Recipe for Easy Microwave Jam

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Recipe for Easy Microwave Jam sent in by: Suezie

Ingredients for Easy Microwave Jam

  • 500g strawberries (works equally well with other berries too)
  • ¼ cup lemon juice (approx 1 and ½ lemons)
  • 2 cups sugar (1lb)

Method for Easy Microwave Jam:

  1. Place small saucer in freezer Wash and prepare fruit and place in a LARGE microwave bowl with lemon juice.
  2. Microwave on high for 4-5 minutes until fruit softens slightly.
  3. Stir in sugar and microwave on high for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.
  4. Drop small amount onto cold saucer and check for setting point – this will be slightly thinner than normal.
  5. Add 5 minutes more cooking on high if necessary (can vary for different fruits).
  6. Leave to stand for 5 minutes. Spoon into hot sterilised jars, seal and label. Yields 2 cups (2 average size jam jars)


Prior to starting the jam making I use sterilising tablets (used for baby bottles) to sterilise jars easily and then lay them in the oven on lowest setting ready for filling.

This jam will seem runnier than normal but cooking continues during standing time and it sets well once in jars and cooled.

It works well with strawberries and gooseberries and the raspberries are almost ready so will be trying those next.

Will produce 4 smaller jars from one batch if you’re into sharing or have smaller household. I am a first time jam maker and have had 100% success with this recipe!

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18 comments on “Recipe for Easy Microwave Jam
  1. Wendy Hoskins says:

    That’s interesting. I didn’t know it was possible to make jam in a microwave. What wattage microwave is this timing based on?

  2. Samantha Bayliss says:

    Silly question probably but I am assuming it is jam or preserving sugar that is used in the microwave jam recipe and not ordinary sugar?

  3. bev says:

    Tried it and it works a treat. Really fab!

  4. Microwave Marmalade

    500gm any Citrus
    1& 1/2 cups water
    3cups Sugar

    1. Chop fruit in Food processor to size you like
    put in large bowl with water cook on high 10 mins
    2. Add Sugar cook on high 18 mins

    makes 2 cups

  5. sian ivey says:

    I have had a go. I think it has worked ok. How long does it take to set properly?

  6. Lynne Roynon says:

    made raspberry and blackberry jam with complete success

  7. Barbara says:

    Followed recipe for strawberry jam and a complete success. Now want to try gooseberries. Do I follow same recipe?

  8. Jane says:

    I have an 850w microwave, now coated in delicious strawberry toffee.

    Next time I think I’ll break down the boiling time into 10m /stir/ 5m /stir/ 5m.

  9. Gail says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe! It’s so simple. Fab.

  10. Gail says:

    Hi All,
    have used the same recipe with Damons but it did take a bit longer cooking time! Took out stones before cooking, and you may need to add an apple as this is a soft jam recipe, am just about to put in to jars!!!!! wish me luck!!!!

  11. Geoff says:

    The perfect solution for us Guys out there.
    Just jammed up Loganberries from the allotment perfectly.
    Needed a touch more sugar to compensate for too much lemon juice.
    Used 600w setting.
    Brilliant, bring on the Blackberry & Apple

  12. Sally says:

    All was going really well. Simple, easy to follow recipe. About 10 minutes into cooking time, there was a loud POP!, a smell of burning, and the microwave gave up the ghost.

    Had to finish my jam on the hob. Has this happened to anyone else?

  13. JB says:

    Never made jam before so gave this a try, it is the best jam I have ever tasted & easy to make! Thanks

  14. Hannah says:

    Have just tried this with 1 apple, 2 cups sugar, juice of 1 1/2 lemons, and 500g mixed berries. It’s tasting great right now, just waiting for it to set, but it is has already passed the setting test, so fingers crossed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Wendy Cain says:

    Going for it with blackcurrants I picked myself last year. Fingers crossed!

  16. Sarah says:

    This is the best and easiest jam recipe ever.I used jam sugar so that we can store it for a while but was so easy and tastes delicious.Thanks 🙂

  17. Helen says:

    My second year of using this recipe, its brilliant quick easy and foolproof, I use normal granulated sugar, a microwave steamer that has a click and seal lid, and always add an extra 10 mins – Redcurrent Jelly all done now ready for Christmas. Rhubarb and ginger is my next project.

  18. Pam says:

    Well I had 500gms strawberries given to me and they were passed their sell by date to eat fresh so I made this jam and it is delicious. Its quick and easy. I have been given some Rhubarb so I will have a look for a microwave recipe. Thank You

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