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January 25, 2022 3 min read

What’s your favorite way to use Pepper Jelly?

Many people, when it comes to any jelly of any kind, only use it as a spread for sandwiches or a dip to be paired with charcuterie. But one thing we here at Pepper Jelly learned from Grandma Jones is that there’s no recipe that can’t benefit from a dollop of sweet, savory, spicy goodness.

Looking to expand your culinary horizons? We recently sat down with two of our favorite foodies, Sustainable Chef & Food Business Expert Lauren Kendzierski and Ethelyn Dietrich of Cooker Query, to discover their favorite ways to cook with Pepper Jelly.

Here’s what they had to say….


3 Different Ways to Use Pepper Jelly

Pepper Jelly Brings the Sweet

Close-up of fresh-baked muffins

Fun fact: our Traditional Pepper Jelly is made with juicy-but-mild bell peppers, which helps keep the built-in spice from overpowering its natural sweetness. That sweetness makes pepper jelly a perfect ingredient when creating cookies, cakes, and other homemade goodies.

“Add some pepper jelly during the last ten minutes of cooking time in baking recipes like breads, muffins, or biscuits,” Dietrich says, noting that pepper jelly isn’t as cloying as sugar or other sweetening ingredients, and also helps add moisture which reduces the likelihood of your oven-baked treats turning out dry and crumbly.

“You can also add pepper jelly to meat marinades, roasts, and slow-cooked dishes for a little bit of sweetness,” Dietrich suggests.


Pepper Jelly Brings the Savory

A man using a brush to glaze an oven-roasted chicken

Speaking of meat entrees and other protein-heavy dishes, the inherent sweetness of pepper jelly isn’t the only way it can enhance a recipe. Varieties like our Southwestern Chipotle Pepper Jelly can be used to bring out the smoky savoriness of all kinds of foods.

“In particular, pepper jelly is a great glaze for chicken, pork, or white fish,” says Kendzierski, who recommends applying a layer of pepper jelly to your proteins before cooking.

Dietrich concurs, adding that pepper jelly “can be used as a condiment or as a sauce for your dish” before noting that “it goes well with chicken, steak, pork chops, and burgers.”


Pepper Jelly Brings the Spice

Close-up of a pan of stir-fried beef and vegetables

If you’re anything like Grandma Jones, you’re one of those people who always thinks a dish can be spicier. When you need to turn up the heat, our Jalapeno Pepper Jelly is just the thing you’re looking for. 

Kendzierski is especially fond of giving her culinary creations a tongue-tingling tang, suggesting multiple uses for pepper jelly that are sure to satisfy.

“Mix pepper jelly with soy sauce and sesame oil for a quick dipping sauce, or, put pepper jelly on your egg sandwich or grilled cheese for a fresh kick,” she says. “You can also use pepper jelly as a base for stir-fry sauce, then add a touch of fish sauce, some ginger, garlic, and scallion."


Jazz Up Your Cooking with Pepper Jelly

Of course, you don’t have to limit yourself to the suggestions above. The possibilities are endless when cooking with Pepper Jelly.

“Use your creativity to come up with your own delicious recipes,” says Dietrich. “Pepper jelly is a delicious condiment that can be used in a variety of different recipes. It’s an easy way to add flavor to any dish.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Discover the many uses of Pepper Jelly for yourself. Try it today!