3-Minute No Sugar Microwave Jam

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3-Minute No Sugar Microwave Jam ~ this amazingly fresh and vibrant jam is made in just minutes in the microwave, without any of the muss and fuss associated with traditional jam making ~ score!

I was noodling around in the kitchen the other day with berries and the microwave.  I was trying to develop a microwave berry crisp when I accidentally discovered this amazing jam.  I guess technically I didn’t discover it, because when I Googled it, there were plenty of others who got there first.  BUT it is new to me, and maybe to you too!  I made a little pot of jam, with no sugar at all, from a cup of mixed berries, in the microwave, in 3 minutes.  And it’s pure fruit heaven.  Because there’s no added sugar, and the jam is flash-cooked, it tastes wonderfully fresh.  And it’s instant gratification, which is always good.

And by the way, those other microwave recipes I found?  They all use sugar.    The reason there is so much sugar in traditional jams and jellies is that sugar is a preservative, and functions to help the pectin form a gel.  But for this kind of quick, small batch jam, there’s no need for it.   Your reward is an eye-opening fresh fruit flavor that you will not believe.

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This works really well with berries because they break down so quickly, and the nice thing is that you can make this with just a handful.  There’s no need for peeling, chopping, or pitting.  I used raspberries and blueberries, but any small berry combination will do.  I didn’t try this with larger blackberries, or strawberries, they would need chopping and probably extra time.

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The microwave is an amazing tool, and there are so many incredible things you can do with it ~ I’ve used it for:

3-Minute No Sugar Microwave Jam

Yield: makes 1/2 cup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup berries (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, or a mix) rinsed
  • 1/4 tsp corn starch

Instructions

  1. Put the berries in a large glass bowl. If you are using blackberries and they are large, cut them in half. Toss the berries with the cornstarch.
  2. Cover the bowl with a dinner plate, and microwave for 3 minutes. Give it a stir. If your jam is still very runny, pop it back into the microwave for 30 second intervals. Be careful, it will get quite hot.
  3. Spoon the jam into a clean jar and let cool Store in the refrigerator, the jam will firm up as it cools.
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Make it your own ~

  • You can also use the hot jam, right out of the microwave, as a dessert sauce over cake or ice cream.

 

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50 Comments

  • Reply
    Nancy
    May 16, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    Looks wonderful! But, did you find a recipe for a crisp, too? I’ve been looking for one without so much butter!

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    Beth
    May 16, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    How long does this jam last in the fridge? Thinking about gifting some to a friend and want to be sure she doesn’t keep it too long!

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 16, 2018 at 12:25 pm

      It’s good for about a week or so, probably longer, Beth, but this is purposely a small batch, so it will probably be eaten up faster than that!

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        Beth
        May 16, 2018 at 12:56 pm

        Thank you!

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    Mary Marentay
    May 16, 2018 at 6:19 am

    I can’t wait to try this. As a diabetic, a no sugar jam is perfect!

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 16, 2018 at 6:28 am

      I think you’ll have fun with this, Mary. You can basically make any jam into a no -sugar recipe, just cook the fruit down until thick on the stove or in the micro. You can flavor it with lemon juice, vanilla bean, cardamom, etc.

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    Diane
    May 9, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    Thank you for sharing this. I made a little batch with fresh blackberries and frozen blueberries. Knowing store-bought frozen blueberries produce more liquid, I added extra cornstarch and a small sprinkle of sugar to taste. The wonderful aroma, the beautiful color, and fresh berry taste….outstanding!

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 9, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      Thanks so much Diane, I so happy it worked out so well.

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    Hollie
    March 3, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    Does it have to be a glass bowl?

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      Diane
      May 9, 2018 at 2:05 pm

      It just needs to be a microwave safe dish. ?

      • Reply
        Sue
        May 9, 2018 at 2:45 pm

        Yes, that’s right.

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    Joanna Benson
    March 3, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    This looks delicious. Jam that tastes like it was picked fresh from the garden. Can’t wait to try it.

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    Jan Salmon
    December 21, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Oh gosh – I made this and got a very thin sauce. ISW that one quarter teaspoon measure of cornstarch correct? My family needs a jam which stays up, on the toast or scones … please help!

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 21, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      Just microwave it a little longer, Jan, it should thicken up as it cooks. Your berries could have been extra juicy.

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    Catherine A Smith
    April 28, 2017 at 2:19 am

    Thank you so much for this recipe, very much appreciated now I don’t have to buy store bought jam!! This jam is healthier too.

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    Janet
    September 15, 2016 at 6:34 am

    This is probably a dumb question, but do you microwave the fruit on High power? Thank you!

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 15, 2016 at 7:12 am

      Yes, Janet, I use high. Good luck!

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    Cindy
    June 10, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Super idea but wondering if I can water bath can it and wondered how long to process…thanks

    • Reply
      Sue
      June 10, 2016 at 7:25 am

      This particular recipe is meant for a small batch that you consume within a short time, Cindy.

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      Marlene
      March 3, 2018 at 2:18 pm

      Can I use taioca starch?

      • Reply
        Sue
        March 3, 2018 at 2:42 pm

        That should work Marlene :)

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    Celeste
    September 27, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Arrowroot is a natural substitute for cornstarch. Use the same amt of arrowroot as cornstarch in any recipe. You can buy it at most health related groceries or online. I make my own yogurt and fruit. I heat the cut up fruit and 1 tsp arrowroot and it is the perfect consistency. Similar to this jam, it lasts in the fridge for over a week. Yummy

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    Mamato2
    July 12, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    I whipped up some heavy cream into peaks and stirred in some broken up meringues from Trader Joes. I put a layer of the cream mixture in some dessert glasses, then a layer of the jam, then some more of the cream and fresh berries on the top. Made a yummy and easy “Eton mess” dessert :)

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      Sue
      July 12, 2015 at 8:59 pm

      Yum!!

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    Rosa Robichaud
    June 19, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Wondering if a quick, short squeeze of fresh lemon juice might give it that extra little “zing”… to the taste buds, eh?

    Can’t wait to try this!

    Rosa

    • Reply
      Sue
      June 19, 2015 at 7:17 pm

      I’m a huge believer in the power of lemon!

  • Reply
    Naomi
    April 8, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    This berry jam will surely be a blast on our breakfast table. Healthy too. Thanks!

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  • Reply
    georgeann
    June 24, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Loved your no sugar —–3 min jam :)

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    rosita
    May 27, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Esta mermelada se ve impresionante y exquisita,abrazos

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    May 20, 2014 at 5:23 am

    this is news to me and I am jumping up in down right now saying Hallelujah! It is a great gift to us who love jam but never feel like the trouble of it:)

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    Helen @ Scrummy Lane
    May 20, 2014 at 1:09 am

    What a great idea! As it doesn’t contain sugar, any idea how long the jam would last in the fridge?

  • Reply
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    May 19, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Oh my goodness, I have to try this! I love jam but am a bit terrified to try canning – this is perfect for even me ;).

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    Chris @ The Café Sucré Farine
    May 19, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Who would have thought? What a great idea. I love that there’s no sugar! It looks like it would be great over ice cream or frozen yogurt too.

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    cheri
    May 19, 2014 at 11:41 am

    This would be wonderful on toast or ice cream. Very clever Sue, it is much nicer than all the others because there is no sugar, it’s perfect.

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    May 19, 2014 at 4:59 am

    I can’t believe how quick this is. I spent 45 minutes on my marmalade this weekend :) But I hope it’s worth it. You always do such a wonderful job with jams, jellies and spreads. Lovely! Hope you have a magnificent Monday!

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 19, 2014 at 7:48 am

      Thanks Tricia — I KNOW your marmalade will be worth it! , But it is nice to know you can have an instant bit of fresh jam now and then, too.

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    Couscous & Consciousness
    May 19, 2014 at 1:04 am

    That just looks like a little pot of heaven to me, and I can’t wait to give this a try. I have several months to wait for berry season though. Do you think it would work with frozen berries in the meantime?

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      Sue
      May 19, 2014 at 8:01 am

      That’s what I should have titled the post…’A Little Pot of Heaven’ :)

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    Sandra
    May 18, 2014 at 10:56 am

    This was great! I used up some blueberries, blackberries and strawberries that I had and everyone was impressed ! I chopped the blackberries and strawberries and followed the instructions, even my 7 year old granddaughter loved it ! Thanks!

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 18, 2014 at 11:13 am

      Wow, that was a quick turnaround, thanks so much, Sandra!

      • Reply
        Sue
        May 19, 2014 at 8:03 am

        It probably would work with frozen berries, but you might have to adjust the time.

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    Carol at Wild Goose Tea
    May 18, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Microwave jam is NEW to me. I think its brilliant. I serve ‘melt’ jam in the microwave to make hot fruit syrups. But I never thought to kind of reverse the action. I love it. Thanx

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      Sue
      May 18, 2014 at 10:07 am

      Oh I’m glad I wasn’t the only one out of the loop! I think you’ll love the fresh fruit flavor of this, Carol.

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    Bijouxs
    May 18, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Hi Sue. I have been making jams using the microwave, but never without adding sugar – brilliant! Lynn at Bijouxs

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 18, 2014 at 10:09 am

      Thanks Lynn — I’m sure there are cases where the fruit would be too tart and would need a little sugar. I would love to try this with rhubarb and strawberry!

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    Cuisinedeprovence
    May 18, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Wow! What a brillant idea – I have to try this and happen to have raspberries in the fridge….

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 18, 2014 at 10:09 am

      That’s what started all this, the berries are finally cheap!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    May 18, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Really? A 3-minute-jam? wow…I definitely would love to enjoy it hot spread all over my bread!

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    sippitysup
    May 18, 2014 at 8:41 am

    “Noodling about”. That was one of my mother’s phrases. This easy jam method is “better than a kick in the pants” too. Another one of her phrases. GREG

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