Pineapple Chutney

Pineapple Chutney

Though delicious, pineapple has found itself part of some rather unsavoury culinary combinations over the years. First, came the somewhat strange pineapple and cheese cocktail stick affair. Hardly the high point of the party buffet. Then, as if to add insult to tropical injury, the Hawaiian pizza crept up when no one was looking. My recipe for pineapple chutney, however, belongs to the brighter side of this unfortunate fruit’s repertoire.

Juiced or simply cut up and enjoyed, pineapple is one of the very sweetest and most enjoyable fruits in existence. That said – as with most fruit – there is a fine line between a ripe pineapple and one a little past its best. Of course, a perfectly ripe specimen can be employed to great effect, but chutney also provides a tremendous gastronomical retirement for your partially fermented fruit.

Pineapple Chutney

Unlike the shop bought stuff, this pineapple chutney is best described as strong and full-bodied. With plenty of whole spices, a decent hint of chilli and a range of textures, this recipe distances itself somewhat from its overly-sweet, smooth and bland mass-produced cousin. I like my chutney rough and ready (to enjoy), let’s hope you do too. Oh, and it’s delicious with a good, strong cheddar – just don’t come armed with a cocktail stick.

Pineapple Chutney

Makes 3-4 jars


  • 2 pineapples, peeled and diced with core (around 1kg)
  • 2 red onions, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 200ml cider vinegar
  • 275g light brown sugar
  • 3 cloves
  • 4 cardamom pods, bashed
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 5 peppercorns
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large thick-based saucepan and cook the onions until translucent. Add the spices and continue to cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Tip in all of the remaining ingredients and simmer for an hour or until thick and dark. Meanwhile, sterilise three jars by filling them with boiling water and drying them in the oven.
  3. Tip the chutney into the jars and seal immediately. Leave for at least a week to mature.

Pineapple Chutney

Cost: Chutney is never particularly expensive to make, especially when you can buy two pineapples for £1! Such an incredible saving means that you should be able to recreate this for around £1.50.

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34 comments on “Pineapple Chutney

  1. thesinglegourmetandtraveller
    October 5, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Unfortunately I remember the pineapple and cheese cocktail stick but can at least say I’ve never had a Hawaiian pizza! Lovely chutney, Frugal. A homemade chutney is an excellent thing.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 9, 2013 at 6:52 pm

      Avoid the pizza… it doesn’t really work. Homemade chutney really is the best 😀

  2. taplatt
    October 5, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Great-looking chutney, and of course I voted for you. I do love Hawaiian pizza!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 9, 2013 at 6:52 pm

      Thanks for your vote! Everyone has different tastes 😀

  3. Randy Goldberg (@DrGaellon)
    October 5, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    “Meanwhile, sterilise three jars by filling them with boiling water and drying them in the oven.” What size jars?

    • frugalfeeding
      October 9, 2013 at 6:51 pm

      Jam jars, but it essentially doesn’t matter – if you have a massive jar, just use one.

  4. lovinghomemade
    October 5, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    I like cheese and pineapple on sticks and Hawaiian pizza! Sure I would love this too even though it looks very classy!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 9, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      I’m sure you’d love it – everyone has different tastes of course!

  5. Michelle
    October 6, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Voted for you – this recipe sounds lovely – def going to try this one

    • frugalfeeding
      November 12, 2013 at 1:15 pm

      Thank you so much for your vote – so sorry for the late reply!

  6. Kim Bultman
    October 7, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Amen for avoiding pineapple perversion. Never could wrap my mind (or tastebuds) around Hawaiian Pizza. Your chutney sounds great! Voted for you. 🙂

  7. Karen
    October 7, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Love the sound of your chutney with a nice sharp cheddar.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 9, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      That would be perfect, but we’ve eating it with curry. Bliss…

  8. cookinginsens
    October 7, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Great photo! I know the chutney was good also.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 9, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      You are right, Rosemary! I hope you’ve voted for me 😉

  9. spree
    October 7, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    I’ve not had the misfortune of pineapple and cheese on a stick – I see some of your readers disagree with your point of view – but this is a hard one for me to imagine. Growing up on the western side of the United States we’ve made quite a number of trips to the islands of Hawaii over the years. I’m kind of a pineapple purist I guess, Not generally caring for pineapple in cooked form. But a good chutney, I’d never turn my nose up at! Nice one Nick! Good luck…heading to the polls.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 9, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      Thanks for the vote – I’ll need as many as I can get! I’m definitely a pineapple purist, but this definitely works well – trust me!

  10. Yonder Wild
    October 7, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Yum, yum, yum!!

  11. Kathleen
    October 8, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    I’ve never heard of making pineapple like this — what a fun recipe! 😀

    • frugalfeeding
      November 12, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      You should try it – it would go so well with ham at Christmas.

  12. Chica Andaluza
    October 9, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Beautiful – I love fresh pineapple and I know I’d love this will all those gorgeous flavours!

  13. Tonette Joyce
    October 29, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    I’m sorry that I have taken so long to visit you ,9and so many others), again. The pineapple chutney looks wonderful.I have to say that the prices for food there are much less than where I live .

    • frugalfeeding
      November 1, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      That’s quite all right – good to see you here! Well, just make things work cheaply for you. Some ingredients must be cheaper there. Do you visit grocers and the butcher?

      • Tonette Joyce
        November 1, 2013 at 5:56 pm

        I shop around, but I foolishly moved to a small town some years ago.I travel out-of-town for some items. Many places here in the USA have cheaper prices than where I happen to live.

        • frugalfeeding
          November 8, 2013 at 1:49 pm

          Not foolish, I’m sure! Have you tried internet shopping – perhaps that could help? Or growing some of your own?

        • Tonette Joyce
          November 8, 2013 at 4:08 pm

          No, it was foolish, but I am not in a climate for pineapple! Yes,I do grow some, but….I mail-order some supplies,like for baking but to get decent produce and heavier items…it gives me an excuse to go to civilization! Thanks

  14. Nicola Elliman
    November 5, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    vanilla in a pineapple chutney really kicks arse

  15. Sian
    August 12, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Can’t really make this for £1.50…with the price of sugar and all the other ingreds, but a tasty recipe

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