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Easy Plum Jam Recipe (Gluten-Free, Vegan, Pectin-Free)

  • Author: Felicia Lim
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 50 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 2 16oz jars 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


An easy plum jam recipe that only requires 4 simple ingredients, is ready in an hour, and is bursting with the flavor of sweet ripe plums. Perfect for spreading on toast, spooning over homemade yogurt, filling your pie crust, or even eating it by the spoonful! Totally gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and pectin-free, but it’s so good no one would notice!


  • 2 pounds fresh plums
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  1. Wash, Dry and Cut the Plums: Wash the plums well and dry them. Slice them in half to remove the stones before cutting the flesh into smaller pieces.
  2. Combine Plums and Water: Place the cut plums and water in a large non-stick skillet.
  3. Simmer: Bring the ingredients to a simmer over medium heat, making sure to stir occasionally, until the plums are soft and are started to disintegrate (approximately 15 to 20 minutes).
  4. Add Juice and Sugar: Add the fresh lemon juice and sugar, stirring continuously until the sugar has dissolved.
  5. Bring to a Low Boil: Increase the heat and bring the mixture to a low boil for approximately 20 to 30 minutes, stirring often to prevent the jam from burning at the bottom of the skillet. Use a spatula or a back of a slotted spoon to mash any large pieces of fruit as it cooks. Once the jam coats the back of a spoon (or once temperature reaches 220F), the jam is ready.
  6. Let Cool and Transfer to Jars: Allow the plum jam to stand for at least 10 minutes in the skillet until it has cooled before transferring the jam to sterilized glass jars and sealing tight.


Plums: I like cutting the plums into small pieces which helps the fruit to disintegrate better as they cook, as I prefer not to have large pieces of fruit in my jam. However, if you like having pieces of fruit in the jam, you can cut the plums into large pieces.

Sugar: I used granulated white sugar, Alternatively you can also use light brown sugar if you prefer.

Lemon Juice: I highly recommend using fresh lemon juice for the best flavor. Don’t skip adding lemon juice because the acidity of the lemon juice helps to set the jam and prevents it from becoming runny.

Use Sterilized Glass Jars: Make sure to sterilize your glass jars before storing your jam to prevent any bacteria or mold from growing (which will cause the jam to spoil).

Storing: Store the jam jars for up to a year in a cool place away from direct light. Once opened, keep the jam in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

  • Category: Jams
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: plum jam recipe, easy plum jam

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