Easy Tomato Jam

Tomatoes cooked down until sticky sweet, this Easy Tomato Jam is simple to make.  Tangy, sticky and perfect for entertaining. All you need is a little time, patience and some will-power….so you don’t eat the whole batch all by yourself.

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It’s raining tomatoes.  At least in my area it is.  I found this amazing, secret farm stand just around the corner from my house about a month or two ago…..just in time for the end of summer.

And I’ve lived here for two years now, this is the first I ever stumbled upon it.  I really need to open my eyes when I drive around, I’m missing out on all kinds of things…like a cheese shop that I keep driving by and everyone says is fabulous.

But I have yet to venture inside because I’m afraid I may never leave.  I mean, it’s a cheese shop.  The only thing better than a cheese shop would be a butter shop and I haven’t come across one of those yet.

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Back to the farm stand….they sell a bazillion tomatoes and every time I show up they have bushels of them for $5.  Yes, $5.  FIVE DOLLARS!  It’s crazy, so I’ve been whipping up sauce, all kinds of sauce…Bolognese Sauce, Stovetop Marinara, you name it.

I shipped some off to Penn State this weekend….it was a Vodka sauce and now that I think about it, I should have shot some photos and posted the recipe for you.  I’ll add it to the ever-growing list of things I want to share with all of you…my lovely internet friends.

Because you ARE my friends….you keep coming back here to eat with me and listen (um….watch…read?) to me yammer on about crazy stuff that’s going on in my present, past and possible future.  See….I’m off track again.

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Since my freezer is adequately stocked for winter like we’re a family squirrels (except tomatoes instead of nuts…because we’re already nuts) I had to do something with the 30 bushels of tomatoes sitting around.

I whipped up a tomato and goat cheese crostata and paired it with a fresh bloody mary, then I imagined myself eating a crisp, buttery cracker topped with goat cheese and tomato jam.  The problem, I didn’t have tomato jam so I played around with a recipe I had printed out a while ago with every intention of making it…canning it…and squirreling it away for winter.  Let me tell you this….there’s no need to can it.

What is Tomato Jam? (Or tomato marmalade for that matter.)

Tomato jam is a sweet spread made with fresh tomatoes, sugar and a bit of spices. It’s cooked down to a jammy consistency and is perfect on top of that avocado toast everyone is posting on Instagram lately.

How do you make a Sweet Tomato Jam recipe?

Much different than a Savory Tomato Jam, which reminds me of a tomato sauce that’s overly thick, this sweet tomato jam is earthy and tangy and sticky and sweet.

You simply stir together the tomatoes, sugar and spices then cook down for a bit until it’s thick, sticky and….well, sweet. You can do this with regular tomatoes or make a cherry tomato jam recipe just the same way with those cute as a button cherry or grape tomatoes.

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Why, you ask?  Because it’s so good (and doesn’t make that much to begin with) you will eat all of this Easy Tomato Jam before it has a chance to go bad.  And it’s so simple, with easy to find ingredients….it has a little kick to it from cayenne pepper and a beautiful spice from fresh ginger.

It goes swimmingly with the goat cheese I mentioned a little while ago and it would be amazing on some avocado toast for a quick, healthy breakfast.  You really should make this very soon….really….go…go now.

If you’re not really in the tomato mood then you should DEF try this Easy Orange Marmalade recipe, it’s like the best ever with a little hint of vanilla OR whip up this super simple Strawberry jam, it’s so amazing and so incredibly easy. The the best ever refrigerator jam.  And this FIG Jam is always a hit….great to save for the winter months as an epic freezer jam.

And I just used up the rest of the summer blueberries for this EASY Blueberry Jam that’s going in the freezer until winter. Cause I’m a planner like that….for now.

Easy Tomato Jam

Totally easy Tomato Jam recipe is what you need to make with that bumper crop of tomatoes this summer. Sweet, jammy and slightly spiced....this is perfect for a dip or spread.
4.97 from 55 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Appetizer, Condiment, jam
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 67 kcal


  • 2 pounds very good ripe tomatoes cored and coarsely chopped, ( I used roma tomatoes)
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated or minced ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne


  • Add all the ingredients to a heavy bottom saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil stirring frequently to prevent the bottom from burning.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has thickened to the consistency of jam. Remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.


Recipe adapted from Mark Bittman's Tomato Jam. http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1017532-tomato-jam


Serving: 0gCalories: 67kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 0gFat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 201mgPotassium: 197mgFiber: 0gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 665IUVitamin C: 10.4mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword jam, tomato jam
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129 comments on “Easy Tomato Jam”

  1. YUM!! We make tomato jam every year with our garden tomatoes…so good!

  2. I’ve never made or even tried tomato jam but it looks so stunning in your jar, I’ve got to give it a go and make a no sugar version.

  3. Don’t you just love when you find a special little farm stand or shop? It’s almost hard to share the secret because you want to keep it all to yourself. 🙂 This jam is a wonderful way to use up those end-of-season tomatoes!

  4. $5?! Gosh. It’s good we don’t have that deal around here because my husband would be buying several bushels at a time. He does that kind of stuff. This jam looks like such a great use for them!

  5. Everybody needs a good tomato jam. Your recipe looks wonderful and I will be keeping it. I grow Italian tomatoes and they are the best!

  6. There’s a local farmstand here by my place in NW Philly that has some of the best tomatoes. After seeing this recipe, I can see where I will be this weekend because tomato jam needs to be made!

  7. I miss having a garden so we can grow our own tomatoes. I’m determined to put in some raised beds next year. Love having more tomatoes than I can shake a fist at.

    This recipe is amazing, my hubby would go nuts for this stuff. He’d be slathering it over everything in sight. Plus it’s just so pretty.

  8. Ive never tried tomato jam! This looks so good! I might have to make this paleo and try this!

  9. Yaaassss! Tomato Jam IS my jam! Yours looks absolutely fantastic Kelly!

  10. Do you think a dutch oven would work?

  11. This looked so great I had to try it. My husband (retired executive chef) was given a honey do list and included was the request to make this for me. He used home grown heirloom tomatoes a friend gave us. He followed the recipe exactly as written and WOW we love it! It’s sweet plus spicy and made the house smell wonderful when it was cooking.

  12. Can this be canned for storage/shelf life? Or just made for fridge life of 10 days?

  13. Can this awesome tomato jam be frozen

    • Yes, it can. Just double wrap it to prevent ice crystals from being formed on the top. So, I usually place plastic wrap directly on top of the jam with a bit of overhang and then place the lid on top.

  14. I used two pounds plus of very ripe green zebra and one HUGE heirloom yellow tomato. I didn’t have fresh ginger so I used some crystallized ginger pieces. I cooked it for over an hour. Cooked way down. One full pint. Flavorful but not thick. Hopefully putting in the fridge will help. They might just have been too ripe. Will try again as the flavor is good.

    • I have found that if the tomatoes are a little more ripe than should be the jam is not as thick. Usually the fridge will tighten it up, hope it worked for you!

  15. Can you can this jam and process it in a hot water bath?

  16. Help! I want to make this, but I have some questions: 1) when you say “core,” do you mean removing all the seeds and such from the inside? 2) if so, should the 2 pounds be BEFORE coring or the weight after it’s cored? Thanks!

  17. My mother loves tomatoes and this will be her Mother’s Day surprise. Just not sure what to put it on/in. (Preferably finger food). Suggestions anyone?? Thanks!

    • I have a recipe for a savory cheesecake that’s topped with tomato jam but you can also use it in grilled cheese sandwiches or as a burger topping!

  18. Just tried this with kumato tomatoes! It smells so good!! It’s still simmering away at the moment. Thank you for the recipe!

  19. Can this be frozen?

  20. I’m using the tomatoe jam on my shrimp and grit cakes. Should be divine!

  21. I never heard of Tomato Jam until I saw this on Pinterest. I made my first batch and Love It! I am making another batch and will finish off my bushel of tomatoes making Tomato Jam. *BTW For each batch I tripled the recipe 😀

  22. I tasted tomato jam for the first time on my honeymoon and it was love at first bite! I had to try it again at home and was so pleased that this recipe very closely resembles 5-star restaurant version! I’m making a double batch now for yummy hone-made gifts

  23. I would love make this recipe, but replace the sugar with Xylithol.. I hope it is going to work. Hold thumbs.

  24. What do you think about adding a couple cloves of garlic? Have you tried that? I think this would be amazing over Burrata cheese.

  25. Hi. I’m married to an Indian and make Tomato Chutney. My friend in Lebanon made Tomato Jam and I was so intrigued. My best friend helped me baste a quilt and gave me a bunch of Heirloom Tomatoes!  They are gorgeous. I will be trying this recipe as like many of your commenters, I’ve only just heard of it and will be trying your recipe!  Thank you!

    • Please come back and let me know what you think! I love Tomato Chutney, too….I’ll be posting that recipe this summer. Love the warm spices in it.

      • Hi!  Oh what a lovely recipe this was!!  I am making more and was looking for this pin and saw your message!  Thank you again!

      • Hi Kellie. I am about to try this recipe out with some organic cherry tomatoes from Holland!!!!!  Eeeeeee

  26. Just made my first ever batch of tomato jam using some backyard tomatoes given to my husband,.Good easy recipe, will be having it in our cheese sangers this weekend.

  27. Can’t get homegrown here yet? Have you ever tried with jarred/canned tomatoes? I’m thinking it should work. Sounds incredible! Thanks.

  28. We don’t like too much sweeter with Savory.  Can I cut back on the sugar and if so, how much.  And will it still set?

  29. Can this be canned? Water bath or pressure?

  30. How many jars does this recipe make?  Do you peel the tomatoes first or run then through a sieve to remove the skins?  Your recipe looks fabulous, I might just sit and eat it with a spoon right from the jar!

    • I do not peel my tomatoes, they tend to break down enough that I didn’t feel it was necessary. And I think it makes like one standard size ball jar. I just had a bunch of little jars and it filled three of them.

  31. Hi, I have a thriving cherry tomato bush. Would those work?

  32. Many recipes I have seen say to peel your tomatoes. Do you peel yours? Thanks!

  33. I love this simple recipe. I am going to try using canned tomatoes’ and 1 Tablespoon of pectin in my bread machine. We made all kinds of berry jams in it and they turned out perfectly!!

  34. I was given an abundance of cherry tomatoes, so I’ve decided to try your recipe. I’m on WW so I thought of using Splenda for the sugar, do you think that will work? 

  35. I just finished jarring 4  1/2 pints of your tomato jam. My husband LOVED it. I did make it with brown sugar replacement and just cooked it a little longer. It taste wonderful.
    This my first time making tomato jam, but I’ve put this recipe in a special place so I can make it again. Thank you.

  36. Hi Kellie, I used the suggested minus 1/2 cup sugar and instead of adding chili peppers, I used pinches of cayenne pepper. I halved the recipe to produce 1 cup and added 3 pinches of cayenne pepper. It makes it a real sweet and spicy jam. Not sure if 6 pinches will translate to the full 2 cup recipe but give it a go!

  37. Hello
    I am making your jam and the tomato peels are separating and I am having to pick them out one by one. Is this what happens?

  38. I had tomato jam on a chicken biscuit from a food truck OMGCB it was delicious. I am going to try your recipe soon. Have you tried doubling the recipe and freezing it for winter!

    • I have doubled it but you’re going to need to cook it down a lot longer because of the quantity and you can definitely freeze this with excellent results!

  39. I could not believe how amazing this tasted and I have never met a tomato I didn’t like. I actually plan to grow a bunch of tomatoes next year now so I can make a batch as often as I can during the season. A batch doesn’t make much but it is so worth it. My problem…I give home made jams and jellies as Christmas gifts but I’m not sure I love anybody enough to part with this BTW, I have never rated or commented on a recipe before. That should tell you how great this jam is

  40. Hi Kellie! I just made this wonderful and unusual recipe and it is absolutely delicious! I live in Colombia, South America and we have tomatoes all year around. I used cherry tomatoes and it turned out just perfect. I have a get together with some friends this week-end and I will prepare a couple batches as presents for my friends. They will love it too.

    Thank you so much for your generosity and for sharing this unique recipe for the world to try!


  41. I’m out of freezer space. Can I use the hot pack method for this jam ?

  42. Do you peel the tomatoes?

  43. Can you freeze this Jam?

  44. This recipe is terrific and mouth-watering. Recently I tried a strawberry jam recipe as I love it, and I eat it daily at breakfast. My next try would be this tomato jam recipe and hope the results would be overwhelming. Thanks for sharing

  45. I made it twice in as many days. One with light brown sugar, one with Swerve. Both turned out perfectly. Will make it again with Swerve. I don’t need all that sugar. Couldn’t tell the difference in taste.

    • I’m so happy you posted about using Swerve! That’s wonderful to hear it worked well, so many others will find this useful, too. Thanks again!!

  46. Oh my gosh, this is so good. Had small yellow tomatoes to use up and bam tomato jam.  Had about 2cups of tomatoes and just adjusted  the amounts of everything else. 

  47. I’ll rate the recipe as soon as I’ve made it… Tomorrow. I’m using Xylitol and hope it turns out fabulous. The tomato jams disappeared from our shelves, it used to be such a South African thing!

    I’ll keep you posted!

  48. Looks like I’m kind of late to the party. I was looking for a tomato jam recipe to use up ~12 oz. of Cherub cherry tomatoes that were past their prime. I found your recipe and followed it exactly only I cut down the ingredients to 1/3. I will say that I used my immersion blender after about 10 minutes…..it’s hard to core and seed cherry tomatoes. The house smells divine! Plan on putting it on grilled cheese for dinner tonight. I can think of many different uses for this jam. Goat cheese and toasted baguettes, toasted and buttered biscuits, maybe a dollop on cheese grits. Endless possibilities. Thanks. 

  49. Can this jelly( jam) be frozen?

  50. This was delicious! My mother in law said her mom used to make a spicy ketchup that was delicious — she still craves it but has never found anything similar. When I told her about your tomato jam recipe, she thought it could be that long-lost flavor she misses. I hope so!

  51. I am so glad I made this wonderful recipe! I was looking for a recipe that did not call for lemons, because I was out, and we live too far out in the country to run to the store for one ingredient! Our garden is producing more tomatoes than it ever has and I was desperate for tomato ideas. This jam is a hit with my husband, parents, and kids, I am already planning on making another batch! Thank you for sharing!

  52. This recipe looks amazing!  My garden is producing SO many cherry tomatoes and I can’t wait to try this recipe!  I think it will be awesome in the fall/winter with goat cheese and crackers, so I plan on freezing it.  I do have a question though. The recipe calls for cored tomatoes, do I also need to seed the tomatoes? I only ask because I see seeds in the picture of your jam.  

  53. Just made this today with my bounty of Roma tomatoes.  I peeled the tomatoes prior to cooking.  I made the recipe exact and it is delicious.  I put some on a cracker spread with cream cheese…yummy!  I ended up with 2 cups.

  54. The only downside to this is that now I am EXPECTED to make this for friends and neighbors because everyone loves it so much.

  55. I have a crop of cherry tomatoes so I tried you tomato jam. Everyone loves it!!! The sweet, the spicy….
    I have A LOT of tomatoes and have already stocked my freezer full of stuff for the winter. Can I freeze the jam? I would make a huge batch!

  56. Can I can the tomato jam with a water bath?

  57. Delicious, especially with Bellavitano cheese! I wish I would have skinned the tomatoes first as I was fishing out lots of little sticks of curled skin. Also took at least an hour to simmer, and that was on medium heat stirring most of the time. Made two half pint jars—one for me & one for a neighbor. 

  58. Do you peel and seed the tomatoes?

  59. I’m currently making my third batch since I found this recipe! I use it on sandwiches. I add it to sautéed vegetables. My favorite use is adding it to scrambled eggs. Thank you for sharing!

  60. Would it be ok to use frozen tomatoes? 

  61. This jam tastes delicious, but the tomatoes are in terrible need of blanching and peeling before using.

  62. Amazing! This was my first time ever making tomato jam and I will be making it again soon! I ate it on some grilled chicken with goat cheese and I spread the jam on top! Amazing!! Thank you! 

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