Easy Fig Jam Recipe

This Easy Fig Jam Recipe is quick, simple, and delicious. If you have fresh figs, you need to make this. Fig Jam is amazing with cheese, on toast, in a dessert, and more!

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Figs are such a wonderful fruit and can be used for so many things. We have a tiny little fig tree we planted when we moved into our house a few years ago. And although it is small, it puts out quite a few figs. One of my favorite things on a cheese plate is fig jam. But, fig jam is kind of expensive. Now that I have figs every year, I will be making fig jam every year.

Ingredients for Fig Jam

This jam only has 4 ingredients, that’s it!

  • Fresh Figs
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Lemon Juice

How to make Easy Fig Jam

Add the water and sugar to a saucepan and dissolve the sugar. After the sugar has dissolved, add the figs and lemon juice and bring the mixture to a boil. Turn down the heat to simmer and place a lid on the saucepan with a small opening for steam. Every 20 minutes, stir the mixture and smash up the figs. After 1 hour, remove from the heat and allow the jam to cool completely before serving or storing.

fig jam in a mason jar

What kind of figs to use

There are many different types of figs out there, the most common are Mission and Brown Turkey. I have a Brown Turkey tree so those are the figs I used. Brown Turkey figs have a slightly lighter color and a green skin so my jam is a little lighter than what you may be used to seeing. Don’t worry, the flavor is ALL there!! Feel free to use whatever type of fig you can get.

Will this Jam be Thick with no Pectin?

Yes! Figs have natural pectin in them and this jam will thicken up enough without any added pectin. However, this will not be the consistency of fig paste, which is another common accompaniment to cheese boards.

How long will this Jam Last?

This quick and easy fig jam will last about 2 weeks when stored in the fridge in a sealable container, like a mason jar. This recipe is meant to be quick, easy, and a small batch so the assumption is that it will not last longer than 2 weeks.

Can You Freeze Homemade Jam?

Yes, you can freeze this fig jam! The best way to freeze jam is to use thick, sturdy glass jars or stiff, freezer-safe plastic containers. As with most food you freeze, ensure the jam is at room temperature before placing it in the freezer. Fill the containers/jars with jam, leaving 3/4 of an inch at the top because the jam will expand. Fig jam will keep in the freezer for up to 6 months. When you remove the jam and it has defrosted, it will last an additional week in the fridge.

What to serve with fig jam

Fig jam has so many uses, here are a few ideas:

  • Serve with a cheeseboard (my personal favorite)
  • Put it on your morning toast
  • Add it to oatmeal or yogurt
  • Peanut butter and fig jam sandwich

After I made this fig jam I realized I needed another way to use up all of this delicious jam before it went bad. Check out my recipe for Coconut Fig Crumble Bars, they are easy to make and quite tasty!

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Quick and Easy Homemade Fig Jam

A quick and easy recipe to make homemade fig jam that's perfect for cheeseboard, appetizers, desserts and more!
5 from 10 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 59kcal
Author: EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • medium saucepan
  • food masher
  • food processor or blender
  • glass jar with lid for storage

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup water
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 small lemon, juiced
  • 2 cups fresh figs, rinsed and cut in half

Instructions

  • Place water and sugar in a pan and cook on medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Add figs and lemon juice and bring to a boil.
    fresh figs on stove to make fig jam
  • Turn down the heat and simmer for about an hour with a lid mostly on. Take the time to stir and mash the mixture every once in a while. The figs will start to break down and the peels will start to break down.
    fig jam cooking in pan on stove top
  • After an hour, remove from heat and allow to cool. Mashup any remaining chunks of fig. If there are still larger pieces of skin, you can give the jam a quick pulse in your food processor or blender. Place in a sealable glass jar and keep the jam into the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
    fig jam in a mason jar

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Nutrition

Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 59kcal | Carbohydrates: 15.6g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 0.9g | Sugar: 14.8g | Calcium: 12mg

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

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36 thoughts on “Easy Fig Jam Recipe”

  • I was just wondering if this could be adapted to use dried figs? That I have, fresh are harder to come by here. Thanks. 🙂 Recipe sounds awesome!
    Patti

    • Patti, I think you could use dried figs, although I haven’t personally tried it. I would heat the ingredients for about 8 minutes or so, blend in a food processor, and then return to the heat for a few more minutes to make sure everything is blended and a jam consistency. Let me know if you try it, I’d love to hear how it turns out!

    • Hi Sandee! I have seen many recipes that call for 1-3 peppers added to a fig jam. Most of them blend the peppers in a food processor before cooking with figs and sugar. As I’m sure you know, the more seeds you include, the spicier the jam will be. For this recipe, I would blend 1 jalapeno, serrano, or habanero depending on which pepper you like. I would also start with half and see how spicy it is before adding the whole thing. While I have not tried this personally, I’m sure it would be delicious! Thanks fro checking out my recipe 😊

  • 4 stars
    I have three fig trees (they make bushes in my part of the country), and the figs are full this year. I made this recipe, using what figs I had available, and reduced the amount of sugar, and the taste was great! This makes a great ‘refrigerate’ jam.

    • Thanks for trying out the recipe Wanda, I’m so glad you liked it! Reducing the amount of sugar is a great idea and I’m happy to hear it turned out great.

  • Haven’t made this yet, but you get 5 stars for what appears to be a good jam recolipe with very clear instructions! I’ll try this, for sure..
    Have you ever tried fig jam, a slice of gruyere (or, if you like, muenster or havarti) and thinly sliced ham, wedged into a slim crusty baguette? Transporting!

    • Thanks for checking out my recipe, Anne. It’s one of my favorites and I hope you find a time to try it out. My favorite way to enjoy fig jam is with a salty brie on a crisp cracker. However, gruyere and ham will be on my next charcuterie board for sure. This sounds like an awesome combination, thanks for sharing.😊

  • 5 stars
    Oh my God I love fig jam with vegan cream cheese and crackers and with the holidays coming up this is the perfect recipe for a snack board

  • 5 stars
    I never imagined it would be so easy, but it was and the jam is delicious! Especially love it with oatmeal – thanks for the great suggestion!

  • Can I freeze this jam? I had a HUGE amount of figs I needed to use up from my tree and ended up with 4 huge jars’ worth of jam.

    • Hi Misty. Yes, you can freeze this fig jam! The best way to freeze jam is to use thick, sturdy glass jars or stiff, freezer-safe plastic containers. As with most food you freeze, ensure the jam is at room temperature before placing it in the freezer. Fill the containers/jars with jam, leaving 3/4 of an inch at the top because the jam will expand. Fig jam will keep in the freezer for up to 6 months. When you remove the jam and it has defrosted, it will last an additional week in the fridge.

  • 5 stars
    This fig jam looks so easy and delicious! It never occurred to me that I might be able to grow a fig tree. Worth looking at for sure!

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