Homemade Lemon Jam

Homemade lemon jam in a jar accompanied by flowers

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Zesty, refreshing and fragrant lemon jam with three simple ingredients.


  • 4 lemons (3 of them for their zest, 1 of them to be chopped)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups extra water to boil lemons zest


  1. Grate zest of 3 lemons into a small bowl. Make sure to grate only the yellow skin, not the white part underneath.
  2. Take one of those lemons and squeeze it to have 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. 
  3. Chop one whole lemon (with the skin on) or slice it thinly into strips or rings.
  4. Put the zest and chopped lemon pieces in a pot.
  5. Pour 1 cup water over them. Bring it to boil over medium high heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Strain and repeat this step one more time. The bitterness of lemon zest will be removed this way.
  7. Add sugar, lemon juice and 2 cups water over strained lemon zest in pot.
  8. Bring it to boil over medium low heat and let it simmer for about 30 minutes. It will be runny at this step but gets thicker as it cools down.
  9. Keep it in a jar.


These ingredients make about 200 g jam, so double or triple the ingredients if you want a larger amount.