Portuguese Traditional Quince Jam • Marmelada


Who doesn’t adore a delicious quince jam? Especially one that’s quick, made in a pressure cooker and turns out perfectly thick, yet not overwhelmingly hard, perfect for this time of the year.

For the uninitiated, quince jam is a sweet treat made from quince, with a consistency that can range from dense, sliceable with a knife, to this creamier version perfect for spreading on toast or stirring into yogurt.

Quince Jam is a specialty of regional Portuguese confectionery, being the most famous the version from Odivelas, crafted in the ancient monastery by the nuns, but nowadays you can find it in any Portuguese supermarket. So let’s dive into this easy-peasy recipe!

Portuguese Traditional Quince Jam • Marmelada

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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Quinces, though a lesser-known fruit, shine in Portugal as a thick jam. They're renowned for their pleasant aroma and are often described as a cross between an apple and a pear.


  • Quince – 1kg (Pitted)
  • Sugar – 800g
  • Water – 100ml


  1. Begin by thoroughly washing the quinces, using a brush to scrub them well, as they’re cooked with the skin.
  2. Cut the quinces, remove the seeds, and weigh out 1kg. Place them in a pressure cooker with sugar and water, then mix thoroughly.
  3. Seal the pressure cooker and cook over medium-high heat until it reaches a boil, then simmer for about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove the cooker from the heat and let it cool naturally to release pressure.
  5. Open the cooker and blend everything well with an immersion blender. Pour the jam into small bowls lined with parchment paper, or for longer storage, place them in sterilized jars.
  6. Enjoy your delightful quince jam!
Notes: You can of course make this in a normal pan, instead of a pressure cooker, it will just take about twice the time. This fantastic jam is perfect with bread, scones, toast, or a delightful yogurt topping. Spice it up by adding cinnamon or star anise for an extra zing!

This recipe for Portuguese Traditional Quince Jam • Marmelada was originally created on BakeAfter.com. Esta receita de Marmelada Rápida foi publicada em português no Iguaria.com.


Per Serving: 3590 calories; 1 g fat; 930 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein.

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