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instant pot plum jam recipe

Instant Pot Plum Jam - Just 4 Ingredients

Instant pot plum jam without pectin or cornstarch is an easy, quick recipe to make small batch plum jam in the instant pot (not meant for canning) which you can store in the refrigerator or freezer for a couple of weeks.
Plum jam made using ripe, juicy red plums, sugar and lemon juice is so delicious, colorful and easy to make in the instant pot. And its a simple recipe with just 4 ingredients one of that being water!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot plum jam, plum jam recipe, small batch plum jam
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
average pressure build up and release time 20 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 36 tablespoons
Calories 49kcal


  • instant pot 6 quart duo or lux


  • 1 lbs plums ripe
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice taken from half of a medium sized lemon, seeds removed
  • 2 tablespoons water


  • Chop the plums roughly, discard the seeds and add the sliced plums to the instant pot.
  • Add the sugar, lemon juice and water, mix everything well.
  • Close the instant pot with lid in sealing position and cook for 15 minutes in high pressure. This helps the plums cook really soft and the peels will also get dissolved into the jam as we further prepare the jam.
  • Do a natural pressure release.
  • Once the pressure is all released, carefully and slowly open the lid and stir the contents. Also gently mash the contents using a potato masher.
  • Press the saute button and simmer the contents for about 12 to 15 minutes or until the cooked plums have almost reached a spread consistency. Keep stirring in between to avoid the contents burning at the bottom of the pot, and also mash the contents in between as they are simmering, which will help you to get a smooth consistency. Plum jam will further thicken as it cools down, so make sure to stop the cooking once it reached the spread consistency.
  • Allow the jam to cool down slightly and transfer to dry, clean glass jars and keep refrigerated for about a week!



As I already mentioned earlier in the blog post, if you want to further reduce the simmering time for this jam, you may use a cornstarch mixture prepared using about 2 tablespoons of cornstarch (mixed with the hot liquid from the contents in the instant pot), and mix it with the contents, which will help to thicken the jam much faster.
I have explained this method in the strawberry honey jam recipe in this blog (link given above in blog post).

Can you double the recipe?

Yes, you may double the recipe for plum jam if you wish.
Just double the ingredients accordingly if you want to double the recipe.
The process and cooking time will remain the same.
But since you use more ingredients, the pot will take more time to come to pressure and also it will take more time for pressure release.


Calories: 49kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 20mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 43IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg