Clementine Jam

Easy no-pectin Clementine Jam

Clementine Jam has a unique, brilliantly fresh flavor that plays well with all kinds of toast, croissants, scones, and biscuits. It’s not a marmalade because there’s no bitter peel involved, it’s a thick no-pectin jam bursting with sunny citrus that takes just 30 minutes on the stove.

Easy no pectin clementine jam

Who wouldn’t want this bright jam waking up their morning toast? It’s unusual, too, so I think it would make a nice last minute holiday gift. You’ll need 3 pounds of clementines, (they’re often sold in 3 pound bags) the juice of 2 lemons, and a cup of sugar — that’s it!

Sunny orange Clementine Jam

The peeled fruit is pureed, then cooked on the stove for about 30-40 minutes, just until it sets. The color is gorgeous and the flavor is pure clementine. I only use a cup of sugar, and a good dose of lemon juice, so there is a nice balance of sweet and tart. The natural pectins in the fruit are enough to thicken it so I didn’t need to add any.

Peeled clementines for clementine jam

Any variety of tangerine will work for this jam. They peel easily and are often seedless. I cut each one in half through the middle to check for seeds anyway.

A quick and easy no-pectin recipe for Clementine Jam

Personally I’m not a big fan of the bitterness of marmalades, and this is a nice alternative. As with so many of my homemade jams and curds, this clementine jam can do double duty as a filling for desserts, too.

Making fresh Clementine Jam

If you like this idea, try my Pink Grapefruit Habanero Jam — it’s the spicy version and would also make a fabulous gift. And my latest citrus jam is the gorgeous Blood Orange Jam ~ this one is like nothing you’ve ever tasted!

Easy no-pectin Clementine Jam

“Here it is years after your first post-just finished my first batch using this recipe. It is absolutely awesome and it looks beautiful in the jars! It has an amazing taste. My friends and family will love it.”  


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Clementine Jam

Clementine Jam has a unique, brilliantly fresh flavor that plays well with all kinds of toast, croissants, scones, and biscuits.  It's not a marmalade because there's no bitter peel involved, it's a thick no-pectin jam bursting with sunny citrus that takes just 30 minutes on the stove.
Course fruit preserve
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Yield 3 cups
Author Sue Moran


  • 3 pounds clementines
  • 1 cup sugar
  • juice of 2 lemons


  • Peel the clementines and cut each one in half through the middle to check for seeds.
  • Put the fruit, in batches if necessary, in the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth.
  • Pour the puree into a heavy pot and add the sugar and lemon juice. Bring the mixture to a boil, then turn down the heat a bit and boil for about 30-40 minutes, stirring fairly often. Do not cover the pot!
  • The liquid will foam up at first, but will eventually get absorbed. The mixture will start to thicken and get a little deeper and glossier when it is ready. I like to freeze a small plate and test the jam by dropping some onto it and letting it cool. If the jam firms up, it’s done. If not, keep boiling a little longer.
  • When it is done, ladle it into clean jars and let cool on the counter. When it reaches room temperature, cover and refrigerate. It will keep at least 10 days in the fridge.

Cook’s notes

  • Your jam will only be as good as your fruit. We’ve all had those clementines that don’t measure up, so skip those and try to find fruit with great juicy flavor. It shouldn’t be too hard, tangerines are in season right now.
  • I didn’t use pectin, but if you want a super firm jam, you can use some Low Sugar Pectin (I use Sure Jell brand, in the pink box.)
  • The longer you cook the jam, the thicker it will be when it cools. I like to test by putting a small plate in the freezer and then dropping a bit on the cold plate. If the jam jells when it cools, it’s done.
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    Lauren Gaskill | Making Life Sweet
    December 21, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Oh my sweet goodness, Sue! This jam is so beautiful — I can’t stop staring! The bright color puts a smile on my face for sure. I want to spread it over everything! Pinning. 🙂

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      December 21, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      I love that — there’s nothing more I could want from my posts than to put a smile on my readers’ faces.

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    December 21, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Love that luminous color!

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      December 21, 2015 at 1:29 pm

      Tangerines are a little brighter than oranges, I love it too 🙂

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    December 21, 2015 at 11:24 am

    It is so pretty!

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    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    December 21, 2015 at 11:19 am

    This jam is absolutely gorgeous, Sue!! That color is just beautiful and I love clementines, so I bet it tastes just as good (if not better) than it looks! I want to slather this stuff on everything.. or just eat it straight by the spoonful! Pinned! Cheers, my dear!
    P.S. I made your swirled bark over the weekend, it was AMAZING! <3

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      December 21, 2015 at 1:36 pm

      Thanks Cheyanne, I bet you had fun with that bark. Have a wonderful week!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    December 21, 2015 at 11:00 am

    The color alone is enough to make we want to make this jam. I love clementines or any citrus so I know I would love this. Beautiful! If we lived next to each other maybe you would share a jar with me?

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      December 21, 2015 at 11:01 am

      We really need to move closer together, how about we meed somewhere in the middle?

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    Pattie @ Olla-Podrida
    December 21, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Wow! this sounds both easy and amazing. I love anything citrus-y, and my mind is racing thinking of all of the ways in which I could use this. Pinning!

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      December 21, 2015 at 11:08 am

      Thanks Pattie, my mind is racing too, for one thing, I think it’d be great in a simple thumbprint jam cookie…

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    2 sisters recipes
    December 21, 2015 at 10:57 am

    What a delicious idea! Never imagine of making clementine jam – pure genius Sue!

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    Meghan | Fox and Briar
    December 21, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Oh wow, this is so gorgeous, what a great idea! I love simple homemade jams and the idea of clementine is perfect right now. Pinning this to make asap!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    December 21, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Oh this jam is sunshine in a jar!

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    Chris Scheuer
    December 21, 2015 at 9:03 am

    This is gorgeous, sounds delicious and would be a perfect way to cheer up any morning! I love that it can be made so quickly too!

    • Reply
      December 21, 2015 at 9:08 am

      Thanks Chris, I’m thrilled with it, it just gives me another way to enjoy citrus!

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