Quick Blueberry Jam

March 12, 2015

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: The first few times I made this, I just covered the blueberries in sugar without measuring. But I've found that a good balance is about 3 parts blueberries to 1 part sugar. But feel free to crank up or take down the sugar.

I use this on waffles, pancakes, French toast, and crêpes. Once it is cold, it firms up and works well as a jam for sandwiches. It's great as a layer between cakes or as a glaze for a cheesecake.

Since I'm not following the proper preserving rules, make sure to keep it in the fridge and eat it within a few days.
Phyllis Grant

Makes: a little less than a cup


  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/16 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
In This Recipe


  1. Place all ingredients in a pan. Turn heat to medium. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring every minute or so. When it comes to the boil, reduce the heat to a simmer. It will start to release neon juices and the fruit will begin to soften. Cook up to 30 minutes. Up to you. The longer you go, the smoother and more jam-like it will be. Store in the fridge and eat within a few days.

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Reviews (10) Questions (0)

10 Reviews

Steph April 5, 2015
Can the sugar be replaced with maple syrup?
Monique March 24, 2015
Do you think the recipe, as is, would work with other berries/fruit? (I thinking specifically about blackberries, strawberries and peaches)
Amber B. March 24, 2015
the thing about blueberries is they are very very high in pectin which makes the jam. other fruits might be runnier - more saucy than jammy.
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Phyllis G. March 24, 2015
thank you, amber. i've done this with apricot, peaches, strawberries, and blackberries. sometimes all of them combined. but i've had the best luck with blueberries in terms of color, texture, and flavor. but monique, you should play around. fruit is very forgiving. and the magical alchemy of fruit, sugar,heat is endlessly inspiring. btw, vanilla bean is really good with strawberries.
Amber B. March 22, 2015
Can you make this with frozen blueberries?
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Phyllis G. March 23, 2015
absolutely. i've done it many times. my memory is the frozen berries release their juices much faster. it might be a more liquid jam. but you can reduce it down as much as you want. let me know if you try it.
Kristie C. July 26, 2016
I used this recipe with frozen blueberries yesterday. Big hit! It is on the runny side---but I like it that way. Thanks for a great recipe.
Kristie C. July 26, 2016
I made a pretty cheese board and put the jam out to go with soft cheese and French bread. I just posted a picture on my Instagram @kristiechristie
CT March 21, 2015
Followed the directions as written and ended up with an amazing jam to place atop homemade biscuits. This recipe is fantastic! Aside from biscuits, this jam would be great on plane Greek yogurt. Thank you for sharing. This recipe is a staple.
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Phyllis G. March 23, 2015
fabulous! thanks so much for reporting back.