2-Ingredient Plum Jam in Instant Pot or Stove

This recipe for 2-ingredient Plum Jam is like summer in a jar!  Sweet & tart plums cooked with sugar, and reduced to a thick, spreadable consistency! Yum! #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #jam #plums #preserves #condiments

This recipe for 2-ingredient Plum Jam is like capturing the fresh flavors of summer in a jar!  Plums and sugar is all you need to make this pot of deliciousness.  No pectin required!

In this plum recipe, I cook down the sweet and tart plums with sugar, which helps them release their juices and natural sweetness.

I cook it till it reaches a thick, spreadable jam-like consistency!  This flavorful, sweet and slightly tart jam is one of my favorite things about summer!

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Plum Tree

There is a big plum-tree in my backyard.  Every year, it bears hundreds of plums, way more than we can consume and give away to friends.

Every summer, during those 3-4 weeks in June, we get super creative with plums 🙂

Some of our favorite plum recipes are to incorporate them to salads, to marinades, pancake batter, and even grill and serve them with vanilla ice cream.

This summer, to preserve their delicious flavors and enjoy it year round,  my kids and I made some plum jam.

We picked ripe and juicy plums, washed and chopped them (no peeling), tossed them with sugar,  and pressure cooked them to get a head start.

Then, we reduced the liquid, till it reached a jam-like consistency.  The result was a sweet & tart jam that is to die for.

We made so much jam, that even after giving away a few jars, we definitely have enough to last the whole year. 🙂

Variety of Uses for Plum Jam

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Also try this Instant Pot Peach Ginger Chutney

This jam is so good, that I could eat it by the spoon 😉  Here are a few ways my family enjoys plum jam.

It makes for a great breakfast spread on an English Muffin.

Smear it with cream cheese on a slice of multi-grain bread for a yummy and filling snack.

I also like to serve it on my cheese platter, paired with creamy brie, some goat cheese with crackers.

Additionally, we mix it with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and seasoning, and it makes for a great marinade for pork or chicken.

Finally, one of our family’s favorite uses is to jazz up a simple vinaigrette with a dollop of plum jam.

Cooking Time Variation

You can make this plum jam recipe on the stove-top, or in the pressure cooker. 

Both methods take about the same time. The cooking time also depends on how juicy and sweet the plums are, and, how big a batch you’re making.

In general, using a pot with a larger surface area will be quicker than using a sauce pan.

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Stove-top Plum Jam Recipe

Wash and dry the plums.  Pit them and cut them into quarters.  Toss the fresh plums with sugar.

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Take a Stockpot– the wider the better, because the larger the surface area, the quicker your cook time will be.

It’s always a good idea to use a deep pot for jams and chutney.

Towards the end, the fruit splashes as it boils, I’m sure you don’t want it all over your cooktop, so, using a Splatter Screen comes in handy with a recipe like this.

Use a tall Wooden Spoon or a Silicone Spatula with a long handle, it protect your hands from the splashes when you’re stirring.

Add the plum and sugar mixture to the pot.  Start on a medium-high heat, when the fruit comes to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and keep stirring every 5 minutes or so.

You can mash the fruit to your liking using a Potato Masher or a Hand Blender.  The jam is done when it has reduced down to a jam-like consistency.

For 10 cups of fruit, it takes me about 45-55 minutes, depending on the juiciness of the fruit.

Instant Pot Recipe versus Stove-Top for Plum Jam

In the recipe, I cooked this jam in my electrical pressure cooker, Instant Pot.

Pressure cooking the fruit and sugar gives me a head start on the cooking process.  I wait for the pressure to release naturally for about 10 minutes (NPR 10), after which, I release the remaining pressure by turning the knob to “Sealing” position.

So, it takes around 10 minutes to come up to pressure, cooks for 1 minute, then 10 minutes of NPR.  But, for these 21 minutes, I don’t have to babysit the pot.

After that, it takes about 20-30 minutes to reduce on SAUTE mode.  So, cooking Plum Jam in the Instant Pot takes about 45 minutes for 10 cups of fruit.

That’s about the time it takes me to make it on the stove-top too, but the BIG difference is,  that I don’t have to stand by the stove stirring, for those 45 minutes.

So, I would say pressure cooking the jam in the Instant Pot has a clear advantage for me.

Unbelievably Easy Plum Recipe

Making this jam is a very easy and straightforward process. Take a look:

Step 1: Toss the chopped plums with sugar

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Step 2: Heat on Saute for 2-3 mins, to release juices

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Step 3: Turn On SAUTE to reduce

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Step 4: Result should be thick and have jam-like consistency

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Consistency – Smooth or Chunky

My family likes chunky jams and preserves.

This recipe gives you a chunkier jam.  If you prefer a smooth consistency. Reduce it, and pass it through a Food Mill or a large Food Strainer.

The result will be a smooth, syrupy yumminess, which will thicken as it cools down.

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2-Ingredient Plum Jam
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

This recipe for 2-ingredient Plum Jam is like summer in a jar!  Sweet & tart plums cooked with sugar, and reduced to a thick, spreadable consistency! Yum!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5 8 oz Jars
Calories: 57 kcal
Author: Spice Cravings
Ingredients
  • 10 cups chopped plums washed and pitted
  • 5 cups sugar add 1/2-1 cup more for a sweeter jam
Instructions
  1. Wash and dry all the plums. Chop the plums around the pit and toss them with sugar in the inner pot of the Instant Pot. Turn on SAUTE and let is sit for 2-3 minutes, stirring once in between. This time is enough for the plums to start releasing juices. Within minutes, you'll have enough liquid in the pot. Cancel Saute.

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  2. Close the lid. Set vent to Sealing position. Pressure cook on Manual/Pressure Cook for 1 minute. Wait for the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes after that (NPR 10). Carefully, turn the knob half-way to "Venting position", to allow a slow release of pressure. This comes in handy when cooking soups and sauces, as it prevents the liquid from squirting out from the pressure knob. Once the pin drop, open the lid.

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  3. Turn on SAUTE on high. (If your pot tends to get hot fast, select medium temperature).  Now let the jam reduce down to a thick spreadable consistency.  Stir in between.  It will continue to thicken once it cools down. Depending on the quantity and the juiciness of the plums, this can take anywhere from 20-30 minutes.

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  4. Let the jam cool down completely before adding to jars. If preserving for longer, use the canning procedures by your preferred brand. Else, store the jam in the refrigerator. I pop a few jars in the freezer and take them out as needed. 

Stove Top Recipe
  1. Wash and dry the plums. Pit them and cut them into quarters. Toss the fresh plums with sugar.

  2. Take a Stockpot: the wider the better, because the larger the surface area, the quicker your cook time will be. It’s always a good idea to use a deep pot for jams and chutney.  Towards the end, the fruit splashes as it boils, I’m sure you don’t want it all over your cooktop, so, using a Splatter Screen comes in handy with a recipe like this. Use a tall Wooden Spoon or a Silicone Spatula with a long handle, it protect your hands from the splashes when you’re stirring.

  3. Add the plum and sugar mixture to the pot. Start on a medium-high heat, when the fruit comes to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and keep stirring every 5 minutes or so.  You can mash the fruit to your liking using a Potato Masher or a Hand Blender. The jam is done when it has reduced down to a jam-like consistency. For 10 cups of fruit, it takes me about 45-55 minutes, depending on the juiciness of the fruit.

Recipe Notes

My family likes chunky jams and preserves.  This recipe gives you a chunkier jam.  If you prefer a smooth consistency, reduce the plum-sugar mixture, and pass it through a Food Mill or a large Food Strainer.  The result will be a smooth, syrupy yumminess, which will thicken as it cools down.

 

If you are new to the Instant Pot, please read my FAQ on Instant Pot Terminology and Accessories to learn more.

 

Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition Facts
2-Ingredient Plum Jam
Amount Per Serving (1 tablespoon)
Calories 57
% Daily Value*
Potassium 32mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Sugars 14g
Vitamin A 1.4%
Vitamin C 2.4%
Calcium 0.1%
Iron 0.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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10 Comments

  • Reply
    John
    July 4, 2018 at 10:11 am

    Calorie count seems high on the nutrition facts label. Should it be 925 cal per 8 oz jar?

    • Reply
      aneeshasg
      July 4, 2018 at 7:24 pm

      Hi John, You are right! This nutrition calculator plugin has been a little challenging lately, will figure out a way to fix it. Thanks for pointing that out, I appreciate it!

  • Reply
    Vicki
    August 10, 2018 at 10:05 am

    Can this be processed in a water bath?

    • Reply
      aneeshasg
      August 10, 2018 at 10:15 am

      Hi Vicki, When I can this or any jam, I follow the water bath method by ‘Ball’. It’s on their website. I’ve been following that for many years now. Hope this helps!

  • Reply
    Dee
    August 18, 2018 at 10:11 am

    Does this need to be stirred during the last sauté phase? Thx!!!

    • Reply
      aneeshasg
      August 18, 2018 at 11:03 am

      Hi Dee, Yes, you do have to stir it a few times to prevent it from sticking to the bottom. I have added that to the instructions to add clarity. Hope you enjoy this jam recipe. Thanks!

  • Reply
    Nancy
    August 19, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    This sounds delicious but since I live in a tropical climate I have no access to plums. I wonder how this method wouldwork on my Guava or Lilikoi Jam. I might have to add pectin but the instant pot simmer sounds great.

    • Reply
      aneeshasg
      August 19, 2018 at 6:12 pm

      Hi Nancy, Than you! I have no idea about Lilikoi, sorry. As for Guavas, since they’re are not as juicy as plums, you may have to add a little water to build pressure in the pot. Also, you might have to increase the sugar quantity. Saute feature thickens the jam a lot. Would love to hear how your jams turn out.

  • Reply
    Casey
    August 31, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Sorry if this is a silly clarification that is obvious. Is the yield from 10 cups of fruit and 5 cups of sugar, 40oz of jam? Just want to make sure I sterilize the correct number of jars. Thank You.

    • Reply
      aneeshasg
      August 31, 2018 at 9:40 am

      Hi Casey, I filled up 5 8oz ball jars with this quantity. The fifth one, was maybe a few tablespoons short, but around 40oz is what I would say. There is always a slight variation in final quantity, depending on how much you thicken it. Hope that helps!

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