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With only a handful of fresh and tasty ingredients, this Fig Jam is great for adding to morning breakfast, desserts, and so much more!

Fig Jam in a jar with string and figs cut around it.

I’m a huge jam lover, and breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day. From time to time, I like to switch it up with different things, like this Fig Jam.

This is super flavorful and fresh and tastes amazing spread on toast, on a cheese board, bagels, even drizzled over some homemade pancakes. There are so many uses for this recipe, we also use it in our Homemade Fig Newton Recipe.

We mainly use it for breakfast, but it is also great as an appetizer to serve to guests when you are having a party, brunch, or any type of gathering really.

This is a super easy fig jam recipe. You’re really just throwing everything together in a pot, letting it cook down, and blending or smashing it to your “chunkiness” liking.

We like ours a little smoother, so its spreadable and just melts in your mouth, but even with some of the chunks it is incredible. 

If you are new to figs, this really is a recipe that you should start out with: easy, minimal ingredients, and super tasty. You won’t regret it once you try it.

With an easy recipe like this one, I think you’ll find yourself making fresh fig jam again and again! I wish I had a fig tree, haha! Fig season would be my favorite thing.

Some of our other favorite breakfast recipes we have on our site include: English Muffins, Air Fryer Cinnamon Raisin Bagels and Sheet Pan Pancakes.

Overhead of fig jam in jar.

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  1. Minimal ingredients and effort help this homemade jam recipe come together.
  2. This makes a nice big jar, but you can double this recipe if desired.
  3. Using fresh ripe figs from he grocery store really makes this recipe pop.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST FOR THE FULL RECIPE CARD):

  • Fresh figs
  • Cane sugar (you can also use granulated sugar)
  • Lemon juice
  • Lemon zest
  • Vanilla
  • Water
  • Cinnamon stick
Ingredients needed to make Fig Jam

HOW TO MAKE FIG JAM:

  1. Wash and cut the figs into quarters.
  2. Zest the lemon, then cut in half to press to juice. 
  3. In a saucepan on the stove top, add the figs, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla, water, and cinnamon stick.
  4. Bring fig mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce temperature to low and let it simmer for 50 minutes to an hour, until the liquid has evaporated.
  5. Remove from heat, and remove the cinnamon stick. 
  6. If you want a chunky jam, press the fig with the back of a wooden spoon, but if you prefer a smooth texture use the blender or an immersion blender.
Step by step photos on how to make  Fig Jam

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

For better results, choose fresh, beautiful figs, both firm and fleshy.

The fig you buy must be fragrant, and on point because once picked, it no longer ripens.

A great way to test them is by feel, though prepackaged ones will typically be plenty ripe.

I happen to love black mission figs.

Absolutely, since this freezes well you can certainly a small batch or double it.

You will just want a larger wider pan for this and the time should still remain the same. 

If you get a deeper pan for this it may take longer to break down so keep an eye on it and make sure to stir routinely through the cooking process.

Yes, if you like chunks in your jam you can absolutely do that. 

If you want a chunky jam, press the fig with the back of a wooden spoon, but if you prefer a smooth texture, use the blender or an immersion blender.

Spoon holding up some of the Fig Jam

Experimenting is the best part of cooking!

Maybe you have an abundance of figs or other fruit trees. Try these ideas to your hearts content.

  • Orange Zest: Add a teaspoon of orange zest for a citrusy twist.
  • Maple Syrup: Mix in a tablespoon of maple syrup for a richer sweetness.
  • Fresh Thyme: A sprinkle of fresh thyme can add a subtle herbal note.
  • Balsamic Vinegar: Add a little bit of balsamic vinegar for a tangy balsamic fig jam.
  • Chopped Nuts: Stir in some chopped walnuts or almonds for a crunchy texture.
  • Dried Figs: Add a few dried, chopped figs as a perfect way to enhance the fig flavor.
  • Honey: Substitute a portion of the sugar with honey for a floral sweetness.
  • Fresh Ginger: Grate a small amount of fresh ginger for a warm, spicy kick.
  • Coconut Sugar: Use coconut sugar instead of cane sugar for a hint of caramel flavor.
  • Star Anise: Add one star anise for an exotic, aromatic flavor.

Some vanilla bean might be the perfect accompaniment to this jam.

From your first jam to the last, I wish you all the best!

  • Granulated Sugar: Use granulated sugar instead of cane sugar if preferred.
  • Orange Juice: Substitute lemon juice with orange juice for just the right amount of sweetness.
  • Almond Extract: Use almond extract instead of vanilla for a nutty flavor.
  • Ground Cinnamon: Replace the cinnamon stick with 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
  • Apple Juice: Use apple juice instead of water for added sweetness and flavor.
  • Lime Zest: Substitute lemon zest with lime zest for a slightly different citrus flavor.

This can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator where it will keep for up to 2 weeks.

This can also be frozen, place in freezer containers leaving some room at the top for expansion ad it will keep for up to 2 months. You can use unsealed jars until it’s frozen if you like, then add a lid later.

If you use a sterilized jar, you can keep the jam for six months

To defrost, remove from the freezer and into the refrigerator overnight.

You can reheat it on the stovetop or in the microwave if you want it warm.

DANA’S TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • Use fresh fragrant figs for the best outcome.
  • This can be doubled.
  • You can use other extracts like orange, lemon, or almond.
  • If you want a smoother jam use a blender or immersion blender, for a thicker just smash with wooden spoon.
  • This can be frozen, see my tips above.
  • You can serve this on a variety of things like toast, bagels, as an ice cream topping, with crackers and cheese, etc.
Fig Jam spread on toast with fresh cut figs on top.

Love a good jam recipe but want to switch it up from the same old same old?

Then you absolutely have to try my Fig Jam, which is super tasty and easy. It makes good food even better!

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5 from 2 votes

Easy Homemade Fig Jam Recipe

Author Dana at ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 20 minutes
With only a handful of fresh and tasty ingredients, this Fig Jam is great for adding to morning breakfast, desserts, and so much more!
Servings 12 servings

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Wash and cut the figs into quarters.
    2 pounds fresh figs
  • Zest the lemon, then cut in half to press to juice.
    1 tsp lemon zest, Juice of 1 lemon
  • In a saucepan, add the figs, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla, water, and cinnamon stick.
    ¾ cup cane sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, ¼ cup water, 1 cinnamon stick
  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce temperature to low and let it simmer for 50 minutes to an hour, until the liquid has evaporated.
  • Remove from heat, and remove the cinnamon stick.
  • If you want a chunky jam, press the fig with the back of a wooden spoon, but if you prefer a smooth texture use the blender or an immersion blender.

Notes

  1. Use fresh fragrant figs for the best outcome.
  2. This can be doubled.
  3. You can use other extracts like orange, lemon, or almond.
  4. If you want a smoother jam use a blender or immersion blender, for a thicker just smash with wooden spoon.
  5. This can be frozen, see my tips above.
  6. You can serve this on a variety of things like toast, bagels, as an ice cream topping, with crackers and cheese, etc.

Nutrition

Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.05g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 178mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 108IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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Course jam, Sauce
Cuisine American

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