Spicy Courgette Chutney

Spicy Courgette Chutney is delicious with cheese, cold meats & perfect for a cheese & pickle sandwich. Spiced with coriander, ginger & a touch of chilli.

It’s a delicious chutney spiced with coriander, ginger, mustard seeds and a touch of chilli – the chilli content isn’t blow your socks off hot and you can add extra heat or tone it down as you prefer. Chutneys are a great homemade Christmas gift because they improve with age and partner perfectly with Christmas cheeses and cold meats. I’ve made enough Spicy Courgette Chutney to go in the Christmas hampers for our family and friends.


Slow Cooker Spicy Courgette Chutney

I made Spicy Courgette Chutney in the slow cooker as it’s the ideal tool for the slow process required when chutney making and there’s no need to worry about your chutney catching on the bottom of your pan or drying out too much. That said, don’t worry if you don’t have a slow cooker because I’ve included instructions for making in the conventional way using a preserving pan too.


Kitchen Shed Top Tip  –  Ways to use Spicy Courgette Chutney

  • Add a tablespoon or two to your favourite stew, casserole or tagine.
  • Puree a couple of tablespoons, add a little water and use as a glaze for your Christmas ham or roast.
  • Puree a few tablespoons, add a little water and mustard and use as a dipping sauce.
  • Spread some on toast, layer with cheese and grill – Yum !

Kitchen Shed Top Tips:

  • I like to sterilise jam jars in the microwave. Simply clean them as normal and rinse but whilst they are wet, pop them in the microwave for two minutes on full power. Remember the jars will be very hot, so remove with care. Always sterilise more jars than you think you will need.
  • Seal with screw top lids rather than cellophane covers.
  • The chutney will keep for up to a year.
  • Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
  • Serve with cheese, cold meats or your favourite burger.
5 from 23 reviews

Spicy Courgette Chutney

: About 4 x 450 g jars
: 15 min
: 3 hr
: 3 hr 15 min
: Moderate

Spicy Courgette Chutney is delicious with cheese, cold meats & perfect for a cheese & pickle sandwich. Spiced with coriander, ginger & a touch of chilli.


  • 1 kg (about 4 medium) courgettes diced
  • 400 g (about 3 medium) cooking apples diced
  • 500 g (about 3 medium) onions diced
  • 200 g sultanas
  • 1 or 2 teaspoons chilli flakes
  • 25 g piece of fresh ginger grated
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 400 ml cider vinegar
  • 400 g light soft brown sugar
  • Spice Bag and 2 teaspoons each of coriander seeds, mustard seeds and black peppercorns
  • Step 1 Add the diced vegetables along with the sultanas, chilli flakes, sea salt and grated ginger to a large preserving pan.
  • Step 2 Make your spice bag by tying up the spices in a large muslin square or ready made bag and add to the pan. Pour in the cider vinegar and give it a good stir.
  • Step 3 Bring slowly to the boil and simmer on low for 30 minutes with the lid on.
  • Step 4 Remove the lid and take off the heat. Stir in the sugar.
  • Step 5 Return the pan to a low heat and let the chutney mixture simmer for at least 1 1/2 to 2 hours, stirring every now and then to prevent it sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  • Step 6 The chutney is ready when the liquid has reduced and the courgettes and sultanas look plump and glossy.
  • Step 7 Slow Cooker Method: Follow recipe to Step 3 before carefully transferring the simmered vegetables into your slow cooker and place on the slow cooker lid.
  • Step 8 Cook on High for 1 hour before removing the slow cooker lid and adding the sugar and stirring.
  • Step 9 Replace the slow cooker lid but this time prop it open a little with a wooden spoon or spatula and cook on High for 5 to 6 hours.
  • Step 10 Check after 5 hours and if it’s not ready, replace the lid propped by the wooden spoon and leave for another hour or so.

If you’re lucky enough to have a bumper crop of courgettes, why not try making my spicy Courgette & Ginger Jam or delicious Courgette Brownies .

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Spicy Courgette Chutney is delicious with cheese, cold meats & perfect for a cheese & pickle sandwich. Spiced with coriander, ginger, mustard seeds and a touch of chilli. Instructions are included for the slow cooker and conventional cooking.


I’m linking Spicy Courgette Chutney to Fiesta Fridays.

87 thoughts on “Spicy Courgette Chutney”

  • I’ve only ever made chutney once in my life and it didn’t ever “set”, it was very runny even months later. So I took a bit of a gamble with a huge marrow I have spare from the garden and made this chutney a couple of weeks ago. Amazing! So easy, perfect recipe and I couldn’t wait for it to mature before tasting it – tastes delicious and the texture is already lovely and jammy. I’ll leave the rest to mature, but wanted to say thank you so much, I’m so glad I found this recipe 🙂

    • You’re most welcome Becky, it’s a pleasure to share the recipe. Thank you for the feedback, it’s great that you’re enjoying the chutney already. I’ll be putting some more of my chutney recipes up soon. If you’d like to follow me on facebook you’ll get the latest updates.

      • I have made courgette chutney today taste and looks lovely bit worried as it is still a bit liquid will it get thicker with age ,,regards Kathy

        • Hi Kathy, the chutney doesn’t get much thicker with age, maybe you could cook it down for a little longer. Let me know how you get on.

      • Hi Jenny, you could grate the veg. I haven’t used grated vegetables in this recipe so I can’t be sure of the initial cooking time but it will be shorter. I suggest cooking til soft, maybe 15 minutes instead of 30. The end result will be a smoother chutney instead of a chunky chutney. Hope this helps, do let me know how you get on 🙂

    • Hi Janny, I haven’t used blackberries in the courgette chutney but I can’t see why you can’t substitute them for the apples. Do let me know how you get on.

  • Making this right now in the slow cooker, the recipe is so easy and I didn’t realise you could make chutney this way!
    One question re. the muslin spice bag. Do you keep it in the mixture when it’s in the slow cooker or take it out before that? Thanks.

    • Hi Helen, it is much easier in the slow cooker. It’s ok to keep the spice bag in the mixture when you transfer the pan to the slow cooker. Do let me know how you get on and happy chutney making 🙂

      • Thank you for your reply. Chutney was ready after exactly 5 hours in the slow cooker, it looks and tastes wonderful! Plan on making more this weekend!

        • You’re most welcome Helen, so pleased your courgette chutney tastes wonderful. Thank you for trying my recipe 🙂

  • Hello I plan on making this recipe tomorrow. I am just wondering if eating apples or cooking apples are best and if red or white /brown onions are most suitable? Thank you

    • Hi Suzanne, cooking apples are best as they cook down and give the chutney a good consistency. I use brown onions but you could use red, the chutney might be a touch sweeter. Hope this helps and do let me know how you get on.

    • Hi Yvonne, you can substitute marrow for courgette, discard the seeds in the middle. Let me know how you get on.

  • This recipe is fab, I’ll be making it again I tweaked a few ingredients with what I already had in the cupboard but it came out perfectly and all the family are super excited to try it. I know it’s a long shot but I don’t suppose you have the nutritional info for this recipe at all? Not worried if not?

    • Thanks for the feedback Claire, so pleased my chutney worked out perfectly for you. I’m sorry I don’t have the nutritional info for the recipe, it’s something I’m looking into but so far there have been mixed reviews about apps and their accuracy.

  • Thanks for this brilliant chutney recipe, I’m just making my second batch.
    I make lots of chutneys but never tried courgette before, well I shall be making it every year now as I always have a glut of courgettes. & it tastes delicious. Can’t wait to taste it in 2-3 months when it’s matured.
    The slow cooker method is fantastic, when I think of all the hours in the past I’ve stood at the cooker! Not any more !
    Thank you once again 😌

  • I really LOVE the idea of a courgette chutney, never done one before but seeing this now, it’s definitely a must-have. Thanks for the inspo and the recipe!

  • I love a good chutney recipe, however I must say that I’v never tried this particular kind of chutney before. Adding to my list of recipes to try next month! Thanks for sharing.

  • My family loves chutneys whenever I make a curry, but I’ve never tried this one. All the spices and additions sound perfect.

  • To be honest, this is the first time that I’ve heard this stuff. I’m now very curious about it and really interest me to make this stuff as also this is spicy which make this an easy to pick. Thanks for sharing this to us, will definitely try to do this at home.

  • The combination of the courgettes and apples sounds delicious and great idea to add to casseroles! Love the tip of sterilizing jars in the microwave (I never thought to do that), so much easier than in boiling water.

  • I love a sweet-spicy chutney! So good on everything! I will trying out your recipe very soon!

  • This chutney looks so flavourful and now I have one more way to use up my garden courgette (we call them zucchini in Canada) Can’t wait to try!

  • Thank you Sarah James.
    WOW…. Made this last year and getting ready again (live in NZ). Absolutely brilliant. Love the taste and the simplicity of using the Slow Cooker. My pot burns and the element is not an even heat so the Slow Cooker is marvellous. I slightly overcooked but that was just a little thicker, but still great.
    I now use your method for all my chutneys and so much easier and cleaner. I have mobility issues so this method is easier and safer. 😊

  • Too much sugar. I halved it and added some Sriracha for a wee bit more heat. Next time I will leave out the sultanas too.
    Otherwise a good result!

  • Fabulous recipe – made it last summer – just confirming that it ages well!! Just starting my 2019 batch!

  • Amazing chutney! I was given two enormous courgettes by a customer, and had no idea how to use them, so I searched for chutney recipes and found this one. I followed it exactly, and got seven jars out of it. I let it mature for two months, then couldn’t wait any longer. It is delicious! I will definitely make it again. I should mention that I was a chutney-making virgin before this, but it has totally inspired me to make more. In the interest of full disclosure, I must mention that my husband did all the chopping, so it was a joint effort. I look forward to trying more of your recipes, thank you!

  • Just tried this, it’s simmering quietly in slow oven with xmas cakes! Have you got any more recipes like this, I make a lot of chutneys and this was one of the easiest.

    Loved the spice combo too..

  • Just tried this, simmering quietly in slow oven with xmas cakes! Have you got any more recipes like this, I make a lot of chutneys and this was one of the easiest.

    Loved the spice combo too..

  • I’ve just made this, but there’s lots of ‘juice’ left in the slow cooker. And it’s not looking particularly sticky 🙁 will it thicken on cooling?!

    • Hi Claire, it may thicken a little but it might be a good idea to cook it for another hour or so with the lid propped open. Slow cookers do tend to vary with their cooking times so perhaps yours takes a longer cooking time. The courgettes vary in water content too so this might effect cooking time too. Hope this helps and do let me know how you get on.

      • Hi, I have just made this chutney and had the same problem, so I have drained off some the liquid with a ladle

        • Hi Jackie, draining off the liquid is a good idea but if you have the time to cook with the lid propped open for another hour or two you’ll get more flavour.

  • Oh wow I want some!! As soon as I saw that you had shared a courgette chutney I knew that I had to have a look as I would be sure to love it and I do. This will be going on my to make list next year when we have a glut of homegrown courgettes x #CookBlogShare

  • What an organised lady you are making things for Christmas already! I should take a leaf out of your book and spare myself the December panic. Lovely looking chutney recipe, pinning for next summer’s courgettes! #cookblogshare

    • Thanks Mandy, it’s become part of the annual routine with our veggies and fruit and it certainly makes things easier near Christmas. Thanks for pinning 🙂

    • Thanks Trista, I love salsa and it’s perfect for using up tomatoes and peppers. It’s great to fill the pantry up ready for the winter. A pleasure to link up with #foodpronthursdays

    • Thanks Alison, the courgettes do make a great chutney, they’re perfect for soaking up all the spice flavour. Let me know if you do end up making some x

  • This looks amazing! I tried courgette chutney for the first time this week, and it was incredible with all sorts of cheese varieties. I will definitely be making your chutney! I think that might be a Christmas pressie for friends and family!

    • Thanks Mel, courgette chutney does work really well with lots of different cheeses & I love it with ham or turkey at Christmas. Hope your family & friends enjoy the chutney as much as we do. Let me know how you get on 🙂

  • I love the fact that you are making chutney for Christmas presents! Is a courgette the same as a zucchini? I am always looking for ways to use zucchini, since it is so plentiful. This chutney sounds delicious.

    • Thanks Jenny, my family look forward to their Christmas hampers, I offered to buy presents one year but they all said no. Courgettes are the same as zucchini, I think I’ll start putting both names in a recipe now I’m linking up with Fiesta Fridays.

    • Thanks Julie, courgettes are a versatile vegetable which is a good thing being as they are such prolific growers. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • I love chutney but have never had a courgette one but it sounds fabulous so now really want to try some! Thanks for a great #CreditCrunchMunch entry:-)

    • Thanks Camilla, hope you find some courgettes, they do make a delicious chutney. A pleasure to link up with #CreditCrunchMunch 🙂

    • Thanks Lauren, I think the slow cooker will be in constant with all the produce from the Kitchen Shed veg patch. A pleasure to link up and have a great weekend too 🙂

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