Spicy Strawberry Jam Recipe ~ Savory Simple ~ Gluten-free

Well, I can relax now. Two weeks of crazy travel have come and gone and I can finally kick my feet up for awhile. Wondering where I’ve been? It started with my visit to NYC to tour an assortment of test kitchens, followed immediately by a trip to California where I stayed with my good friend Chung-Ah from Damn Delicious, attended Camp Blogaway, and got to meet one of my favorite bloggers, Jackie from Domestic Fits and The Beeroness. Next I had three days to recover at home before driving to Philadelphia with Sherron from Simply Gourmet where we attended the always amazing Eat Write Retreat. I then turned around and flew directly back to California to spend time at Carmel Valley Ranch with California Strawberries and many more wonderful bloggers. Stay tuned for a recap of my California Strawberries farm and culinary tour!

Spicy Strawberry Jam Recipe ~ Savory Simple

I had such an amazing time traveling but I have to say I am no jet setter. By the end of the journey I was trying so hard to take in all of the wonderful sights but I was struggling to keep my eyes open. It has taken a few days to recover but now I feel rested and excited to be back in the kitchen. Yesterday I made a spicy strawberry jam inspired by two of the stops on my journey. At Eat Write Retreat, Marisa McClellan of Food in Jars did a skillet jam demo where she made a flavorful strawberry vanilla jam for us to try. I realized I hadn’t made jam in awhile and was eager to make some as soon as I got home. While staying at Carmel Valley Ranch, the chef prepared us a crostini with goat cheese and spicy macerated strawberries that was insanely good. These two stand out moments were combined to make one tasty jam. I think you’ll like it.

Feel free to play around with the spice level. I like a good amount of heat but not so much that it makes my eyes water. I found that 2 serrano peppers with the seeds worked perfectly. You can cut back on the spice by omitting seeds from one or both of the peppers. You can also substitute jalapeno peppers, which are slightly milder. I prefer serranos because I think they have a more consistant heat level. On the other hand, I’ve had some jalapenos that were very hot while others have tasted like green bell peppers.


Spicy Strawberry Jam
Serves: 2 cups
  • 2 pounds fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped
  • 1¾ cups sugar
  • 2 serrano peppers (jalapeno peppers can be substituted)
  • juice from 1 small lemon, approximately 2 tablespoons
  1. Place strawberries and sugar in a large skillet with the heat turned off. Stir well and allow to sit for at least 10 minutes.This will allow some of the liquid to release from the berries.
  2. While the strawberries are macerating, dice the peppers finely. If you want less heat, scrape out the seeds before dicing. I left the seeds from both serrano peppers and found the heat level to be pleasant and not overly intense. Stir the peppers and seeds, if using, into the strawberries and sugar. Add the lemon juice.
  3. Turn the heat to medium and allow the mixture to come to a simmer, stirring frequently. The skillet will slowly fill with more liquid as it releases from the strawberries. Continue stirring the jam as it simmers until most of the liquid has evaporated or thickened up. This may take anywhere from 15-30 minutes. Keep in mind that the jam will continue to thicken once it cools.
  4. Once the jam is thick, remove it from the heat. Can, freeze or store in the refrigerator for up to one month.
Inspired by a spicy strawberry crostini I was served at Carmel Valley Ranch as well as a skillet jam demonstration at Eat Write Retreat from


More Strawberry Recipes

Savory Simple – Strawberries and Cream Tart
Savory Simple – Strawberry Swirl Dream Cake
Savory Simple – Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream and Sorbet
Savory Simple – Strawberry Mango Yogurt Pops
Tutti Dolci – Strawberries & Cream Macarons
Pinch My Salt – Blueberry and Strawberry Buttermilk Cake

  • http://www.averiecooks.com Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Girl I am exhausted just reading about your travel schedule and all you did in the last few weeks. I can’t even imagine it! WOW! I loved meeting both Chung-Ah and Jackie about 6 weeks ago at Big Potluck. And one day we’ll meet. Glad to be doing this giveaway with you :)

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      Both times I was in California I felt bummed that I couldn’t meet you while I was out there. Someday!

  • http://damndelicious.net Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    Glad you’re finally home! I hope you get to relax for the next couple of weeks.

    And I’m loving this jam! I have like 10 lb of strawberries in the fridge right now (there was a huge sale at the korean market) so I can definitely spare some strawberries for this!

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  • http://www.vintagekitchennotes.blogspot.com Paula @ Vintage Kitchen

    Love the spicy touch in this jam Jen! I´ve added many things to jams, but never chiles.

  • http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/ Tieghan

    Hope you get to relax now that you are finally home! You sure did a who lot of traveling!

    I am loving this jam!! Strawberries are my favorite, but I love the spicy kick! What a fun twist!

  • http://www.grubarazzi.com Grubarazzi

    I LOVE the idea of spicy strawberry jam. Every summer as a kid, my parents would take me to pick strawberries. They were my favorite fruit forever…then I became allergic to them at the age of 25. The worst day of my life, but at least I have those memories! :)

  • http://www.tasteloveandnourish.com Caroline

    I love spicy jams like this! I always have a variety of jars in the pantry, but never made my own…I can’t wait to try this. I’ve got a lot of strawberries in the fridge right now! And…What a fantastic giveaway! I entered!

  • http://www.unegaminedanslacuisine.com/ Valerie

    This jam looks good enough to eat by the spoonful!
    Welcome home!! :)

  • Deborah Blackstone

    I hardly ever use jam out of the normal text, toast etc. However, based the ease of how this recipe reads, I see new uses in my future. Thank you for giving me inspiration to try something new and different.

  • http://www.everydaymaven.com Alyssa (Everyday Maven)

    That is a lot of travel! But, all amazing places for sure. Are you coming to IFBC this Sept.?

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      I am! See you there?

  • Lauren

    My mouth is puckering just thinking about this. I love it! I’ve done spicy strawberry BBQ sauce before, but never a jam. Very nice!

  • http://gazingin.com/ Sarah

    I was ever so jealous of your postings while you were gone ;-) Spicy jam? Over goat or cream cheese that would be great!

  • Candice

    This spicy strawberry jam looks yummy!

  • http://tutti-dolci.com Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Love the spice in your jam! Thanks for the macaron link love :).

  • http://littlekitchie.blogspot.com Marie @ Little Kitchie

    Welcome home after what sounds like an exhausting but wonderful time!! This spicy strawberry jam looks delicious!!

  • http://www.blendwithspices.com Hari Chandana

    Very elegant shots.. looks delicious :)

  • Charlette

    Spicy strawberry jam love it! I love anything spicy so I will try my hand at this. Great giveaway hope I win! TFS

  • http://pinchmysalt.com Nicole

    I love making small-batch jams and I’ve been craving spicy strawberry jam since I got back from Carmel so thanks for posting this! As always, your photos are drop-dead gorgeous.

  • http://www.nutmegnanny.com Nutmeg nanny

    My grandma always made her own strawberry jam and it was the best :) I love this recipe!

  • monica

    Hi! I love making this. I’ve been serving it poured over a block of cream cheese with crackers on the side. What is your favorite way to serve? do you prefer doing it individually on the crostini? I am having a party where I’m making bruschetta so I don’t know if doing the crostini would make it too similar.

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      Hi Monica! If you’re already serving bruschetta I would go ahead and do the block of cream cheese with crackers on the side so it looks slightly different (that’s just how I like to do things). Mmmm now I want some!

  • http://www.lemonythyme.com Libby with Lemony Thyme

    What a wonderful treat to find in my newsfeed. I’m about to make a new grilled cheese with strawberries. I think I’ll try my hand at your jam, which will be a first for me. Can’t wait.