Easy Fig Jam

Savor the flavor of summer with this super Easy Fig Jam made with just a few ingredients!  A great addition to a cheese platter, ,top your favorite burger and fry up in a crispy grilled cheese sandwich.  This jam is so good you’ll want to try it on just about everything.

Super easy Fig Jam recipe is made with just a few ingredients in 30 minutes. From TheSuburbanSoapbox.com

I’m obsessed with figs.  I don’t know why….probably because they’re like a peach in that you only see a good one for a few weeks of the year before they become a mushy, mealy mess. They make me a little sad when they appear because it’s a sure sign that summer is almost over and the school buses will be making their rounds very soon.

But they also make me happy because….duh, have you ever bitten into a fresh fig?  They’re fantastically sweet with an interesting texture from the seeds that make some people absolutely loathe them.  I love the contrast, the crunchiness in my teeth. And they make blue cheese taste like dessert.  Really.  Especially when made into an Easy Fig Jam.

Super easy Fig Jam recipe is made with just a few ingredients in 30 minutes. From TheSuburbanSoapbox.com

I had a co-worker….a cubicle neighbor, if you will…who’s parents owned a fig tree.  How lucky is that?  They lived down in the Outer Banks of North Carolina which is also super lucky.  I mean really…who wouldn’t want to live in the Outer Banks with a fig tree in their back yard.

Anyway…she used to tell me how she hated figs and they just had too many, so many they would just fall to the ground and go to waste.  Wasted figs!  Gah!!!  I had to make her stop talking because her story of the sad figs just wasting away made my heart hurt.

And so she did….then she left for her weeklong vacation to visit her parents and came back with a gigantic bag of fresh figs.  Just for me.  Because she was the best cubicle neighbor ever and I still think of her quite often. 🙂

Super easy Fig Jam recipe is made with just a few ingredients in 30 minutes. From TheSuburbanSoapbox.com

Funny thing about figs….they spoil VERY quickly so you have to eat them all within a couple days or find something interesting to make with them like a skillet roasted chicken….or Easy Fig Jam.

Which is exactly what I did with that giant bag of figs fresh from the Carolina coast. It’s incredibly easy to make with just a few simple ingredients and a bit of water.  And you can stash it in the fridge for a few months….if it lasts that long.

Super easy Fig Jam recipe is made with just a few ingredients in 30 minutes. From TheSuburbanSoapbox.com

Easy Fig Jam takes about 30 minutes to make and is very similar in technique to my Easy Strawberry Jam.  It makes an excellent companion to a variety of cheeses so if you have some canning skills…you may want to save some for your holiday soirees. If not, it’s amazing on these biscuits or slathered on some lightly toasted bread. Easy…peasy.  And if you’re looking for something another jam recipe you have to try THIS Orange Marmalade!

But seriously…..all my jam recipes are amazing so you should DEFINITELY try this easy Tomato Jam and THIS new Blueberry Jam is totally amaze-balls.

Easy Fig Jam

Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: jam
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 121 kcal

Super simple to make, Easy Fig Jam is summer's sweetest gift!



  • 2 pounds fresh figs cut in quarters and stems removed
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. In a medium saucepan, toss the figs, sugar, lemon and vanilla to coat.
  2. Cook over medium heat stirring frequently until the sugar is dissolved and the figs are juicy.
  3. Turn the heat to low, add the water and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until the fruity is soft and the juices are beginning to thicken.
  4. Turn off the heat and spoon the jam into two pint size jars.
  5. Close the jars and allow to cool to room temperature.
  6. Store the jam in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Fig Jam
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 121
% Daily Value*
Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 175mg5%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 0g0%
Vitamin A 105IU2%
Vitamin C 1.5mg2%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


30 comments on “Easy Fig Jam”

  1. Hi! This jam looks so yummy! I love that it can be used in so many different ways. And the fact that it lasts 2 months in the fridge is awesome. Although, since I love figs it probably won’t be around that long:)

  2. I’m trying to enjoy as many figs as possible while they are in season and this jam looks incredible! I want to spread it over everything.

  3. I’m a bit obsessed with figs too – and love them in jams though I’ve never ever made my own – so thanks so very much for your recipe – your fig jam looks so thick and delicious – Forget the toast – I just need a spoon!

  4. This fig jam looks like the perfect topping for my morning toast!

  5. Hi! How would I can this to make it last longer? Thank you!

    • Hi Andy, I’m not a canning expert but you could check out FoodInJars.com…..she has some great tips on canning jams. I’ll study up and will try to learn the tricks so I can share them here. Thanks so much!

  6. Do you just use the meat of the fig, or do you use the entire fig?

  7. I love that you mentioned the Outer Banks! I am from northeastern North Carolina, but am living in Virginia at the moment. Planted a fig tree in my new yard and this year, I have figs galore! I am so glad you posted the recipe. I will be making some fig jam tomorrow 🙂

    • I’d love to plant a fig tree but we live in a different zone so the winter would kill it here. This jam would be taking over my house if I had my own tree! LOL!

      • I’m not sure where you are, but I bought one that is hardy in our Nebraska temps. Tractor Supply; imagine that!
        It got a great start before the heat, in a large pot. I also planted peas in it, to protect the new start as it heated up-until it got established. The huge pot allowed me to moved it when needed, to get enough heat/shade and take it in in the winter- just in case.
        Terrible thing happened, I was pulling up the old peas and took it up also, by careless accident. I forgot it was under there! Looked great though.
        Tore too much root, and didnt recover.

        Never hurts to try! I love an experiment 🙂

        Trained cook and foodie, Master Gardener, and Dietetic Technician

        I so love a fig!

  8. Kellie,
    Thanks for the recipe, it’s straight forward, simple and tastes great on top of toasted baguette rounds with either Brie or Camembert and Prosciutto de Parma.
    I read your “about” tag and if you live in Philly you can absolutely grow your own fig trees very easily and you don’t even have to wrap them in the winter.
    I have a summer house at the Jersey Shore and have two fig trees grown as bushes-massive amounts of large purple figs each year.
    It’s really crazy the plants look like dead sticks in the winter.

  9. This was a quick and easy recipe but way too sweet.  Next time I will use half the sugar.

  10. We live in Vancouver, B.C. and we have 2 fig trees! One is a Calamyrna (green) and the other is a Mission (black/dark purple). Both trees have been prolific for the last 4 years that I’ve lived here. I can easily pick 30 lbs. at a time (which is a lot of jam!).

  11. This sounds amazing!! I have a lot of figs that I froze over summer….do you think that would work okay?

  12. I only put 1/4 cup of sugar and it turned out really good. We used an immersion blender in the end which made it smoother.

  13. Can I use bottle lemon juice, and if so how much?

  14. Can you just use lemon juice from a bottle or does it actually have to be a real lemon?

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