My strawberry jam recipe may be one of the easiest and simplest recipes I know! All you need is strawberries, sugar, and thick bottomed pot.

When I lived in Korea, making strawberry jam was an annual event for me that took place every early summer, when strawberries were in peak season. I made a huge batch, enough to last one year. My friends and I would always go together to the wholesale farmer’s market where all the strawberries were sold in big shallow wooden boxes with no lids. This made it easy for us to see the strawberries we were buying and choose the ones we wanted.

I always bought two kinds of strawberries: large strawberries and small strawberries. The large ones were expensive and my family and I ate them fresh or frozen them to make strawberry milkshakes. The small ones were cheap and perfect for making strawberry jam. Usually we would go in on some large boxes together to split the cost. Then we’d divide up what we bought and head home.

The day we bought strawberries was a busy day for all of us. We parted at the market and each of us went home to hours of work washing, cleaning, and preparing our strawberries. Removing all the stems on small strawberries was tedious work, but I was always excited in anticipation of seeing my family enjoy what I made from them.

This recipe makes a much smaller portion than what I used to make in Korea, and uses a lot less sugar. Strawberries are available all year round these days, so I don’t have to make a years’ worth at a time! In Korea I used a strawberry to sugar ratio of 2:1, or 12 pounds of strawberries with 6 pounds of sugar. I also boiled it longer to reduce it more. This recipe uses a different ratio: to make 1 cup of jam, it uses 1 pound of strawberries and ½ cup sugar. It’s meant to last in the fridge for up to one month, not for a full year. When you want some more, just make it again! It goes great with my bread rolls and fresh cold milk.

Let me know if you make it, and tell me how it turns out!



  • 1 pound (453 grams) strawberries, washed and stemmed
  • ½ cup (about 100 grams: 3 ½ ounces) white sugar


  1. Combine the strawberries and sugar in a thick bottomed pot. Cover and boil it over medium heat for 12 to 15 minutes.strawberry jam (딸기잼)
  2. Open and mash the strawberries with a potato masher or a wooden spoon in the pot. Lower the heat to medium low and let it sizzle for 30 minutes until it bubbly and turns shiny  jelly but still runny. Stir and mash the strawberries from time to time to keep the jam from burning.strawberry jam (딸기잼)
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    strawberry jam (딸기잼)
  3. Remove from the heat and let cool. Put it into a small glass jar. Serve with bread rolls or however else you like it.

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  1. Missy205 Australia joined 2/20 & has 6 comments

    Hi Maangchi I made this last night and it’s so delicious I’m so happy I can make my own jam. So easy and healthier than store bought jams! I ate it with your dinner rolls which I also made yesterday hehe

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  2. Zillioux1 Sebastian,fl joined 5/16 & has 2 comments

    Maangchi, can malberrys be used instead of strawberrys and if not do you have a recipe to use them.

  3. Meera_02 UAE joined 3/16 & has 1 comment

    Hello Maangchi! I tried your recipe and I liked a lot. My family LOVED IT a lot and they finished it in one day only. I will make jam again tomorrow with the bread rolls. I have mini jars so I can make enough jam for my friends at school.

    I attached a picture of my jam jar. ^^
    By the way I wrapped it with shiny ribbon stickers.

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  4. Raenstorm New Hampshire, USA joined 3/16 & has 1 comment

    Confession: I couldn’t wait until the jam was done cooking before I took a taste. YUM! I immediately put some on the buns that I made from your site. YUMMY!!! Thank you so much for sharing. This must be the easiest recipe I have ever tried. I thought that jam making was so much harder than this.

  5. ahgijijibae California joined 3/16 & has 2 comments

    This is so tasty! 감사합니다. *^^*
    I can’t wait to try Dinner Roll to try together.

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  6. armymum Southern NH joined 2/16 & has 4 comments

    and the jam….

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  7. Ahraiya joined 11/15 & has 1 comment

    I just love all of your recipes! I’ve never made jam before, would this work with other fruits as well such as oranges, peaches, and rhubarb?

  8. MaryG joined 7/15 & has 2 comments

    Hi Maangchi!! The jam is awesome. Maangchi is there a way you would assist me. The jars that you used for your jam no longer are carried by Anthropologie. Would you be so kind as to give me any information from th bottom of the jar as to who the manufacturer is? This sure would be good in my search for them. Thank you, Mary

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  9. Jennifer joined 9/08 & has 20 comments

    Can you use frozen strawberries?

  10. Anni Malaysia joined 11/14 & has 1 comment

    I was try and success out of my imaging ! Your way to make jam simple and very tasty***
    Yummy :P
    Thanks for your recipe Maangchi ^^

  11. YaMe vietnam joined 8/14 & has 1 comment

    your strawberry jam bottles’ re so cute, i will make them and eat them with my the fresh bread, thanks for your recipe, love you <3

  12. thereseandre92 Norge joined 8/14 & has 1 comment

    Ah, this is how we make strawberry jam in Norway too! My grandmother and my mother, I remember in the summer when mom would bake fresh bread and we’d put freshly made strawberry jam on them~ It’s sooo good and the jam is so fresh in taste! It’s cool to know there are common things like this between Norway and Korea!

  13. Missclarachoi Phoenix , AZ joined 8/14 & has 1 comment

    Hi maangchi ! I made this today and it turned out great!! I posted and tagged you to a photo of it on my Instagram account. I noticed you do to really use Instagram so you might not see it but I thought I would share anyways! Love all your videos and recipes!

  14. charlo Honolulu, Hawaii joined 5/10 & has 1 comment

    MAANGCHI what was the white squares you used before putting on the covers??
    It looked like it had a little stretch to it rather than wax paper?? Is it special and where
    did you get it from.

    Charlotte T. Honolulu, Hi.

  15. KawaiiMegane Qatar joined 7/13 & has 1 comment

    Hello Maangchi,
    Thank you so much for sharing your recipe. I really want to try it out.
    I was just wondering if I can substitute the sugar with honey. Will it effect the taste or something?
    Thank You!

  16. yxy Montreal joined 8/14 & has 1 comment

    Dear Maangchi,
    I love to watch your video, you’re so cute. I especially love to see at each end of your cooking tutorial episode, you taste your own recipe, a mouthful happiness, so much enjoy!
    You make me to follow your mood, thank you so much !

  17. Candy87 South Lake Tahoe joined 12/13 & has 6 comments

    I love the little jars. Where did you get them?
    Looks like I’ll be trying this after going to my farmers market.

  18. CodyLuvsKimchi Boise, ID joined 7/14 & has 1 comment

    I am absolutely in love with this recipe. I just made my first batch of it and it turned out fantastic! I can’t wait to make myself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with this! Thanks for the recipe Maangchi!

  19. Adee New Jersey joined 7/14 & has 1 comment

    Maangchi I love all your videos and tutorials, you have such a likeable and attractive personality. I have eaten and enjoyed Korean food before at restaurants, but watching your videos makes me want to prepare it too. Over the past few weeks, I’ve made (from watching your videos) Kimchi (simple), sushi, buns, soups and soon this strawberry jam. Your videos are very well presented, as they have everything that makes a food tutorial a hit- colorful and fresh veggies that you can hear the crunch of when they’re being expertly cut, zooming in and out at the right moments so each step is clear, the right amount of the sizzling sound when you have delicious meat cooking..makes on hungry! I always go to the grocery for a quick shopping trip after watching your videos!

  20. julia_k Hawaii joined 7/14 & has 1 comment

    Thank you so much for your recipe! I live in Hawaii so strawberries can get very expensive. Luckily your recipe only uses 1 pound :) Also, I am going to try making your rolls tomorrow morning-wish me luck!

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