6 Fantastic Substitutes For Apricot Preserves

Apricot Preserves is a kind of high-quality jam that is made out, as the name would suggest, apricots! It is incredibly delicious and people like to use it to spread on their toast, or in baked goods, or even as a pie filling! 

When you get a batch of really nice Apricot Preserves, there isn’t much that can beat it in terms of flavor, so when you are making a recipe that calls for it and you don’t have any, it can be really disappointing. 

What you might not know though is that there are plenty of substitutes that work really well when you haven’t got any Apricot Preserves.

6 Fantastic Substitutes For Apricot Preserves

If you are looking for a great substitute to use, then you have come to the right place! We have put together a list of 6 absolutely fantastic substitutes for Apricot Preserves that you can use today! 

Read on to find out more about them! 

While the substitutes on this list aren’t quite going to taste like Apricots, they will still taste absolutely amazing. When it comes to substituting one kind of preserve, you will usually use another that is a different flavor instead. 

On this list, we have included Peach Preserves, Raspberry Preserves, Strawberry Preserves, Cherry Preserves, Grape or Concord Preserves, and Orange Marmalade as the best substitutes for Apricot Preserves.

While they might not be your first choice, they will still work wonderfully in the place of the real thing! So let’s take a look at these substitutes now! 

1. Orange Marmalade

First, on our list, we have Orange Marmalade. While it is not a kind of preserve, it still gets a place on this list because it has a similar texture and stickiness to apricot preserves. 

It’s no secret that orange marmalade is going to taste very different from apricot preserves and it is going to be a lot bitter, but the citrusy nature of orange marmalade is one of the reasons why it tastes so darn good. 

You can use orange marmalade in so many different ways as well, and it works for both sweet and savory dishes. Its versatility is one of the reasons why it’s such a great substitute. 

2. Grape Or Concord Preserves

It might surprise you to learn that grape preserves (and even concord preserves) actually have quite a similar taste and texture to apricot preserves!

Grape preserves are heavy on flavor and they have a very thick consistency, which actually means that apricot preserves are runnier. 

Grape preserves work wonderfully in so many different dishes and they are great in both sweet and savory dishes, so they are incredibly versatile.

They are fruiter in flavor than apricot preserves, but this extra layer of fruitness will actually add to any dish you include them in. 

3. Cherry Preserves

Cherry Preserves are also really similar in both taste and texture to apricot preserves. These preserves are quite smooth in consistency but the cherries also add a bit of chunkiness to the preserves in a similar way that apricot preserves do. 

Pretty much all cherry preserves are made using sour cherries, which adds even more depth to the overall taste. If sour cherries are too intense for you though, you can easily use one of the other options on this list instead. 

Cherry preserves work really well with all sorts of sweet and savory dishes, especially duck, pork, and poultry. 

4. Strawberry Preserves

Strawberry preserves are a fantastic choice as a substitute because they are actually made from the same fruit as apricot preserves and they are not as intense in flavor as cherry preserves. 

This kind of preserve is actually quite easy to make for yourself as well, so you don’t have to go to the grocery store to buy some if you don’t want to or don’t have the time. 

Strawberry preserves are quite versatile, but they work better with sweeter dishes such as marinades, glazes, and even just plain bread. You can use them for savory dishes, but you will enjoy them more with sweet foods. 

If you do decide to use strawberry preserves on savory dishes, anything like duck, pork, and poultry are the best kinds to try it with first. 

5. Raspberry Preserves

Raspberry preserves are perfect for anyone who wants an apricot preserve that is a bit more intense in flavor. The tartness of the raspberries gives these preserves a more distinct and strong flavor and overall, it is thicker in consistency than apricot preserves. 

You can enjoy raspberry preserves with meat dishes, especially things like poultry, pork, and duck, but if you really want to enjoy raspberry preserves properly, you should try them with sweeter dishes, especially things like bread and brioche.

You can make practically anything with raspberry preserves, and it is one of the most versatile substitutes on this list. 

Raspberry preserves are also a lot less runny than apricot preserves so they are a lot easier to handle and cook with. 

6. Peach Preserves

Peach preserves have a similar taste and appearance to apricot preserves, which makes them a very strong candidate for being the best substitute on this list.

If you want to emulate the flavor and consistency of apricot preserves as closely as possible, then peach preserves are going to be the best option for you. 

Because peach preserves are made with peaches, they will differ in taste to apricot preserves, but the difference in taste isn’t too distinct and you may find you like the subtle differences anyway! 

Peach preserves are a bit thicker than apricot preserves too, but this makes them easier to handle and cook with.

You can use peach preserves in both sweet and savory dishes, and like most of the other preserves on this list, peach preserves go really well with pork, poultry, and duck. 

If you prefer sweet dishes, you can use peach preserves for practically anything sweet, so don’t be afraid to get creative with them!


So there you have it! 6 absolutely fantastic substitutes for apricot preserves that you absolutely need to try!

While all of these substitutes will differ in taste, they are as close to the real thing as you are going to get, and sometimes the subtle difference in taste actually makes the dish taste better! 

Next time you need to use apricot preserves for a dish but you don’t have any, give some of these substitutes a try.

You won’t be disappointed, and most of them you can make at home yourself, so they are perfect for those days where you need apricot preserves, but can’t get out to the store!

6 Fantastic Substitutes For Apricot Preserves

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  • Orange Marmalade

  • Grape Or Concord Preserves

  • Cherry Preserves

  • Strawberry Preserves

  • Raspberry Preserves

  • Peach Preserves


  • Decide on what substitute you need
  • Pick a substitute from the list above
  • Read what you need to substitute with
  • Create the recipe and enjoy
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