Easy Apricot Jam Recipe with no Canning Required!

This easy apricot jam recipe uses no pectin and requires no canning.  Just start with dried apricots and simmer in orange juice and spices.  Once your homemade jam is done cooking, let cool and spread on toast or an English muffin!

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Easy Apricot Jam Recipe with no Pecitn

Have dried apricots?  Make This Easy Apricot Jam Recipe!

Did you know that National Apricot Day is January 9th? Did you even know that National Apricot Day existed? No? Me neither! Seriously, though, I love apricots and almost always keep them in my pantry for a quick, healthy snack.

Dried fruit has tons of fiber and since it is relatively high in sugar it satisfies my craving for sweets without making me feel too horribly guilty. When I was at Sprouts Farmers Market a few days ago, I picked up a pound of dried apricots to use in this homemade jam recipe.

Need more recipes using dried apricots?  Try these:

I don’t make a lot of homemade jam because I am just not all that excited about canning things. I’ve tried. I’m not very good at it! But, rest assured, this easy apricot jam recipe require zero canning, no pectin, and has only a few simple ingredients.

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What can you do with this no pectin apricot jam?

Wondering what you would actually do with this homemade apricot jam? Well, obviously putting in on toast is a good start but have you ever considered putting homemade jam in yogurt? A huge tub of plain, organic yogurt is actually pretty cheap.

Top a bowl of that organic yogurt with a dollop of this apricot jam and you have a breakfast that is lightly sweet and loaded with calcium and protein. It is a truly delicious way to start the day!  Or, top your yogurt with my homemade strawberry jam with chia seeds.  Delicious and easy!

Homemade jam recipe

Tips for making this easy apricot jam recipe:

While I was making this apricot jam, I did notice that the orange juice kind of bubbled over no matter what I did. The burner got a bit sticky but cleaned up quickly with hot, soapy water. I recommend using a decent size pot when boiling your apricots and keeping the temperature down low enough that the liquid is just barely bubbling. A small pot and rapid boil will result in a bit of a mess!

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Easy Apricot Jam Recipe With No Pectin

Making homemade apricot jam is easy, especially when you start with dried apricots. Apricot have enough natural pectin in  them that when they are combined with the sugar and acid in orange juice, they can produce enough jell for homemade jam.  Check out Taste of Home for a delicious homemade bread recipe to serve this on!

Yield: 4 one cup servings

Easy Apricot Jam Recipe

Easy Apricot Jam Recipe with no Pecitn

This easy apricot jam recipe uses no pectin and requires no canning.  Just start with dried apricots and simmer in orange juice and spices. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 pound dried apricots
  • 2 1/2 cups orange juice
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger


  1. Place apricots, sugar, and orange juice in large sauce pan
  2. Bring to a boil
  3. Turn heat down until mixture is simmering. Cover most of the way.
  4. Cook 30 min and remove from heat.
  5. Let cool to room temperature
  6. Pour orange juice and apricots into a food processor and puree until smooth.
  7. Return to pan and stir in lemon juice, nutmeg and ginger
  8. Stir until blended
  9. Pour into clean containers with tight fitting lids
  10. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks or freeze for up to 1 year.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 98Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 2gSugar: 22gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information not always accurate




4 thoughts on “Easy Apricot Jam Recipe with no Canning Required!”

  1. Oh my goodness! This looks incredible! My Grandma had apricot trees in her backyard when I was growing up and just thinking about apricots makes me think of happy childhood memories. I am now allergic to fresh apricots, so I love that this uses dried. I think I MUST make this!

    • How interesting that you are allergic to fresh apricots and not dried! It is certainly delicious…let me know how it works for you!


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