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Homemade Fig Jam: the simple, fruity jam recipe

Total time: 90 Min
Difficulty: Low
By Cookist
1 kg (about 2 pounds)
300 g (1 1/2 cups + 2 tbsp)
Icing sugar
100 g (1/2 cup)
Lemon juice
100 ml (almost 1 cup)

If you love fruit, and especially figs, you’ll live this easy jam recipe for Homemade Fig Jam. It has a delicate, sweet flavor with a jammy texture. Many home cooks don’t like making jam, because it takes a long time and it usually needs pectin, which could be difficult to find, depending on where you live. Fortunately, no fancy ingredients are necessary here! With 2 pounds of figs, sugar, lemon juice, and water, you will have a delicious fig jam in no time.

This sweet fig jam is so easy to make at home! With its unique taste, it goes perfect with either sweet desserts or savory dishes like muffins, bread, or a cheese platter. They also make great gifts!



– If you want a smooth fig jam, you can blend the peeled figs before cooking.

– If you want to keep the skin on, you can. If you see that the skin is tough, you can blend them before cooking. But make sure to still remove the stem!

– Removing the skins of the figs might get sticky. To prevent this, spray your knife with cooking oil, or rub it with olive oil.

– Make a no-added version, by cooking 2 kg of figs, with 400 ml water and the juice of 1 lemon.

– If you want it to be thicker, you will need to use pectin.

– The recipe will work with both fresh and dried figs.


How To Store Homemade Fig Jam

The fig jam jars can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. It can also be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months.

How To Use Fig Jam

Don’t think fig jam is just for bread! Here are a few other delicious ways to enjoy this sweet condiment:

  • Add it to a cheese board (the sweetness goes well with salty cheese and meats).
  • Stir into yogurt for breakfast.
  • Use in a sticky glaze for chicken wings or pork.
  • Add to a salad dressing for extra sweetness.
  • Add it between cake layers.

How to make Fig Jam


Peel each fig.


Place the flesh in a pot.


Add sugar and icing sugar and mix.


Then add the juice from one lemon.


Stir and mash for one hour.


Add the water.


Cook the figs for one hour over low heat, while stirring occasionally.


Blend everything while continuing to cook until it starts to thicken.


Pour into sterilized jars and let stand overnight.


Bottle fig jam will make a special teacher’s gift (or even for a neighbor). Add a pretty ribbon and a bottle of wine to round it off.

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