Easy Microwave Fig Jam


EASY Fig Jam made with figs, orange, lemon, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon. Small batch, takes only a few minutes to make in the microwave!

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Late summer is a busy season at my parent’s house. The apple trees are loaded with apples and the fig tree has my mother scrambling to find people who like figs.

If it’s fig season and you’re meeting my mother for the first time, right after “nice to meet you” you’ll hear, “do you like figs?” with a look of hopeful anticipation.

Mom can never find enough neighbors, friends, ladies at the exercise class to give figs to so she dries and freezes some, and with others makes a wonderful fig microwave jam.

Microwave jam, what’s that?

Microwave Fig Jam

That, my friends, is the way my mother makes jams. She learned this technique years ago from Sunset Magazine (1979) and never looked back.

Now that I’ve finally tried her approach, I can see the appeal.

You make only small batches—a pint at a time—enough for your own use in most cases, and it takes all of 15 minutes of cooking time.

Since we make only 2 small jars and we use them up quickly, there’s no need to sterilize the jars, just use clean jars that have been rinsed, and put the jam in refrigerator after it has set.

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 such as Gruyere.

Microwave Fig Jam

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Easy Microwave Fig Jam Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Makes one pint, or two 8-ounce jars


  • 1 1/2 cups diced fresh figs (6-10 figs, depending on the size of the figs)
  • 1/2 cup seeded, peeled orange, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar (reduce if you want, though it won't set as well)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter

Special equipment:

  • 2 (8-ounce) canning jars
  • 2-quart (8-cup) pyrex measuring cup or large microwave-proof bowl


1 Macerate fruit in sugar: 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.

2 Cook in microwave: 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.

Microwave Fig Jam

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.

3 Pour into jars: 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). If you plan to eat up quickly and will keep them in the refrigerator, regular clean jars will do.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. ET

    Is it a must to use orange juice?

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  2. Faye

    How long will this keep in the refrigerator??

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  3. Cindy

    This is a wonderful recipe. I did it first in the microwave and loved it, so I then made a big batch on the stove. Do you think this would work with mandarins?


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  4. Jess

    I’m so excited to try this recipe! Do you take the skin off the figs first? or just dice them with the skin attached? (Im a beginner!) Thank you!

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  5. Lenette Hastings

    the spices in this recipe sound wonderful!! If I wanted to make a large amount and do it on the stove instead of the microwave would I just boil the mixture for about 45 min and get the same results? I want to make a large amount and can it to use up the figs from my tree

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