This easy Tomato Jam recipe was given to me by my mother-in-law. It’s delicious!

Fresh garden tomatoes are simmered in a sweet and savory mixture of sugar, vinegar and seasonings to create a spread and condiment you’ll love!

It will up-level every recipe from sandwiches to burgers, eggs, and veggies! Make it with red or green tomatoes.

Tomato Jam on bread

What is Tomato Jam?

  • Thick and hearty, tomato jam is a sweet and savory tomato-based condiment.
  • This jam is sweet (as a jam should be) with a tangy kick and a little bit of heat (if you’d like).
  • It’s easily made on the stove and keeps weeks in the fridge, no canning is required!
  • This fast and easy condiment to impress at your parties, picnics, and BBQs.
  • This is one of those amazing ‘garden gifts’ to make if you have an abundance of summer tomatoes. Everyone loves a homemade jar of tomato jam. Best of all, it will freeze for up to 6 months!
ingredients to make Tomato Jam

Ingredients & Variations

Tomatoes – No need to blanch and peel tomatoes for tomato jam! Any fresh tomatoes will do, however, fresh Roma’s are the best because they have thin skins and are as meaty as canned Marzano’s.

Sugar – Honey is a natural sweetener that melts easily into tomato jam. Brown sugar, molasses, or even sugar-free Swerve can be used, however, the end result might not be as jelly-like as the original recipe calls for.

Seasonings – Apple cider offsets the acidity of the tomatoes, but the level of serrano chile is up to you. Meet your heat and use as much or as little as you like. A dash of cayenne pepper, Tabasco sauce, or a splash of Sriracha can be switched out for minced chiles.

Add-Ins Cracked black pepper, diced shallots, or bacon bits will make your tomato jam recipe stand out!

adding ingredients together to make Tomato Jam

How to Make Tomato Jam

This fancy condiment is so easy to make, just three simple steps!

  1. Bring all ingredients to a boil.
  2. Simmer.
  3. Cool & serve.

Seriously. That’s all.

How to Serve Tomato Jam

What doesn’t go with tomato jam?!

bowl of Tomato Jam

Tips for the Best Jam

  • If the jam is too loose after 30 minutes, continue cooking until the desired thickness is achieved.
  • Use fresh ripe tomatoes for the best flavor.
  • Tomatoes do not need to be peeled or seeded.
  • Keep tomato jam refrigerated in a sealed container for up to 10 days. Freeze portions in zippered bags for up to 6 months!

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Tomato Jam on bread
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Tomato Jam

Tomato Jam is a great way to use up all those summer tomatoes! It's such a simple yet flavorful condiment to add to all kinds of dishes.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 servings
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  • 1 ½ pounds ripe tomatoes diced, about 4 cups
  • cup sugar or honey
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • cup water
  • 1 jalapeno or serrano chile minced, optional
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • teaspoon ground cumin


  • Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan.
  • Bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook 60-70 minutes or until thickened and jammy.
  • Cool before serving.


1 1/2 lbs tomatoes is about 12 medium tomatoes.
Storage: Tomato Jam can be stored in the fridge in a covered container or mason jar for up to 10 days. Freeze Tomato Jam for up to 6 months. 
This recipe can be doubled. 
  • If the jam is too loose, continue cooking until the desired thickness is achieved.
  • Use fresh ripe tomatoes for the best flavor.
  • Tomatoes do not need to be peeled or seeded.
  • Keep tomato jam refrigerated in a sealed container for up to 10 days. Freeze portions in zippered bags for up to 6 months!
5 from 19 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 47 | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 199mg | Potassium: 192mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 634IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dip, Sauce
Cuisine American
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  1. Holly,

    This tomato jam is the bomb!

    Is this something that I can make a large batch and process it through canning jars?

    Pam5 stars

    1. I haven’t tried canning so I can’t say for sure. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out!

  2. really simple.. let cool before tasting (burnt top of mouth) different but good.. great with extra Roma’s.. would like to can for long term storage.. will make again..5 stars

  3. I have been looking for a tomato jam recipe since I went on holiday to Greece some3 years ago…no luck. So when I found your recipe I immediately gave it a try. OMG it is so very good, I am sure it will become a firm family favourite! Thank you for sharing this excellent recipe ❤️5 stars