How to make Spicy Courgette and Apple Chutney

How to make Spicy Courgette and Apple Chutney

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a glut of courgettes (zucchini) and apples, must be in want of a recipe”  Spicy Courgette and Apple Chutney is just such a recipe, developed specifically to make use of nature’s bounty at the end of the summer.  With apologies to Jane Austen! 

Spicy Courgette and Apple Chutney is ideal served with crackers and cheese

Chutneys and relishes are even easier to make than jams and jellies.  You don’t need to work out a ‘setting point’, you just cook it down until it reaches the thickness that you want.  You can enjoy a tasty chutney with cheese and crackers, or they make great accompaniments to pies, pasties and roasts.  I often add a spoonful of chutney to a casserole or slow cooker one-pot to add a touch of spice and piquancy.  Spicy Courgette and Apple Chutney also makes a great gift for friends and family. 

Here’s how to make Spicy Courgette and Apple Chutney

Spicy Courgette and Apple Chutney ingredients

Gather your ingredients, apples, onions, courgettes (zucchini), red (bell) pepper, root ginger and garlic cloves. Cut the apples, courgettes, onion and red pepper into even sized chunks.

Slat the vegetables for Spicy Courgette and Apple Chutney

Put the chopped apple, courgettes, red pepper and onion in a non-metallic bowl and add the salt. 

Cover and leave for an hour.

Drain off the excess liquid from the vegetables for Spicy Courgette and Apple Chutney

Drain off the excess water that will have gathered in the bottom of the bowl. 

I needed two colanders to drain off this quantity.

Add the rest of the ingredients and your ready to cook Spicy Courgette and Apple Chutney

Add the other ingredients, including the chopped dates, sugar, ginger and garlic to a large saucepan with the vinegar and spices.  There’s no need to add any more salt as you have salted the vegetables already. Bring to the boil then simmer until the mixture becomes pulpy and is nice and thick. Be careful with the temperature and stir frequently as you don’t want the chutney to stick to the bottom of the pan. 

Sweet and Spicy Courgette and Apple Chutney Recipe

Although it’s best to wait at least two weeks before eating the Spicy Courgette and Apple Chutney, as it will mature and improve, I did try it the next day and it was delicious. There was no overpowering vinegar flavour, it’s not too spicy,  and it is the perfect partner for cheese and oatcakes. 

Spicy Courgette and Apple Chutney Recipe

4.86 from 7 votes
How to make Spicy Courgette and Apple Chutney
Spicy Courgette and Apple Chutney
Prep Time
1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
3 hrs

Spicy Courgette and Apple Chutney is a mildly spiced preserve.  It's well balanced with enough sweetness from the apples to complement the courgettes and spices.  Perfect to serve with cheese and crackers. 

Course: chutney, preserves, Side Dish
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Courgette and Apple Chutney
Servings: 6 250 g jars
Author: Farmersgirl Kitchen
  • 1500 g courgettes
  • 750 g apples
  • 2 large onions
  • 1 red pepper
  • 8 cm root ginger grated
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 150 g dates chopped
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 225 g dark brown sugar
  • 425 ml distilled malt vinegar
  1. Peel and dice the apples, dice the courgettes, onions and red pepper.
  2. Place in a large non-metallic bowl, sprinkle with the salt, cover with a tea towel and leave for an hour.
  3. Drain the water off the vegetables.

  4. Place in a large saucepan, I use the base of my pressure cooker, add the rest of the ingredients and stir well.
  5. Bring to the boil, stirring. Then reduce the heat and simmer, stirring frequently until thick and pulpy, about 1-1 1/2 hrs.
  6. Ladle into sterilised jars. Don’t use metal lids as the vinegar degrades the metal spoiling the chutney. Use either clip type jars or you can buy waxed circles and cellophane covers for jam and chutney making.
Recipe Notes

Keep at least 2 weeks before eating.


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I’m adding this recipe to #CookBlogShare the sharing community for delicious recipes,  hosted this month at Easy Peasy Recipes


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Cranberry Chutney – Little Sunny Kitchen 

Easy Spicy Mango Chutney – Fab Food 4 All

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Camilla Hawkins

I think we are thinking in tandem with our spicy chutneys Janice, this sounds glorious, I’d be adding it to lots of meals:-)

Kavita Favelle

I do love a good spicy chutney! This looks wonderful!

Monika Dabrowski

Great flavours! I am a massive fan of chutneys, courgette and apple make a great pairing in this kind of recipe. And I love the idea of using fruit and veg in the same recipe.

Mayuri Patel

Lovely tempting chutney recipe using apples and zucchini. So different from the ones I make, the indian ones. I hate the extra vinegary taste in ready made chutneys.I don’t think any chutney would last for 2 weeks in my family 🙂

Claire Jessiman

I have been very remis in my chutney making this year. Must rectify as I have a glut of apples and beetroot. Was trying to work out how you balanced the chilli on the jar – then realised it was a teaspoon!!!

Sisley White

Love the recipe (and the new look website!) I must make this with all my apples I’ve been given.


Ooh what a good idea to use courgettes in chutney. I do like my chutney and this looks ace. Thanks for sharing one of mine.

Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy foodie

Yay! Welcome to #CookBlogShare! Can’t believe you weren’t part of the group already! Love this recipe – sounds gorgeous. And love that quote at the start, the amount of times I’ve used that one (well variations of it)!! Love JA!! Eb x


I love making my own chutneys. This is a great way to use up all the courgette coming from the patch in my backyard.