The best 8 minute strawberry jam {video}

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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 high heat over a wide surface which facilitates 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 it’s done.


This is the second video I made in collaboration with the talented filmmaking due at Echo Ledge Productions (they did the shooting and editing). You can check out the first video we made for my 3 ingredients, 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

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the best 8 minute strawberry jam

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

8 minute strawberry jam

My best 8-minute strawberry jam with orange and back pepper.
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Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:8 minutes


  • 600 g strawberries hulled and sliced (2 heaped cups)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp orange liqueur such as Grand Marnier
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 2 Tbsp orange juice
  • Freshly ground black pepper about ¼ teaspoon


  • Heat up a large non-stick frying pan or electric frying pan to high / sear. It is very important that the pan is large otherwise this recipe won’t work.
  • Add the sugar and strawberries and cook until the sugar has dissolved – stirring constantly.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and continue to cook until you have reached around 8 minutes of cooking in total. Allow to cool in the pan.
  • 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.
  • Store in a sterilized glass jar.
Servings: 1 350ml jar
Author: Sam Linsell


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

  2. Rodney Eliastam says:

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

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

  4. Rodney Eliastam says:

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

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

  6. Thanks Sabrina 🙂

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

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

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

  10. Have made this twice now. Absolutely love it, The touch of orange really makes a difference and give it a lovely fresh taste. Didn’t have Orange liqueur so used brandy and this was fine.. thanks Sam

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