the best 8 minute strawberry jam {video}

the best ever 8 minute strawberry jam

This used to be called my 10 minute strawberry jam but I’ve got it down to 8 minutes now. I’ve also improved the flavour of the recipe by adding orange, orange liqueur, vanilla and black pepper. It is also at this point that I put the stake in the ground as far as strawberry jam goes. I can’t do better than this. 

the best 8 minute strawberry jam

This quick jam, with its orange peppery twist, is more about the fruit than the sugar. The strawberries cook on a high heat over a wide surface which facilitates a rapid moisture loss. This is critical to make this jam quickly. I have used a non-stick electric frying pan because the surface area is so large, but a super wide frying pan over high heat will do the trick. If not, it will take a little longer but will still work. Just don’t write to me and complain that it didn’t take 8 minutes. I’ve made this jam so many times now it is thoroughly, well, and truly tested. I’ve even included a video to show you how its done.


This is the second video I made in collabortion with the talented film making due at Echo Ledge Productions (they did the shooting and editing). You can check out the first video we made for my 3 ingredient, NO CHURN, vegan chocolate ice cream


This jam doesn’t have the same shelf life as jam made the traditional way. In the fridge, it should keep for at least a month or two.

the best 8 minute strawberry jam

Recipe – makes one small jar of jam (about 500ml or 2 cups)

8 minute strawberry jam
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  1. 600g strawberries, hulled and sliced (2 heaped cups)
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 2 Tbsp orange liqueur such as Grand Marnier
  4. 2 tsp orange zest
  5. 2 Tbsp orange juice
  6. Freshly ground black pepper (about ¼ teaspoon)
  1. Heat up a large non-stick frying pan or electric frying pan to high / sear.
  2. Add the sugar and strawberries and cook until the sugar has dissolved - stirring constantly.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredeints and continue to cook until you have reached around 8 minutes of cooking in total. All ow to cool in the pan.
  4. To test if the jam is ready, place a side plate in the freezer for 5 minutes. Drop a dollop of jam onto the cold plate. Run your finger through the middle and if the jam stays apart and doesn’t immediately join back together, it’s jammy enough.
  5. Store in a sterilized glass jar
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11 Responses to the best 8 minute strawberry jam {video}

  1. lynne hoareau April 28, 2016 at 1:51 pm #

    Ooo Sam, I am so keen to make this…love the added orange touch with a bit of pepper !

  2. Rodney Eliastam April 28, 2016 at 7:06 pm #

    Hi Sam, Have you got a recipe for quick SUGAR FREE strawberry jam? Regards, Rodney

  3. Sam April 29, 2016 at 9:10 am #

    Great Rodney – I have never made sugar free jam. What do you use?

  4. Hannah Hossack-Lodge (Domestic Gothess) April 29, 2016 at 2:40 pm #

    Oooh this sounds lovely! The orange and black pepper are both fabulous additions and the jam looks much fresher than a traditional one 🙂

  5. Sabrina May 1, 2016 at 1:08 am #

    Great video!!

  6. Rodney Eliastam May 1, 2016 at 11:54 am #

    artificial sweeteners but they won’t thicken the jam. Can you make grenadilla jam?

  7. Sam May 2, 2016 at 6:36 pm #

    Hi Rodney, I have never made granadilla jam, not sure this is a possibility.

  8. Sam May 2, 2016 at 6:37 pm #

    Thanks Sabrina 🙂

  9. Laura | Tutti Dolci May 3, 2016 at 8:25 pm #

    I love strawberry jam and this looks scrumptious with the touch of orange and pepper!

  10. RS May 4, 2016 at 8:54 am #

    Hello Sam This looks divine. Would you have a recipe for a strawberry preserve with a long shelf life too?

  11. Sam May 4, 2016 at 1:29 pm #

    HI RS, I havent done a slow boil strawb jam for years – but Im sure Google will deliver a plethora of options.

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