Moroccan Spiced Strawberry Jam

California strawberries are so versatile – they can be enjoyed on their own, incorporated into sweet desserts, or used in savory, spicy-sweet dishes like this Moroccan Spiced Strawberry Jam. This jam pairs well with tangy fresh goat cheese and is delicious served on Za’atar spiced crostini for a wonderful appetizer or snack with Middle Eastern flavor.

Moroccan Spiced Strawberry Jam

Moroccan Spiced Strawberry Jam

Calories: 33kcal

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  • 2 pounds whole California strawberries stemmed (include a few slightly under-ripe berries)
  • cups light brown sugar
  • cups granulated sugar
  • 2 lemons ends removed, halved lengthwise, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup Champagne vinegar
  • 1/3 pound fresh ginger peeled and grated
  • 1 Tbsp ground toasted cumin seed
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • Several scrapings of nutmeg
  • 1 pound small California strawberries stemmed and quartered
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp orange blossom water optional


  • In a large saucepan, mash whole strawberries and both sugars with a potato masher to release juice. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Add lemons and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. (Add a bit of water if necessary to avoid scorching.) Add vinegar, ginger, cumin, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Simmer briskly, stirring frequently, until mixture is thick, dark and flavorful. Add quartered strawberries; remove from heat.
  • Season with salt and a generous amount of black pepper.
  • Cool; stir in orange blossom water, if using.


This jam is great served with fresh goat cheese, zaatar crostini and curly cress.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 33kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Sodium: 1.5mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 7g

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