How To Make Mango Preserves


How to make mango preserves. Do you know? Mango is delicious. The best word to describe it is DELICIOUS. This is a very simple and easy process to make Mango Preserves. Let’s see how to do this with the following steps …

You may think making mango preserves sounds difficult, or that you may not end up liking it enough to want to eat the whole batch. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Easy Mango Preserves

I love mangoes. They are exquisite in every way. Beautiful to look at and beautiful to eat. As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing better than enjoying the sweet, tropical flavor of a ripe mango. And making mango preserves is a graet way to celebrate their goodness!

I Was Once New to Mango

Growing up in Indiana, I never once encountered a mango anywhere. That’s not too ironic, I suppose. Now, it seems mangoes are everywhere. Thank goodness! And when they go on sale, I just can’t help myself and buy way more than I (or the rest of my family) can possibly eat.

Extending the Goodness

Not wanting to waste their tasty goodness, I needed to find a way to make use of mine before they went from ripe to inedible. I immediately thought of jelly/jam/preserves. Since my breakfast EVERY DAY consists of peanut butter on toast with some kind of jelly, I knew, that if I turned those extra mangoes into preserves, I could enjoy them EVERY DAY! Woo hoo! So, with just a little bit of time (20 minutes max!) and only a little bit of sugar and lemon juice, I had a winning recipe for mango preserves! Now I share the recipe with you! Enjoy and feel good that you made something delicious and perhaps, even better, than some of those store bought preserves.

easy mango preserves

This mango preserve recipe is simple to make is a delicious treat on toast or as a topping for yogurt or ice cream!



  • 3 large, ripe mangos, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice


  1. Place all of the ingredients in a large saucepot and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir, reduce heat and allow mixture to simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 10-15 minutes or until it has thickened slightly.
  2. Remove from heat and allow preserves to cool before placing in a jar or bowl. Once fully cooled, cover with a lid or plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  3. Enjoy within 7-10 days.


  • Jazz it up! You can add other ingredients for a fun twist. Add a cinnamon stick while the mixture simmers (remove before storing) or add the zest of a lime or lemon after the mixture has been taken off of the heat. You could even add flaked coconut or chopped, dried pineapple for a fun tropical version.
  • Makes about 1 cup.


Enjoy some wonderful tropical flavors on your toast with this easy mango jam. It is quick to make, has a wonderful sweet flavor and is the perfect way to enjoy mango season that bit longer.

bowl of mango jam with spoon in it with jam on toast to one side and mango to other

Mango has long been one of my favorite fruits, and one I am always excited to see come in to season. Thankfully now that more varieties are available, it seems, there are more seasons since they peak at different times. Different varieties also have different qualities, such as sweetness, texture and flavor.

While I love eating chunks of the fruit just as it is, I have made a number of recipes incorporating mango as well, with favorites including my coconut mango scones, no bake mango cheesecake parfait and mango margarita.

bowl of mango jam from side


You can make jam with pretty much any fruit, but some fruits need more help than others to set. Sugar definitely plays its part in helping the jam set, but the other part is pectin. You can add it in the process, but personally I usually rely on naturally-occuring pectin.

Mango is relatively low in pectin so needs a little help. Thankfully, mango also pairs well with citrus which is a great way to increase the pectin level. You could use other citrus, but I think lime goes particularly well and so I have used some lime juice and zest in this.

mango, lime and sugar in pan ready to cook


This is pretty quick and easy to make, but a few tips:

  • Choose mangoes that are ripe but not overly ripe, and ideally a variety that has less stringiness.
  • If the mangoes are stringy, try to remove the larger strings. Ideally, you don’t want any stringiness at all, so you may want to blend and strain the jam after making. 
  • Cut the mango into a small dice as despite what you might think, the fruit doesn’t break down all that much as it cooks. 
cooking down the fruit for jam


As with any jam, the answer is partly down to the ingredients and partly how you keep it. Sugar acts as a preservative, as well as adding to the flavor, so lower sugar or chia jams generally don’t keep as well as more traditional jams with higher sugar. 

That said, I prefer lower sugar if possible, and this is on the lower side compared to some jams. So how long it keeps is more down to how you can it and keep it. I prefer to keep open jams in the fridge to last longer and they will keep a week or two at least like this. 

If canned properly, an unopened jar of jam should keep a number of months, which helps you enjoy that lovely flavor longer.

spoon with jam on it held above bowl with toast and mango behind

This mango jam is a delicious change from your more typical jam flavors – sweet, bright and tropical. While it works wonderfully with bread, I can also see it being great as a glaze for meat. However you use it, you’ll be sure to enjoy this easy spread.

bowl of mango jam from overhead

Mango jam

This mango jam is easy to make and a deliciously bright taste of the tropics.

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time25 mins

Total Time35 mins

Course: Condiment

Cuisine: American

Servings: 22 approx – makes around 1 ¼ cups (300ml)

Calories: 27kcal


  • 2 cups diced mango around 1 ½ – 2 mangoes, 400g
  • ½ cup sugar 100g
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ½ lime zest ie from ½ lime


  • Dice the mango relatively small and put in a small saucepan with the other ingredients. Stir, bring to a boil and allow to simmer around 20-30 minutes until it thickens (you can test a small amount on a cold plate and check if it sets).
  • Can and store – use proper canning practices, sterilizing the jar, if you plan to keep for any length of time. If using immediately, you can use a clean but non-sterile jar/closed container and store in the fridge for around a week.


As noted above, try to avoid mango that has stringy flesh, or you may need to strain the mixture before storing. Use ripe but ideally not overripe fruit.


Easy homemade mango jam recipe without pectin. This mango preserve is made just with season’s best ripe sweet mangoes, sugar and dash of lemon juice. Tastes so good with fresh bread toast, paratha and other breakfasts. Vegan and gluten free!

This easy jam is luscious, flavorful and absolute delight that you will love for sure. This is an breeze to make recipe and totally beginners can too make with ease.

This mango season, do yourself a favor and whip up a batch of homemade mango jam. You can can these for longer shelf life or make small fresh batches as and when required 🙂

Homemade mango jam in a short jar,

Is it mango season already? My most favorite fruit has started to appear in the markets and that makes me one happiest girl in town 🙂 I am already dreaming of mango milkshakes, mango ice cream, cheesecake, mango mojito, mango lassi and many other delicacies, apart from gorging ripe fruit as such of course!

During every summer I also try to whip up a batch or two of this absolutely gorgeous mango preserves or mango jam. It is a very easy, delicious and wonderful way to stretch the season and enjoy the fruit a bit longer.

You can make mango jam in flat 20 minutes with just three ingredients. You do not need any fancy equipment or anything. So quickly let’s get started.

About This Recipe

Homemade mango jam recipe is the simplest fresh fruit jam recipe you will ever make. It had a wonderful tropical flavor and tastes delish.

The best part about this jam recipe is you do not need any pectin. Thought ripe mangoes do not contain much of natural pectin like apples, the lime juice we add here makes up for it. The citrus or vitamin c in lime juice thickens the jam.

Cooking lime juice with sugar acts as pectin and cooks up the fruit to jam like texture. While you can add some of your favorite whole spices and make a spiced mango jam, I like to keep the flavors clean so I do not add any.

The process of making mango jam is super simple. You just have to puree or chop ripe mangoes and cook it with sugar and lime juice.

The consistency can vary as per your preference. As you can see from the photos I like to make a thick and a bit chunky jam.

For a smooth and slightly runny jam , puree the fruit and use. What I usually do is chop the mangos and as the chopped mango cook mash them here and there using a potato masher. We prefer chunky jams compared to super smooth ones and I follow this method for most of jam recipes.

If you like mangoes I am sure you will love this jam. Do try this easy homemade mango jam recipe with step by step photos and short video. It is

super simple to make

made without pectin

vegan and gluten free

just three ingredients and 20 minutes

delicious with toast

a versatile condiment

How To Make Mango Jam Recipe

First of all peel and finely chop the mangoes. You can also puree the mangoes or use a mix of puree and finely chopped fruit.

Add the chopped fruit into a broad heavy pan.

chopped ripe mangoes in a pan

To that add the measured sugar. Mix well and start cooking.

Sugar added to mangoes for making jam

Cook in medium flame for 12-15 minutes stirring frequently. The sugar will dissolve first and the the mixture will start to thicken. After 12 minutes or so the mixture will be thick and leave the sides of the pan.

Making Mango jam recipe

At this stage add lemon juice and mix well. Cook for 2 minutes and remove from flame. let cool to room temperature thoroughly before storing. Store in clean jars and refrigerate.

Cooked mango jam ready to be served

Variations And Tips

The flavor of the jam greatly depends on the quality of mango. Use ripe and flavorful mangoes that are less fibrous.

Lemon juice acts as natural preservative. Do add lemon juice in any of your homemade jam recipes to increase the shelf life.

To flavor this mango jam you can add a dash of cardamom or 1/2 teaspoon minced ginger. Also some nutmeg powder can be used.

Instead of regular sugar you can use palm sugar, powdered jaggery also.

How Long Can I Store This Jam

This jam can be stored for 10 days in refrigerator.  As we are not using any preservative, this jam should be stored in fridge only.

Make sure the bottle is clean and dry before storing. You can also use sterilized jars if you prefer. Always use a clean and dry spoon to serve jam.

You can follow standard canning process and can the mango jam for longer shelf life.

Serving Suggestions:

Serve with toast, fresh bread, pancakes, waffles.

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