Easy Fig Jam

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This easy fig jam recipe is naturally sweetened with maple syrup and made with just five simple ingredients. It’s the perfect addition to a cheese plate, baked goods, oatmeal, toast and so much more!

We have a fig tree and it’s been so fun trying different recipes with fresh figs. I’ve made a few homemade jams but hadn’t tried fig jam until recently!

An overhead photo looking down at 3 jars of homemade fig jam. A spoon and two slices of toasted bread are next to the jars.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s so satisfying making your own jam, trust me!
  • This delicious jam comes together in just one simple step.
  • Make once and enjoy all month long! It can be used in a wide variety of recipes.
Ingredients measured out to make fig jam: fresh figs, water, maple syrup, vanilla and lemon juice.

Ingredients Needed

  • fresh figs – remove the stem and cut into ½-inch pieces. Any type of fresh fig works!
  • maple syrup – you can either add ½ cup of maple syrup on it’s own or add a mixture of ¼ cup of sugar + ¼ cup maple syrup. Besides the figs, this is the only sweetener added in the jam.
  • water – additional liquid to reduce the figs in.
  • lemon juice – add freshly squeezed lemon juice to make the flavors pop!
  • vanilla extract – optional but brings the flavors together really nicely.
Side by side photos: the first is chopped fresh figs in a pot and the second is the figs cooked down into jam.

How to Make Fig Jam

This is basically just a one-step recipe! Add the chopped figs to a saucepan along with maple syrup, water and lemon juice. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally until the figs are soft and a jam-like consistency is reached. This usually takes about 20 minutes. The liquid should run off a spoon in thick drops – if it’s too runny, return to the heat for a few minutes.

An overhead photo looking down at two small jars of homemade fig jam. A metal spoon is laying next to the jars.

How to Use Fig Jam

  • Make these delicious fig jam crumble bars.
  • Mix into overnight oats or a traditional bowl of oatmeal.
  • Mix into chia pudding for a flavor burst.
  • Top thumbprint cookies with fig jam for a sweet treat.
  • Top a slice of homemade sourdough bread with a little butter and fig jam.
  • Make a fancy appetizer with crostini, goat cheese and fig jam.
  • Add a dish of fig jam to your charcuterie board along with meats, cheeses and bread or crackers.

How to Store Leftovers

While the jam is still warm, spoon it into an airtight container – I like to use mason jars! Close the jars loosely and let cool completely. Once cooled, tighten the lid and store the jar in a refrigerator for up to 3 months.

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Fig Jam

5 from 12 votes
This easy fig jam recipe is naturally sweetened with maple syrup and made with just five simple ingredients. It's the perfect addition to a cheese plate, baked goods, oatmeal, toast and so much more!
An overhead photo looking down at 3 jars of homemade fig jam. A spoon and two slices of toasted bread are next to the jars.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 1.5 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh figs, stemmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • ½ cup maple syrup, or ¼ cup of sugar + ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla, optional

Instructions
 

  • Add chipped figs to saucepan with maple syrup, water and lemon juice.
    A pot containing sliced figs, to be made into jam.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the fruit is soft and a jam-like consistency is achieved, about 20 minutes. You want the liquid to run off a spoon in thick drops. If needed, return to the heat for a few more minutes.
    A pot containing fig jam.
  • Spoon the jam into an airtight container (like a mason jar), leaving a little space at the top. Close the jars loosely and let cool completely. Once cooled, tighten the lid (the lid can get stuck if you tighten while hot) and store the jam in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 2Tablespoons Calories: 67kcal Carbohydrates: 16g Sodium: 2mg Potassium: 50mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 12g
Course: Sauces/Condiments
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fig jam

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    11 comments
    1. Sue
      September 10, 2022 AT 7:20 pm

      5 stars
      So easy and it is delicious!!
      Had a box of figs that I didn’t know what to do with. This was amazing. Will definitely make again.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 11, 2022 AT 2:11 am

        So glad you loved this recipe, Sue. Thanks for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    2. Megan
      August 31, 2022 AT 7:47 pm

      5 stars
      This is SO delicious! And easy. I don’t taste the lemon at all, which is ok, just figgy maple vanilla goodness. I’m going to have to make another batch because I’m not sharing this one!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 2, 2022 AT 11:43 am

        Yay!! So glad you enjoyed this recipe, Megan! Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it.

    3. Amada
      August 18, 2022 AT 3:06 am

      5 stars
      I doubled the amount of figs and it turned out fantastic! I made one adjustment. After letting the mixture simmer for 15 minutes, I put it in my Vita Mix blender and blended it to a smooth texture. I then returned it to the stove and cooked for the last 5 minutes. It got thick and delicious! It’s sweet but not overly sweet. I wish I could share a picture because even the color is beautiful! Thanks for the recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 18, 2022 AT 3:28 pm

        Thanks for sharing, Amada! I’m so glad this recipe turned out for you! Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it.

    4. Lauren
      July 31, 2022 AT 11:54 am

      2 stars
      Unfortunately this didn’t turn out good for me. Tempe texture is great but way too much lemon and it’s hardly sweet at all, which is surprising between the ripe figs and the coconut sugar and maple syrup I used. Bummer :(. Next time I think I’ll reduce the lemon by half and increase the sugar by at least 1/4 cup.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 1, 2022 AT 5:58 pm

        I am so sorry that this recipe didn’t work out the way you had hoped, Lauren. Did you happen to change or adjust any of the ingredients?

    5. Lauren
      July 30, 2022 AT 11:50 am

      When do you add the vanilla?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 1, 2022 AT 5:57 pm

        Hi Lauren – You can add the vanilla in the pot when you are adding the other ingredients. Enjoy!

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