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! If you wanted to, you could can this jam and preserve it for longer.

What to serve with fig jam.

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

  • Serve with a cheeseboard (my personal favorite)
  • Put it on your morning toast
  • Add it to oatmeal
  • Make Coconut Fig Crumble Bars
  • Peanut butter and fig jam sandwich
homemade fig jam

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 9 votes
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Course: Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fig jam, fig recipe, homemade fig jam, jam recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Author: EmilyFabulous


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


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


  • 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


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

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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