • Add it to salad dressing or vinaigrettes
  • Stir into soups
  • Drizzle some over pizza
  • Serve on a charcuterie board with cured meats and cheeses
Tomato jame ingredients on a white tile table

Ingredients & Subsitutions

  • Ripe cherry tomatoes – It’s important to make sure the cherry tomatoes are ripe for the best consistency. Tomatoes that aren’t ripe are tarter and will not break down well in the simmering process to a soft jammy texture. Grape tomatoes are a good substitution.
  • Olive Oil – I prefer to use mild flavoured olive oil when cooking so that the flavour is more balanced. The purpose of the olive oil in this recipe is really just to sautee the onions so any mild flavoured oil will work just as well.
  • Onion – I used a white onion in this recipe and clearly forgot to include it in the picture above. This recipe calls for one small onion or about 1/3 of a cup of the onion peeled and finely chopped.
  • Brown Sugar – Tomatoes are a highly acidic fruit and the brown sugar works to tame the acidity and add sweetness along with a jammy consistency to this cherry tomato jam recipe. When measuring brown sugar be sure to pack the brown sugar in the measuring cup to get a true measurement.
  • Cider Vinegar – Balances out the sweetness and adds great flavour. You can also use white vinegar or red wine vinegar if you wish.
  • Grated Ginger – Adds a little zing and pairs well with the tomatoes.
  • Chilli Flakes – A little spice never hurt anyone! Add more or less depending on how spicy you like your food.
  • Salt
Slices of baguette spread with tomato onion jam

How to make cherry tomato jam

This recipe takes only about 40 minutes to make and will add loads of flavour to your favourite meals for weeks. Just store and let it cool slightly before transferring it to a small jam jar and place sealed in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Sauteé the onions

  1. Add the olive oil to a heavy-bottomed saucepot and place on medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onions and sauteé for 3-5 minutes or until the onions are lightly caramelized and softened.

Making the tomato onion jam

  1. Add the sliced tomatoes, cider vinegar, brown sugar, grated ginger, chilli flakes and salt to the saucepot.
  2. Stir to combine and bring to a bowl. At first, there will not be a lot of liquid but as the tomatoes heat up they will release moisture.  
  3. Reduce the heat to a simmer and allow to cook for about 30 minutes until the ingredients have thickened and turned into a jammy texture.
  4. Remove from heat. Allow to cool and then transfer to a small jam jar or glass container with a lid. Seal and store in the fridge and enjoy as you wish for up to two weeks.
An overhead of a jar filled with a tomato jam recipe with a serving spoon and some cheese and tomatoes nearby

can you freeze tomato Jam?

If you are like me and have your own garden with cherry tomatoes you may want to make a boatload of this jam to enjoy all year long!

Just double or triple the recipe and place in individual glass jars, let completely cool in the fridge and then transfer to the freezer. Thaw in the fridge the next time you need more!

More Great Condiments To Try

All of these recipes can be used as topping to some of your favourite dishes.

A jar of cherry tomato jam on a wood table with a small appetizer knife in the jar

Small Batch Cherry Tomato Jam

This recipe for Cherry tomato jam is amazing on sandwiches, burgers, over eggs, on pizza and more. The possibilities are endless! Sweet and savoury this jam is the best way to use up a garden full of fresh Cherry tomatoes!
4.84 from 12 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cherry Tomato Jam, Jams, Preserves, Spreads, Tomato Jam
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 16 tbsp
Calories: 41kcal

Equipment

  • Medium Saucepan
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Stove
  • Small glass jar with lid

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup onion chopped
  • 500 g cherry tomatoes washed and sliced in half
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger peeled and grated
  • 1/4 tsp chilli flakes or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Add oil to a heavy bottomed sauce pan and place on medium-high heat.
  • Add onions and sautee for 3-5 minutes or until lightly caramelized and soft
  • Add tomatoes, cider vinegar, brown sugar, ginger, chilli flakes and salt and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and let simmer for about 30 minutes or until tomatoes have softened and the ingredients have thickened to a jammy texture.
  • Let cool slightly and then transfer to a small glass jar. See with a lid and store in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

Notes

Storage:
Store in a small glass container with a lid in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1tbsp | Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.2g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.9g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.6g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 88mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 7.6g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Vitamin C: 4.5mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.15mg
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33 Comments

    1. Hi Nancy, You can absolutely use powdered ginger just use less. 1 tsp of dried is about 3 tsp of fresh so for this recipe if you wish to use powdered ginger a 1/2 tsp should do.

  1. 5 stars
    Amazingly easy and so flavorful! Came across this recipe trying to figure out what else to do with an overabundance of sungolds. Followed measurements exactly but had to substitute shallots for onions and honey ginger balsamic vinegar for apple cider vinegar since that’s what had on hand. Probably should have reduced the brown sugar to account for the extra sweetness of the balsamic. But it was still really really good. I spooned it on top of some pita crackers with blue cheese and salami. Definitely going to be making this again when I pick more tomatoes!

    1. That sounds like an amazing appetizer Rebecca… I am going to have to remember this next time I have guests over!

      1. 5 stars
        Doubled the recipe. Had a lot of tomatoes. Added a half cup of smoked red peppers and 1 jalapeño. Delicious. Had on eggs this morning. Couldn’t wait!💕

  2. I didn’t have fresh ginger, so I used pickling spice tied in muslin It tastes great! Thank you for the recipe!

  3. Currently making this right, so it 2 or 3 weeks in fridge, you’ve written both. Secondly, it smell delicious simmering and I’m assuming without the lid. And lastly a emulsion blender is that required to blend?

    1. Hi Mia. I usually eat it within 2 weeks but an extra few days won’t matter. I will update the recipe. The lid stays off when simmering so that the steam can escape and thicken the jam and no emulsion blender is needed. As the tomatoes cook down they will soften and break up all on their own. An emulsion blender would make this jam too smooth and almost soupy.

    1. Hi Jennifer, Yes it does thicken up in the jar but my aunt who likes it thicker also let’s it cook an extra 5-7 minutes as well. If you prefer a thicker jam I would just add a little cooking time. Hope that helps and please let me know how it turns out for you.

  4. 5 stars
    I made a halfbatch that is going fast! I used a couple dashes of cayenne instead of the pepper flakes, and cut the sugar back to 2 tbs. This recipe is a keeper; I’ll be diligent in collecting the ripening cherry tomatoes.

  5. Made this last night using fresh garden Roma tomatoes. Had it on brats for dinner, and on a turkey sandwich for lunch today. Delicious, and addictive!

    1. Hi Nikki, sorry for the late response I have been away. I have never done this but you certainly can!

      1. If I were going to can this jam would it be the same process as freezing but put it in a water bath for 30 minutes after it has simmered on the stove?

        1. Yes, you can totally do this too! I personally have never canned things before so I will take you word for it and give it a try next time for sure!

  6. 5 stars
    This is simply delicious! I’m quite sure I will use it on everything! I’ll be growing more cherry tomatoes come spring.

  7. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness, this looks delicious! We are having burgers this weekend and I can’t wait to try it. I love how you incorporated some ginger to add a nice little bite to it. Yum!

  8. 5 stars
    I have soooooo many cherry tomatoes sitting on my counter right now, so I was super excited to find this gorgeous recipe! It sounds phenomenal, and your pictures are just lovely. Even better … the whole way through your post, I was wondering if I could possibly make big batches and freeze it for a little burst of summer sunshine later this winter. YES!!! I was so happy to read that it would work! Yay – thanks for this wonderful recipe for alllllll those cherry tomatoes! 🙂

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