Japanese Kanten Fruit Jelly Recipe

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Craving for a refreshing dessert? Give this tasty kanten jelly a try! Its fresh fruit and smooth, satisfying texture will surely please you and your family.

kanten fruit jelly on a plate with a fork

The perfect way to cool down on a hot day is with this kanten fruit jelly.

It’s a quick and easy dessert made from Japanese kanten powder, a natural thickening agent that thickens the juice in just 10 minutes!

Making these delicious Japanese sweets for your kids is easy, but you’ll enjoy them just as much!

    This recipe is for you if:
  • You love fruit jelly.
  • You want to make kanten jelly.
  • You are looking for a Japanese fruit jelly recipe.
  • You are looking for an easy fruit jelly recipe.

All right, let me show you how to make it. If you want to check the recipe, please jump to the recipe card below. Let’s get started!

About this Recipe

  • Jelly made from kanten
  • Use raw, fresh fruit
  • Easy recipe under 10 minutes
  • Use an ice cube tray and glass food storage container

📋 Ingredients

Here are the ingredients (amounts are in the recipe card below).

ingredients for kanten fruit jelly
  • Kanten: It’s a vegan/vegetarian substitute for gelatin made from red seaweed. It’s rich in dietary fiber, which is great for the digestive system. It also contains zero calories! You can purchase kanten at a Japanese grocery store. You can also substitute it with agar agar powder (made from red algae) or gelatin if you can’t find kanten at a store.
  • Corn Starch: Adding a little corn starch results in a firmer texture for your jelly, making it thicken. You can omit it if you don’t have any at home.
  • Sugar: I use cane sugar in this kanten recipe, but any type of sugar is ok.
  • Fruits: Pick your favorite fresh fruits. I added strawberries, blueberries, melons, and pineapples to the recipe. You can also use canned fruits, but they tend to have lots of sugar and additives, so I don’t recommend them. Fresh fruits taste much better and are more healthy!
  • Water

🔪Instructions

Let me walk you through how to make it step by step. You can also watch this video.

how to make kanten fruit jelly step by step

I will use a glass food storage container and ice cube tray to solidify the jelly in this recipe.

  1. Make jelly: Add kanten, sugar, corn starch, and water in a pot, and mix until smooth. Bring to a boil on medium heat, then turn to low heat and let slow simmer for 1 minute.
  2. Cut fruits: Cut fruits and put them into separate bowls (mix as you prefer).
  3. Prepare first fruits: Add the first batch of fruits to an ice cube tray and fill each section with a jelly mixture.
  4. Add more fruits: Add the second batch of fruits to a glass food storage container. Next, pour the mixture into the container until it covers the fruit.
  5. Refrigerate: Let refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (no photo).
kanten fruit jelly in a ice cube tray

These are the ones in the ice cube tray that you can pop out with a spoon. You’ll love these for your party because they’re bite-sized and easy to eat!

kanten fruit jelly in a glass food storage container

This one is in a glass food storage container. Scoop out as much as you want with a spoon, serve in a bowl, and enjoy!

It’s also fun to put a small serving in a small jar, pour the whole jelly into a small pan, and make a fruit jelly cake. Please enjoy the variety of options!

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kanten fruit jelly in a folk

I hope you will enjoy this easy and yummy kanten fruit jelly as much as we do!

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Chef JA Cooks is a Japanese food blog that shares simple and healthy Japanese home cooking recipes, including vegan and vegetarian. From traditional Japanese recipes to modern recipes with step-by-step instructions.

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Japanese Kanten Fruit Jelly Recipe

5 from 3 votes
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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: JURI
Craving for a refreshing dessert? Give this tasty kanten jelly a try! Its fresh fruit and smooth, satisfying texture will surely please you and your family.

Equipment

  • 1 Glass Food Storage Container
  • 1 Ice Cube Tray

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp Kanten, 2g
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar, 20g
  • 2 tsp Corn starch, 5g
  • 300 ml of Water
  • Fruit of your choice

Instructions

  • Mix ingredients: Add kanten, sugar, corn starch, and water in a pot, and mix until smooth. 
  • Make jelly: Bring to a boil on medium heat, then turn to low heat and let slow simmer for 1 minute.
  • Cut fruits: Cut fruits and put them into separate bowls (mix as you prefer).
  • Add fruits: Add the first batch of fruits to an ice cube tray and fill each section with jelly mixture. Add the second batch of fruits to a glass food storage container. Next, pour mixture into the container until it covers the fruit.
  • Refrigerate: Let refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (no photo).

Video

Notes

  • Storage: 5 days in the fridge.
  • Substitute: You can substitute kanten with agar-agar powder or gelatin.
  • When you turn the heat on, it will gradually thicken, so please stir it constantly.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Sodium: 2.6mg | Sugar: 8.3g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Kanten fruit jelly
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