Spicy Fig Orange Microwave Jam

READY IN: 55mins
Recipe by Antifreesz

From Simply Recipes and it is wonderful. This makes small batches. You can use mild green or mission figs and is great as a dipping sauce too.

Top Review by Heirloom Tomato

I had a dozen or so figs that needed to be used right away so decided to adapt this recipe to fit ingredients on hand. I used 3 cups of diced mission figs and 2 cups of sugar. I doubled the ginger and cinnamon but left the cloves at 1/4 t. I had no orange, but used the zest and juice from one lemon. I stirred it every 5 minutes for a total of 15 minutes in the microwave, stirred in the 1/2 t. butter at the end, then poured it into a covered glass jar and put it in the fridge. It got very thick. We tasted it last night and we think it tastes expensive, like something from a gourmet shop. I will make this again. Easy and good. I am going to try it with crackers and some mild cheese.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 12 cups diced fresh figs (6-10 figs, depending on the size of the figs)
  • 12 cup orange, seeded peeled diced
  • 1 12 cups sugar (reduce if you want, though it won't set as well)
  • 1 12 teaspoons orange peel, grated
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 14 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 14 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 14 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 12 teaspoon butter
  • 2 (8 ounce) canning jars


  1. Place the ingredients in a large ceramic or glass bowl or casserole (a 2-quart Pyrex measuring cup works great), stir to combine, let sit for 30 minutes for the fruit to macerate in the sugar.
  2. Place in microwave.
  3. You will cook the fruit mixture on the high setting for approximately 15 minutes.
  4. As soon as the mixture starts to boil, after about 6 to 8 minutes, stop the cooking and stir.
  5. Continue cooking and stir every few minutes. At about 13 minutes the mixture should start to get viscous.
  6. 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.
  7. If it is runny, cook it a couple minutes more.
  8. 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.
  9. If you use a large Pyrex measuring cup, you can see that you start with close to 3 cups of liquid. You want to boil it down to 2 cups.

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