14 Totally Delicious Fresh Fig Recipes to Make All Season Long

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fig jam on toast, plate, knife
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Picking up a basket of fresh figs never ceases to feel like a treat. They 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 fresh 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. Mix it into overnight oats, add it to a charcuterie board, or spoon onto thumbprint cookies.

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Perfect Crostini

The better your base, the better your appetizer will be. Try it with ripe figs, gorgonzola cheese, a drizzle of honey, and some toasted pine nuts.

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Easy Fig & Prosciutto Flatbreads

Layer some sliced fresh (or dried) figs on your flatbread and it instantly feels kinda fancy. A crisp crust cradles jammy figs, salty prosciutto, peppery arugula, and a bit of gorgonzola cheese.

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Gluten-Free Fresh Fig and Almond Cake

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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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 vinegar and honey they're instantly improved.

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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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Baked Oatmeal with Figs & Dates

If you love fresh figs topped on a bowl of oats, this breakfast bake will be right up your alley.

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Tortellini Salad with Figs, Walnuts, Prosciutto & Greens

This salad relies on store-bought fresh cheese tortellini and a few other grocery staples to make an easy, satisfying lunch salad that hits all the right notes — savory, salty, and sweet; crunchy, chewy, and tender. Even better, you can make today and have the leftovers all week long.

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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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Halva Smoothie

Figs in smoothies are always a good idea! And especially here where they're blended with banana, creamy tahini, and your milk of choice for a drink that just might remind you of halva.

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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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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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Yogurt With Caramelized Figs

Partnering caramelized figs with Greek yogurt makes a great breakfast or dessert.

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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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