Easy Plum Jam is a Breakfast Standout

Over ripe plums? No problem! A sweet & delicious plum jam that is so easy to make you’ll wonder why you never made it before now. 

Easy Plum Jam | 2 Cookin Mamas Over ripe plums? No problem! Our sweet & delicious plum jam is so easy to make you'll wonder why you never made it before now. #plumjam #jam #homemadejelly #plums #recipe #breakfast

This is one of the easiest recipes for plum jam you’ll ever see!  Read on & tell me if you agree!

Plum Jam closeup | 2CookinMamas

Are you a Costco shopper? Well if you are you will probably relate. I love fruit, it’s probably what I would choose if they said you could have only one category of food ever again. I know, you’re saying are you crazy! What about desserts, hamburgers or juicy steaks – nope just fruit! Well, in any case, I usually pick up Costco’s giant containers of blueberries, strawberries, kiwi, mangos, raspberries and yes, plums. And sometimes, even with the help of Strawberry Smoothies, Coconut Shrimp with Mango Salsa and Chocolate Raspberry Roll, I just can’t seem to finish it before it starts to shrivel and rot. (Anybody else have that problem?)

Plum Jam simmering|2CookinMamas

So what’s a girl to do? I do freeze my berries and mangos which works out well for my smoothies and any baking I do but, when it came to the really really overripe plums, I just didn’t know what to do. But wait, I used to make my own jams and jellies back in my days in PA so why not just adapt one of those recipes. The only thing I googled was exactly what spices to add and cardamon and cinnamon seemed to be the odds on favorites.

Plum Jam breakfast | 2 CookinMamas

So how did it turn out? Well, let me tell you, this was one of the easiest and most delicious jams I’ve ever made! I found that most recipes seemed to drag out the cooking time and have a much longer list of ingredients but you don’t need to do all that to get great tasting jam. Mine turned out so sweet and flavorful that I’m sure you’ll love it and want to make it again and again.

Now I’m off to get some more fruit! Enjoy!

4.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs 20 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 35 mins
A sweet & delicious jam that is so easy to make. Just cook overripe plums, add a few spices & puree. Great on toast or as a gift for the holidays.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keywords: easy jam, plum jam
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 106 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
  • 3 1/2 lbs. very ripe or over ripe plums
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Cut plums in half, remove pit and chop into 8ths then cut those in half.
  2. Place in a heavy-duty saucepan with water and sugar. Stir and bring to a boil. Lower heat and cook until fruit is soft, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  3. Place in blender and carefully puree. IMPORTANT: The heat from the jam can build up pressure inside the blender and spew out. Let the mixture cool slightly then just pulse in short spurts until mixture is smooth.
  4. Clean out saucepan and place pureed mixture back into pan. Add spices and cook over low heat for 2-3 hours or until it reaches a spreadable consistency. Stir often to prevent burning.
  5. Place in glass jars such as a mason jar and let cool. Place lid on top and store in refrigerator. Will keep about 1 month. If frozen, will keep about 6 months.
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 106
% Daily Value*
Potassium 155mg4%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 25g28%
Vitamin A 340IU7%
Vitamin C 9.4mg11%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.




Over ripe plums? No problem! Our sweet & delicious plum jam is so easy to make you\'ll wonder why you never made it before now. #plumjam #jam #homemadejelly #plums #recipe #breakfast


  • Reply
    Mrs. M.
    08/31/2019 at 2:07 pm

    4 stars
    I used…
    9 plums (cut in half as noted etc)
    1 cup & 1 teaspoon of white sugar
    2 hours of stove time after the blender transfer
    And I chose not to add the spices because I wanted full plum flavor

    It tasted really good, a little bit on the sweet side however I’m delighted to use this on top of pancakes or grilled pork or in salad dressings in the future.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      09/03/2019 at 3:56 pm

      That sounds like a great change-up and I love the idea of topping pancakes with it.

  • Reply
    07/07/2018 at 5:42 pm

    5 stars
    I had 6 plums that were way overripe. I thought this would be a good use for them. I couldn’t slice them. I had to mash them to get the pits out. I also had some blueberries that were looking less than appealing to eat as they were. So I halved the recipe for water, sugar, cinnamon and cardamom. I also didn’t bother to wash the pot, I just used my handheld blender right in it. I am astounded at how delicious this is! SO simple. Makes me want to get more overripe plums!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      07/08/2018 at 11:06 am

      I’m so glad you liked it! And I love the idea of throwing in the blueberries too! Now I want to run out to the store so I can make some again. 🙂

  • Reply
    Lori Stegner
    10/01/2017 at 3:05 pm

    Well,I have a lovely friend who allowed me pick some plums from her tree,I mixed these as directed and added some figs I had picked from another friend’s tree a week earlier…The mixture is cooling now.. smells define! My sister is coming to visit next week, gonna slather this jam on to some homemade pop overs!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      10/01/2017 at 3:19 pm

      That sounds absolutely wonderful! And on homemade popovers! I’m coming to your house! 🙂

  • Reply
    04/12/2016 at 12:02 pm

    i have NEVER seen plum jam, but what a treat! if only i could get someone to pit a bunch of plums for me. 🙂

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      04/12/2016 at 8:21 pm

      I’m sure your husband would do it for you, right? lol Actually they are very easy to remove, just divide in half and the pit comes out very easily. I think you would definitely think the effort was worth it.

  • Reply
    Erin @ Thanks for Cookin'!
    04/08/2016 at 5:16 pm

    Wow this does look really simple. My grandmother used to make jelly and it was such a production with the cheese clothes and the boiling jars and on and on so I’ve never attempted it myself. But some jam on the stove? I could work that out for sure! 🙂

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      04/09/2016 at 4:51 pm

      I thought the same thing – jams are time consuming and too much work! But this one surprised me at how simple it is. Hope you give it a try.

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