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17 June 2015

A recipe for sweet and spicy habanero pepper jam made with plenty of habanero peppers.

Habanero pepper jam coming your way! I used to shy away from making jams and jellies. I’m not sure why. Growing up, I was pretty boring, actually. All I ever ate was grape jelly. Peanut butter and jelly was a daily thing, and if you served me grape jelly with seeds in it, forget about it!

And don’t even get me started on strawberry jam.

Fast forward a few years – fine, MANY years – and here I am, making habanero jam. I mean, just look at it! Isn’t it beautiful? I’m so happy my taste buds have evolved.

Habanero peppers are some of the best to work with. They are nice and spicy and have an inherent fruitiness and sweetness that lends them to spreads like jams or jellies. A note about that – the biggest difference between a jelly and a jam is that a jam has the fruit bits in it.

A jelly typically uses only the juice or essence of your flavoring ingredient, like grape juice or strawberry juice. I prefer the actual habanero pepper inside the spread, so it is technically a jam.

Let’s talk about how we make this habanero jam, shall we?

How to Make Habanero Jam – The Recipe Method

First, add your habanero peppers to a food processor and pulse them until they are very finely chopped. Do not overdo it or you’ll wind up with a puree.

Next, scoop out the peppers and add them to a large pan along with your sugar, vinegar, lemon juice, and salt.

Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Return the heat to high and bring mixture to a rolling boil. Stir in the pectin and boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.

If using food coloring, add it now and stir.

Ladle the liquid into sterilized jars and cover.

Process the jars in a boiling hot water bath for 10 minutes.

Remove and let cool overnight. The liquid will thicken up into a nice habanero jam for you. So delicious!

What is habanero jam good for?

Use it as you would use any other jelly or jam, by spreading it over cream cheese on toast, over bread for sweeter sandwiches, but it is also great over fish. I like to serve it over salmon or white fish. Spoon it when the fish is hot and it will melt over a bit. No need for a sauce.

It also makes for a good gift! Lastly, a quick note about the sugar content. Some recipes call for almost double the amount of sugar I’ve included here. You can add more sugar, but really, you don’t need that much. This is plenty, plenty sweet with the amount I’ve included.

Patty’s Perspective

What is habanero jam good for, Mike asks? My answer – what ISN’T it good for? Well, maybe 8-year-old PB&J Mike would answer differently, but really, don’t just think of it as a sweet jam.

If you think of it more as a sauce, it becomes very versatile. Instead of reaching for that bottle of sweet hot sauce, try this instead. I want to try this on hot wings. Can’t wait for that!

Habanero Pepper Jam - So Pretty, So Sweet, a Bit Spicy

Here is a link to the jam jars that I personally use and prefer. Highly recommended. Affiliate link – FYI: Ball Mason 8oz Quilted Jelly Jars with Lids and Bands, Set of 12

Try Some of My Other Popular Jelly and Jam Recipes

If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

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Habanero Pepper Jam - the Recipe

A recipe for sweet and spicy habanero pepper jam made with plenty of habanero peppers.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: habanero, jam, spicy
Servings: 64
Calories: 50kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound habanero peppers chopped
  • 4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 ounces liquid fruit pectin
  • 4 drops food coloring if preferred

Instructions

  • Add the habanero peppers to a food processor and pulse them until they are very finely chopped. Do not overdo it or you’ll wind up with a puree.
  • Scoop out the peppers and add to a large pan.
  • Add sugar, vinegar, lemon juice, and salt.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Return heat to high and bring mixture to a rolling boil. Stir in pectin and boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
  • If using food coloring, add it now and stir.
  • Ladle jam into sterilized jars and cover.
  • Process jars in a boiling hot water bath for 10 minutes.
  • Remove and let cool overnight.

Notes

Makes about 1 quart (32 ounces).
Heat Level: Medium. The sugar tames much of the habanero heat. Add more habaneros for a hotter version.

Nutrition

Calories: 50kcal

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216 comments

  1. 5 stars
    My hubby loves this recipe. The hotter the better. Our Habanero’s are in abundance this year. Will be making lots more of this. I do have one question. I have made two batches and they both set up more consistent with firm jelly. Is that normal? Thanks for the great recipe!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Pam. Yes, I’ve seen some variability in the firmness/consistency of the jam sometimes, though it will usually firm up nicely.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Very nice! Yes, these recipes are very easy to adapt with other peppers.

  2. 4 stars
    Love the recipe. I find the jam to be very hot. Even a nibble gets me sweating. I tripled the recipe and added an extra 3oz puch of pectin because last time my jam was a little loose. I also took extra care to remove a bunch of seeds before chopping, which took way more prep time, but it turned out great. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. Robert Troxell

    5 stars
    I used a few more peppers and sampling the pan residue required 2 pints of milk to calm the burn. The taste is superb. The yield was exactly 32 ounces. I also used dry pectin in place of liquid. I used 1 box because that was recommended on the label recipe for the same amount of sugar. Seems to be setting up fine. No problems with pepper pieces floating, but the seeds stay at the top. I would consider removal for aesthetic value. You could easily half the pepper quantity and still have a spicy jam.

  4. 5 stars
    First time making it and it’s absolutely the best thing I have tasted. Going to mix it up a bit with different peppers I have and see how it goes

  5. Approximately, how many habaneros are there in a 1/2 pound and how many half pint jars will this recipe make? My habanero plant was very generous this season. lol, it’s a good problem to have!

  6. Sean Parnell

    5 stars
    Follow up. Jam consistency was perfect the peppers that floated up stirred in just fine. Awesome flavor. Way over the top on the heat. My doing as I used Habaneros and a bunch of Kraken scorpions. The sugar didn’t tame the heat as much as I thought it would. Certainly not your typical grocery store hot pepper jam.

  7. Sean Parnell

    Just did jam for the 1st time. processed for 10 min in hot water bath. is it normal for all the peppers to float to the top of jars?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Sean, yes, not always but it does happen. I’s happened to me a few times. You stir it back down but then would need to redo the water bath. I would just stir it after you open it next time.

  8. Ok new to all of this. So my question is how long is the shelf life. I will probably be making around 10+ jars of this. Do they have to be stored in the fridge, freezer or is the shelf fine. Obviously in fridge once opened. Thanks again and can’t wait to try this.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Jose, this should last a few months easily in the fridge, especially with the vinegar as a preservative. You can always process the jars in a water bath for shelf keeping. They will keep many months or even years this way, until opened.

  9. I want to add either mango or peach to this recipe. Do I just add some in? Or is there a certain way to go about it?

  10. Judy Peterson

    I want to try this recipe with such great comments on how good it is! My question is if the jam can be frozen?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Judy, yes, you can freeze jam in thick containers or even in plastic baggies. Let me know it goes for you.

  11. 5 stars
    I made a batch a few weeks ago and it turned out great! Was also my first jamming experience. I’m about to start a second batch and was wondering if I could add some fruit like mango or pineapple to the recipe?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Great, Tom. Absolutely. Check out my other jelly/jam recipes. I have a number with fruit in them. Great combo for sure. Let me know how it turns out for you. Curious to hear!

  12. Can I use white vinegar instead of cider vinegar? I made a couple batches a few months ago and it was delicious. I am getting ready to make about 5 more batches. I thought we used apple cider vinegar but my husband seems to think we used white vinegar.

  13. Hi, I want to make this recipe but only have dry pectin, do you know how much to use? Thanks!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Amanda, it’s best to check the label of the particular pectin product you’re using. That should tell you the correct ratios. Let me know how it turns out!

  14. Hi mike! I hope you see this! Do you take the seeds out of the peppers before putting them in the food processor?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Hi, Paulina. I usually do not deseed my peppers. I just leave them in. However, you can remove them if you’d like. Let me know how it turns out for you. Enjoy!

  15. 5 stars
    Just whipped up a batch of this bit of deliciousness! I was gifted about 5# of various peppers and every time I ran a search for recipes to use them for, your recipes always sounded better than any other ones (so I bought two of your ebooks immediately! I did not have enough habaneros to make up 1/2 #, so I threw in all the red jalapenos and orange serranos. Plenty hot for me! They are in the water canner as I type! No I have to go pickle the rest of the serranos, make some cowboy candy out the the rest of the jalapenos, and check on the poblanos I’m drying. Now what to do with the little poblanos I still have? Decisions, decisions!

  16. james Nelson

    5 stars
    First time I have ever made a jam glad I picked this one to start with very simple and awesomely delicious, Thank you for the recipe

  17. Is it necessary to do the canning method or could I just put the jam in a glass container after step 5 and let it set in the fridge?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      You can just refrigerate, Fina. I do that most times.

  18. Brenda Patrick

    I followed the recipe but I doubled it.
    As I was waiting for it to start to boil, I sat down and got on the dreaded FB. The mixture boiled over.
    Caused a terrible terrible stink.
    Couldn’t breath.
    After I got the mass all cleaned up, I started the mixture to boil again. Not much boiled out.
    I put the mixture in the 8 oz jats, processed at 10 minutes.
    The mixture didn’t set up.
    Is there any way to salvage my 9 8oz jars?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Sorry to hear, Brenda. As long as it is not burned, you can reprocess the jam with more pectin to help it set. Setting could take up to a week in some cases, though, so you might wait and see.

  19. 5 stars
    I cannot wait to start this! My habaneros have grown mad this year. My question is on the boiling bath ~ are the jars to be covered approximately 2 inches over the lid like with vegetable canning?
    Thank you.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Jennifer, yes, same rules of canning. Enjoy and good luck!!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Kathy, yep, but check the instructions on the box for proper ratios. Enjoy!

  20. Nina Tetenbaum

    Do I have to use pectin? I never use pectin in my jams and jellies, just cook it long enough to set up on a cold plate. Do you think that might work here?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Nina, yes, that will work if you are used to make jams without pectin. You may need some other fruits to help it thicken up. Let me know how it turns out for you.

      1. The jam jelled just fine by cooking it longer. I used 9oz of habaneros, and as you suggested I added additional fruit to give it more flesh, pectin, to jell, which I did in the way of a Bull’s Horn pepper, a sweet meaty pepper. The jam’s heat was not diminished at all by the sweet pepper. Thanks for the great recipe.

  21. Would this this recipe work okay with Matchbox peppers instead of Habanero peppers? If not, would you have a good recipe that includes Matchbox peppers? BTW, I enjoy all your recipes! Thanks!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Absolutely, Michelle. This recipe will work with many different peppers. Let me know how it turns out for you. Thanks!!

  22. 5 stars
    Just made this with chocolate habaneros and a bell pepper to make up the weight, since I didn’t have quite enough. It is stunningly gorgeous and delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

  23. I see a note stating add more peppers for a hotter version, could I also just use less sugar?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Michael, yes, but check with your pectin product. Some require certain amounts of sugar. You can always use a LOW SUGAR pectin, or no sugar pectin. But check the label instructions.

  24. I am going to make this my habanero peppers are still green on the vine do I wait til they turn orange then pick or can you make this with green ones. Someone told me that they were less hot when they were green is this true. Also how do you freeze them? I have 4 plants and they are loaded with peppers

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Wendy, you can make this recipe with green habaneros if you’d like. They do tend to get hotter on the plants, but the green ones should still have plenty of heat. The green ones have a more vegetal flavor, like “fresh green” taste. Let me know how it turns out for you if you use them. Check out my page for Freezing Chili Peppers. I hope this helps! https://www.chilipeppermadness.com/preserving-chili-peppers/freezing-chili-peppers/

  25. Hi , my question did you use food coloring ? The color is Beautiful ! Thank you.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Cathy. No, I didn’t use any food coloring at all. Great color for sure!

  26. The Habanero jam came out, after reproducing with more pectin. I made the Jalapeño Jelly, and it came out great the first time. The question I know have is that many people find the Habanero jam too hot, and the Jalapeño jelly too mild. What do you suggest for in between? Jalapeño jam (with fruit and seeds kept in) or Habanero Jelly (no fruit or seeds)? Is there another pepper to use that would be in between?

    Thank you for the wonderful recipes and resources!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Ron. I suggest a marriage of the two jams, perhaps one with a jalapeno and maybe a quarter or fewer of the habaneros. You can introduce some sweeter peppers to the habanero jam, even jalapeno. Jot down the peppers used and measurements so you can repeat for your perfect combination! Let me know how that turns out for you.

  27. Hey Mike
    I left the seeds in when I chopped up the peppers. Just took the jars out Of the boiling water to cool. and a lot of the pepper flesh went to the top. Rookie mistake or just normal results?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Carl, this does happen. You can stir them down when you open it, or invert the jar part way through the process. It happens to me sometimes, though.

      1. 5 stars
        Can I invert directly after processing to get habanero bits to disperse throughout the jam?

  28. Hi,

    I have apple cider vinegar on hand, would it be okay if I use that instead of cider vinegar?

    Thanks!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Sure thing, Zia. You can use apple cider vinegar. Let me know how it turns out for you. Enjoy!

      1. 5 stars
        This was the first time I made any kind of jam, and it turned out so so good. Thank you so much!

        1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

          Thanks so much, Zia! Super happy you got some tasty habanero jam! Enjoy.

  29. I am getting ready to make this, so that I can use up my frozen habaneros from last year. I don’t have a food processor, is hand chopping okay (I have gloves) or should I use the blender?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Hi, Ron. You can just finely chop them. No problem! Let me know how it turns out for you. Enjoy!

      1. Okay, I followed the recipe, except that I used frozen habaneros ( leftover from last years crop) and I finely chopped them with a knife. I used Ball’s liquid pectin, and it did not set up to jelly consistency, should I reprocess with more pectin?

        1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

          Ron, yes, you can reprocess the batch with more pectin. I’ve had to do that before, no problem. Sometimes it can take up to a week or longer for jams to set. Mine usually set by the next day. Things can vary based on the pectin used.

          1. Okay, I will let it set for another week or two before reprocessing.

            Also, how do you get the pepper bits and seeds to get suspended through the jelly and not just rise to the top?

          2. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

            Rob, you can stir it a bit before it completely sets to get them more uniform throughout. Also, you can use more peppers or chop them a bit larger.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Sonny, sometimes this can happen. It can take sometimes up to 2 weeks for the jam to set, so you can give it some more time. Or, you can reprocess the entire recipe with more of the pectin, then wait for it to cool and set. Let me know if either of these solutions works for you.

      1. 5 stars
        I tried it again and considered in elevation and it worked great this time around. Love the recipe. Great for just dipping chips as well. Thanks.

  30. 5 stars
    This is the first time am hearing of this wonderful recipe.. after I tried it it was so great and a wonderful taste..

    More Grace to your elbow. God Bless you for the great research.

  31. Cheryl L Gardner

    4 stars
    I followed this recipe using fresh serranos, both red and green, and added 6 oz of raspberries to each batch.. So far so good!. The pan scrapings were da bomb! Will know in a few days after the jars have time to chill. Got to do something with all the peppers I am harvesting currently! Thanks for being a great chili inspiration!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thank you, Cheryl. I appreciate it. Let me know how it turns out for you.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      My advice is to make sure you have some good ventilation in the room. Reapers can put out a lot of fumes when cooking. Enjoy! Let me know how it turns out for you! Nice and spicy!

        1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

          Thanks, Philip! The image link didn’t work, but I appreciate the comments!!

          1. 5 stars
            The Carolina Reaper jam set up real nice. Again, the Reaper heat came through fairly good and the sugar did not take too much away from it. I like the flavor of this one better than the Habanero jam (personal preference). This is a very good recipe. I just switched to a 1/2 pound of Carolina Reaper peppers instead of Habanero peppers and kept everything else the same. It worked out very well. For serious pepper heads, who want an excellent high heat jam that will last through the winter, if you follow the directions fairly closely you can’t go wrong with this recipe, Highly recommended. (caution, use latex gloves and ventilation, the juices fumes do get to be a bit much).

  32. Ross Starkey

    5 stars
    I made this using a half pound of chocolate habaneros from the Union Square Farmers Market. Tried it for the first time this morning, it is spicy but quite good in small amounts. I didn’t use the food processor, I just used a cleaver to chop it all on the cutting board (uh, yeah, I was wearing a nitrile glove on my non-dominant hand). Those bits did all float to the tops of the jars…
    My only problem was, I wasn’t able to find liquid pectin, the only thing even close was something called “Pomona’s Universal Pectin”. Pectin’s pectin, I thought, and of course I didn’t open the box and read the instructions until all other ingredients were already simmering… (it is a specialty product made for LOW SUGAR jams and jellies). I figured something out on the fly and ended up with a somewhat firm jam, a bit firmer than I hoped for but not bad, considering…

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Ross. Seems like it worked out overall. Glad you are liking the flavor. Definitely some heat! I appreciate the comments!!

  33. What is the lemon juice for? I have seen other recipes that also called for cider vinegar, but no lemon juice. With vinegar and lemon juice, It seems using both would make the jam too tart.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      You can skip the lemon juice, Dennis. It ups the acidity and is a nice flavor combination with the vinegar. Feel free to just use vinegar as desired.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Lee-Ann, you can use grape juice but I’m not sure how long it will last that way. I’ve never done it with half and half, which I believe is more like a panna cotta. If you make it that way, let me know how it turns out for you.

      1. I’m not sure she meant half and half as in cream haha! I think she meant half grape juice and half cider vinegar. But if you are planning to preserve/home can this jam I wouldn’t mess too much with the acid in the recipe or it won’t be a safe ratio potentially.

        1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

          Haha, yes! I totally misunderstood! Yes, you can use half and half of each. Sorry!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Kathy, you can use orange for more of that habanero color. I didn’t use any and it turned out pretty orange. Let me know how it goes.

      1. 5 stars
        The color was perfect, no food coloring needed. I don’t want to add anything extra/artificial that I don’t need.
        I had to leave right after I finished boiling the jars and when I got home noticed that the habaneros and seeds did rise to the top. I read your reply below and will remember that for next time. But I’m sure I can just stir it up before using and it will taste and look perfect.
        thank you for the great recipe and quick response!

    2. 5 stars
      The color is perfect without food coloring. Don’t want to add anything I don’t need to. I had to leave right after I finished the boiling process and noticed that my peppers and seeds did float to the top. I read your reply below and will remember that for next time. I’m sure I can just stir it up before serving and it will be just fine.
      thank you for the great recipe and quick response.

      Kathy Z

  34. I attempted the recipe with an alternate sweetener – erithritol, which is supposed to be equivalent in sweetness level to sugar. As my jars are cooling they are getting hazy and crystallizing. Anyone know of there is anything I can do to save these or did I wast all my habaneros?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      I’ve never cooked with it. I’d love to hear someone’s advice.

    2. Try Allulose….it’s great for dressings, jams and jellies as it doesn’t get granular after setting up. It’s keto friendly and doesn’t affect glucose levels!
      Good luck!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Jenny, I use fresh, but the concentrate works just fine for this recipe. Just be careful in how much you use. Let me know how it turns out for you.

    2. Hey! So my recipe turned out way too hot lol! I used 15 habaneros and 1/2 of a sweet bell pepper along w/ 5 cups of sugar. Is there any way I can sweeten/tone this recipe down after it’s been water bathed?

      1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

        Jenny, one option is to make a new batch of jam with no heat, then add the finished jam into it to dilute the overall results. Then reprocess.

        1. Your idea worked perfectly!! Don’t get me wrong, it’s still spicy, but at least I can taste some sweet along with it! Also, everything set up perfect after mixing in the previous gelled batch (which I was worried about) I am very pleased! Thank you for that!!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      April, I usually just leave them in, but you can core them out if you’d like.

  35. 5 stars
    If I was to use corn flour/start in place of pectin, how many tspoons would you add please since I usually add starch to a tablespoon of water first so I’m wondering would this affect the recipe. Thanks in advance. Literally fell across your recipe. A little gem ????

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Hi, Anousha. I’ve never actually used flour and/or cornstarch to make a jam. I’ve read some ups and downs on using it and definitely prefer pectin. However, if you want to try it, I would start with a couple tablespoons mixed with water first, then stir them in and constantly stir, as flour/cornstarch can burn. If that doesn’t thicken it up, you can always reprocess it again to thicken further. I would only use this as a short term jam, not for long term processing and storage as I don’t have the experience to comment more specifically. Let me know how it turns out for you.

  36. If I plan to keep this in the fridge, do I have to boil the jars after? For some reason this step seems pretty daunting.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Marjorie, no, if you consume it in a reasonable amount of time, you can just keep it in the fridge.

      1. 5 stars
        I just picked 26 white lantern habaneros from my garden and they only weigh .6 ounces total. They are very small, and I probably have 15 or 20 more that will be ripe in a day or two, but that will probably only get me to a once, maybe a little more. 1/2 pound seems like a lot. How many habaneros came out to 1/2 a pound for you?

        1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

          Marjorie, it’s hard to go by numbers because the sizes of them vary so much. Weight it best, but my guess is that you have more than enough. Also, you don’t have to use 8 ounces of peppers. You can use less if you’d like and you’ll still get some great flavor and jam. Let me know how it turns out for you.

        2. 5 stars
          Just made another batch. Eight ounces was 22 large habaneros this go round. My previous batch had 30-32 smaller habaneros for 8 ounces. Hope this helps.

          1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

            Thanks for your help and input, Robina! Greatly appreciated.

      2. Hoping to try this today! I’m wondering what you consider a reasonable amount of time to consume, if I were to skip the boiling and just keep it in the fridge?

        1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

          Great! I would consume it within a few months, Laura. Enjoy!

  37. Jacob M Davoult

    5 stars
    Wow. This recipe is seriously the best!! Talk about absolutely ideal!! The sweet notes of the habanero add a nice touch, and the seriously low amount of sugar used comparative to most jam recipes really makes the habanero stand out! And the touch of lemon? It would’ve taken me quite a few attempts before thinking to do that. Thoroughly impressed and will always use this as much go to recipe! Thanks Chili Pepper Madness!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Jacob! I’m glad you loved it! Such a great recipe.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Danny, tabasco peppers would be GREAT with this recipe. I love those peppers.

  38. Mitch Brink

    5 stars
    I should have removed the seeds and membranes.
    It’s outrageously hot.

    On the plus side I made a very small batch to test it, so I will make it again with that change.

    Awesome flavor…and it set up very quickly. Less than 30 minutes!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Excellent, Mitch! Sorry that it was too hot, but yes, removing the innards will reduce the heat a lot. You can also make this with milder peppers. Enjoy!

      1. The seeds of a pepper contain none of the capsaicin that cause Heat. The seeds add NO heat, this is an old wives tale that just won’t die 😉

        1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

          Wes, you are 100% correct. The heat from peppers is actually contained within the whitish pithy innards. It should be emphasized that the seeds actually contain no heat. However, they do get coated in the capsaicin from the pithy interior, so might still be hot. The seeds can also be somewhat bitter, and are a textural issue for some. Thanks for commenting.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Absolutely, Barbs! I make jalapeno jam all the time. This recipe will work with any chili peppers. Let me know how it turns out for you!

  39. 5 stars
    Mike, I have been making the Habanero jam several times, it`s a big hit! I also have been making some hot sauces, they are great. I have Caribbean red Habaneros growing and would like to know what you think of the amount of these to make the jam.
    Thanks for some great recipes!!
    Doug P.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Doug! I appreciate it. I use a good 8 ounces per recipe of peppers, though it’s a forgiving recipe. You can vary up the amounts. Let me know how it goes!

  40. 5 stars
    Big fan…thanks for many great recipes! Wondering if I strained the solids out of the Habanero peppers (like the jalapeno jelly recipe) would it reduce the heat any?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Jeff, it would reduce the heat some, yes, though you’ll still get heat overall.

  41. 5 stars
    This recipe is fantastic! Very spicy. I have friends who can’t get enough of it. For me, I’ll reduce the habanero count slightly next batch. The color is gorgeous too, so I agree it makes a really nice gift. So when you say chop the habaneros, you mean seeds too, right?
    Thanks,
    Anne

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Excellent, Anne! Super happy you love it! When chopping, yes, I include the seeds and innards. However, you can remove them if you’d like. Enjoy!

  42. I made this yesterday and followed the measurements exactly. However it has not set at all, so can I put it back into the pan and add more sugar and re boil it ? Will this affect the flavour?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Arran, it can take up to a week sometimes to set. However, yes, you can reprocess it with a bit more sugar and more pectin to help it set. Let me know how it goes. This has happened to me before, even with the exact same recipe. Sometimes it is the pectin.

  43. For some reason what I made is REALLY hot. Can I just dump em all into a pot and add more sugar and then process?

        1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

          Michelle, yes, if you split the batch, it is best to add in the appropriate amount of sugar and pectin for 2 batches total. Let me know how it turns out for you.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Alex, jams will last 6-12 months in the fridge once they’re opened. Lower sugar jams closer to 6 months.

  44. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! Slightly sweet, very spicy! We had an abundance of habaneros in our garden this year. Perfect recipe for canning to enjoy throughout the winter.

  45. Kerry Johnson

    I have been blessed with a lot of Chocolate Habaneros. Would that make a good jam? What would you di different if anything?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Chocolate habaneros would make a good jam. You might include some other elements, like blueberry or strawberry to compliment the darker color.

      1. Kerry Hohnson

        5 stars
        Thank you for your suggestions. I made 1 batch plain and 1 with Blueberries. All I could taste was pure pain (Huge Pepper Weenie), so I took it to work- the men loved it. They could even taste the Blueberries.

      2. Took the words right from my mind! I have choc Habs and have already stored them every which way (ferment, dehydrate (smoked/non smoked), freeze(both ways) but haven’t prepared a jam yet have made many many hot sauces. Love the flavor but the heat is a little intense on mine!

  46. 5 stars
    This sounds delish! How many cups would 1/2 lb of peppers be approximately? Just want to make sure it sets properly.

    Thank you

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Rach. It will depend on the sizes of your peppers, though figure you can easily chop 20-30 habanero peppers for this recipe. Let me know how it turns out for you.

  47. 5 stars
    Hey mike, I love this recipe just as it is, but I would like to add fruit to it, like pineapple or maybe strawberry do I have to do something different to the original recipe?

  48. Hi Mike. I’m very eager to try this recipe as my Habanero plant has been producing sooooo much more than I ever anticipated. I really would like to make this for Christmas gifts for my friends but have a friend that is allergic to Lemons. Is the lemon juice a must, can I simply omit it, or is there some kind of substitution I can use?

    Thank you.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Regina, you can make this without the lemon juice. Try lime juice, or just use a bit of extra apple cider vinegar. Let me know how it turns out for you.

  49. what about with ghost peppers? a friend gave me some from garden and wanted to use for jam. usually do dry pectin freezer recipes. thanks.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Debbie, absolutely. You can make this exact recipe with ghost peppers. Let me know how it turns out for you!

  50. 4 stars
    I made this with extra peppers and made a triple batch and made 13.5 jars!!! It’s beautiful but it hasn’t set to jam consistency and it’s been 2 days!!

    Any tips to make it harden up some for jam?

    I did tilt them around several times to keep the pepper bits and seeds speed throughout.. will that cause the jam to not set right?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Julie, this recipe definitely scales up, but when making very large batches of jam, like you’ve done, it runs the risk of the jam not setting. It just happens sometimes with larger batches. It should have set after 2 days. You can heat the jam back up with more pectin, then ladle it back into the jars for setting. Let me know how it turns out for you.

  51. Charles Pappas

    5 stars
    Turned out wonderfully. The entire family loves this jam. Great flavor all around.

  52. Diane Neuman

    5 stars
    I am a spice weenie. I made your jam for the hubby. Our garden overflows with habenero’s this year. I was shocked to find that I LIKED IT TOO! It captured the beautiful citrus qualities I have never been able to taste before because of the heat! I will be making TONS of this! Thank you for sharing! (I increased the sugar by 1/4 cup, but the next batch I won’t, it really isn’t needed)

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      That’s hilarious. I am very good friends with a number of “spicy weenies”. I’m glad you liked it. It is surprising how low-heat this recipe is, considering it is made habanero peppers, which are pretty darned hot on their own. But I agree, the citrus qualities REALLY come through. Thanks!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Loulou, yes, you can make this recipe with powdered pectin. Just be sure to consult the directions on the pectin label. Let me know how it turns out for you!

  53. 5 stars
    Hi Mike. I love your recipes! Makes my simple meals delicious! How many Peaches or Apricots should I be using for this recipe?

  54. I made this yesterday and it tastes great!
    The only problem is that all the seeds have floated to the top, and it’s quite runny!
    Where am I going wrong with the recipe please?
    Many thanjs

    REPLY: Nick, it’s hard to say, though it’s possible you could have used more habaneros in the jam. You can also tip them a bit before they harden up completely to redistribute some of the peppers within. Something to try next time. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  55. Hi Mike, looking forward to trying this recipe, my question is, if I add something like pineapple or nectarine, how does that change the ratios of everything else? I don’t want to turn down the heat too much! Thanks…

    REPLY: Valerie, you can use whatever fruits you’d like. Just keep the amounts of peppers/fruits roughly the same to achieve the proper consistency. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  56. I used your recipe and I believe it turned out perfect. I had a freezer bag full of habenaros, ghost, and a few other peppers that we sweet but hot. I used them all and made a double batch. I did not use my honey as intended because I forgot to. I cleaned the had to cut the tops and clean some seeds or cause I didn’t want it all seedy. When I started cooking though I was a little worried maybe I processed too much. It looked cloudy to me. I added the liquid pecton in and cooked just like instructed. Poured it into jars and it was awesomely clear or as clear as I expected. I’m happy. It looks good and I did taste a little. It’s good! How could it be bad with that much sugar! It’s hot too but I think since I stripped the peeps a little bit I cut it’s heat down like I wanted. Didn’t want it to be to hot for everyone. Awesome recipe and will do this again add it was so easy!

  57. I made the habanaro jam, but,all the seeds & pepper chunks floated to the top & not mixed through, what did I do wrong??

    REPLY: Karen, it’s most likely because you had more room for peppers and. It’s OK, though. You can easily mix the whole thing once it is solidified. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  58. Hi
    Your recipes are too good.
    How much is 4 cup sugar if we convert it in OZ ?
    Thanks
    Avinash

    REPLY: Avinash, 1 cup = 8 ounces. Let me know how it turns out for you. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  59. I’ve just made this jam, but used scotch bonnets, tastes fantastic, but it’s a bit hit for all the family, can I put half the weight of chiles in , will that make itless hot? Thanks

    REPLY: Marc, yes, you can use fewer habaneros for lower heat, or sub in other sweeter peppers as well. Glad you enjoyed it! — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  60. Linda Mccool

    I only got 4 8 oz jars with this! Is that right?

    REPLY: Linda, that’s right. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  61. I want to try out this. Is there a problem with using peppers that were in the freezer? Can you use natural honey instead of sugar?

    Mike, yes, absolutely. If you want to use honey instead of sugar, use 7/8 the amount of honey. Let me know how it turns out for you. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  62. Hi Mike, I made a jelly recipe with habanero and pineapple last year. If I followed your recipe and added the pineapple would I still use the same amount of pectin?

    REPLY: Scott, yes, the amount of pectin won’t change as long as the overall ratios are close. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  63. Hi – I have a couple pounds of jalapenos and habaneros ready to use. I’m planning to make jelly and dry some. I’ve been looking at some Ball recipes for pepper jellys and I also came across yours. What does the lemon juice do?

    Thanks!

    REPLY: Patricia, it is mostly in order to bring the PH level down to help with preserving. I hope you enjoy it! — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  64. Hi, If I decide to use the food coloring, what color did you use? It’s such a beautiful color!

    REPLY: Louise, I didn’t use any coloring, but orange would be a nice addition. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  65. Andrea Smith

    would it be okay to use other kinds of peppers with the habaneros? Such as jalapenos or cayenne?

    REPLY: Andrea, yes, you can use other peppers with this recipe. No problem at all. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  66. Jeanette

    Have made this a couple of times with great results! Do I have to do the water bath at the end? Is that what makes it set up?

    REPLY: Jeanette, the water bath is only if you want to preserve it on the shelf for a while. Otherwise, it will set overnight and you can just enjoy it over the next month or so. Just keep it in the fridge. Enjoy! — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  67. so excited to find this recipe. i have some spicy red peppers growing in my garden (i forgot what kind we planted) and my plant is currently exploding with fruit – yes in march! will be cooking up a batch of this tomorrow. thank you so much!

  68. Is it okay to use dry pectin instead? Would you elaborate on the difference in using if you understand it? Thanks. i am looking forward to trying your recipe today

    REPLY: Mark, yes, you can use dry pectin, but be sure to follow the instructions and ratios on the label over these recipe directions. I’ve used both kinds of pectin and they both work nicely. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  69. Thank you so much Mike and Patty for this recipe. I made a double batch of this last night, and it came out perfect. Nice sweet, fruity taste, with a little kick to it. Some how mine made a dozen pints. LOL. I used Red Savina Halapeno Peppers due to the fact that they are a little bit hotter. I can’t wait to try out the same recipe with other peppers as well. Thanks again for the extremely easy to follow recipe.

  70. Hi Mike-I will be making this and wanted to know what will happen if I do not add the food coloring? I have never done any jellies and don’t know much about the pectin coloring.

    REPLY: Shelley, you don’t need the food coloring. It only affects color, nothing else, so feel free to skip it. Let me know how it turns out! — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  71. mark Daigneault

    I only have a couple of questions, how many jars does this recipe make? would the ratio of dry pectin be the same as the liquid? i can’t wait to make it and my friends are drooling on the pics I’ve sent them. I need to make probably 12 half pint jars.

    REPLY: Mark, this makes about 4-5 smaller jars, so upscale accordingly. If you’re using dry pectin, be sure to follow the labeled instructions for the ratios. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

    1. My batch filled ten 1/4 pint jars almost exactly. I was left with 1/2″ headroom on the last jar.

      Had I not culled out a few bad spots on my peppers that I had missed earlier, it would have been ten 1/4 pints to the tee.

  72. I have made Habanero Pepper Jam for years with a slightly different recipe, I always take out the seeds and most of the vein, but you did not mention this, I looked closely at your pictures and I did not see the tale tale pepper seeds in your jam, in my jam I have a few floating seeds that I may miss and I have particles of opaque seeds that get broken up by the blender, did you remove the seeds? I also add a seeded red bell pepper for intensifying the color so I do nothave to add food coloring. We like our jam served with cream cheese on crackers.

    REPLY: Hi, V.L. I didn’t remove the seeds, though habaneros usually aren’t super seedy. I’ve made plenty of jams where there were a lot of seeds. If desired, it’s easy to remove them before using. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  73. Sharon Rossy

    Just made this for the second time. I used a bit more habanero’s and half of a sweet red pepper. I confess I did add 5 1/2 cups of sugar. The only recommendation I would give is to give the head space for jams for preserving which is 1/4″. I love the addition of the lemon juice. It’s addictive.

  74. Wesley Marshall

    Just made my first batch of Jam. I used Orange Jalapeños for mine as they have a great flavor plus I think they will go great in a jam. Followed recipe although I used jam sugar instead of separate sugar and pectin. Cant wait to taste it (it’s still hot but starting to set)

    REPLY: That sounds great, Wesley. Let me know how it turns out! — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  75. How many habanero peppers are in 1/2 lbs exactly????

    REPLY: Lumeena, depends on the size of them, but you’ll probably get a good 20+ or so? — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  76. I use my non-jelled jelly as a chip dip/spread. Pour it over a softened pack of cream cheese.

  77. I messed up mine did not turn out like jam. Everything sealed fine and I tasted it wow mine was hot but good. So I have these jars it tastes good but what do I call it? How can I use them?

    REPLY: Sorry to hear, Barbara. You can still use it as a marinade, or even as a glaze over grilled foods, particularly chicken or fish. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  78. Bill Savage

    5 stars
    You can use frozen chillies the same way you use fresh ones,thaw them out and then use as normal.I have had frozen scotch bonnets in the freezer for a year and when thawed they were just as hot as the fresh ones ,I made chillie jam with them ,awesome!

  79. kiran kumar janalila

    Hats off ,thank you for making a wonderful combination of chilli peppers . I love Mexican stuff, thank you mike

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      5 stars
      REPLY: Kim, no, you don’t have to, though you can remove the seeds and innards for a milder jam. The seeds, also, will start to float around. Another reason to remove them if you’d like. REPLY: Mine were fairly mild, though either will do. – Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  80. 5 stars
    We made the jelly – we had about 15 peppers and it filled 5 small jam/jelly jars. Love the jelly!

  81. How many jars does this jelly make? And can you add some fruit? Strawberry, blueberry etc etc?

  82. The habaneros from my garden this year are crazy hot – how hot/spicey does this recipe end up? I can’t imagine putting in a 1/2 a pound of these peppers in anything.

  83. About how many jars of jelly does this recipe make. These look like they would make great gifts

  84. 5 stars
    Hi Mike, I LOVE your recipes! Already made many of them, just recently Habanero Pepper Jam, and yesterday the Beer Honey Mustard. Love them! Thanksfor the awesome websites, and the super fine photography! I love anything spicy but am a vegetarian, so maybe more veggie recipes? Thanks also for answering my question about frozen chilies. Still haven’t found anything to use them for. Take care, keep up the good work, Regina [email protected]

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