Strawberry and rosewater jam recipe

(45 ratings)

A classic jam reinvented with the addition of the floral rose water. You’ll love this strawberry and rosewater jam.

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  • Vegetarian
  • healthy
Preparation Time20 mins
Cooking Time40 mins or until the jam sets on a cold plate
Total Time1 hours 20 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories56 Kcal3%
Carbohydrates14 g5%

A classic jam reinvented with the addition of the floral rose water. You’ll love this strawberry and rosewater jam.

Remember to keep an eye on the jam while it’s simmering, as it can go from unset to set very quickly and then stick to the pan and burn. Stir regularly. If you have a preserving pan this is great but you don’t need one – a large saucepan will do. Once you’ve made your jam, why not use it with our jam tart recipe.

You must sterilize your jam jars before using them. You can sterilise the jars by running them through a hot setting in the dishwasher. Alternatively, wash the jars by hand and place them in an oven at 180C/Gas 4 for 15 mins. The lids can be soaked in boiling water and then left to dry. Find out more about sterilizing jars with our how-to guide.

Why not make jam a family event – pick your own strawberries and hull the strawberries together. Get the adults to make the jam and everyone can label them once cool. Try our other ideas for entertaining children.

Note on nutrition: the information is based on a 20g serving.


  • 1kg strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 4 lemons, juiced
  • 1tbsp rose water
  • 600g caster sugar

You will need:

  • Large saucepan
  • 2-3 jam jars with lids, sterilised




  1. Place the strawberries, the juice of 3 of the lemons, and the rose water and caster sugar into the saucepan. Heat up until the sugar begins to dissolve and the strawberries release their juices. Place a few small plates in the freezer to help test the jam later.
  2. Bring to a rolling simmer, and cook until nearly set, stirring regularly and skimming off any scum. Pour in the remaining lemon juice. Heat until the jam reaches 105C or sets when a small amount is placed on a cold plate. Once cooked, carefully pour into your prepared jars (use a jam funnel if you have one).
Top Tip for making Strawberry and rosewater jam

You must sterilize your jam jars before using.

Samuel Goldsmith
Freelance food writer

Former Assistant Headteacher, Samuel has a BSc in Food from the University of Birmingham and is also Co-Vice Chair of the Guild of Food Writers and a Trustee of 91 Ways CIC. His work has featured in national and international publications including Waitrose Food, Australian Delicious, and the LAD Bible Group. Samuel has also consulted on a number of best-selling food and drink books, and was a nutritional consultant for BBC’s Eat Well for Less.