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A small-batch Quick Strawberry Jam recipe that is bursting with fresh strawberry flavor! 

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This quick strawberry jam is just sweet enough to accentuate the strawberries. And since we aren’t trying to get a super thick, spreadable jam, we don’t have to add as much sugar! We can also add lemon juice to up the tartness and really let the strawberries shine! 

Until I got more professional experience I always wondered why some jam recipes were considered “small-batch.” It was one of those things that I got to learn the hard way in the kitchen. I’ll spare you the drama, but basically the liquid cooks off fast enough in smaller batches of jams using fruit that don’t have much natural pectin.

If you take the recipe below and you multiply it by 10 or 15 (yes, I did) you are going to get strawberry soup. If you continue to cook this soup in the hopes that it will make something resembling jam, the sugars will begin to caramelize and eventually you will scorch it and it will taste like hundreds of dollars mixed with sugar…

Quick Strawberry Jam

What I am trying to say is if you scale this up without pectin, it will be watery and sad. Nobody wants watery jam. If you cook it too long it will caramelize and not be that beautiful bright red. 

If you macerate (let the sugar and strawberries sit together) overnight, this jam will be even better! But it isn’t necessary at all! 

Learning when to pull the jam off purely by eye and smell takes practice and lots of trials that go horribly wrong. So don’t beat yourself up about a bad batch. At least you didn’t burn 30 pounds of (very expensive) market strawberries! 
Jam is also just my jam. As can be seen with my Mixed Berry Jam, Cranberry Cinnamon Jam Bars, cherry preserves and peach preserves.

How to use quick strawberry jam?

You can, of course, use this jam in all the expected ways like in sandwiches, on toasted nutella swirled banana bread, shmeared on Irish soda bread, or in yogurt with honey granola. But you can also use this jam in unexpected ways like to make the strawberry glaze on these strawberry lemon cake donuts (immersion blend and strain it first)!

You can add it to vanilla bean pastry cream (after it the pastry cream cooks but is still warm), Swiss meringue buttercream or Italian meringue buttercream. Spread or swirl it in fruit tarts made with almond cream. Use it as a filling for this jelly donut recipe or as a topping along with perfect lemon curd for pavlovas! The possibilities are endless!

Quick Strawberry Jam in jar with spoon
5 from 8 ratings

Quick Strawberry Jam

A small-batch Quick Strawberry Jam recipe that is bursting with fresh strawberry flavor!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 10 people



  • Combine all ingredients in a pot.
  • Bring to a boil and cook on medium until the strawberries begin to break down and release their juices. If you want a seedless jam, immersion blend the hot jam.
  • Continue to cook until the jam gels on a frozen plate. If you are straining, pass it through a fine sieve. This is totally optional and in my video I didn’t even bother! I wanted a thick, chunky jam!
  • Cool covered in plastic wrap or proceed with the canning process with hot jam.



Yield: 380g


Calories: 107kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 124mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 48mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American, French
Calories: 107
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Quick Strawberry Jam
Quick Strawberry Jam

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  1. 5 stars
    I love this strawberry jam. It’s really delicious. A great addition to my breakfast! Will make this again!

  2. 5 stars
    Loved this strawberry jam! So quick and easy to make — had it for breakfast smeared on toast, so divine!

    1. Hi Michelle! That sounds glorious, could use a slice of toast with this jam right now…thank you for commenting!

  3. 5 stars
    I used this strawberry jam in a thumbprint cookie recipe and it was beyond delicious! The jam was so easy to make using fresh strawberries. I made one jar worth and it was gone in two days! Everyone loved it.

  4. 5 stars
    I never thought jam making could be so easy. So fresh and fragrent too. YUM – so much better than store bought

    1. Hi Jo! It’s so much easier than one would think, isn’t it? I’m happy you enjoyed!

  5. 5 stars
    Sooo good! The flavor from the lemon zest was my favorite part. I did decide to strain it, but I probably won’t next time so it’s a little thicker!