• Difficulty Easy
  • 3 Ingredients

The CHOICE team had the delicious task of finding the best and worst strawberry jam in the country. Unsurprising this homemade microwave strawberry jam came out the best in flavour, above all supermarket brands.

Out of all the jams tested, the one that came on top was this easy microwave strawberry jam version, created by CHOICE home economist Fiona Mair. This delicious strawberry jam blitzed the competition, receiving a taste-test score of 85%.

This microwave strawberry jam costs about $5.30 for a 400g jar (or $1.30 per 100g) to make, although it would cost less in summer when strawberries are cheaper.

Only Three Ingredients

You only need three simple ingredients to create this delicious microwave strawberry jam – strawberries, sugar and lemon – that’s it!

Fiona does suggest, however, that if you have overripe strawberries, you may want to add 1.5 tablespoons of pectin to help the jam set.

Before starting making your microwave strawberry jam, you’ll need to:

  • sterilise two 400mL capacity jars
  • put a couple of saucers in the freezer (to check if the jam has set)

This microwave strawberry jam recipe has been created for an 800W microwave. You may need to reduce cooking time for a more powerful microwave.


  • 500g slightly under-ripe or just-ripe strawberries, hulled and sliced (room temperature)
  • 1½ cups white sugar
  • ½ lemon Juiced


  1. Put strawberries in a 2–3L capacity heat-proof microwave-safe bowl or jug (e.g. glass Pyrex). Stir in sugar and lemon juice, mix well.
  2. Microwave, uncovered, for four (three) minutes on HIGH (100%) power. Stir well, making sure all the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Microwave, uncovered for a further 20 (15) minutes on MEDIUM (60-70%) power. Keep an eye on it, as you don't want it to overflow.
  4. Check if jam has reached setting point by putting a teaspoon of jam on a saucer from the freezer. If the jam wrinkles and stays separated when you push your finger through it, it's ready for the jar. If it doesn't, cook for another three minutes.
  5. Fill the sterilised jars to the top with the hot jam. Screw lids on tightly and turn jars upside down for two minutes (this helps to seal and sterilise the lids well). Turn jars right side up to cool.
  6. Once opened, store in the fridge.

  • I love strawberry jam…..so trying this


  • I do prefer blueberry jam or lemon curd but I’m definitely not opposed to a good strawberry jam!


  • Wow! This looks so simple… I didn’t know you could make jam in the microwave!


  • Never thought you could do this in the microwave- wonder if it works with blackberries?


  • I tried it and its nice.


  • How easy! And using all of those (so many) strawberries that are not quite ripe. There’s usually more of these in the punnet than not. A great way to use them.


  • Great way to use up a whole bunch of strawberries.


  • An interesting way to make jam. When i was little i remember i ate home made pineapple jam. I am looking to make it again in this way.


  • It couldn’t get any easier than this & a heap of strawberries available to me atm too! Winner!


  • Wow such a simple jam! I always forget just how much suger is in jam haha


  • Wow – this sounds super easy! Next time I see a bundle of strawberries on special, I’ll have to give this a whirl.


  • A good way to use over ripe strawberries ! Thanks!


  • Could you use over ripe strawberries? I need to know what to do with all these ones in the fridge that have ripened really quickly


  • Thanks for this, sounds so simple. I am always looking out for homemade things for multiple gifts to nursing home and friends. I will really give this a try.


  • Wow I never knew how easy it could be to make jam and in the microwave extra convenient I love that you know what’s going in and aren’t consuming unknown nasties.


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