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Pineapple Jam

by Amy D
2 ingredients, 20 minutes, Pineapple Jam

Bright and sunny. Sweet and tart. Bits of juicy pineapple in every bite. If you’ve never made jam before in your life, this pineapple jam is the place to start. 20 minutes. 2 ingredients. It’s practically impossible to screw up.

Pineapple Jam

Need a little spring in your step? Homemade pineapple jam is sure to brighten up your morning, it’s like sunshine on toast.

A couple years ago I inherited all my grandmother’s canning supplies.  I went through a jam/jelly/canning bonanza. I made and home-canned everything I could; salsa, pickles, cherry habanero jam, hot pepper jelly, peach butter, apple butter, pumpkin butter, apple sauce, gooseberry jam, banana jam, kiwi jelly…so much jam and jelly!

I learned 2 things during this process:

  1.  If you don’t have your own garden and grow your own produce, canning can get pretty expensive. Especially if you have to go out and buy all the jars, lids, and seals to get started.
  2.  I learned that I don’t really have the pantry space to store that much jam and jelly! I ended up giving most of it away. (And most people kept the jars, see point 1.)

Pineapple Jam

So while I still do enjoy jam and jelly making, I’ve moved from the old fashioned recipes that make enough for an army, to recipes like this one that make smaller batches because it’s more practical for me.

Today’s pineapple jam recipe tastes just 20 minutes and makes one jar. I actually really love that because that makes it really accessible. Singles, empty-nesters, college students, any one can use one jar of jam. There’s no special equipment needed and it costs less than a dollar to make.

20 minutes and less than a dollar, you couldn’t even get to the grocery store to  buy jam that quick or that cheap.

Pineapple Jam


Pineapple Jam

Pineapple Jam

Yield: 12
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Bright and sunny. Sweet and tart. This easy jam is full of pineapple bits and takes only 20 minutes to make.


  • 1 8 ounce can crushed pineapple, , with juice
  • 3/4 cup white sugar


  1. In a small saucepan, bring the pineapple and sugar to a boil.
  2. Boil for 20 minutes, stirring often, until the jam is thickened.
  3. Pour into a clean 8 oz jar.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 12 Servings
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 60

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I like to use this jam to make these pretty pineapple cookies!

Pineapple Cookies

Light and flaky pastry rounds with juicy pineapple filling, topped with maraschino cherries, pecans, and powdered sugar glaze.

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Maggie Lane August 10, 2019 - 10:24 pm

I’m making it now,tweaked a bit.
1,20 oz can crushed Pineapple,1,thinly sliced Lime,1/2 c water , 2, small jalapeno peppers descended and 3c sugar.
I used blender to do the pineapple and peppers.
Bubbling away,smells amazing! Gonna can it!

Tonya August 4, 2019 - 12:06 pm

I am going to make this today! You wouldn’t happen to have a fool proof pear preserves recipe, would you?

Amy D August 5, 2019 - 1:52 pm

Oh how fun!I hope you’ll enjoy it. I’m sorry, Tonya, but I don’t have a pear preserves recipe. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever had pear preserves, only pear butter. Now I’m off to look for some. πŸ™‚

Tonya August 5, 2019 - 5:43 pm

Ohhh it’s so good! Sticky fruit has a little tooth to it. Reminds me of candied apples.

DAWN April 24, 2019 - 9:55 pm

Loved the pineapple jam.Brought me back to my childhood.we used to buy it years ago but they took it off the market.it was Robinson’s make.Thankyou so much for your recipe Amy D.

Amy D April 25, 2019 - 12:59 pm

Hi Dawn, I remember it being in the stores when I was a kid too! Can’t even imagine why they stopped making it because Pineapple Jam is the bee’s knees. I’m so happy that this recipe was able to bring back that childhood nostalgia for you. πŸ™‚

Subasri March 12, 2019 - 11:29 pm

Can I use fresh pineapples if so what is the procedure?

Amy D March 19, 2019 - 1:34 pm

If you use this recipe with fresh pineapple it will make a yummy pineapple syrup, but it won’t thicken up into jam. Sorry.

Barbara Moore March 2, 2019 - 6:50 pm

do you have to cool the jam before putting a lid on it ?

Amy D March 11, 2019 - 1:28 pm

Not if you are putting it in a glass canning jar with a screw on lid. Yes if you are putting it into a plastic container.

Emily February 16, 2019 - 5:44 am

Hi this recipe looks super easy! just one silly question, do I have to drain the pineapples?

Amy D February 18, 2019 - 2:57 pm

Hi Emily/ Nope, no draining! So simple. πŸ™‚

Alan February 4, 2019 - 5:27 pm

My wife and I live in Great Britain and have never seen crushed pineapple, we can get either pineapple chunks or pineapple rings in cans, they come in natural juice or sweetened juice, which would be better for your jam as it sound simply divine, suppose we would be able to blend some chunks down and boil them with the Suger, but like I said would it be better to buy chunks in Suger syrup or natural juice for the making of your gorgous sounding pineapple jam. Wait for your reply with great excitement πŸ‘

Amy D February 5, 2019 - 9:16 am

The pineapple that I use for this is just pineapple in 100% pineapple juice, so I’d go with the natural variety. I think that if you blend the chunks down that it will turn out just great. Hope that you enjoy!

Beth December 14, 2018 - 1:15 am

This recipe is amazing and so easy πŸ™‚
I have just made up a batch. I x4 the recipe and added in 1 cup of sugar extra, it’s so yummy and I’m giving them to family for Christmas gifts this year

Amy D December 14, 2018 - 10:24 am

Oh yay! And you can make cute little covers for the jars. I love it!

Angel October 10, 2018 - 9:59 pm

Wow…..I just made this recipe very delicious. I did add some vanilla and cinnamon for a more richer flavor.

Amy D November 14, 2018 - 9:07 am

Those sound like some yummy additions! Glad you enjoyed the jam Angel.

Karen Huerta December 22, 2017 - 11:23 am

I just made the pineapple jam. So easy and it tastes delicious. My crushed pineapple was a little too chunky so I blended it some with my stick blender. Hickory Farms used to make a pineapple glaze that I put on their beef stick after browning it slightly. But I haven’t been able to find the glaze for years, so I going to try it with this jam as an appetizer for Christmas. I’m sure it will taste great. I’m going to make the pineapple cookies that you suggest, too. Thanks for posting the recipe.

Amy D January 27, 2018 - 9:56 am


That sound sounds like a great idea. I’ve thought that this jam would make a great glaze for a Hawaiian Chicken recipe. Please let me know how you like the cookies if you try them out too!

Mary and Maddie July 15, 2017 - 11:12 am

I made this today! I used a 20oz can of crushed pineapple and added 2 cups of sugar per the comment above, I did blend it slightly because my kiddo doesn’t care for large chunks in her jam, and I cooked it down for 30 mins due to the added quantity.

It made 5 half pint jars for us, I processed 4 to store and put one in the fridge… this is a new favorite for us!!! My daughter absolutely loves it, as do I , we’ve almost gone through a half pint jar already and it’s only been completely made for 30 mins lol. We are planning tons of recipes using it, including thumbprint cookies!

Thanks so much for sharing this, it was so incredibly easy and absolutely delicious! We will be making it again soon πŸ™‚

Amy D July 23, 2017 - 10:26 am

Thanks for the comment Mary! I’m so happy that this has turned into a family favorite for you! I also have a cookie recipe that I use this jam in.

Gracelyn Asay April 26, 2017 - 3:04 pm

Hi! I just made it and am waiting or it to cool. I did get a “ping” out of both jars (I used a 20 oz can of cubed initially blended since it was what I had on hand) does that mean they sealed to last at least a week in the fridge? Also, if I wanted to can this would I use the same water bath method and such as strawberry jam?

Amy D May 1, 2017 - 8:46 am

Hi Gracelyn,
Yes, this will last in the fridge for several weeks. And you are correct that if you wanted to can this jam, you would use the water bath method, but I’m not certain on the process time. I actually developed this single jar recipe because I’d gotten tired of canning for a while :). Hope that you’ll love the jam.

Karon April 7, 2017 - 11:42 am

Would you not have to boil your jars and lids before you put pineapples in it,can you do other can fruit that way to?

Amy D April 12, 2017 - 9:49 am

Hi Karon, thanks for your question. The only reason that you don’t have to have boiled sterilized jars for this recipe is because it’s not canned. You would need to have prepared jars if you wanted to preserve the jam for any length of time. Because this recipe makes enough for just one jar, it’s meant to be refrigerated for use after making.

Gina January 21, 2017 - 10:00 am

Is the canned pineapple in a syrup or in its own natural juices?

Amy D January 21, 2017 - 10:06 am

Hi Gina, it’s just canned pineapple in it’s own natural pineapple juice. Hope you enjoy the jam!

Eusa October 11, 2016 - 4:12 am


I loved it! Look so good! Thanks for share!

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