Adam Woolven at Island Grill’s Recipe for Tomato & Chilli Jam

This barbeque season, put down the bottle of generic tomato ketchup and surprise your guests with something a little more original. Island Grill, the sustainable restaurant in Lancaster London, offers an unrivalled, eco-friendly menu. This summer, the kitchen team will be making all burgers from scratch in-house, so Head Chef Adam Woolven has started to prepare with his home-made chutneys and jams.


Adam Woolven, Head Chef at Island Grill, shares his recipe for a tangy Tomato and Chilli Jam.



1kg Very Ripe Plum Tomatoes

5 Red Chilli Peppers

8 Garlic Cloves

Ginger (10cm piece)

60ml Fish Sauce

550g Demerara Sugar

200ml Red Wine Vinegar

Pinch of Salt and Pepper



Step 1: Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Add the plum tomatoes to the water and boil for 10-15 seconds. Following this, run the tomatoes under cold water, then peel and quarter them.


Step 2: Peel the ginger (easiest done with a spoon), then finely chop it, along with the garlic cloves and chilli.


Step 3: In a large pan, cook the tomatoes, garlic, ginger and chillies on a low heat until the mixture becomes of pulp-like consistency. Pour the fish sauce, red wine vinegar and Demerara sugar into the mix. Stir well. Season with a little salt and pepper.


Step 4: Don’t wait for the jam to cool – store the jam in a sterilized jar whilst still hot.


Step 5: Scoop a generous spoonful of jam onto your freshly barbecued burger – and enjoy!