Sweet Onion Jelly

"Serve with cream cheese for crackers or bagels or use as a condiment on beef, pork or chicken. Also great on hot dogs, sausages and sandwiches. (I confess, a canner I am not, so I end up storing it in the fridge in lieu of processing it. It has so many uses that it sure doesn't stick around for long. Maybe, someday, I will learn the masterful art of canning.)"
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins
3 1/2 cups


  • 3 cups chopped onions (Vidalia, Walla Walla or your favorite sweet variety)
  • 34 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 12 - 3 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 (1 5/8 ounce) package powdered fruit pectin (Ball Fruit Jell No Sugar Needed variety)


  • Puree the onion and vinegar together in a blender until smooth.
  • Pour into a saucepan.
  • Add the sugar and crushed pepper and bring to boil over medium-high heat.
  • Boil for five (5) minutes and then stir in the powdered pectin.
  • Bring to a hard boil and boil for one (1) minute.
  • Pour into hot sterilized jars, secure the lids and process for ten (10) minutes in a boiling water bath.

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  1. smartin202
    Excellent and versatile recipe. I normally don't like changing recipes, but I had an overload of hot peppers this year which I canned in different ways, so I wanted to keep this on the sweeter side. Instead of the pepper flakes, I used almost 1/2 cup of freshly chopped chives and it is beyond awesome. We've used it on steaks and chicken. I gave some to a friend and she made a fresh spinach salad with bacon and hard boiled eggs and tossed it with this jelly and loved it. So I think this is great for more than just crackers. I like how this is a spreadable jelly that is not clumpy at all. I also have used it on ham and cheese sandwiches and it was great that way too. I tried giving this 5 stars but it's not working at all, don't know why, but I'd give it 10 stars if I could! Thanks!
  2. Lina from Canada
    Just as a side note ... made this recipe this morning; haven't tried it yet but it would be helpful if people added comments to their recipes such as how many and what size jars are being used, especially if they're modifying the ingredients. I made this exactly to a tee and needed almost four 250ml jars which is roughly 1 cup each. Good thing I always sterilize a couple extra jars just in case :-)
  3. dpqueen
    Just finished making this jelly and it was so simple! Can't wait for it to finish sitting up and then; it's gloves off! Gonna layer a brick of cream cheese with this and have at it. The pepper flakes really gave it a nice "KICK".
  4. RedHeadToToe
    Very tasty, more than once I have poured it over a pork roast in the crockpot. Thanks for posting!
  5. cinda37379
    This is wonderful served over creamcheese with a variety of crackers. I also made another batch using thin sliced garlic added and it was a whole new taste. It was great thanks...so many asked for the recipe after I gave it in gift baskets at Christmas. I added several 2 good size cloves of garlic.


  1. shirleytownsend
    Great recipe. I used one fresh hot pepper instead of pepper flakes putting it through the puree step with the onions. Everyone loves it. It's quite simple, I'm going to do it w/my grandaughter this week.


Greetings everyone! My name is Mary and I am a native Floridian. I live in Central Florida with my wonderful husband of 13+ years. I enjoy cooking simple dishes with simple ingredients.
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