What I Do with Ripe Figs

by Melissa on October 12, 2011

What do you do with figs that are too ripe to bake onto a flatbread?

You make fig jam, of course!

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to start cooking with figs. And so long to discover fig jam. Because this stuff is amazing. The jam is a nice blend of not-too-overly-sweet with a savory tartness that is just perfect on a piece of toast for breakfast. Or even on a sandwich like this one,

I think I could eat this jam every day. So I guess I will have to go grab some more figs from the store, or buy a fig tree for our garden. Fig tree seems like a good idea.

This fig jam turned out to be sort of my crossbred between fig jam and fig preserves, because sometimes it’s nice having chunks of fruit in jam.

Fig Jam
Recipe Type: Condiment
Author: Melissa Crane
Prep time: 1 hour 10 mins
Cook time: 45 mins
Total time: 1 hour 55 mins
Serves: 4
  • 2 cups black mission figs, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Zest from one lemon
  • Juice from one lemon
  1. Combine the figs and sugar in a bowl and let sit for 1 hour.
  2. Place the figs in a medium saucepan over medium low heat, mix in the water, lemon zest and lemon juice.
  3. Cover and let simmer for 45 minutes, or until the juices start to thicken.
  4. Remove from heat and spoon into jars. Makes 12 oz jam.

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Jennie @ The Bikini Baker
October 12, 2011 at 6:40 pm

I LOVE fig jam- I need to find some fresh figs!


Regan @ The Professional Palate
October 12, 2011 at 8:03 pm

There used to be a vibrant fig tree at my grandparent’s home… after they passed away, we let the area around it get overgrown & now they are no more. Fortunately, the blueberry bushes have faired better, but I so wish the figs were still a part of the package there ;-)


Lynne Wallace
July 4, 2012 at 8:30 pm

The fig tree in my grandmother’s backyard is LOADED with figs. So much so that we don’t know what to do with all of them. I made my version of your fig and goat cheese flat bread and loved it! I’m going to make preserves with the rest!


June 24, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Can you freeze this ?? I would like to make a few batches of the preserves


June 25, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Hi Sue, I’ve never tried to freeze these before. But, I do know that you can freeze figs easily to use later for making preserves or jam.


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