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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!

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

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.

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

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. 

Spoonful of strawberry jalapeno jam.

It’s so delectable though, it’ll be gone in a flash! 

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: 

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.

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

Strawberry Jalapeño Jam Recipe

Makes 1/2 cup Prep Time: Cook Time:
5 based on 11 reviews

Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions

1

Combine all ingredients together in a small saucepan.

2

Mash gently with a potato masher or fork.

3

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.

4

Pour into a clean glass jar and store in the refrigerator.

Notes

Nutrition facts for estimation purposes only.

Nutrition information

Calories: 68 , Total Fat: 0.2g , Saturated Fat: 0g , Cholesterol: 0mg , Sodium: 75mg , Carbohydrates: 17.3g , Fiber: 1.3g , Sugar: 15.6g , Protein: 0.5g

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  • Reply
    Aline
    August 17, 2020 at 9:40 am

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

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    Laura Arteaga
    August 16, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    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

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

  • Reply
    Ty
    August 15, 2020 at 4:32 am

    Would freezing this jam work…?
    Looks heavenly!

    • Reply
      Deseree
      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.

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    Uma Srinivas
    August 14, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    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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    Ramona
    August 14, 2020 at 11:14 am

    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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    Kay
    August 13, 2020 at 6:02 am

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

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

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

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    HEATHER PERINE
    August 11, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    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!

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    veenaazmanov
    August 11, 2020 at 11:27 am

    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

    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.

  • Des

    Hey! I'm Des!

    Welcome to Life’s Ambrosia where Dinner is served and memories are made. Here you will find over 1000 tried and true recipes for every possible occasion. In the last 10 years, this blog has helped millions of families put dinner on the table and create food memories. Let me help you too.

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