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Cinnamon Fig Jam with Orange Zest

This easy to make orange cinnamon fig jam is an addicting and delicious jam accented with a touch of cinnamon and orange.

A small plate with crackers smeared with cheese and topped with cinnamon fig jam by FamilySpice.com

My neighbor has this glorious fig tree. It produces more figs than three households can handle. And when her tree is taking a break for the summer, I am always on the hunt for fresh figs at the market. It’s a middle eastern thing.

I have made many different recipes using figs, including a delicious pan-seared breast of chicken with fig sauce. But now I want to make some homemade fig jam. Jamming is a passion in my mom’s side of the family, from the exotic quince jam to the all American strawberry rhubarb jam. Man, I love them all.

How hard could fig jam be?

Best figs to make fig jam

In perfecting this recipe for fig jam, I have tried it with different varieties of figs. They have all turned out wonderful! The best figs for fig jam are sweet figs, so be sure to use fresh figs that are in season. And fig season is RIGHT NOW: late summer thru early fall!

Now each variety of fig makes a delicious jam, but they each do vary in color. The green skinned figs make a light brown fig jam. The popular brown turkey figs (used in this post), make a darker reddish-brown colored jam. And the very dark purple mission figs, create a stunning dark red jam.

Overhead view of brown turkey figs in a white enamel bowl by FamilySpice.com

How do you thicken fig jam?

When I give a bottle of jam to my friends as gifts, I typically get asked a lot of questions about making jam. For example, everyone things you have to add pectin to make the jam thick. If you are making a jelly, like pomegranate jelly, it is mostly juice and sugar. For this to turn into jelly, you do need to add pectin.

But with fruit based jams, where you are using the whole fruit and not just the juice, you do not need to add additional pectin. This recipe for fig jam thickens up beautifully without pectin. Just chop up the figs and add some water and sugar.

If you are an experienced jam maker, then you have probably added lemon zest and lemon juice to the mixture as well. Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and grapefruit are high in pectin – naturally. By adding them to this fig jam, you are naturally adding all the pectin you need.

Chopped figs, sugar, orange zest and cinnamon stick in a pot to make fig jam by FamilySpice.com

How long does fig jam last?

In my refrigerator right now, I have a jar of pomegranate jelly, peach jam, strawberry balsamic jam and now this fig jam. All homemade. I told you I love making jam!! I also use them each in different ways.

Unfortunately, I’m the only jam lover in my family. Lucky for me, jams last a fairly long time in the refrigerator. Once opened, a jar of homemade jam can last for 6 months to a year in the refrigerator. So I can take my times as I enjoy these beauties.

When I make more than one bottle of homemade jam, I typically can using boiling water. Once the jams are sealed and canned, they can last in your pantry for 1-2 years. So make some fig jam in the summer, can them and gift them to friends for the holidays!

Making fig jam in a white enamel pot by FamilySpice.com

What do you eat with fig jam?

Really? You don’t what to do with this glorious fig jam?! I have many of my favorite ways to enjoy jam. Here are a few of my favorites:

Add a little jar of fig jam to your charcuterie board. Spread your favorite jam over a cream cheese laden bagel. Spruce up your PBJ with some fig jam instead! Pour jam over a log of goat cheese with some fresh rosemary.

A wooden cutting board with an open jar of fig jam, crackers, cheese and rosemary by FamilySpice.com

For a quick appetizer, schmear some mascarpone cheese on whole-grain crackers and top with a little homemade jam. Coat a pork tenderloin with fig jam and roast it. Enjoy a little jam in your gin and tonic – yeah, seriously!  Bake a brie with your favorite jam.

Spread jam on your morning pancakes instead of syrup. Serve poundcake with whipped cream a fruity jam. Add a little jam to your favorite vinaigrette and serve over a leafy salad.

Goodness I’m getting hungry! What are you waiting for?!

Closeup view of an open jar of cinnamon fig jam by FamilySpice.com

Yield: 16-ounce jar

Cinnamon Fig Jam with Orange Zest

Cinnamon Fig Jam with Orange Zest

This easy to make orange cinnamon fig jam is an addicting and delicious jam accented with a touch of cinnamon and orange.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes


  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 lb fresh figs, quartered
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • Grated zest from 1 orange


Add all of the ingredients In a small pot over medium-heat.

Bring the mix to a boil, stirring to combine.

Reduce to simmer, leaving pot uncovered.

Cook for about 1 hour or until the mix thickens.

Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Discard cinnamon stick.

If you prefer a smoother jam, use a hand blender to purée figs.

If you are going to store in the refrigerator, cool until room temperature first then refrigerate. Or, if you are canning your jam, here are instructions to can with hot water.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 tablespoon

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 30 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 0mg Carbohydrates: 8g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 7g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0g
This post was originally published July 12, 2010. The photos and content has been updated September 10, 2019.

Cinnamon Fig Jam by FamilySpice.com