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Green Tomato Jam – Green Tomato Recipe

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Last Updated on October 6, 2022 by The Noms

This green tomato recipe is perfect for those left over green tomatoes from your summer harvest!


As the days start to get cooler and the leaves start to turn yellow, one of the few things that tend to stay green is the tomatoes that remain on the vines in the garden.  This year we had a bumper crop of tomatoes that provided a bunch of great meals all summer. We had a bounty of tomatoes that led us to have more than we knew what to do with!


Green Tomatoes

Of course, once the weather starts turning cool, those tomato vines that were producing such a bounty keep putting on fruit. But, without those hot summer days to turn them red, in most gardens these green tomatoes will end up going to waste. In our house, we hate to see that produce go to waste. We started thinking of how we could use some of the gallon buckets full of green tomatoes! We just didn’t want to throw them all away!


Green tomato jam in jar with white spoon. Green tomatoes and flowers all around



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Green Tomato Jam - pile of green tomatoes on cutting board. Strainer / Mason Jars


What Ingredients are Needed for the Green Tomato Jam?

  • Green Tomatoes
  • Brown Sugar
  • Lemon
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Lemon Zest


We aren’t big fans of that southern favorite fried green tomatoes. So, the past few years we have given a few away to friends then dumped the rest into the compost and called it a day.  This fall however was going to be different after having a green tomato preserve at the bed and breakfast we stayed at last year in Napa.


Green tomato jam with white ceramic ispoon, green tomatoes behind.


The preserve we had was a rich golden color, an intriguing combination of tart and sweet. The flavor was reminiscent of tomatoes and citrus.  It was a great spread on toast and was a wonderful compliment to all kinds of breakfast foods (can we just say green tomato jam and bacon… to die for!)


Having this green tomato jam made us decide that this years crop of green tomatoes were not going to go to waste!


Green tomato jam in jar. White spoon in front of it. green tomatoes behind.


Are Green Tomatoes Safe to Eat?

Tomatoes have a bit of a reputation that they can be poisonous. This is thanks to being related to the nightshade family. Ripe red tomatoes are highly nutritious, but the unripe green tomatoes can have a toxin that in a large enough quantity can make you sick. The safe answer is: Never eat raw green tomatoes!  Make sure they are cooked before consuming!


Green Tomato Jam on toast. On a white plate with basil, tomato behind. Green tomatoes for the jam


We were searching for a recipe for tomato sauce in an old Italian cookbook when we ran across this recipe for a green tomato jam.  The recipe called for a base of honey and sugar to make a rich golden base. Since we didn’t have enough honey, we substituted in some brown sugar, which ended up making the base rich and caramely.


Green tomato jam being dripped ino a jar. Green tomatoes behind


Fresh squeezed lemon juice and lemon zest give a fresh citrus burst! This balances out the sweetness of the sugar base and brings the tartness of the tomatoes out.


Use this as a spread on toast, compote on a charcuterie, or as a complimentary topping for a crostini. Try this recipe and you might just find yourself looking forward to those fall days where the tomatoes stay green!




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Yield: 1

Green Tomato Jam

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

A delightful fall recipe that makes use of those green tomatoes you don't know what to do with!


  • 6-8 medium green tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • fresh lemon zest, to taste, (no more than 1/4 teaspoon)


Rough chop the tomatoes and place into a non-reactive sauce pan.

Add salt, sugar and lemon juice to the pan and place pan over medium heat.

Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring all the while to help break down the tomatoes and fully mix the ingredients.

Once at a boil, reduce heat to medium low, allowing the mixture to simmer for 35-40 minutes, stirring regularly to keep the mixture from scorching.

With about 5 minutes left on the simmer, add in vanilla and lemon zest. Stir until fully incorporated.

Pour the hot mixture into a strainer and remove the seeds and skin.

Place the strained mixture into a mason jar and allow to cool.

Will keep in the fridge for about 1 week.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 69Total Fat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 38mgCarbohydrates: 17.9gFiber: 0.3gSugar: 17.6gProtein: 0.2g

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jam in a container, dripping from white spoon into glass jar. Green tomatoes behind


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Wednesday 19th of October 2022

Hi! Just came across this recipe as I was trying to find ways to use my unripe tomatoes. I have mainly cherry green tomatoes. How much in weight of tomatoes are you using? Thanks!

The Noms

Wednesday 19th of October 2022

Hey there! I would say around 4 cups of tomatoes. Not sure of the weight!


Saturday 24th of September 2022

This recipe - Green Tomato Jam - looks very tasty. My question is how do I make it to produce 7 half pints at one time? Do you have a canning recipe for this recipe?

The Noms

Monday 26th of September 2022

Hi Linda, we have never made that amount before. This usually makes about a quart jar of jam. I would assume that you can just multiply the ingredients by the amount that you want to make? And we have never canned it, so I wouldn't have any idea about how to go about doing that.

Toni Morgan

Thursday 21st of October 2021

Is this recipe safe for canning. Hot water bath. Thank you

The Noms

Friday 22nd of October 2021

Hey there! We have been told that people have canned it! We haven't done it ourselves, but feel free to try. Cheers!


Sunday 12th of September 2021

How much lemon zest, please?

The Noms

Sunday 12th of September 2021

Hi Michael, I just updated the recipe card - we just did it to taste originally, but I wouldn't go more than 1/4 a teaspoon. Cheers!


Thursday 15th of October 2020

Goodmorning was wandering if I can can this recipe so I can store it on the shelf, so I have it for the winter months as well??

The 'Noms.

Thursday 15th of October 2020

Yes. I didn't include the instructions for that, since we have not done it ourselves. but we have had people say they have. Enjoy!

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