• Makes 4
  • 2 hours
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 8 Ingredients
  • Love


Tomato Relish is one of the most versatile condiments to have in the pantry and the fridge … there’s almost nothing that doesn’t taste better with a dollop!

Whether it’s a Toasted Cheese SourDough Sandwich with pickles or some freshly made Sausage Rolls or you’re wanting to whip up a quick Seafood Sauce, tomato relish is your best basic ingredient.

Make up some huge batches of this Tomato Relish Recipe when tomatoes are in season.  Summer and Autumn in Australia is the best time for Tomatoes – they will be much cheaper and the flavour will be far more intense.

This tomato relish is so easy to make, double batches brilliantly and is always delicious!

Ingredients (makes 4 large jars)

  • 1.5kg tomato
  • 500g onions
  • 375g white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1 Tbsp mustard powder
  • half a handful salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • enough to cover white vinegar


  1. Cut tomatoes into small pieces and slice onions. Place in a large bowl together. Sprinkle with salt and leave to stand overnight.
  2. Drain off the liquid and put in a large pot.
  3. Cover with sugar and vinegar and bring to the boil for 5 minutes. Add cayenne pepper.
  4. Mix mustard powder and curry powder with a little vinegar and add. Boil for a further 1- 1 1/4 hours. Make sure you stir occasionally it so it doesn't burn.
  5. Bottle while hot.

Notes... This Tomato Relish Recipe is an old family recipe we've been making for generations. We like to call it Grandma's Tomato Relish!

If you're a fan of pickles, relishes and preserves, you might also like to try some of these recipes:

  • I love relish but I’ve never tried to make it. I’ll give this a go, thanks


  • My mum used to do some.thx for sharing


  • Sound delicious just like my grandma’s ones


  • Made a similar recipe but with green tomatoes and it was delicious!


  • Perfect to try and use up all the backyard tomatoes


  • Cayenne pepper and curry powder don’t appeal to me.


  • Sounds delish!


  • I have fond memories of my grandma making tomato relish. Thanks for the recipe.


  • I love making homemade relish, I just hate how my kitchen always smells like onions for a few days after it


  • Would love to try this. It’s the sterilising of the bottles that I can’t be bothered with!


  • Reminds me of when I was young, watching Mum bottle relish and tomato sauce. Great recipe.


  • I absolutely love a home-made tomato relish. Never made one myself, but love to buy them from markets and stalls. Love it on a burger or with ham on toast.


  • Oh yumm, imagine this on a hamburger, total yumminess.


  • Great way to use some garden extras.


  • This is a great way to use up all those excess tomatoes we end up with each year.


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