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This spicy, orange-y fig jam is a cinch to make. We used mild green figs because we grow them, but you could easily use the darker Mission figs. The jam is a wonderful dipping sauce for nutty cheeses.


Diced fresh figs
(6-10 figs, depending on the size of the figs)
: 1 1/2 cups
Peeled orange, diced,seeded
: 1/2 cup
: 1 1/2 cups
Grated orange peel
: 1 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice
: 3 tbsp
Ground ginger
: 1/4 tsp
Ground cloves
: 1/4 tsp
: 1/4 tsp
: 1/2 tsp
Canning jars
: 2 (8-ounce)

Spicy Fig Orange Microwave Jam


  • Place the ingredients in a large ceramic or glass bowl or casserole (we use a 2-quart pyrex measuring cup), stir to combine, let sit for 30 minutes for the fruit to macerate in the sugar.
  • Place in microwave. You will cook the fruit mixture on the high setting for approximately 15 minutes.
  • As soon as the mixture starts to boil, after about 6 to 8 minutes, stop the cooking and stir.
  • Continue cooking and stir every few minutes. At about 13 minutes the mixture should start to get viscous.
  • If you spoon out a bit on to a small plate that has been in the freezer, you can push the mixture around a bit with your finger tip to see how thick it is.
  • If it is runny, cook it a couple minutes more. You can also check by seeing how the jam runs off of a spoon. If it seems to firm up a bit as it drips, it's done.
  • If you use a large pyrex measuring cup as we have done here, you can see that you start with close to 3 cups of liquid. You want to boil it down to 2 cups.
  • Pour out the jam into jars, leaving 1/4-inch of headroom from the top of the jars.
  • If you want to keep your jam in a cupboard, then use sterilized jars (heat them in the oven at 200°F for 10 minutes).