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This pineapple  jam recipe with jalapeño peppers is the perfect accompaniment to chicken and fish. Plus? It’s a breeze to make!

Give this delicious pineapple salsa a try for something different.

Contributed by Devon Young

spoon holding yellow chunks of pineapple over a jar

Somewhere between sweet and savory, there exists another flavor profile.Shall we call this flavor sweevory? Saveet? Nonsensical words aside, the marriage of sweet and savory flavors awakens virtually any dish and adds creativity to even the simplest snack. This pineapple jam recipe is a perfect example.

Fruity and spicy flavors play well together, and the pairing of pineapple and jalapeño is especially harmonious! Pineapple seems more than happy in all kinds of savory meals. In this pineapple jam recipe, the tropical, syrupy sweetness offsets the green, hot pungency of the jalapeños, elevating both flavors to something complex and enjoyable.

While it would be a stretch to qualify any jam as healthy, pineapples are packed with vitamin C and manganese. They’re also high in fiber and bromelain (an enzyme associated with reduction in pain and inflammation).

adding sugar to pineapple jam recipe ingredients in pot

Jalapeños are also abundant in vitamin C and offer capsaicin, which is associated with anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties. So while the addition of sugar may negate some of the health benefits of these fruits, the jam itself isn’t entirely devoid of nutrition.

Making this pineapple jam recipe

As pineapple (and jalapeños, for that matter) is considered low in pectin, you’ll need to add pectin to ensure a good set to your jam. I prefer to use Pomona’s Pectin for all of my jams.

Canning Safety

Canning is an excellent way to preserve food for the pantry, but there are some important safety considerations to keep in mind. 

  • Know the difference between water bath canning and pressure canning. Low acid items must be pressure canned for safety. 
  • Altering ingredients may change the recipe’s pH, posing a safety issue. 
  • Use the proper jars and lids. Never reuse lids, with the exception of the Tattler lids that are intended for such a purpose.
  • For more on canning equipment, please go here

For canning safety, all water bath canned foods must have a pH of less than 4.2. Thanks to the high acid content of the pineapple, this recipe registers well under with a freshly calibrated pH meter. In order to have enough pineapple for this recipe I used two small pineapples, peeled, cored, and chopped. Roughly three large jalapeños provided me with the needed half cup of peppers.

6 process steps, making pineapple jam recipe

Related: Tangerine Marmalade Recipe with Ginger and Vanilla

Preparation of this pineapple jam recipe is quick and easy.

This pineapple jalapeño jam recipe complements a variety of meals. Mixed into ground turkey or pork, it lends a distinctly tropical flavor to meatballs. I have mixed this jam into cream cheese and shrimp to fill phyllo “cigars,” and I am dying to pour a jar over fresh goat cheese for slathering onto crunchy rye crackers.

Related: Mango Chutney

open glass jar of pineapple jam, with a sealed jar behind

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Pineapple Jam Recipe with Jalapeño Peppers

Pineapple Jam Recipe with Jalapeño Peppers

Yield: 45 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Sweet and spicy, and a little sassy, this pineapple jam will brighten up cold winter days after you preserve it.


  • 2.5 pound peeled and cored pineapple, chopped
  • ½ cups jalapeños, de-seeded and minced
  • 1 cup granulated organic cane sugar
  • 2 tsp. calcium water, (see Pomona’s directions)
  • 2 tsp. Pomona’s Pectin


  1. In a large saucepan, combine pineapple, jalapeños, and calcium water. Over medium heat, bring to simmer, stirring frequently. Cook until the pineapple softens and takes on some translucency, about 20-25 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, mix the sugar and pectin together in a small bowl. When the pineapple mixture is adequately cooked, add the sugar/pectin mixture to simmering fruit and stir until completely dissolved, about two minutes.
  3. Ladle into sterilized half-pint jars leaving at least ¼” headspace. Wipe rims clean, and place prepared lids and rings onto jars finger-tight. Process in a water bath canner at a full rolling boil for 15 minutes.
  4. After processing, remove jars from canner and allow to cool on a towel for 24 hours. Before storing, check for seal. Sealed jam will keep for a year in the pantry; store opened or unsealed jars in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 45 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 30Unsaturated Fat: 0gCarbohydrates: 8gSugar: 6g

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10 comments… add one
  • Sandy Aug 11, 2017, 2:04 pm

    Would canned pineapple work in this recipe?

    • Kris Bordessa Aug 11, 2017, 2:34 pm

      Devon says: No, as it would tinker with the recipe acidity and I wouldn’t be comfortable with canning safety.

  • Michelle Mar 24, 2018, 6:21 pm

    Great recipe!

  • barbara Apr 8, 2019, 6:51 am

    real good banana jerky

  • Cheryl Jun 23, 2019, 3:35 am

    What is calcium water?

    • Kris Bordessa Jun 23, 2019, 8:26 am

      It comes with the Pomona pectin packet.

  • Melanie Aug 26, 2019, 1:14 pm

    How many pineapples do you use for 2.5 lbs?
    And how many 1/2 pint jars does this recipe make?

    • Kris Bordessa Aug 28, 2019, 11:48 am

      It will make about 5 half-pint jars. A 2.5 pound pineapple is what the recipe calls for. You could use two smaller pineapples to get the same weight.

  • Susy Geneva Sep 1, 2019, 10:56 am

    Pomona not available here I can only get sure-jell. Have no idea what calcium water is. Can I make it with sure jell

    • Kris Bordessa Sep 3, 2019, 8:10 am

      I’m sure you can, but Sure Jell typically requires more sugar. Since this recipe is not for using Sure Jell, I can’t tell you exactly how to do it. Sorry! (Not sure where you are, but Pomona is available online from a lot of sellers.)

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