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Hot Chili Zucchini Marmalade

  • Author: Fanny Slater
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 3 half-pint jars (about 3 cups) 1x


This citrusy spread, swimming with grated zucchini and tart apple, gets a hint of spice from jalapeno and fresh ginger.


  • 1/2-inch knob fresh ginger root, peeled and smashed but still intact
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 medium navel orange, thinly sliced into rounds
  • 1 medium lemon, thinly sliced into rounds
  • 2 1/2 cups grated zucchini (about 3 medium)
  • 1/2 Granny Smith apple, peeled and grated (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 fresh jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 2 cups granulated sugar


  1. Tie the ginger, cinnamon stick, and cloves in a piece of cheesecloth. Remove and discard any seeds from the orange and lemon, and then finely dice, making sure the peels in particular are chopped small.
  2. In a large saucepot over medium-high heat, add the spice bag, orange and lemon, zucchini, apples, jalapeno, and sugar, and stir until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Continuing to stir constantly, bring the mixture to a rapid boil. Lower the heat to medium and continue to cook until the marmalade reaches a thick consistency, stirring often to prevent sticking, about 15 minutes.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat, and skim off and discard any foam from the top.
  5. Sanitize the jars by filling a large pot with water and placing it over high heat. Add the jars right-side up and boil them for 10 minutes. Reserve the water to process the filled jars.
  6. Discard the spice bag. Ladle the marmalade into the sterile canning jars, leaving about 1/4 inch of room at the top. Wipe the jar rims clean, tightly screw on the lids, and process the jars in the boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
  7. Remove the jars from the pot (making sure that the lids have popped) and set them aside to cool completely before storing or refrigerating.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Marmalade
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Condiments

Keywords: zucchini, orange, citrus, marmalade, spicy