This easy fig jam recipe is the perfect way to use up an abundance of fresh summer figs. Simply combine all of the ingredients in a heavy saucepan and simmer to perfection. Beyond the obvious breakfast-table applications, you can use your fresh fig jam in vibrant desserts (think as a filling between cake layers or for hand pies) or as a delicious homemade condiment for sandwiches, cheese boards, and more. Fresh fig jam can provide the perfectly sweet balance in all sorts of savory applications, but pairs especially well with salty meats, such as prosciutto, and rich cheeses like goat cheese and Brie. 

Recipe by MyRecipes July 2019


Credit: Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Christina Daley; Food Styling: Adam Hickman

Recipe Summary

15 mins
2 hrs


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Instructions Checklist
  • Combine figs, sugar, zest, and lemon juice in a medium saucepan over medium. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until figs are very tender and liquid is very syrupy, about 45 minutes.

  • Remove cover, and cook until mixture has thickened and an instant read thermometer registers 220°F, another 40 to 50 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool 10 minutes.  

Chef's Notes

You can use mission or turkey figs for this recipe; both will work great and are easily found during summer months.