Figs are a wonderfully versatile fruit that works well in both sweet and savory dishes. They’re also chock-full of fiber and antioxidants, making these little powerhouses a worthwhile addition to your diet.
Incorporate them a little more often with these best fresh fig recipes. From fig bread and bars to smoothies, jam and salad, you’ll adore these delightfully fig-forward recipes.
Fig and Honey Smoothie
This smoothie takes almost no time to make, yet it is sweet, creamy and delicious. If you struggle with the texture of whole figs, this is a great way to ensure you still benefit from their nutrients.
Using dried figs, these fig bars are surprisingly easy to put together. You’ll need to make a large batch, though, because they will disappear in minutes.
This quick bread doesn’t require yeast to make it rise, and it’s also made with pantry staples you probably have on hand. The easy recipe includes several variations like adding orange zest, cinnamon, and chocolate chips, reducing the amount of sugar, or soaking the figs in bourbon for extra flavor.
Quick pickled figs are an instant flavor burst in any dish. The recipe comes together in a flash and you can easily add bay leaves, juniper berries, and star anise to the pickling juice for extra flavor. Enjoy pickled figs on toast, in salads, or on sandwiches.
You’ll never again buy fig jam once you’ve made this version using dried figs. Smear this sensational sweet treat over hot toast or add a dollop to bruschetta with soft and creamy goat cheese. Yum!
Fig and Kale Salad
Enjoy this bright and beautiful summer salad on the patio with friends this weekend. It’s full of lovely fig flavor and only takes 15 minutes to prepare.
Rustic Fig Galette
Wow your guests with this beautiful and flavorsome dish. From the flaky crust that melts in your mouth to the delicious leeks, creamy goat cheese, and sweet figs and honey, this dish is a triumph in every respect.
Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Figs
You’ll need to make a big batch of these sweet and salty morsels because they will fly off the snack platter faster than you can say, “Merry Christmas”. Bacon wrapped figs stuffed with herb goat cheese is the appetizer you didn’t know you needed. Well, now you do.
Fig and Spinach Salad
This fig and spinach salad is colorful, fresh and packed with nutrition. It combines fresh figs, creamy avocado, toasted walnuts, and a homemade balsamic vinaigrette for a sweet, crunchy, and tangy salad that will make your taste buds dance.
Fig Prosciutto Pizza
Satisfy your soul with this fig prosciutto pizza. It’s a savory and sweet blend of fig preserves, sliced prosciutto, fresh arugula, pine nuts, and cheese. Whether you serve slices of it as a starter or have it for dinner, this dish will become a regular occurrence.
Fig and Blue Cheese Savories
Figs and blue cheese go together like you and this recipe – they were made for each other! Tender, buttery rounds are flecked with blue cheese and black pepper and then topped with good-quality fig jam. It’s the best part of a cheese platter in one bite-size morsel.
This fig crostini makes an easy but impressive appetizer at your next holiday gathering. It’s crunchy, sweet, and salty with a hint of tang.
Your guests will be singing the famous Christmas carol after they taste this bread-like cake on Christmas Eve. It’s best served warm, and you’ll love the typical Christmas flavors of cinnamon, orange and nutmeg.
Fig Ice Cream
This fig ice cream is irresistible and takes only 35 minutes to make! Fresh fig seeds add a nice crunch which contrasts beautifully with the creamy texture of the ice cream. It’s sweet, balanced and wonderfully fig-forward.
Fig Chia Pudding
This colorful, easy and nutritious breakfast contains no added sugars, making it a nourishing and healthy way to start your day. Plus, if you soak the chia seeds overnight, you’ll be ready to eat in 15 minutes – perfect for busy mornings.
Fig Coffee Cake
Topped with a delicious oatmeal almond streusel, this fig coffee cake will be a hit at a shower, coffee date or weekend gathering. It fills the kitchen with a delicious aroma while baking, and it’s been known to convert even the most stubborn non-fig eater.
This makes the most incredible topping for french toast, waffles, and pancakes. You’ll only need fresh figs, coconut sugar and balsamic vinegar, but the result is a delightfully sweet and tangy fig mixture that pairs especially well with cream cheese on toast.
This four-ingredient recipe marries fresh figs with whipped vanilla ricotta on top of seedy grain toast. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with flaked sea salt for a sweet and salty bite that will simply blow your mind.
Chocolate Dipped Figs
Dessert just got a little easier with these chocolate dipped figs. Dried figs are dipped in chocolate and chopped toasted pistachios for a delicate and delicious balance of sweet, salty and crunchy. This dish takes only minutes to prepare and it will look quite at home on a cheese or festive snack platter. .
Trade in the store-bought version of fig newtons for this tasty homemade recipe. It tastes even better and it’s so easy to make that you’ll wonder why you never tried it before.
Honey Roasted Chicken and Figs
This dish screams autumn comfort food. As they roast, the figs get a sweet jam-like consistency which pairs beautifully with the garlic honey sauce and tangy red wine vinegar. Add chicken and you’ve got a crowd-pleasing dish that you’ll be dying to make again.
Easy Fresh Fig Jam Recipe
- 1 pound fresh figs stems removed
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Cut the figs into quarters and then place in a food processor. Puree until the figs are almost smooth.
- Place the puree in a medium-sized heavy-bottomed pot (not cast-iron) and stir in the sugar, water, and lemon juice.
- Over medium-high heat, bring the mixture to a boil , stirring often , until the sugar is mostly dissolved. Reduce to medium.
- Stirring occasionally, allow the mixture to simmer until it reaches a jam-like consistency. It should look shiny and fall off a spoon in thick, gooey clumps.
- When it’s ready, remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
- Transfer the jam to a clean jar, leaving about ¼-inch of space at the top. Loosely screw the lid on but don’t tighten it. Allow the jam to cool for about an hour and then place in the fridge. Once it has cooled completely, tighten the lid and store in the fridge until ready to use.
- Spread on hot toast with cream cheese, and enjoy!
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