Red Onion Savory Jam

red onion savoury jam

Lina at Lin’s recipes had the great idea to host a recipe exchange this month.  I was excited to participate and just had to try Julia’s Red Onion Savoury Jam at My Red Page.  I was very intrigued by the jam, because I am an avid onion lover.  The idea of adding sugar and acid to one of my favorite veggies was irresistible!  It was super easy to make and it made the whole house smell of herbs and wine.  The smell was truly intoxicating, no pun intended 😉  The jam turned out delicious and has such wonderful layers of flavor.  It is sweet, acidic, earthy, and has a wonderful afterkick from the chili flakes.  After tasting it, I decided I had to make some bread!  I made some of my Honey Wheat Flaxseed Bread.  Let me tell you, it was an amazing combination.  I sat down with a piece of bread still warm from the oven slathered in this delicious and flavorful onion jam, paired with a shot of espresso.  What an afternoon snack!  If you like intense flavors, you have to try Julia’s Savoury Red Onion Jam.  You will not be sorry.  I am thinking of pairing it with a grilled turkey burger next…yum!  Also, if you are looking for a delicious homemade bread with a little extra health, please try my Honey Wheat Flaxseed bread.

Thanks again to Lina for creating and hosting this challenge!

Red Onion Savoury Jam

Red Onion Savoury Jam


  • Recipe from My Red Page
  • 1.1 lb. (1/2 kg) red onion (approx 1 large onion)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups red wine
  • 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar (original recipes notes white will work too)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil (I used extra virgin)
  • 2 tsp. thyme (fresh or dried)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. chili flakes
  • 2 bay leaves (I didn't have any on hand, so I had to omit)
  • Chop the onions into uniform pieces,
  • Heat the oil over medium heat in a pot large enough to hold all the ingredients (A pot with a large base works best, to ensure the jam reduces in the last step). Add the onions and let them cook for a few minutes.
  • Add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Add the wine and vinegar, followed by the thyme, chili flakes, salt, and bay leaves. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce down to a simmer. Allow the mixture to simmer for 45 minutes, or until it thickens (this will depend largely on the width and type of pot you are using).
  • Once it is done, let it cool and either use it immediately or store in the fridge. The original recipe states it will remain good for up to 2 weeks if stored properly in the fridge. Enjoy!
  • 54 Responses to“Red Onion Savory Jam”

    1. 03/17/2016 at 10:20 am #

      It looks amazing:) so happy you’ve enjoyed it:) thank you for sharing:)

        03/17/2016 at 10:31 am #

        Thank you so much Julia! I am so glad I made it…just amazing 😀

    2. 03/17/2016 at 10:24 am #

      Wow, that looks goooooood! 🙂

        03/17/2016 at 10:32 am #

        Thank you Ana!

    3. 03/17/2016 at 11:46 am #

      This really sounds good and I have always wanted to try it Antonia!

        03/17/2016 at 1:41 pm #

        Thanks Lynn! You should give it a try…it’s really good 😀

        • 03/17/2016 at 1:44 pm #

          It sounds so interesting and I have seen this several times, always tempted to try!

          03/17/2016 at 2:04 pm #

          I remember seeing it before and thinking it was interesting too. I am glad Lina had this challenge and I decided to make it. So tasty!

        • 03/17/2016 at 5:00 pm #

          Yes so nice!

          03/17/2016 at 5:55 pm #

          I just ate more this afternoon 😛 Yum!

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    4. 03/17/2016 at 12:03 pm #

      This is a recipe I am going to have to make Antonia – printed it out so I could do some shopping soon. I make a few different kinds of jam and bacon is one of my favorite 🙂

        03/17/2016 at 1:47 pm #

        That’s awesome Judi! It is really addictive and has such delicious flavors! I’m glad I tried it out 😀

    5. 03/17/2016 at 12:05 pm #

      Oh Antonia, this looks so very tasty! I can see it pairing with pears and blue cheese… 🙂

        03/17/2016 at 1:48 pm #

        Thanks Ronit! That sounds delicious!

    6. 03/17/2016 at 12:17 pm #

      Great job Antonia-looks like you found a winner!

        03/17/2016 at 1:48 pm #

        Thank you Cheryl! Yes, it is really good and I ate way too much!

        • 03/17/2016 at 2:36 pm #

          LOL, I have made bacon-onion jam before which I also ate way too much… x

          03/17/2016 at 4:30 pm #

          It goes down easy 😉

        • 03/17/2016 at 6:21 pm #

          yes too easy-especially with homemade bread lOl…x

          03/17/2016 at 11:43 pm #

          So true Cheryl…especially with homemade bread!

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    7. 03/17/2016 at 1:32 pm #

      I’ve recently enjoyed putting jam on my english muffins in the mornings and this recipe definitely piques my interest! Does it have a mixture of savory and sweet, or is it more savory? I’ve never made my own jam before and I’m thinking about bookmarking this one for future use!

        03/17/2016 at 1:58 pm #

        I love English muffins and this would be super tasty! It is pretty sweet and a little sweeter than I expected. However, the sweet and savory are nicely balanced. It has some heat at the end, so it depends on whether you would like that for breakfast. I hope you get a chance to try it 😀

    8. 03/17/2016 at 1:40 pm #

      This sounds so good and yummy !!! I have never tried to make jam, so this will be a first 🙂

        03/17/2016 at 2:03 pm #

        Thanks Lynne! It is very tasty and I hope you get a chance to try it! I haven’t made too many jams either, and this was super easy 😀

    9. 03/18/2016 at 2:21 am #

      Such a gorgeous looking jam! I wouldn’t guess this is made using onions 😀

        03/18/2016 at 8:39 am #

        Thank you Freda! Happy Friday!

    10. 03/18/2016 at 2:14 pm #

      The bread and the jam look like a fantastic combination!

        03/19/2016 at 8:53 am #

        Thank you Cynthia! Have a great weekend 😀

        • 03/19/2016 at 9:12 am #

          Thanks! You too!

          03/19/2016 at 12:52 pm #


    11. 03/18/2016 at 8:20 pm #

      Just gorgeous, Antonia! Lovely recipe and the color is divine!

        03/19/2016 at 8:54 am #

        Thank you Lana! Have a wonderful weekend!

    12. 03/19/2016 at 4:49 pm #

      I love this, Antonia! As you know, sweets are not my thing but I would eat your savory version without hesitation.

        03/21/2016 at 8:59 am #

        Thank you so much Francesca! It is a little sweet, but has wonderful savory flavors. I hope you had a nice weekend 😀

    13. 03/19/2016 at 9:47 pm #

      The sweet and savory together sounds amazing! I love the idea of putting it on a grilled burger… Mmm… 🙂

        03/21/2016 at 9:11 am #

        Thanks Katie! I am so glad I gave it a try…it was so tasty 😀 I was going to try it on a turkey burger cooked inside, but I am definitely grilling the burgers now. Thanks for the idea 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful week!

    14. Sandhya
      03/20/2016 at 8:01 pm #

      Antonia, I am an onion lover and will definitely try this jam! Love the gorgeous color too.

        03/21/2016 at 9:13 am #

        Thank you Sandhya! It is so tasty and such a different way to eat onions. I hope you have a great week 😀

        • Sandhya
          03/21/2016 at 10:05 pm #

          Thank you Antonia. Wishing you a fun week as well.

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    15. 03/21/2016 at 8:41 am #

      Looks so good..Thanks for sharing this new recipe….

        03/21/2016 at 9:14 am #

        Thank you Swapna 😀 Happy Monday and have a happy week!

    16. kushigalu
      03/21/2016 at 11:13 pm #

      This looks so yummy

        03/22/2016 at 8:06 am #

        Thank you Kushi! Have a great week 😀

    17. 03/22/2016 at 10:26 am #

      This looks amazing….you always end up doing an amazing job! Thanks a lot for participating..its always a pleasure having you….! Awesome job once again!

        03/22/2016 at 11:03 am #

        Thank you for the kind words Lina! I have enjoyed participating and love trying new things 😀 Have a wonderful day!

    18. 04/06/2016 at 4:17 am #

      A lovely easy to make yummy tasty onion jam!

        04/06/2016 at 9:29 am #

        Thanks Sophie! It is very easy to make and such a delicious and unique jam 😀

    19. 04/15/2016 at 8:44 pm #

      Antonia this is beautiful jam. I have never had onion jam before but it sounds just wonderful. I apologize for the late comment, I am having computer problems (I just found out) my computer has decided to make about half of the emails I recieve junk and I didn’t know they were in the folder.

        04/15/2016 at 10:25 pm #

        Thank you Suzanne! It is really wonderful. I hadn’t had it before either. I have had problems like that before. I appreciate you stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend 😀

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