Fresh figs are an often lesser-known fruit that is under-appreciated, so we wanted to show just how versatile they really are with 23 easy and delicious ways to use them throughout fall when they’re in season for a short time.
From pizza toppings and cakes to salads and tangy butter, figs make a great addition to so many sweet and savory dishes. They are the nutrition powerhouse with a ton of antioxidants and fiber. They are a tasty and healthy addition to anyone’s kitchen.
Fig season is short in early fall, so make the most of it with these 23 easy and delicious fresh fig recipes to celebrate the start of fall with one of the season’s best offerings!
1. Fig Jam
Jams are an easy way to enjoy your favorite fruits all year round, which is especially handy with fruit like the humble fig as they’re in season for such a short period of time.
This recipe is super simple and requires no canning but makes for a really original, delicious jam that can be used in many different ways.
Use as a topping for yogurt, bake on top of camembert or brie, or use as a base for a savory cheese tart!
Knowing what to make with figs if you’re unfamiliar with them is no easy feat. Still, this recipe will likely become your new go-to salad throughout fall once you’ve had a taste of those sweet and slightly sticky figs with creamy goat cheese, all drizzled with a delicious maple balsamic vinaigrette.
Grilling the figs results in a caramelized, slightly sticky, and smoky topping for this refreshing but filling salad that is the perfect way to welcome fall.
3. Fig Butter
Fruit butter is a delicious way to preserve the harvest and means that you can enjoy the comforting smear of fruity butter across your toast in the depths of winter with the fig season long gone.
This fig butter is easy and simple to make and, although indulgent feeling, is actually packed with nutritional benefits as the fermentation and culturing of the butter makes this rich in probiotics.
Butter that’s good for us? That’s music to the ears, right?
You’ll need just five ingredients to put this delicious and simple lunch, brunch, snack, or fancy breakfast together: crusty French bread, goat cheese, figs, rosemary, and honey.
The sweet stickiness of the honey perfectly compliments the sweetness of the figs and contrasts with the sharp, tangy goat cheese.
If you’re serving this as an appetizer, try swapping the crusty French bread base for miniature store-bought pastry cases or puff pastry discs.
If you loved Fig Newtons cookies as a kid (who didn’t!?), you’ll love this slightly more grown-up, lower-carb homemade version.
A shortbread-like low carb base is topped with a sticky, caramel-flavored fig filling, and the topping is made with nuts, oats, and all three layers make for a sweet, sticky, nutty treat that can be enjoyed as a snack or as a dessert if warmed and served with ice cream.
We’re really just here to sing the praises of the humble fig, so while we’ve compiled 23 of our favorite recipes, we thought we’d go the extra mile and add in another 20.
That’s right – we’re giving you 43 ways to enjoy fresh figs, and if that doesn’t show our dedication to spreading the word about how versatile this fruit really is, we don’t know what will!
Recipes include cheesecakes, grilled sandwiches, and gelato – need we say more?
If you’re wondering what to make with fresh figs but are short on time, roasting them is your answer.
Caramelized with cinnamon and sugar, these figs take just 4 minutes to roast and can be used in many different ways.
Served with ice cream, as part of a cheese board, as a topping for French toast or oatmeal, the possibilities are truly endless for enjoying these sweet, sticky bites that taste just like nature’s candy.
8. Fig Bread
It’s no secret that making bread with vegetables and fruits ensures a moist, flavor-packed, and delicious base for all kinds of toppings.
The great thing about this fig bread, though, is that it can be enjoyed as both a sweet and savory treat.
Even better, it’s loaded with warming spices, so it is the perfect way to ring in fall and is delicious topped with the fig butter linked above and a drizzle of honey.
Or, as we call it – the grown-up pizza.
Topped with fig spread, goat cheese, caramelized onions, and arugula, this pizza ticks all culinary boxes with sweet, tangy, acidic, creamy, and savory notes.
If you or anyone you’re serving isn’t a fan of goat cheese, try replacing it with ricotta.
And if you have any leftover slices left (unlikely, but possible), check how to reheat pizza to avoid a sloppy slice.
These are a cake take on the famous Fig Newtons we all know and love, more cookie than cake.
These take a bit of preparation and time, so they are made for cozy Sundays when all you want to do is bake and have your home filled with comforting smells.
As an iconic American treat, these bars are made with all the comforting flavors that taste like home: butter, sugar, honey, cinnamon, and filled with the tangy caramel flavor of figs, these fig bars are delicious and a great homage to the classic Newton bars they’re inspired by.
This is one of the best fig dessert recipes out there and is surprisingly simple to make.
The cake is moist, rich, and studded with candied ginger, which has a really unique sweet and spicy flavor.
The addition of freshly squeezed orange juice and zest is the secret here as it helps to keep the cake really moist and adds a citrus kick that helps to cut through some of the sweetness.
Nothing says classic pudding quite like an upside-down cake, does it?
12. Fig Scones
Walnut and fig scones spiked with orange-soaked figs, almonds, and walnuts? Sign us up.
We all know someone who makes great scones, so bringing something original to the table can be a really fun way of bringing people together with a reimagined classic.
Even better, these scones can be made in just 30 minutes and are a great one for topping with the fig butter linked above or whipped heavy cream and honey.
Making rig rolls or Fig Newtons can be tricky as you have to roll the dough while keeping the filling intact.
So, if you want a much quicker and easier way of enjoying all the flavors of the American classic but without the additional fuss, this recipe is your best friend.
The components are made into a bar instead of a rolled cookie, so you’re not cutting back on the flavor – just the time and effort.
Loaded with pecans and dried figs, these cookies are a more delicious take on the classic raisin-filled cookie and have a great texture.
Our top tip with this one is to use brown sugar if you’re after a chewy cookie, and let’s face it – who isn’t?
If you think of oatmeal cookies as the least delicious kind of cookie, this recipe will have you thinking again!
A sweet treat that takes just 15 minutes to put together in one food processor requires no cooking and just 5 ingredients?
Spoiler: it’s true. They’re just as delicious as they sound, too.
You’ll need dried figs, walnuts, almonds, maple syrup, and cocoa powder to make this nutrient-dense, flavor-packed and delicious bars that make for the perfect mid-afternoon or post-workout protein-filled snack.
It’s a universally known fact at this point that sweet and salty is a food combination made in culinary heaven, and so the sweet figs paired with the salty bacon and blue cheese here is a combination you can’t afford to miss out on.
This recipe calls for these salty and sweet bites to top toasted bread, but they can just as easily be served on top of a green salad dressed with balsamic vinegar or as part of a cheeseboard.
Boozy fruit is something to be enjoyed and appreciated all year round. This ridiculously simple recipe can be served in so many different ways, which does mean that you might have to demonstrate some self-restraint as they are seriously boozy.
Serve over ice cream, frozen yogurt, or on top of a cake for a sweet and if you have leftover syrup once you’ve devoured the figs, use it for making cocktails!
This roast chicken smothered with fig jam, garlic, rosemary, and olive oil is sure to become a household hit.
It’s the perfect midweek meal that requires minimal effort but provides maximum flavor.
Serve with roasted potatoes and greens or a simple green salad and crusty bread for mopping up the sweet and salty juices.
It’s everything we love in a dinner recipe: easy, simple, quick, and delicious.
This is a great vegan (and gluten-free) recipe and the sweet, sticky fig filling sandwiched between a flaky, oat-y crust makes for a delicious treat that can also be served for breakfast.
It also happens to be fat-free, so it is a great recipe if you’re trying to reduce your fat intake but still want to enjoy delicious puddings and sweet treats.
Serve alongside plant-based ice cream or yogurt, and this is a real winner!
Wrapped in salty bacon and filled with a flavor-filled goat cheese filling flecked with fresh rosemary, thyme, and sage, these figs are the perfect appetizer as they’re quick and easy to put together but look fancy when presented on a wooden board decorated with sprigs of fresh herbs.
If you’re serving yourself or your family, these work great as a salad topping or a side dish for your Sunday dinner.
Using a crockpot here takes the work and effort from fermenting and cooking your jam over a low flame and results in a rich, concentrated fig flavor.
The sweet white wine, honey, lemon juice, vanilla, and cinnamon lighten the jam and make it a perfect pantry staple for the colder months.
Serve stirred into vanilla yogurt or on top of hot buttered toast, and you have yourself a delicious breakfast.
If you don’t have much in the way of a sweet tooth, this is the perfect dessert for you.
Fresh figs are stuffed with slightly sweetened ricotta, drizzled with honey, and sprinkled with pistachios and fresh mint.
These really allow the fig to sing, and you can easily adapt them, too. Swap the honey for melted dark chocolate or the pistachios for flaked almonds for a variation on this delicious dessert.
A great fruit cake is something every cook needs in their arsenal – a breakfast cake even more so.
If you crave something sweet in the morning and if health weren’t an issue, you would happily tuck into a slice of cake most mornings, this recipe is for you.
Enriched with buttermilk, this cake feels like a treat but is just sweet enough and is delicious paired with Greek yogurt and fresh berries.
- 1. Fig Jam
- 2. Grilled Fig, Goat Cheese & Pistachio Salad
- 3. Fig Butter
- 4. Fig, Rosemary & Goat Cheese Tartine
- 5. Easy Fig Bars
- 6. 20 Amazing Fig Recipes
- 7. Roasted Fig Recipe
- 8. Fig Bread
- 9. Fig, Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Pizza
- 10. Homemade Fig Bars
- 11. Fig & Ginger Upside-Down Cake
- 12. Fig Scones
- 13. Homemade Fig Newtons Recipe
- 14. Chewy Oatmeal Fig Cookies
- 15. 5 Ingredient Raw Fig Bars
- 16. Baked Figs with Bacon, Blue Cheese, and Roasted Nuts
- 17. Amaretto-Soaked Figs
- 18. Rosemary & Fig Chicken
- 19. Skinny Figgy Bars
- 20. Bacon-Wrapped Figs with Herb Goat Cheese
- 21. Crockpot Fig Butter Recipe
- 22. Fresh Figs with Ricotta and Honey
- 23. Fresh Fig Breakfast Cake
- Choose your favorite Fig dish!
- Prepare ingredients according to the recipe.
- Be ready in 30 minutes or less!