These fresh grilled figs are as good as it gets!
The sweet sharpness of the candied ginger is balanced by the tart lemon juice and rich honey notes. The grill caramelizes all the natural sugars to bring out the true flavors of fresh figs.
Grilled Figs with Candied Ginger, Lemon and Honey
Serving Size – 4 people
8 large whole figs
¼ cup candied ginger (sometimes sold as crystallized ginger)
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
¼ cup honey
Zest of ¼ of a large lemon
Pinch of sea salt
4 Lemon wedges, about ½ a lemon
Grilling Method: Direct/Low Heat
Wash and dry figs, set aside. Meanwhile, heat candied ginger, lemon juice and honey in a saucepan over a medium low heat until soft and warm but not bubbling. While mixture is still hot, puree in a traditional blender or by using a hard immersion blender or food processor. Add lemon zest and a pinch of seal salt. Adjust seasonings to taste, adding more honey if the ginger is too sharp. Set aside to cool.
Meanwhile, cut figs in a half and squirt cut side with a lemon wedge. Using a teaspoon, dollop a small amount of the ginger puree on the top of each fig. Place skin side down on the cooking grate until warmed through and lightly marked, about 5 minute. Serve warm with extra sauce on the side.
Can also be served on top of slices of pound cake or over best-quality vanilla ice cream.