Active 40 min. - Total 1 hour
Stir together figs, sugar, and lemon zest in a saucepan. Let stand until figs are juicy and sugar is mostly dissolved, about 15 minutes. Add lemon juice and water; bring to a boil over medium. Reduce heat to low; simmer, stirring occasionally, until figs are tender and broken down and syrup coats the back of a spoon, about 25 minutes. Cool completely, about 20 minutes. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 3 months.