Knife resting in a jar of homemade Orange Thyme Jam
5 from 3 votes

Orange Thyme Jam

A simple, springtime jam with fresh oranges and thyme. The result is a luscious, not-too-sweet jam perfect for waffles, toast, pastries and buttery biscuits. Just 7 ingredients and 1 bowl required.
Author: Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 64 (2-Tbsp servings)
Category: Condiment, Sauce
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 1-2 Weeks


  • 5 cups sweet orange segments (about 8 medium-sized navel oranges // peeled and quartered)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh orange zest
  • 1 cup raw, natural cane sugar (less if you prefer it less sweet, though it helps it thicken)
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 medium lemon, juiced
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme (chopped // 2 sprigs yield ~1 Tbsp)
  • 1 pinch sea salt


  1. Bring oranges, orange juice, lemon juice and sugar to a low boil in a large saucepan over medium to medium-high heat, stirring frequently to combine.
  2. Once it reaches a low boil, reduce heat to medium low and add a pinch of salt and stir. Simmer for about 30 minutes and then add thyme and orange zest.
  3. Continue cooking until the mixture is reduced by about a third. It should be thick and syrupy - be patient as the whole process may take up to an hour. Add a bit more sugar to help it thicken even more.
  4. Once thickened, remove from heat and let cool. Transfer to clean jars and store in the fridge. Will keep for a couple of weeks. To store in freezer, make sure to use freezer-safe canning jars to avoid cracking.


*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.
*Recipe (as originally written) yields ~4 cups total.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 64 two-Tbsp servings)