Quick and Easy Strawberry Jam

The moment I decided to make Quick and Easy Strawberry Jam was the moment I realized how simple and rewarding it is to bring the taste of fresh strawberries to my table year-round. This recipe, with just two ingredients, transforms ripe strawberries and granulated sugar into a vibrant, sweet jam that captures the essence of summer. Whether you’re a seasoned jam maker or a novice in the kitchen, this straightforward process will guide you to a delicious result without the need for pectin or extensive cooking times. Ideal for spreading on toast, swirling into yogurt, or as a gourmet addition to desserts, this strawberry jam is a delightful way to enjoy the flavor of fresh berries in a homemade condiment.


  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • ½ cup granulated sugar

How To Make Quick and Easy Strawberry Jam

  1. Combine the strawberries and sugar in a medium saucepan. Set the heat to medium, stirring until the sugar begins to dissolve into the strawberry juices.
  2. Use the back of your spoon to mash the strawberries further, aiding their breakdown. Continue to stir and mash occasionally, allowing the mixture to thicken into a syrupy consistency.
  3. Once the mixture coats the back of a spoon, indicating it has thickened adequately, remove the saucepan from the heat. This should take about 25 minutes.
  4. Pour the jam into a sterilized half-pint jar, sealing it with a sterilized lid and ring. Alternatively, you can use any airtight container. Allow the jam to cool by placing it upside down, then store it in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Simple Ideas To Use Strawberry Jam

This quick and easy strawberry jam is not just for spreading on toast; its uses are limited only by your imagination. Here are some favorite ways to enjoy your homemade jam:

  • Spread over crusty bread with cream cheese for a delightful snack or breakfast.
  • Serve atop pancakes or waffles, complemented by a dollop of whipped cream.
  • Mix into plain or vanilla yogurt for a sweet, fruity flavor.
  • Drizzle over ice cream for a decadent dessert.
  • Use as a filling for homemade muffins or cupcakes, adding a surprise burst of strawberry flavor.
  • Package in decorative jars as DIY Christmas gifts or thoughtful hostess presents.

Additional Tips

  1. Adjusting Sweetness: Depending on the sweetness of your strawberries, you may adjust the sugar amount slightly. Taste your strawberries first to decide.
  2. Storage: This jam can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. For longer storage, consider proper canning techniques or freeze in suitable containers.
  3. Enhancing Flavor: For an extra flavor dimension, consider adding a splash of lemon juice or a pinch of lemon zest during cooking.
  4. Checking for Doneness: To test if the jam is ready, place a small amount on a cold plate. If it gels and doesn’t run when tilted, it’s done.

Creating your own Quick and Easy Strawberry Jam is a satisfying and delicious way to preserve the flavors of fresh strawberries. Whether used in simple breakfasts, as a gourmet addition to desserts, or given as a handmade gift, this jam is sure to bring joy and sweetness into your life. Enjoy the process and the delicious outcomes of making homemade jam, and let it inspire you to explore more ways to savor the bounty of fresh fruits.