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Easy Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

A pot of Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

A 3-Ingredient, Easy Strawberry Rhubarb Jam that makes a batch that is small enough you don’t even have to seal the jars!

Hi everyone!  Thank you for taking time out of your day to come visit!  I think you’ll love what I made for you today!  Jam.  Yummy jam.  And not just any jam…Strawberry Rhubarb Jam.

I’m noticing lately that I’ve got a love affair with the strawberry-rhubarb combination!  I think it’s because rhubarb seems to be more readily available this year…I remember last spring there was none to be found anywhere.  But this year the grocery stores are full of it, and I’m loving it!

This season I’ve already made a Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp and some Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins.  And then I had a major hankering for Strawberry Rhubarb Jam so I made some.  And you can too.  Don’t be afraid of making jam.  The kind of jams that I make are small batch jams (I also made an Easy Peach Jam) that require no pectin and you don’t even have to seal the jars.  Because the batches are so small (2 1/2 to 3 cups), and because this jam can be refrigerated for up to 4 weeks, it’s really just more of a hassle to seal the jars.  4 weeks is plenty of time to finish every last drop of this sweet goodness!

So go for it!  Whip up some jam!

Easy Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

And just a word of caution…don’t forget to watch your jam while it’s cooking, because you don’t want it to burn and turn black near the bottom of the pan.  Don’t go and get all distracted by various social media outlets.  You might then have to run out in sweat pants and a dirty shirt in the pouring rain to the grocery store to get more ingredients and start all over again.  You know, if that were to happen.  Just sayin.



Easy Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

This is a small batch of jam, making about 2 1/2 cups.


  • 1 lb strawberries (about 3 heaping cups chopped)
  • 1 lb rhubarb (about 3 heaping cups chopped)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar


  1. Prepare your jars by boiling the lids, rings and jars in boiling water for 5 minutes.
  2. Cut up the strawberries into small chunks.
  3. Cut up the rhubarb into small chunks (about 1/2 inch pieces).
  4. In a glass bowl combine the chopped strawberries, rhubarb and sugar. Mix well, and let sit for 30-45 minutes, to allow all the juices to come out.
  5. After this time, transfer the fruit mix to a wide saucepan or skillet, and stirring constantly, cook over medium heat until it is gently boiling. You will notice a foam will develop, but don’t worry this will go away.
  6. Keep cooking, and stirring until the mixture thickens. You must, must stir constantly or your jam will burn. As well the constant stirring will help to prevent the jam from splattering out of the pan. You will likely need to cook the jam for 20 or more minutes.
  7. You will know that the jam is ready when the mixture is thick enough to leave an open trail behind the spoon. See the photo below.
  8. Remove from heat, and let cool completely before serving.
  9. Enjoy!


Because the batch of this jam is so small (2 1/2 to 3 cups), and because this jam can be refrigerated for up to 4 weeks you don’t really need to seal the jars. It’s really just more of a hassle because 4 weeks is plenty of time to finish every last drop of this sweet goodness!


How Jam Looks When It's Cooked

This is how the jam should look when it’s done.  When you run a spoon through the mixture it should leave an open trail behind.

Easy Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Now go on…make some jam and brighten up your breakfast table!

Have a delicious day!

For more strawberry rhubarb deliciousness, check out more of my recipes in this post here:

Strawberry Rhubarb Recipes {A Pretty Life)

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  • Reply
    Lori @ RecipeGirl
    May 31, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    I’m determined to make all homemade jam this summer! This looks great 🙂

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      May 31, 2013 at 7:51 AM

      Thank you Lori! I am going to try too – surprisingly jam is so easy to make, and so worth the effort!

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        Jodi Bowman
        June 17, 2017 at 1:25 PM

        Can you double this recipe and seal the jars?

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    May 31, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    This is my favorite kind of jam! Love your pics…sooo pretty! 🙂

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    Catie @ Catie's Corner
    May 31, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    I will definitely be making this this weekend! My neighbor has a giant rhubarb plant in her yard and hates it. She told me to take as much as I want. Thanks for sharing! =)

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    Shannah @ Just Us Four
    May 31, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    This looks so delicious. I love rhubarb with strawberries. Would you consider linking this up to my Pinworthy Projects Party?

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    May 31, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Thanks Jo-Anna! Now I know exactly what I am doing tomorrow…heading out to market to pick up some strawberries and I have a large rhubarb patch, so that takes care of that.
    Your recipe sounds so yummy! I just hope mine turns out half as good as yours looks…
    Thanks for the wonderful idea!!

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    June 1, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Thanks so much for the picture of the spoon making a trail in the preserves. I have a hard time determining when the jam is ready. I’ve already made strawberry-basil and strawberry preserves this season. A trip to the farm market resulted in rhubarb for this recipe.

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    June 2, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    Well, I made your jam…it is now on my favourite list!!
    All the helpful hints were sure a big help in making this an awesome jam…only one thing, you forgot to tell us not to wear a white top when making this amazing jam. LOL.
    Thanks Jo-Anna for yet another keeper of a recipe!!

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    June 2, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    yum! I also got a bunch of strawberries.. I made a tart… it was up on the blot today :o)
    Emily @ Nap-Time Creations

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    June 15, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Sigh…wish rhubarb grew in Arizona. Visiting today from Sundae Scoop Link Party.

    Michelle @ On A Wing And A Prayer

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    Jinnie @ Bright Settings
    July 1, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Made a batch of this jam and served it to party guests on Sunday. Good news-they loved it. Bad news-it’s all gone. Thank you so much for posting the recipe.

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    Sharon @ Red Poppy | Pink Peony
    July 19, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    I’ve made the peach and blueberry jams, and they were so simple and delicious! I’d never cooked with rhubarb before, but this jam is being made right now (well, the ingredients have been prepped and I’m waiting to put them on the stove). Homemade jam is so good!

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    September 13, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    what if I want to can this? do you know how?

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    Emily W.
    June 14, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    I’ve never made jam before, and my dad LOVES strawberry-rhubarb jam, so I found this recipe and decided to go for it. I just graduated from college and I live in a loft with a half-size stove and tiny kitchen, so I was kind of nervous. But, the directions were so straightforward and simple. The jam is delicious, and I can’t wait to give it to him tomorrow for Father’s Day! 🙂 I also made your strawberry rhubarb muffins today and they look absolutely beautiful! He’s going to love his yummy gifts.

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      June 15, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      Hi Emily thank you so much for your e-mail! It makes me so happy to know that you made this for your Dad for Father’s Day…honestly there is no better compliment! Thank you so much for making my day! 🙂

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    July 3, 2014 at 2:36 AM

    I made this from frozen strawbs and rhubarb. Defrost both throw away all the juices. Leave strawberries whole. Rhubarb will be cut into pieces to freeze. Put into pan and carry on as normal

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    July 24, 2014 at 1:38 PM

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    however I assumed this put up was good. I do not recognize
    who you are but certainly you’re going to a well-known blogger if you aren’t already.

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    April 24, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    I want to make your recipe, but I am trying to stay away from refined sugar. Have you tried making this with honey or any other alternative sweeter? Would you be able to recommend an amount if I do want to use a different sweetener?


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    May 2, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Our rhubarb and strawberries are ripe! I’m making this jam. Thank you for the wonderful recipe. Found you at #purebloglove link party! I love your rhubarb section!

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    June 7, 2015 at 12:31 PM

    Such an easy recipe and the jam turned out wonderfully with the perfect consistency. I made it last week and am making it again today!

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      June 8, 2015 at 1:38 PM

      Oh I am SO happy to hear that Amy! It’s one of our favourites so I’m always thrilled when someone makes it and enjoys it as much as we do!

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    June 26, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    This looks so delicious! I’m always so intimidated by the jam making “process”, I’m thrilled to find a recipe that doesn’t require all the extras. Pinning this!

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    Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories
    June 28, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Looks wonderful, I have not tried making homemade jam before! Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup last week. Pinning to our linkup board and hope you joined us again this weekend.

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    Mandee Thomas
    June 30, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    What a great summer recipe!! I wanted to let you know that I’m featuring this post tonight at the Create & Share Link Party (7:00 PM MST)! Congratulations!!! Can’t wait to see what you share with us this week. 🙂

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    Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai
    July 1, 2015 at 1:42 AM

    Looks and sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – we’re looking forward to what you have to share next week. 🙂

    Life With Lorelai

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    Theresa @DearCreatives
    July 4, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    I just made strawberry jam but, have never tried it with rhubarb. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & shared. Hope to see you again soon & Happy 4th of July weekend.

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    FoodFu App
    July 5, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    This recipe is easy and so delicious! We got a bunch of rhubarb in our CSA this week and this jam was the perfect way to use it. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    June 4, 2016 at 5:39 AM

    Thank you sooo much, this is my first attempt to eating rhubarb and I love it. Both texture and flavor are rich and addictive, I used brown sugar in the same ammounts, hopefully I did not do something wrong there 😉

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      May 12, 2019 at 8:39 AM

      I am not joanna but that worked for me !

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    July 16, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    Can you use frozen rhubarb!

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      July 17, 2016 at 4:48 PM

      Hi Donna! I’m sure it would be fine…the only concern I would have is if the freezing dried out the rhubarb at all. But if it did, I would just add a little extra water if needed.

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        July 17, 2016 at 10:06 PM

        Thanks ,I guess I am making jam tomorrow, I haven’t made jam for quite a few years. ?

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        Crafty Momma
        May 27, 2020 at 2:06 PM

        Can you freeze the Jam? To keep it longer?

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    June 14, 2018 at 11:58 PM

    5 stars
    Turned out great! And I used my electric frying pan for a single batch if anyone wondered about using one, worked perfectly!

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      Dot Gillis
      June 7, 2021 at 12:43 PM

      Wonderful spread. So easy and makes just the perfect amount for two. Thanks!

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    June 25, 2018 at 3:28 PM

    Just wanted to let you know that I have used this recipe for the past three summers to make jam for my family and friends. They have all loved it. Picked strawberries today so I’m making a batch tonight! It has become one of my “must do” summer activities! Thank you for sharing!

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    August 22, 2018 at 10:52 AM

    If I seal the jars does the jam last longer then 4 weeks? And if so how long?

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      Mark Player
      September 8, 2018 at 5:55 PM

      It lasts up to 18 months in sealed jars

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    August 22, 2018 at 10:54 AM

    I’m making your jam now ??

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      Jo-Anna Rooney
      August 24, 2018 at 1:43 PM

      Hi Eileen! I hope you love it! If you seal the jars they should last for months!

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    Sandy Waller
    August 30, 2018 at 9:37 PM

    My rhubarb is mostly green, not very pretty with strawberries.

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    May 19, 2019 at 9:13 PM

    5 stars
    I made this last year and am prepping the rhubarb to make again. Our rhubarb season doesn’t align with strawberry season so I freeze my rhubarb for about a month and then make the jam. I love the simplicity of this recipe without losing any flavor.

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    May 31, 2019 at 2:51 PM

    Can this be made with fresh rubarb and frozen strawberries

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      Jo-Anna Rooney
      June 1, 2019 at 4:23 PM

      Hi Marty! Absolutely you can make it with frozen strawberries! The only thing that might happen is you might end up with it being a bit more watery, but you can fix that by cooking it a little longer or adding a bit more sugar.

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    June 6, 2019 at 5:40 PM

    5 stars
    So easy and very yummy

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    July 14, 2019 at 4:48 PM

    5 stars
    This is by far the best I’ve ever made and so easy! My husband and kids just love it. Made a single batch a week ago and today I’m making a double batch. Not only does it make an awesome PB&J but the ultimate is to warm up a heaping spoon full (or 2) and serve over some vanilla ice cream.

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      Jo-Anna Rooney
      July 15, 2019 at 10:09 AM

      Hi Courtney! I love to hear that!! It really is SO good.

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    Yvonne Carroll
    June 9, 2020 at 7:45 AM

    5 stars
    O. M. G. !!! This jam is the best I’ve ever had!! I’m not a fan of “chunks” in my jams, and mine turned out so smooth and delicious!! I also decided to try an “experiment” after I made a batch of strawberry rhubarb jam, and made PEACH rhubarb using the same proportions… SOOOOOO GREAT!!! Thank you so much for this recipe… making another batch tonight! 🙂 (note for anyone reading this: I used fresh strawberries and frozen rhubarb, and it turned out great… just needed to cook it a little longer for it to thicken.)

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      Jo-Anna Rooney
      June 9, 2020 at 7:48 AM

      I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe Yvonne! It’s amazing how simple and delicious homemade jam is!

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    Neil R T Follett
    June 17, 2020 at 9:42 AM

    5 stars
    So simple yet such a wonderful flavour! However, I would just add that 3lbs of rhubarb and 3lbs of strawberries cooked down to 2lbs of jam. There is. either something wrong with my cooking or my Math LOL

    Delicious. Thank you

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    Bobbi Kennedy
    June 20, 2020 at 8:37 PM

    I’m hoping for a not too sweet jam if that makes sense. Is this rhubarb flavor prominent in this recipe?

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      Jo-Anna Rooney
      June 22, 2020 at 8:34 AM

      Hi Bobbi! It’s not too sweet, but if you really want less sweet, start with less sugar and see how that works. Also, the rhubarb flavour is prominent, but I find with any strawberry/rhubarb combination, strawberry seems to always be more prominent. You could always reduce the amount of strawberries and increase the rhubarb instead, to get more of a rhubarb flavour.

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    Cathy Minich
    June 23, 2020 at 9:18 AM

    Hi Joanna – I’m going to try this today. Question- in the recipe after “Mix well, and let sit for 30-45 minutes, to allow all the juices to come out.” do I throw that juice out? Thanks !

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      Jo-Anna Rooney
      June 23, 2020 at 9:34 AM

      Hi Cathy! No, add all the fruit and the juices to the pan to simmer! I hope you enjoy this jam!

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