With store shelves rapidly emptying, I found myself in a bit of a dilemma. They were completely out of jam which means my toddler wouldn’t have any jam for his morning toast. Thankfully, I know a fast, easy and delicious recipe for instant pot strawberry jam at home with fresh or frozen ingredients. 

This recipe is great since it doesn’t require any pectin instead using cornstarch as the thickening agent. You can easily store this instant pot strawberry jam in jars within the fridge for up two weeks. 


  • 2 lbs strawberry fresh or frozen hulled and halved 
  • ½ cup sugar or honey. More if you want it sweeter
  • 2 Tablespoon lemon Juice
  • 3 Tablespoon water
  • 3 Tablespoon cornstarch


If your strawberries are frozen allow them to thaw before adding the sugar.

Add the strawberries, sugar and lemon juice to the stainless steel inner pot and let sit for 10 minutes to give the strawberries a chance to absorb the sugar/honey 

Strawberries, sugar and lemon juice soak in a stainless steel bowl

TRICK: If you don’t have lemon juice, lime juice works just as well. 

Set the instant pot for 1 min and wait for it to come to pressure. 

Once it’s finished cooking, let sit for a 15 minutes natural pressure release before opening the pot. The mixture is going to be really watery. Don’t be alarmed the cornstarch will thicken it.  

Stir cornstarch and water together and mix until completely dissolved. 

Blue bowl with water and cornstarch mixture

TIP:  Adding the cornstarch directly to the strawberries would result in clumps of cornstarch in your jam. Make sure you’re using cold water while mixing so the granules can easily circulate.

Turn the instant pot to the saute function and slowly add the cornstarch mixture stirring as you pour. 

Simmering strawberries being mashed by a potato masher

TECHNIQUE: Since the jam is for my son I like to go over the mixture with a potato masher to ensure there aren’t any chunks  left behind. If you don’t mind a chunkier jam then you can skip this step. 

Continue stirring frequently until mixture begins to thicken approximately 3-5 minutes. 

Mason jar full of strawberry jam with a blur ribbon tied around it

Set aside and let it cool before scooping into jars. This makes enough to fill two average sized mason jars. 

This jam is delicious and pairs well with so many dishes. Spread on some yeast-free Navajo flatbread or add a dollop to yummy Greek yogurt.

What are some other ways you would like enjoy this fast and easy Instant Pot strawberry jam? Comment below and let me know. Don’t forget to subscribe for more great posts like this!