Nothing beats biting into a fluffy toast topped with a heaping spoonful of sweet, homemade instant pot strawberry jam! In less than 10 minutes you can make a batch of delicious jam!

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Enjoy the taste and satisfaction of fresh-made preserves without all the hassle by making this no-fuss Instant Pot Strawberry Jam. This easy recipe requires minimal prep time to make the perfect strawberry jam your whole family will love. Bursting with flavor from locally sourced berries, this tasty jam will surely become an instant hit in your household!

Nothing beats biting into a fluffy toast topped with a heaping spoonful of sweet, homemade strawberry jam! Enjoy the taste and satisfaction of fresh-made preserves without all the hassle by making this no-fuss Instant Pot Strawberry Jam. This easy recipe requires minimal prep time to make the perfect strawberry jam your whole family will love. Bursting with flavor from locally sourced berries, this tasty jam will surely become an instant hit in your household!

Can You Make Strawberry Jam In The Instant Pot

Yes, you can cook strawberry jam in a pressure cooker, particularly in electric multi-cookers like the Instant Pot with pressure cooking and sautéing functions. Making strawberry jam in a pressure cooker can be quicker and more straightforward than the traditional stovetop method

Why Make Fruit Preserves In Pressure Cooker

Making jam in an Instant Pot (or any other electric pressure cooker) has several benefits that elevate the jam-making process. Here’s why it’s amazing:

  • Time-Saving: Traditional jam-making can be time-consuming, often requiring prolonged simmering.  
  • Consistent Heat: The Instant Pot offers consistent and even heat, reducing the chances of the jam scorching or burning, which can easily happen on a stovetop.
  • Less Mess: Traditional jam-making can sometimes result in splatters on the stovetop.  
  • Fruit Integrity: Due to the reduced cooking time, fruits tend to retain more of their vibrant color and fresh flavor in the Instant Pot, resulting in a jam that’s both visually appealing and delicious.
  • Safer Process: The contained environment of the Instant Pot means less risk of getting splashed by hot jam, which can be a hazard with open stovetop boiling.
  • Versatility: The Instant Pot isn’t just for strawberries.  You can make your own jam in minutes! 
  • Space-Saving: An Instant Pot means one less pot on the stove for those with limited kitchen space. 
  • Energy Efficient: Using the Instant Pot can be more energy-efficient than heating a stovetop burner for extended periods, which can be a bonus for the environment and your utility bill.
  • Perfect for Small Batches: If you’ve got a limited amount of fruit or you’re trying out a new flavor combination, the Instant Pot is great for making smaller batches of jam.

Ingredients Needed For Instant Pot Strawberry Jam

Bellow are the simple ingredients, you will need to make homemade jam!

Instant Pot Strawberry Jam

Remember the step-by-step directions and detailed ingredient list are below in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post, as well as the nutritional information. 

  • Fresh Strawberries: Choose ripe, red strawberries free from blemishes or mold. The quality of your strawberries will significantly impact the taste of your jam. Around 4-5 cups of hulled and halved strawberries for this recipe would be a good starting point.
  • Sugar: Typically, traditional jam recipes use a 1:1 ratio of fruit to sugar by weight. However, for a less sweet jam, you can reduce the sugar. Start with 2-3 cups, adjusting based on the sweetness of your strawberries and your preference. You can use a sugar substitute.
  • Lemon Juice: This not only enhances the flavor of the strawberries but also helps with the jam’s setting due to its natural pectin and acid content. The juice of 1-2 lemons should suffice for the abovementioned quantity.
  • Optional – Fruit Pectin: While strawberries naturally contain pectin, adding commercial pectin can help achieve a firmer set, especially if reducing the sugar content. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding quantity.
  • Optional – Butter: A small amount (like a teaspoon) can be added to reduce foaming during cooking.
  • Optional – Vanilla or Other Flavorings: A dash of vanilla extract, chia seeds or the seeds from a vanilla bean can add depth to the jam’s flavor. Other possible additions include almond extract or a hint of balsamic vinegar for a unique twist.

How To Make Instant Pot Strawberry Jam

Here are the step by step directions for making delicious instant pot strawberry jam.

Instant Pot Strawberry Jam

Prepare Strawberries: Start by rinsing your strawberries under cold water. Hull them, which means removing the green tops and the white part inside the top of the berry, then cut them in half or quarters if they are very large. This helps them cook down evenly.

Mix Ingredients: Place the prepared strawberries in your Instant Pot. Add the granulated sugar and lemon juice over the strawberries. If you’re using pectin to ensure a thicker set, mix it with a small amount of the sugar first to prevent clumping and then add it to the pot.

Cook the Jam: Close the lid of your Instant Pot and set the pressure valve to the sealing position. Select the “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” setting and set the cook time for 1 minute at high pressure. The pot will take a few minutes to come up to pressure before the cooking time begins.

Release Pressure and Mash: Once the cooking process has finished, let the pressure release naturally for about 10-15 minutes, then carefully do a quick release for any remaining pressure. Open the lid once it’s safe to do so. Use a potato masher, immersion blender, or a fork to mash the strawberries to your desired consistency.

Instant Pot Strawberry Jam

Reduce the Jam: Press the Saute Button on the Instant Pot to the “Sauté” mode or saute function and cook the jam for about 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent burning. This step helps thicken the jam as the excess liquid evaporates. If you find the jam isn’t thickening as much as you’d like, you can mix a tablespoon of cornstarch with a little water and stir it into the jam during this step. Use on your air fryer toast, or Air fryer English muffins, or over a bowl of ice cream, 

Cool and Store: Turn off the Instant Pot and allow the jam to cool for a while before transferring it to sterilized jars. The jam will continue to thicken as it cools. Seal the jars and store them in the refrigerator. For longer storage, follow proper canning procedures to seal the canning jars for pantry storage.

Instant Pot Strawberry Jam

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Pro Tips Instant Pot Strawberry Jam

  • Use the Best Fruit: The quality of your fruit directly impacts the taste and texture of your jam. Use ripe juicy strawberries that are firm and free of bruises. Overripe strawberries can be too watery, while underripe fruit may not provide enough natural sweetness.
  • Adjust Sugar Levels: Depending on your taste and the sweetness of the strawberries, adjust the sugar quantity. Remember that sugar not only sweetens the jam but also helps it set and preserves it. You can experiment with different types of sugar, such as cane sugar, which might impart a slightly different flavor profile.
  • Incorporate Pectin for a Firmer Set: Strawberries are naturally low in pectin, the substance that helps jam set. Adding a tablespoon of pectin can help achieve a thicker consistency, especially if you prefer a firmer jam. Mix the pectin with a little sugar before adding it to prevent it from clumping.
  • Add Lemon Juice: Fresh lemon juice is crucial as it provides the necessary acidity to balance the sweetness of the strawberries and helps in setting the jam. It can also enhance the fruit’s natural flavors, brightening the overall taste of the jam.
  • Use the Sauté Function for Thickening: After pressure cooking, use the sauté function to reduce for a thicker jam. This step evaporates excess liquid and concentrates the flavors. Stir frequently to prevent the jam from sticking and burning.
  • Mash to Your Preferred Texture: Some prefer their jam chunky, while others like it smooth. Use a potato masher for a chunkier texture or an immersion blender for a smoother consistency. Do this after the pressure cook phase and before you start the sauté function.
  • Test the Set Before Canning: Before you fill your jars, test the jam’s set by placing a small amount on a cold plate. If it wrinkles when you push it with your finger, it’s ready. If it’s too runny, continue to sauté and reduce it further.
  • Store Correctly: After filling the jars, you can store the jam in the refrigerator for immediate use, which will last for up to 3 weeks, or use a proper canning process for long-term storage in a pantry.

Instant Pot Strawberry Jam


Do I need to use pectin in my Instant Pot strawberry jam?  Pectin is not strictly necessary but highly recommended for achieving a thicker consistency. Strawberries are naturally low in pectin, so adding it helps the jam set properly. If you prefer a more spreadable, softer jam, you can omit it.

Can I reduce the sugar in the recipe? Yes, you can reduce the sugar, but keep in mind that sugar not only sweetens the jam but also helps it thicken and preserves it. Reducing sugar may result in a looser and less shelf-stable jam. If you’re looking for healthier alternatives, consider using honey or maple syrup, but be aware that these can change the flavor and texture.

How do I know when my jam is done cooking? After the initial pressure cooking and mashing, switch to the sauté function to reduce the jam. A good indication that your jam is done is when it coats the back of a spoon or passes the “wrinkle test” (a small amount placed on a cold plate will wrinkle when pushed with a finger).

What if my jam is too runny after cooking? If your jam is too runny, continue to simmer it using the sauté function on your Instant Pot. Stir frequently to avoid burning, and allow more liquid to evaporate. If it’s still too thin, consider stirring in a cornstarch slurry (1 tablespoon of cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon of water) or more pectin, and heat for a few more minutes.

How long will Instant Pot strawberry jam last? For best results, let the jam cool to room temperature, and then place into an airtight container. The sweet strawberry jam will last for 1-2 weeks in the refrigerator. 

Can I double the recipe in my Instant Pot?  It is possible to double the recipe, but ensure not to fill the Instant Pot more than halfway to prevent overflow and ensure even cooking. Also, doubling the recipe may increase the reduction time needed during the sauté phase.

Can I use frozen strawberries to make jam in the Instant Pot? Yes, frozen strawberries can be used and do not need to be thawed first. Keep in mind that frozen strawberries may release more liquid, so additional reducing time might be necessary during the sauté phase.

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Set your manual high pressure to 3 minutes, with the vent sealed. Let it naturally release. Mix in the cornstarch and water.

Instant Pot Strawberry Jam

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
3 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings


Believe it or not, you can make strawberry jam in your Instant Pot! This easy recipe is perfect for cooks of all levels, and the end result is a delicious spread that you can enjoy on toast, bagels, or even straight from the jar. Ready to get started? Keep reading for all the details.
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  • 3 cups frozen strawberries, or fresh
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Cornstarch Slurry:

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water


  • Add your strawberries to the Instant Pot, then add the sugar and lemon juice. Mix well.
  • Set your manual high pressure to 3 minutes, with the vent sealed
  • Let it naturally release.
  • Mix in the cornstarch and water.
  • Let sit and stir. When it cools down, pour it into an airtight container.


  • Pressure Cooker, or Instant Pot


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 491kcalCarbohydrates: 116gProtein: 2gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.003gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.003gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 9mgFiber: 7gSugar: 103gVitamin A: 0.5IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 46mgIron: 1mg

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