Jalapeno Apricot Preserves Recipe

Apricot is one of the most versatile fruits which can be eaten fresh, baked, dried, or preserved. In this recipe, we’re making savory apricot preserves from fresh apricots. It has sweet and tart chunky apricot pieces and is made spicy with jalapeno peppers. It’s specially made for roast pork and lamb, but you can also use them as a topping for baked brie, a dip for saltine crackers, or a spicy addition to your charcuterie board. 

Tips on Making Jalapeno Apricot Preserves

Since fresh apricots ripen quite fast, drying and cooking them into apricot jams, jellies, and preserves are a great way to extend their shelf life. Preserving apricots is not complicated at all, even for beginners. Here are some helpful tips to ensure that you will always make them perfectly every time:


  • The easiest way on how to peel apricots is to slice an “x” at the bottom of each fruit and blanch them in simmering water for 30 seconds. Then, you need to quickly submerge in icy water so that they can be easy to handle. The skin should slide right off when peeled starting from the “x” mark.
  • Use good quality food gloves when handling the jalapenos. This is to prevent the burning sensation caused by the strong juice and oil from the jalapeno peppers. Alternatively, you can use a food processor to chop them.
  • Make sugar-free apricot preserves by substituting stevia, agave, or maple syrup. You can also use honey but it won’t work if you plan to can it. However, should you choose to use no sweetener at all, the preserves will be tarter than they should be. You can serve it with honey on the side to drizzle.
  • For a nutty flavor, you can add the almond-like apricot kernels that you’ll find when you crack the pits open. They are packed with protein and fiber, so that’s added nutrients for your preserves. You can also add almonds, pistachios, and pecans.
Jalapeno Apricot Preserves Recipe

How To Make Jalapeno Apricot Preserves

Make apricot preserves with a spicy kick from jalapenos for the perfect sauce or side for roast meat. You can easily whip up this recipe in just 30 minutes.

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins


  • ½ cup jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely minced
  • 3 lb fresh apricots, peeled and pitted, sliced or diced
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, seeded and finely minced
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp liquid pectin, or 6 tsp dry
  • 4 drops red food coloring


  1. In a large saucepan, combine all the ingredients except pectin and bring to a boil.

  2. Bring the heat to low and simmer until reduced to three-quarters, about 20 minutes. Skim any foam that forms on top.

  3. Mix in liquid pectin and boil for 1 minute.

  4. Ladle into jars and let cool before refrigerating. Enjoy!


  • Sugar: 27g
  • :
  • Calcium: 12mg
  • Calories: 119kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 29g
  • Fat: 1g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Potassium: 218mg
  • Protein: 1g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 2mg
  • Vitamin A: 1592IU
  • Vitamin C: 21mg
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Commonly Asked Questions

Is apricot preserve the same as apricot jam?

Both forms of preserved apricots are cooked in sugar. Apricot jam is usually made with pureed apricots, while apricot preserves are chunkier with bigger fruit pieces included. Two other similar forms are apricot jelly and marmalade. Apricot jelly comes from fruit juice hence it is the clearest and smoothest form. An apricot marmalade, on the other hand, is puree cooked with more water. Its consistency is in between, more stable than jelly but looser than jam.

What do you eat apricot preserves with?

This savory apricot jalapeno sauce goes best with smokey food such as barbecue ribs and grilled salmon. Try drizzling it on top of this pizza bianca and it’ll be more delicious than it already is!

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