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Pineapple Jam

This delicious jam is perfect for spreading on toast and can also be used as the foundation for sweet-and-sour sauce or a glaze for roasted meats. From the book "Lucinda's Authentic Jamaican Kitchen," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Wiley).

  • Yield: Makes 2 cups
Pineapple Jam

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2006


  • 1 pineapple
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • Juice of 2 limes


  1. Peel the pineapple and grate the flesh -- you should end up with about 2 cups. Put the pineapple and water in a small saucepan and cook over medium-low heat until the pineapple is soft, about 35 minutes.

  2. Add the sugar and lime juice and stir to combine. Cook until the mixture has thickened, about 45 to 60 minutes. Spoon the jam into a 16-ounce jar with a tight-fitting lid. Store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

Reviews (7)

  • An0therDayG0ne 12 Jul, 2014

    Those that said it was a waste -
    If it burned - you had the heat up too high.
    If it turned to mush - you had the heat up too high.

    Turn down the heat - good recipe but watch the sugar, I suggest tasting the pineapple first. If it is sweet already cut down on the sugar by 1/2 cup.

  • makbul 30 Oct, 2013

    Disaster recipe. I don't know if the recipe is incorrect or the method is goofed but I just wasted a whole pineapple and a shed load of sugar. 20 minutes into the second stage of cooking and my mixture started to burn. I took it off and jared it immediately. Lo and behold it's solidified. Never Trust American recipes!!

  • loki5 27 Mar, 2013

    I don't think this is a waste of time and I loved the taste! To the person who said it cooked down to mush, well, that's jam and I had identifiable pineapple in mine. If one were to substitute canned pineapple for the fresh I can see how that might happen but not with a fresh pineapple. This will become a regular in our home.

  • Ashif Madha 24 Mar, 2013

    This is a lovely recipe!!! I bought a pineapple that turned out to be sour. Instead of throwing it, decided to turn it into a jam. Searched for a recipe and this one looked interesting. Made the Jam. My wife and Kids loved it...

    A tad-bit lengthy but worth it in the end. Easier methods are available for people who do not have time...just buy it from the supermarket shelf! Lol...

  • Summer Lilly 4 Mar, 2013

    I get pineapples from bountiful baskets all the time and I am always struggling to find something to do with it and there is only so many times I can make pineapple upside down cake right? Someone mentioned that this was a waste of time and I will say it is not. It was delicious and as for there being no pectin...well there is no need to add citric acid (aka pectin) because your adding citrus juice (lime) that naturally contains citric acid. But all in all a nice basic recipe.

  • NorseArcher 13 Jan, 2013

    Not impressed. Add water to juicy pineapple and then cook it for 35 min? Waste of time. Why add the water to begin with? Add sugar then cook til firm? No pectin? Had to cook another 45-60 min? more time wasted! The pineapple was so overlooked it was unidentifiable mush. I'll stick w my regular pineapple jam.

  • maryrdh 16 Aug, 2011

    Really good. Just perfect with the coconut bread. I will definitely hold on to this recipe.

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