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Strawberry Jalapeño Jam

This Strawberry Jalapeño Jam is a sweet n’ spicy jam that is the perfect addition to any cheeseboard. And this small batch, refrigerator jam is a snap to make!

One of the best things about summer is the fresh produce. Especially the fresh, sweet summer berries. And what is the best way to savor those summer berries? A jam of course!

Now, I don’t know about you but I don’t always have the time nor the energy to can. But sometimes, I just want some sweet homemade jam. A small batch that can be made quickly.

Overhead photo of strawberry jalapeno jam on white background with lemons, jalapeno, sugar and fresh strawberries

That is when I love making small batch jam like this Strawberry Jalapeño Jam.

What ingredients do you need for Strawberry Jalapeño Jam?

Ingredients for jalapeno jam on white surface. Slice lemons, sliced jalapenos and strawberries in a white bowl.

STRAWBERRIES: Perfectly ripe red strawberries are best here but I have used some that were almost on their way out. Just make sure to cut off any bruised parts. You’ll want the strawberries to be about the same size so cut larger strawberries into quarters and smaller strawberries in half. 

LEMON JUICE: Not only does it add a brightness to the flavor, lemon also helps the jam set. 

SUGAR: White granulated sugar. 

JALAPEÑOS: This jam definitely has a bit of a kick but it is not overly spicy. To cut back the spice even more remove the ribs and the seeds of the jalapeño before adding it to the jam. If you want a simple strawberry jam, simply leave out the jalapeño all together. To learn more about chilies check out my guide to chile peppers

Jalapenos sliced on a wooden cutting board with strawberries, sugar and lemon slices.

SALT: Just a pinch to bring out the flavor. 

Step by Step Photos and Instructions: 

Learn how to make Strawberry Jalapeno Jam by following these easy steps!

STEP #1: Combine all the ingredients together in a small saucepan.

All jam ingredients in a saucepan on a white surface. Also shown: strawberries in a white bowl, scoop of sugar, lemon slices and sliced jalapenos.

STEP#2: Use a potato masher or a fork to lightly smash the ingredients together. This will help give the jam a chunkier texture. 

mashing ingredients for jam in a saucepan using a potato masher.

STEP #2: Heat over medium-high heat just until it starts to boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 15 – 20 minutes or until thickened.  Stir frequently so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. 

Thickened jam in a saucepan.

DES’ TIP: To test if the jam has set, dip the back of a spoon into it and then run your finger through it. If the jam stays apart, it’s ready. If it runs together give it a couple more minutes. 

STEP #3: Pour into a clean glass jar. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week. 

Overhead photo of a jar of strawberry jalapeño jam.

What do you serve with strawberry jalapeño jam? 

You can use this jam as you would any other jam, keeping in mind that it does have a bit of a kick. I love adding a jar to my cheeseboard spreads too! It is especially divine when you spoon it over brie on a buttery cracker. 

Jam with brie on a cracker.


What is the difference between small batch jam and traditional jam?

This jam recipe requires no pectin or canning equipment. You can also make this using clean jars instead of sterile jars. All of this means that it doesn’t long of shelf life as canned jam. 

Can this jam be canned?

This jam recipe is not formulated for canning so I cannot recommend it at this time.

Looking for more ways to use summer strawberries? Here are some of my favorite recipes featuring strawberries: 

White Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake

Boozy Stuffed Strawberries

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Buttercream Recipe

Strawberry Pie from Lemon Tree Dwelling

Note: This recipe was originally published in 2020 and updated in 2022.

Spoonful of strawberry jalapeno jam.

Strawberry Jalapeño Jam

This Strawberry Jalapeño Jam is a sweet n’ spicy jam that is the perfect addition to any cheeseboard. And this small batch jam is a snap to make!
5 from 18 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Condiments, Easy Appetizer Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Servings
Calories 68 kcal



  • 1/2 pound strawberries trimmed and cut into quarters or halves
  • 1/4 cup diced jalapeños
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • pinch of salt


  • Combine all ingredients together in a small saucepan.
  • Mash gently with a potato masher or fork.
  • Heat over medium high heat until boiling, reduce heat and allow to simmer 15 – 20 minutes or until thickened and coats the back of a spoon.
  • Pour into a clean glass jar and store in the refrigerator.


Nutrition facts for estimation purposes only.


Calories: 68kcalCarbohydrates: 17.3gProtein: 0.5gFat: 0.2gSodium: 75mgFiber: 1.3gSugar: 15.6g
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Keywords: crispy jalapenos, jam, strawberry

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  • Reply
    Eeka Mouse!
    August 25, 2023 at 11:33 am

    5 stars
    Excellent! Put it over hot grilled cheese sandwiches. Yummy!

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      August 25, 2023 at 1:14 pm

      oooh that sounds divine!! Glad you enjoyed it :)

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    August 8, 2023 at 1:42 pm

    5 stars
    Tasty and super easy recipe!! Love this with goat cheese and crackers 🤤

    • Reply
      August 12, 2023 at 4:02 pm

      Ohhh that sounds like a perfect combo!!

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    Susan Fincher
    April 25, 2023 at 4:20 pm

    Delicious! I like a bit spicier so kept the seeds in and added some Serrano pepper…the smell is to die for! Can’t wait to eat it!

  • Reply
    January 31, 2023 at 6:37 am

    5 stars
    Excellent jam. Love the little kick from the jalapenos

    • Reply
      February 1, 2023 at 9:45 pm

      Thank you, Vicki! So glad to hear you enjoyed it!

  • Reply
    January 27, 2023 at 3:04 am

    5 stars
    Best strawberrie jalapeno jam.

    • Reply
      January 27, 2023 at 8:44 pm

      Thank you!

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    Tina B
    December 23, 2021 at 10:04 am

    5 stars
    I have to say…this is amazing on a charcuterie board and paired with havarti cheese and a wheat cracker!!
    Thanks for posting!!!

    • Reply
      December 26, 2021 at 9:25 am

      You are so welcome! I’ve never tried it with havarti but now I want to!

  • Reply
    June 22, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    5 stars
    Jalapeño Cheesecake would probably be amazing?!

    • Reply
      June 24, 2021 at 12:14 am


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    April 8, 2021 at 6:53 am

    5 stars
    Can you freezer it?

    • Reply
      April 8, 2021 at 7:35 pm

      I’ve never tried that so I can’t recommend it. Sorry!

  • Reply
    August 17, 2020 at 9:40 am

    5 stars
    Love this recipe – I love the heat of the jalapeno with the sweetness of the strawberries. So good!!

  • Reply
    Laura Arteaga
    August 16, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    5 stars
    Wow! I love this recipe! Combining strawberries and jalapeños is such a good and delicious idea!

  • Reply
    Aditi Bahl
    August 15, 2020 at 5:15 am

    5 stars
    Oh, how just loved the recipe. I tried this and everyone just loved it. Thanks for sharing

  • Reply
    August 15, 2020 at 4:32 am

    5 stars
    Would freezing this jam work…?
    Looks heavenly!

    • Reply
      August 15, 2020 at 9:33 am

      I don’t see why not! Just make sure that you leave enough room (about a half inch or so) at the top of the jar so that the jam can expand in the freezer.

  • Reply
    Uma Srinivas
    August 14, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    5 stars
    I make strawberry jam, especially in summer. But your recipe sounds awesome with the addition of jalapeno! We will try this when we get fresh strawberries.

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    August 14, 2020 at 11:14 am

    5 stars
    This strawberry jalapeno jam looks and sounds very interesting! I’ve never thought about making a jam like this, and now I’m feeling creative. I would love to eat this with a nice cheese! Thank you for sharing this recipe, I will be sure to try it.

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    August 13, 2020 at 6:02 am

    5 stars
    I love strawberry jam but I’ve never tried strawberry and jalapeno this sounds awesome
    I need to try this with some strong cheese :)

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    Amy Liu Dong
    August 13, 2020 at 3:44 am

    5 stars
    Wow! This looks really tasty and delicious. The reddish area it gives makes you entice on this one. Loved it!

  • Reply
    August 11, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    5 stars
    Oh sweet and spicy!! Love this combo :) And I love serving a cheeseboard for parties and guests so I can’t wait to surprise them with this jam!

  • Reply
    August 11, 2020 at 11:27 am

    5 stars
    Love the combination. Unique and yet so delicious. Have to try this recipe. I am drooling.

  • Reply
    Bernice Hill
    August 11, 2020 at 9:12 am

    5 stars
    What a winning combination. I love pairing jalapenos with fruit. I haven’t made a batch of strawberry jam this year and I may give this unique recipe a try before the summer is through.

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