Sweet and Spicy Canned Onion Marmalade

Sweet and Spicy Canned Onion Marmalade

Sweet and Spicy Canned Onion Marmalade

2 pounds onions preferably sweet or a mix of sweet and regular

1 C. apple juice

1/2 C. cider vinegar

2 teaspoons fresh minced garlic

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground mustard

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

3 T. Low or No Sugar Needed pectin – flex batch equals 1 box

1/2 teaspoon butter or oil optional to reduce foaming, but I always use it

1 C. honey

1/2 C. brown sugar


Prepare water bath canner, 6 half pint jars & lids, keeping warm until needed. Cut ends off onions and peel; slice in half and cut each in half again, lengthwise (or in thirds if onions are big). Turn halves and cut into 1/4 inch slices widthwise. Place slices in an 8-quart measuring C. – you should have 6 C. of onion slices. Add prepared onions, apple juice, vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper, mustard and red pepper flakes to an 8-quart stockpot. Gradually stir in pectin and then add butter if using. Bring to a boil that can’t be stirred down over high heat, stirring constantly. Add honey and sugar; return to a full boil and let boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat (skim foam if needed). Ladle hot marmalade into prepared half pint jars one at a time, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Wipe rims, attach lids, and place in canner. Place lid on canner and bring to a gentle, steady boil – process for 10 minutes, maintaining steady boil the entire time. Turn off heat and let jars cool in canner 5 minutes before removing jars to a towel lined surface to cool for 24 hours. Check lids for seal before labeling and storing in a cool, dark place (with rings removed). Notes: *You don’t have to can this – it will keep for 2-3 months in the refrigerator.


  • Use as a glaze for meats like chicken, ham and pork, as well as seafood (my favorite is shrimp).
  • Top grilled steak, pork, chicken and seafood.
  • Add on top of Boursin cheese or cream cheese as an appetizer.
  • Mix into sour cream as a dip for crackers, pretzels, or chips.
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