Roasted figs with honey and orange

Roasted figs with and honey and orange

Roasted figs with honey and orange is perfect if, like me, you were never a fresh fig lover.

Give me plump and sweet fig preserves with a strong blue cheese and a few savory crackers or biscuits any day, and I am blissfully happy.

I found beautiful ripe fresh figs that immediately called to mind my late mother who loved eating fresh figs. She had many fresh figs recipes in her repertoire even though they were rarely available in our city. I have made Fig preserves with unripe figs but had never baked with fresh ripe figs or used them in fig tart recipes, cakes or seasonal fruit desserts. Honey roasted ripe figs seemed like a wonderful way to eat them with homemade Labneh or baked figs with honey and yogurt.

Unfortunately, I tasted the figs and they had such a delicate honeyed sweetness that I ended up eating half of them on the same day. I had to go back the following week to buy more figs and that time they were less sweet and perfect for roasting.

Roasting figs with honey and orange is a simple way to add flavour and caramelised sweetness to bland tasting specimens. Adding a pinch of salt before cooking seems to bring out the flavour and accentuate the sweetness of the figs.

Grilled figs can be used in appetisers like Caramelised Onion, Fig and Brie tart or roasted figs with goats cheese.

Roasted figs with honey and orange

The aroma of the roasted figs with the heady perfume of orange peel is an assault on the senses.

Roasted figs with honey and orange

How to use Roasted figs with honey and orange

  • I love the combination of sweet and savory flavors in canapes and appetisers and figs and cheese compliment each other so well. This Caramelised onion, fig and brie tart recipe can be use for canapes, starters or a large tart.
  • Eat them with labneh of goats cheese on a crisp bread, crackers or a slice of this grain free Almond and Coconut bread.
  • Roasted figs with honey and orange are also perfect for salads when paired with a piquant soft blue or goats cheese. The cooking juices can be added to lemon juice or vinegar and oil for a quick dressing.
  • The perfumed roasted figs with honey and orange also taste amazing spooned over the thick yogurt and bedazzled with a sprinkling of sliced pistachios or pomegranate arils.
  • They would also be wonderful on a warm bowl of slow cooked oats on a cool morning.
  • The roasted figs also give a new dimension to a bowl of vanilla bean ice cream and a sprinkle of chopped pistachios.

For more breakfast recipes that can be made with or without figs why not try this Greek Yogurt and Granola Breakfast bowl or Overnight Dairy Free Muesli and Oats.

Roasted figs with and honey and orange

Roasted figs with honey and orange

Razena Schroeder
Honey roasted figs perfumed with orange zest are very versatile and can be used in sweet and savory tarts, salads, desserts or even eaten for breakfast over greek yogurt.
4.95 from 17 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine South African
Servings 12
Calories 38 kcal


  • 480 grams figs 12 medium, ripe and fresh
  • 1 orange juice and zest
  • 15 ml honey approximately 1 tablespoon
  • 1 ml salt


  • Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees Celcius or 180 fan / 400 F / Gas mark 6
  • Wipe the figs to remove any grit or dust then slice off the stalks with a sharp knife.
  • Slice all the figs in half lengthways.
  • Mix the rind and juice of the orange with the honey and salt in a small bowl and add all the halved figs. 
  • Toss gently to coat the figs in the honey and juice without breaking the fruit.
  • Line a medium sized oven tray with foil to catch the juices and prevent any burnt syrup on the tray.
  • Arrange the figs, cut side up, and pour over the juice and honey mixture.
  • Bake for 10 minutes then remove from the oven and allow to cool before using.


1 Navel orange renders approximately 45-60 ml juice and 1 tablespoon rind


Serving: 40gCalories: 38kcalCarbohydrates: 9gSodium: 32mgPotassium: 112mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 80IUVitamin C: 6.6mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 0.1mg

Disclaimer: Nutritional information for the recipe is an approximation and varies according to the ingredients and products used.

Keyword 30 minutes or less recipe, halaal recipes, preservative free
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  • Reply
    Schilly Construction Inc
    April 10, 2018 at 3:13 am

    I’m not a huge fan of figs but this recipe sounds good. I will have to keep figs in mind for future recipes.

  • Reply
    Kartika Nair
    February 24, 2018 at 10:41 am

    I love figs. This is a great yummy and healthy breakfast recipe . I would love to try it . So many breakfast recipes on your blog . Will try this for sure 😊

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 25, 2018 at 9:18 am

      I love eating breakfast although during the weekdays I am more inclined to sleep for an extra 10 minutes than get up to make it. Hence many make ahead or easy recipes.

  • Reply
    Janella Panchamsingh
    February 23, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Oh my these figs look so beautiful, I don’t eat figs often but if they were prepared like this I probably would

  • Reply
    February 22, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    You just got me drooling just with the title of your post. I can only imagine how delicious this dish is and it seems to be simple to make as well.

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 23, 2018 at 3:45 pm

      Haha Mira you made my day! It is simply delicious so I hope you try it 🙂

  • Reply
    February 22, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Oh my god! this looks absolutely delicious! I’m going to try this dessert for sure!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 23, 2018 at 3:44 pm

      The figs are fantastic with some Greek yogurt or Mascarpone Chantilly cream.

  • Reply
    Jen ~ The Tipsy Mama
    February 22, 2018 at 1:46 am

    I have never had figs – and honestly wouldn’t have ever thought to until I read this. These look amazing!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 23, 2018 at 3:31 pm

      Try them when they are in season in your city, preferably ripe and raw. Then try roasting them for use in other recipes and you will be surprised at how versatile they are.

  • Reply
    February 22, 2018 at 1:15 am

    I have never had figs. I cannot help wondering if this sweetened recipe might “ruin” me for raw figs. What do you think?

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 23, 2018 at 3:30 pm

      I guess you will have to taste them raw first 🙂 Not all figs are created equal I’m afraid. The first time I decided to make these I actually tasted one of the figs to see how sweet it was. I can’t even begin to describe how it tasted, but like the best honey is all I can come up with.
      I ended up eating them all. The next time the figs were less sweet and I didn’t particularly find the raw taste appealing but they were fabulous after roasting with honey.

  • Reply
    Ann F. Snook-Moreau
    February 21, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    I’ve never actually eaten a fresh fig before but they look amazing! I especially like your idea about putting them on top of oatmeal for breakfast.

  • Reply
    February 21, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    This looks so delicious. Roasting any fruit or vegetables brings out the flavor of them. Yummy.

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 23, 2018 at 3:26 pm

      It truly is amazing what a big difference a little heat and a lot of patience makes.

  • Reply
    February 21, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    these look absolutely divine! how yum!

  • Reply
    February 21, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Just lovely food photography! I love the taste of figs, but really had no idea how to prepare them. This is very helpful. I think I’ll try this over salad and yogurt.

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 21, 2018 at 11:09 pm

      Thanks Lindsay, my photography is a work in progress. This is such an easy and very delicious way to prepare figs that can be used in so many different ways.

  • Reply
    Elizabeth O
    February 21, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    Oh my, these look incredible! I must save and try this recipe it looks very simple and quick!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 21, 2018 at 11:09 pm

      I hope you try them and let me know whether you liked them roasted 🙂

  • Reply
    Drake Conan
    February 21, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Wow! This one’s a winner.This looks so delightful and tasty. I would love to try making this recipe. This is my kind of weekend treat.

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 21, 2018 at 11:11 pm

      It definitely a weekend treat because deliciousness shouldn’t be rushed 🙂

  • Reply
    Czjai Reyes-Ocampo
    February 21, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    That looks really yummy, though I have no idea what figs taste like. We don’t have figs here in the Philippines, boo hoo. 🙁

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 21, 2018 at 11:13 pm

      Oh no! Imagine a soft fruit that has some texture but when ripe and sweet can taste as sweet as honey.

  • Reply
    February 21, 2018 at 7:10 am

    Wow! I don’t think I would have ever thought about making or eating that, but your pictures make it look delicious and sweet!

  • Reply
    Kristi Ann
    February 21, 2018 at 5:30 am

    I have never had figs before. I am thinking this could be the perfect recipe to try them with!