14 Delicious Things to Make with Fresh Figs

updated Aug 14, 2023
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fig jam on toast, plate, knife
Credit: Kelli Foster

Picking up a basket of fresh figs never ceases to feel like a treat. Here in the Northeast, they have two short seasons each year: first in early summer and again in late summer to early fall. Since they aren’t around for long, I’m quick to pick up a basket or two as soon as I spot them. And despite anxiously awaiting their arrival, each year I still wonder about what to do with figs. I want to make the most of my haul.

Fresh figs have a sweet, honeyed fragrance and soft, jammy texture, which make them a lovely snack on their own, yet it’s quite easy to partner figs with other foods like sharp cheese, tangy yogurt, and dark chocolate. They’re a delicate fruit with a short shelf life, so you’ll want to handle them with care and eat them within a few days. To help extend their shelf life it’s a good idea to transfer them from the basket and store figs in a single layer on a plate or shallow bowl in the fridge.

While fresh figs are irresistible eaten raw, they take quite well to being caramelized on the stovetop, being baked, and even grilled. Here are 14 fig recipes and ideas to make the most of the season.

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Fresh Fig Jam

Even if you’ve never made jam before, this easy 4-ingredient fruit jam is totally doable.

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Fig Cookies
These fruit-filled cookies are the star of the holiday cookie plate.
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Caramelized Figs and Ravioli with Rosemary Brown Butter & Crispy Prosciutto
You know that bag of ravioli in the back of your freezer? Instead of marinara, caramelize some figs in brown butter, then crisp up some prosciutto and you've got an easy and impressive dinner in no time.
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Easy Fig & Prosciutto Flatbreads
Layer some sliced fresh (or dried) figs on your flatbread and it instantly feels kinda fancy.
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Balsamic & Mustard Glazed Chicken Thighs and Figs
Yes, fresh figs even have a place with your chicken dinner. This is a particularly great option if your figs are just so-so because when caramelized with balsamic and honey they're instantly improved.
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Grilled Figs with Honeyed Mascarpone
Fire up the grill for a truly delicious fig dessert. The recipe calls for serving this figs with mascarpone cream, though whipped cream or even vanilla ice cream will work nicely.
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Halva Smoothie
Figs in smoothies are always a good idea! And especially here where they're blended with banana, tahini, and your milk of choice for a drink that just might remind you of halva.
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Baked Fig and Date Oatmeal with Pecan Streusel
If you love fresh figs topped on a bowl of oats, this breakfast bake will be right up your alley.
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Fresh Figs with Cashew Cream
Layered with fresh figs, cashew cream, toasted coconut and dark chocolate shavings, this is a fun and easy dessert that almost anyone can eat.
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Fig Old-Fashioned
Try using fresh figs in your next cocktail. Here fresh figs and balsamic vinegar join forces to give a classic old-fashioned a twist.
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Chocolate-Dipped Figs with Sea Salt
Dark chocolate is definitely a friend to figs. While the recipe calls for dried figs, you can swap in fresh figs. Just be sure to store them in the fridge and eat within a couple days.
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Yogurt With Caramelized Figs
Partnering caramelized figs with yogurt (Greek yogurt is my favorite variety here), makes a great breakfast or dessert.
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Gluten-Free Fresh Fig and Almond Cake Recipe
This light and tender cake is naturally gluten-free, thanks to almond flour. It's the perfect treat to celebrate sweet fresh figs when they're in season.
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Fig and Raspberry Bakewell Tarts
Biting into a bakewell tart is pure bliss — on the outside you have a flaky crust, which holds rich, chewy almond frangipane and below that, a layer of sweet jam.
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