Hawaiian Starfruit Chutney [Recipe]

Hawaiian Starfruit Chutney [Recipe]

While we were in Oahu, Hawaii, we partnered with Kahumana Organic Farms on the Waianae coast! They are an amazing group of people supporting local economies and provided us with one of their produce boxes while we were visiting.

CSA Produce boxes from Kahumana Farms

In that day’s produce box was some starfruit or carambola! Starfruit is a rigged fruit, with a tough skin and fleshy inside – similar to a grape. The entire fruit is edible and varies from sour to sweet on its own. During our trip to Hawaii, we were staying with friends for free, and I wanted to provide a thank-you meal in return. One of the things I got was some local cuts of steak and I knew I wanted to add some type of topping to it. This is where the idea for a starfruit chutney came to life!

The finished starfruit chutney!

Chutney is a type of condiment, often found in Indian cuisine, however, it has a very wide reach in the culinary world. It varies in what it is, from yogurt-based to herb-filled, to spiced, and of course even fruit! For the starfruit chutney recipe, I wanted the starfruit to be the main focus, but wanted a little richness and my California twist, with the addition of red wine. And because I wanted to use ingredients that were also commonly grown in Hawaii to complement the steaks, I added some fresh ginger that was also in my box from Kahumana Farms.

Serving it with leftover tri-tip!

I liked this recipe so much, I made it again recently with some leftover Santa Maria rubbed tri-tip – and it was amazing. You can see more of what we’ve been up to in Hawaii on our Instagram, and you can read more about the amazing people at Kahumana on their website!

Starfruit Chutney

A delcious starfruit condiment to go with red meat, pork, chicken and even fish! Inspired from Hawaiian and Indian cuisine with a twist of California red wine!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Sauce/Dressing
Cuisine hawaiian, Indian
Servings 8


  • 2 starfruit diced
  • 1/8-1/4 cup sugar see note
  • 1/3 cup red wine
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1.5 tbsp white wine vinegar


  • Dice starfruit into 1 inch pieces
  • In a saucepan, add all the ingredients. Mix well
  • Bring to a boil, and then simmer over medium heat for 30-40 minutes, or until thickened slightly.
  • Let cool or serve warm. Store in refrigerator for up to one week.


Taste your starfruits when you first cut it. If you think both are on the sweet side, use less sugar, if you think both are more sour use more sugar, or somewhere in between if they’re a mix.
Keyword chutney, sauce, starfruit

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