Small Batch Fresh Pineapple Jam made with Just 3 ingredients

Sweet and slightly tart and full of fresh pineapple, small-batch pineapple jam needs no special canning equipment or even pectin to yield a delicious fresh pineapple jam. In about a half-hour and just 3 simple ingredients, you will have the most amazing Fresh Pineapple jam. It’s simple and delicious.

A close-up image of a jar of fresh pineapple jam. A spoonful of jam rests across the top of the jar revealing the bright-yellow jam..

If you’re new to making jams and jellies and don’t know how to begin, this super-easy jam is the place to start. It’s easy, uses pantry staples and requires not too much more than a pan, a knife, and a stirring spoon. A blender [paid link] is helpful, but in the tips below, you’ll see it’s also not needed exclusively. There are other ways to get around the blending step.

Pineapples are convenient to purchase at the grocery or farmers market and are on sale often typically costing about $2 USD. Using a fresh pineapple, a little bit of sugar, and a squeeze of fresh lemon, you can easily create a pineapple jam compote that tastes amazing and is super versatile. For a list of ideas, check out the Serving Suggestions below.

The best part is that this recipe makes only a small batch — 3 cups and your done. No canning, preserving, or even expensive jars, rings, and lids — unless of course you want to store it that way. Honestly, a saved cleaned an sterilized jar or refrigerator-safe storage container will absolutely do the trick.

This recipe makes about 3 cups of jam (depending on the size of your particular pineapple) and has so many uses, I’m pretty sure none of it will go to waste.

The incredibly small amount of jam produced makes this recipe perfect for singles, grandparents, students or anyone who doesn’t have the time, space, or equipment to can bottles upon bottles of jam.

That’s me, I’m over here jumping up and down raising both my hands in the air.

It’s also perfect for gift-giving. I cannot think of a host or hostess who would not appreciate a fresh jar of this bright and tangy jam, a wheel or brie, and a box of fancy crackers as a thank you gift for having guests over.

Place items in a small wicker multi-use basket or gift bag and you’ve made your host or hostess feel incredibly appreciated and blessed. It’s a total win-win.

If you’re going for broke, add a nice bottle of sweet dessert wine for a complementary flavor or with a dryer wine to bring out the sweetness of the pineapple. For sweet wine try Stella Rosa Pineapple Moscato or for a dryer wine try a nice chardonnay.

An image showing the ingredients needed to make pineapple jam. Fresh pineapple, sugar, and fresh lemon juice.

Ingredients for Pineapple Jam

  • Pineapple – I use fresh pineapples but frozen or canned pineapple may also be used.
  • Sugar – I used granulated white cane sugar but Splenda, Truvia, or MonkFruit may also be used with this recipe
  • Lemon juice – to balance the sweetness. Alternatively, you could use lime juice.
An image showing the ingredients for fresh pineapple jam in a stockpot.

Tools & Equipment

An image showing the texture of pineapple jam after it has been processed in the blender. It has a bright yellow almost orange color and is chopped with a sticky texture.

How to Prepare Fresh Pineapple Jam

You can view the entire recipe on the printable recipe card below, but basically you will:

  • Peel and cut the pineapple into 1-inch chunks, discarding the fibrous core and outer peel. Then add the pineapple to a heavy-bottomed stockpot.
  • Next, add the sugar and a splash of lemon juice to the pineapple. (All the liquid you see in the photo below is from the natural pineapple juices).
  • Simmer for about 30 mins, stirring occasionally, or until the pineapple is tender and most of the liquid has evaporated.
  • Remove pan from the heat and allow to cool.
  • Blend to desired consistency.
  • Store in an airtight container like a plastic storage container or glass jar for up to 3 weeks.
An image showing a close-up photo of pineapple jam spread on a toasted and buttered English muffin. A bite has been taken out of the English muffin. A plate of toasted muffins is seen below in the background along with a partial view of a jar of pineapple jam.

Frequently Asked Questions

I get asked a lot of questions about pineapple jam so I will try and sort through the FAQs here: 

Does Pineapple Jam need Pectin?

Like strawberries, pineapples are very low in natural pectin, so if you wanted a traditional “stiff” jam or jelly, you would need to add pectin. However, you can make a natural pineapple jam and have it thicken considerably simply by adding sugar and reducing the juices into a jam-like consistency.

Can I Freeze Pineapple Jam?

Absolutely! Freeze jam in air-tight, freezer-safe containers for up to 3 months. 

How Long Does Pineapple Jam Last?

Pineapple jam lasts in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to 3 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

Can I use Canned Pineapple?

Yes, Start with 3 cans of crushed, chunks or tidbits plus the natural juices in the can and follow the recipe. Depending on which type of pineapple you begin with tidbits, chunks, or crushed, you may or may not need to blend at the end.

Can I use Frozen Pineapple Chunks.

Yes, start with 4 to 5 cups cups of frozen chunks and then follow the recipe.

Serving Suggestions

Serving this jam as a topping on toast, homemade English muffins, croissants, biscuits, or scones is an obvious choice. But there are many other ways to use this easy pineapple jam.

  • Coleslaw – mix the desired amount into coleslaw with raisins and make a sweet Hawaiian-style coleslaw for your next Kalua pork or luau-themed party food or BBQ.
  • Ice cream – This topping is fabulous on vanilla or easy No-churn Rum Raisin ice cream. Add some chopped toasted macadamia nuts for a luau-themed dessert. Of course, it’s also great as a topping for a classic banana split-inspired dessert as well.
  • Mojitos – Add pineapple jam into the mojito mix for a new twist on the classic mojito. You’ll be so glad you did!
  • Cheese – If you love a good melting brie cheese with its classic fruit topping, you’ll love the combination of tangy brie cheese with this sweet pineapple jam topping. Of course, it’s also amazing on crostini paired with Homemade Ricotta Cheese as well. Try it. It’s amazing!
  • Compote/Sauce – Warmed Pineapple compote pairs very well with roasted pork tenderloin or chops for a tropical flair.
  • Cheesecake – Pineapple compote is also a great topping for cheesecake. Try a tropical-themed cheesecake with a coconut base. Garnish with toasted macadamia nuts for a divine dessert that is sure to please your guests.
  • Pancakes – Pancakes are perfect served with a sweet pineapple jam. Warm the jam in a saucepan [paid link] and serve alongside pancakes with syrup or whipped cream.
  • Cupcakes – For a tropical theme, add a dollop of pineapple jam to the center of a cupcake or as a topping to Pineapple Cupcakes.
  • Barbecue Sauce (BBQ Sauce) – Stir pineapple compote into a basic barbecue sauce to create a tropical or Caribbean flare. This is great on pulled pork, grilled chicken, or even ribs.
  • Rice Pudding – Add a dollop of jam over the top of rice pudding with some fresh mango slices for a play in Thai sticky mango rice pudding. It’s incredible
  • Oatmeal – Stir a dollop into a bowl of cooked oatmeal and garnish with bananas and toasted macadamia nuts for a tropical-themed breakfast.
  • Host/Hostess Gifts – It’s also perfect for gift-giving. I cannot think of a host or hostess who would not appreciate a fresh jar of this bright and tangy jam, a wheel of brie, and a box of fancy crackers as a thank you gift for having guests over.
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Small Batch Fresh Pineapple Jam

Ronda Eagle | Kitchen Dreaming
Sweet and slightly tart and full of fresh pineapple, small-batch pineapple jam needs no special canning equipment or even pectin to yield a delicious fresh jam. No pressure canning or special equipment required.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course jams and jellies
Cuisine American
Servings 48 Servings (1 TBSP each)
Calories 25 kcal

Equipment

  • medium saucepan
  • immersion blender

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup sugar or a sugar substitute like Stevia or Splenda.
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice [See Note 1]
  • 5 cups fresh pineapple peeled and cut into chunks [See Note 2]

Instructions
 

  • Peel and cut the pineapple into 1-inch chunks; discard the fibrous core and outer peel.
  • Add all ingredients into a medium-sized pot and bring to a boil. Do not cover.
  • Reduce heat simmer over LOW heat. Simmer for about 30 minutes or until the pineapple is tender and most of the liquid has evaporated; Stirring occasionally. Do not Cover.
  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.
  • With an immersion blender or potato masher, crush the fruit to small bite-sized (or smaller) pieces.
  • The natural sugars in the fruit will thicken the jam.

Storage:

  • Store in an airtight container like a mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. Alternatively, freeze in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.

Notes

  1. For an added punch of lemon flavor, stir in 1 tsp of lemon zest after cooking (more or less to taste) to balance out the sweetness.
  2. The typical fresh pineapple yields about 5 to 6 cups of fresh pineapple chunks.
  3. Frequently Asked Questions :
    I get asked a lot of questions about pineapple jam so I will try and sort through the FAQs here: 
    Does Pineapple Jam need Pectin? Like strawberries, pineapples are very low in natural pectin, so if you wanted a traditional “stiff” jam or jelly, you would need to add pectin. However, you can make a natural pineapple jam and have it thicken considerably simply by adding sugar and reducing the juices into a jam-like consistency.
    Can I Freeze Pineapple Jam? Absolutely! Freeze jam in air-tight containers for up to one year. 
    How Long Does Pineapple Jam Last? Pineapple jam lasts in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to 3 weeks or in the freezer for up to 1 year. 
    Can I use Canned Pineapple? Yes, Start with 3 cans of crushed, chunks or tidbits plus the natural juices in the can and follow the recipe. Depending on which type of pineapple you begin with tidbits, chunks, or crushed, you may or may not need to blend at the end.
    Can I use Frozen Pineapple Chunks? Yes, start with 4 to 5 cups of frozen chunks and then follow the recipe.
  4. Serving Suggestions
    Serving this jam as a topping on toast, English muffins, croissants, biscuits, or scones is an obvious choice. But there are many other ways to use this easy pineapple jam.
    • Coleslaw – mix the desired amount into coleslaw with raisins and make a sweet Hawaiian-style coleslaw for your next Kalua pork or luau-themed party food or BBQ.
    • Ice cream – This topping is fabulous on vanilla or easy No-churn Rum Raisin ice cream. Add some chopped toasted macadamia nuts for a luau-themed dessert. Of course, it’s also great at topping for a classic banana split-inspired dessert as well.
    • Mojitos – Add pineapple jam into the mojito mix for a new twist on the classic mojito. You’ll be so glad you did!
    • Cheese – If you love a good melting brie cheese with its classic fruit topping, you’ll love the combination of tangy brie cheese with this sweet pineapple jam topping. Of course, it’s also amazing on crostini paired with Homemade Ricotta Cheese as well. Try it. It’s amazing!
    • Compote/Sauce – Warmed Pineapple Jam compote pairs very well with roasted pork tenderloin or chops for a tropical flair.
    • Cheesecake – Pineapple jam is also a great topping for cheesecake. Try a tropical-themed cheesecake with a coconut base. Garnish with toasted macadamia nuts for a divine dessert that is sure to please your guests.
    • Pancakes – Pancakes are perfectly served with a sweet pineapple jam. Warm the jam in a saucepan and serve alongside pancakes with syrup or whipped cream.
    • Cupcakes – For a tropical theme, add a dollop of pineapple jam to the center of a cupcake or as a topping to Pineapple Cupcakes.
    • Barbecue Sauce (BBQ Sauce) – Stir pineapple compote into a basic barbecue sauce to create a tropical or Caribbean flare. This is great on pulled pork, grilled chicken, or even ribs.
    • Rice Pudding – Add a dollop of jam over the top of rice pudding for a play in Thai sticky rice pudding. It’s amazing.
    • Oatmeal – Stir a dollop into a bowl of cooked oatmeal and garnish with bananas and toasted macadamia nuts for a tropical-themed breakfast.
    • Host/Hostess Gifts – It’s also perfect for gift-giving. I cannot think of a host or hostess who would not appreciate a fresh jar of this bright and tangy jam, a wheel of brie, and a box of fancy crackers as a thank you gift for having guests over.

Nutrition

Serving: 1tbspCalories: 25kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 19mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 10IUVitamin C: 8mgVitamin E: 1mgVitamin K: 1µgCalcium: 2mgFolate: 3µgIron: 1mgZinc: 1mg
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23 thoughts on “Small Batch Fresh Pineapple Jam made with Just 3 ingredients”

    • Hi Kate,

      I have never used jam sugar but I found this on the topic: Jam sugar has a few subtle but important differences compared to your normal granulated variety that you use in tea or on cereal. Jam sugar has bigger crystals than granulated. This makes the jam clearer and reduces clouds.

      Reply
  1. I have made this jam at my home. This jam was excellent as per its taste and flavor. I loved it without a doubt. A commitment of thankfulness is all together for such a delight sharing.

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  2. Pineapples were on sale this week at my local Walmart so I picked up a couple to make this recipe. I was worried if it would work out, but it did. My kids love it.

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  3. I used 3/4 C Stevia instead of sugar & 1/4 C of Dark Molasses. Limes in place of Lemons. It turned out perfectly & delicious!

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    • Hi Michelle! Small batch jam (of any flavor) is amazing when using the best fruits of the season. IF you have a particularly sweet fruit, in this case pineapple, you may decide to cut back some on the sugar so it’s not overly sweet. We love it!

      Reply

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