Savor the flavor of summer with this super Easy Fig Jam recipe made with just a few ingredients! A great addition to a cheese platter, to 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.

Fig jam in a tulip shaped jar with a white ceramic spoon on a wooden board with blue cheese.

Fig Jam

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, have you ever bitten into a fresh fig? They’re fantastically sweet with an interesting texture from the seeds that make some people shy away. 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.

If you’re lucky enough to have a fig tree in your yard or a friend that will gift you some figs from their own tree, you’re lucky enough. And you should make this jam.

Fig Jam being spread onto a cracker with a white ceramic spoon.

How To Make Fig Jam

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.

  1. Prep your figs. Toss halved figs with sugar, lemon and vanilla.
  2. Cook. Add the figs to a saucepan and cook over medium heat.
  3. Add water. Stir in the water and simmer until the fruit is soft with a thickened, jammy consistency.
  4. Store it. Transfer to jars and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

How to Make Jam Without Pectin

Some fruits are naturally high in pectin so they will come together easily on their own. Strawberries and other fruit that are lower in natural pectin so a little lemon juice, and the zest, will help them become the best jam ever without adding additional pectin.

Top down view of fig jam in a jar with white ceramic spoon.

What are Figs

If you’ve never tried Fig Jam, you’re in for a lovely surprise. It’s not overly sweet and goes so well with both savory or dessert like recipes. It’s a staple on EVERY cheese board I make because it pairs perfectly with everything.

Figs are a soft, sweet fruit with a thin skin and contains many small seeds inside. There are more than 850 kinds fig trees and they grow in warmer climates. The fruit can be eaten when ripe or when dried. 

Figs are technically not a fruit, they’re actually inverted flowers. Fig trees don’t flower like other fruit trees. Their flowers bloom inside the pear-shaped pod, which later matures into the fruit we know and love.

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.


Your fig jam recipe will last up to two years if processed by canning in a hot water bath. Freezer jam will last up to 6 months if stored in an airtight container.

Once opened, your homemade jam will last up to two months in the refrigerator.

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

More Easy Jam Recipes

Easy Fig Jam takes about 30 minutes to make and is very similar in technique to my Easy Strawberry Jam.

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.

Serving Suggestions

Fig Jam is great for spreading on crostini with goat cheese and chopped nuts or you can heat it until syrupy to use as a flavorful glaze for chicken. It’s also a great topping for baked brie! So versatile, there’s really no limit to what you can do with it.

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. It’s amazing on these biscuits or slathered on some lightly toasted bread.


Top down view of fig jam in a jar with white ceramic spoon.

Get the Recipe: Easy Fig Jam Recipe

Super simple to make, Easy Fig Jam is summer’s sweetest gift!
4.79 from 32 votes


  • 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 saucepan


  • In a medium saucepan, toss the figs, sugar, lemon and vanilla to coat.
  • Cook over medium heat stirring frequently until the sugar is dissolved and the figs are juicy.
  • 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.
  • Turn off the heat and spoon the jam into two pint size jars.
  • Close the jars and allow to cool to room temperature.
  • Store the jam in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.
Serving: 1g, Calories: 121kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 0g, Fat: 0g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 1mg, Potassium: 175mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 28g, Vitamin A: 105IU, Vitamin C: 1.5mg, Calcium: 26mg, Iron: 0.3mg