Fig Fantasy Jam


Step into a world of decadence with Fig Fantasy Jam, where the natural sweetness and unique texture of figs are turned into a luxurious spread. This homemade jam marries the rich flavors of ripe figs with a hint of citrus, creating a versatile and exquisite addition to your pantry, perfect for enhancing cheeses, breads, and desserts.

Fig Fantasy Jam

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: About 3 cups
  • Serving Size: 1 tablespoon

Nutritional Profile (per tablespoon)

  • Calories: 38 kcal
  • Protein: 0.3 g
  • Fat: 0.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10 g
  • Fiber: 0.5 g
  • Sugar: 9.5 g


  • Fresh figs, stemmed and chopped (1 kg / 2.2 lbs / 35 oz)
  • Granulated sugar (400g / 0.9 lbs / 14 oz)
  • Lemon juice (30ml / 2 tbsp / 1 oz)
  • Water (100ml / 3.4 oz)
  • Orange zest (optional for a citrus twist) (5g / 0.2 oz)

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Prepare Figs: Chop the figs into small pieces.
  2. Macerate the Fruit: In a large pot, combine figs with sugar and let sit for 20 minutes.
  3. Cook the Mixture: Add water, lemon juice, and orange zest to the pot. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently.
  4. Simmer and Thicken: Reduce heat and simmer for 35 minutes, until the jam thickens.
  5. Test for Doneness: Place a small amount of jam on a cold plate. If it gels, it’s ready.
  6. Jar and Cool: Pour the hot jam into sterilized jars, leaving space at the top. Seal and let cool.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Selecting Figs: Use ripe, soft figs for the best flavor.
  • Texture Variations: Blend the jam for a smoother texture or leave it chunky.
  • Storage: Store in a cool, dry place or refrigerate for longer shelf life.


Can I use dried figs?

Fresh figs are recommended for this recipe, but you can rehydrate dried figs if necessary.

How long does fig jam last?

Properly stored, it can last up to 1 month in the refrigerator.

Can I make the jam less sweet?

Adjust sugar according to your preference, but keep in mind it helps with preservation.