Instant Pot Classic Strawberry Jam

Everyone knows the Instant Pot (get yours here: makes fantastic soups and stews, but did you ever imagine you could make jams and jellies in it too? I love this simple, elegant recipe for strawberry jam!

Once you taste this wonderful recipe, you may never buy store-bought again! It’s got chunks of juicy strawberry and just the right balance of sweet and tart.

Jam isn’t just for morning toast or the centerpiece of that PB&J (although it serves both of those purposes wonderfully!). Use this jam to perk up your plain yogurt, as a sauce component for your next meat dish, spooned over some brie for an elegant appetizer, or over ice cream for a wonderful treat.

Pro Tip: Jam is good for 1 month in fridge, or one year in freezer.

You may never buy store-bought again!


  • 4 cups hulled and quartered strawberries
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch


  1. Mix together strawberries and sugar in the Instant Pot. Set aside for 30 minutes to allow the berries to macerate (soften and release juices).
  2. After 30 minutes, add lemon juice and stir to combine.
  3. Secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed.
  4. Using the display panel select the MANUAL function*. Use the +/- keys and program the Instant Pot for 1 minute.
  5. When the time is up, let the pressure naturally release for 15 minutes, then quick-release the remaining pressure.
  6. Turn the pot off by selecting CANCEL, then select the SAUTE function.
  7. In a small bowl, mix together cornstarch and cold water. Stir into the pot. Cook and stir until desired thickness is reached.
  8. Turn the pot off and allow to cool.

*The MANUAL and PRESSURE COOK buttons are interchangeable.