Early fall is the best time for fresh figs, and we’ve got all the delicious fig recipes you’ll need to take full advantage of the season! Not only does this fruit have a unique and tasty flavor, but it’s also full of antioxidants! From meals like fig pizza or a grilled fig salad to sweet treats like homemade fig newtons or upside down fig cake, you’ll find plenty of inspiration to enjoy this wonderful fruit.
Have you ever had the luxury of cooking with fresh figs? Whether you know to keep an eye out for them in early fall or you’ve only ever tried them in Fig Newtons, you’re going to fall in love with these fig recipes!
What is a fig?
Figs are a pear-shaped, small fruit that has a thin outer skin and a deep pink flesh. There are different varieties you might have heard of like Sierra, Black Mission, and Brown Turkey. They have a sweet taste that make them great for both sweet and savory recipes.
Fig season starts in late spring, but you’ll usually find the best quality towards late summer. Of course, dried figs can be found all year round, but I just don’t think they can compare to fresh, ripe figs.
From savory dishes like balsamic chicken and figs or fig pizza to sweet treats like sticky fig pudding cake or even homemade Fig Newtons, there’s something for everyone on this list. Get ready to be inspired by this delectable collection of fig recipes!
For a healthy and fun appetizer to kick off any party the right way, you have to try these vibrant prosciutto and fig kabobs! And if you have leftovers, throw them on top of a salad for an easy lunch or side.
2. Fig Bread
You won’t believe how moist and delicious this combination of mashed, sweet figs, bananas, honey, Greek yogurt, and whole wheat pastry flour turns out! Soft, naturally sweet, and oil-free, you’ll want to make this loaf again and again.
Just imagine sinking your teeth into velvety honey cheesecake served over a graham cracker crust with a delightful mosaic of beautiful and delicious fresh fig slices on top. Beware: this sweet treat is the definition of irresistible.
4. Fig Jam
This easy fig jam recipe is an heirloom recipe that will be right at home on charcuterie boards, spread over sandwiches, or simply slathered on some morning toast. Best of all, it’s super easy to make with no canning required!
Ditch the store-bought version and indulge in these amazing homemade fig bars made with dried figs on a whole wheat brown sugar crust! The figs are steeped in apple juice for a filling that’s bursting with flavor.
Have an abundance of ripe figs? This delightful fig honey butter is one of the best ways to preserve them so you can enjoy for months! Feel free to adjust the amount of honey and spices to find your perfect balance.
A combination of herb goat cheese and figs wrapped in savory bacon and baked to perfection is the kind of sweet and salty, tasty appetizer that will steal the show at any gathering or holiday dinner!
8. Fig Cake
Indulge in this tender and buttery fig and honey snack cake for the perfect way to end a meal or satisfy your sweet tooth. With a vanilla butter cake base, this recipe is somehow simple and decadent at the same time.
A combination of roasted sweet potato, tender figs, and kale with maple-toasted walnuts, dried cranberries, and maple-cinnamon cider vinaigrette is a healthy vegan salad that’s simply perfect for fall or winter.
Looking for a one pan dish that’s easy enough for a weeknight dinner but impressive enough for entertaining? Crispy chicken and juicy roasted figs coated in a tangy balsamic sauce make this dish ideal for any occasion!
11. Fig Cupcakes
These sweet cakes are made with chopped fresh figs and fig jam, then topped with a honey cream cheese frosting for a unique and delectable fall dessert that everyone will be talking about!
Figs coated in dark chocolate with crushed pistachios and a sprinkling of sea salt are such a simple, healthy, crave-worthy treat! An elegant dessert for your next dinner party. This recipe is gluten free, paleo, and keto compliant, plus it’s so easy to make.
Treat yourself to all the flavors of fall captured in one grilled cheese sandwich! Melty brie, tarty and crunchy apple slices, and sweet fig jam with caramelized onions and arugula on buttery sourdough bread is truly the whole package.
Fluffy ricotta almond pancakes topped with an abundance of fresh figs are the perfect way to start your morning. Drizzle a little maple syrup on top and enjoy this wonderful dish for breakfast, dinner, or anything in between!
This recipe works whether you have fresh or dried figs! Blend them together with fall spices, vanilla, and a touch of honey for a healthy yet creamy, indulgent fall treat to enjoy any time of day.
16. Fig Pizza
With a super simple homemade dough recipe, this pizza is wonderfully easy to make from scratch. Once the crust is ready, simply add some sliced figs, chopped pistachios, and warm honey, then serve!
17. Fig Ice Cream
This rich and creamy ice cream is packed with fresh figs and studded with flecks of bittersweet chocolate for an unforgettable balance of flavors! Lemon juice and dark brown sugar really take the taste to the next level.
The brown sugar sauce that forms at the bottom of this cake as it bakes will remind you of sticky toffee pudding but without all the hands-on prep! Seriously, how can you resist a self-saucing cake full of delicious figs?
19. Fig Toast
Slather an easy honey lavender whipped goat cheese over hearty toast, top with slices of fresh fig, and treat yourself or your guests to an appetizer no one will be able to forget any time soon!
20. Pickled Figs
When you need to add a burst of flavor to a dish, these funky-fresh quick-pickled figs are sure to get the job done! Add them over salads, on top of toast, or in sandwiches for a sure way to shake up your tastebuds.
Want a super impressive cheese board that’s actually budget-friendly and still packed with delicious goodness? This greek-inspired spread includes rich cheese, a bowl of autumn-themed hummus, fresh figs, and anything else your heart desires.
22. Oatmeal Fig Bars
A combination of oats, whole wheat flour, maple syrup, coconut oil, cinnamon, nutmeg, dried figs, and a few other basic ingredients make these bars super satisfying and irresistibly tasty!
With smoky grilled figs, tangy goat cheese, and crunchy pistachios served over peppery arugula and tossed in a balsamic, dijon, and maple vinaigrette, who could say no to the fresh flavors in this delectable seasonal salad?
24. Candied Figs
In the mood for a fall-themed treat? Indulge your sweet tooth with whole figs simmered in a warm-spice syrup, then dried on a dehydrator until perfectly candied. These decadent treats will rock your world!
Fresh figs baked with butter, honey, cinnamon, pistachio, and a little lemon zest turn out tender and wonderfully fragrant. Serve them with mascarpone, Greek yogurt, or vanilla ice cream for a truly memorable dish.
26. Fig Tart
A crisp, lightly-sweet, buttery shell with fig jam, fluffy almond cream, fresh figs, and toasted almonds makes this dish as delicious as it is beautiful! You won’t believe how much the figs deepen in flavor as they roast.
This naan base topped with goat cheese, mozzarella, fresh basil, fig slices, and balsamic is the perfect summer flatbread. Best of all, you only need 8 ingredients and about 15 minutes to throw it all together!
This no-bake, beautiful dessert turns out absolutely stunning! Fresh figs, honey, and pistachios over a mascarpone cream tart is so beautiful, you almost won’t want to slice it up… well, that is, until you taste how good it is.
For another jaw-dropping dessert in terms of both presentation and taste, honey rosemary upside down fig cake definitely checks both boxes! Topped with caramelized figs, this old fashioned recipe is easy to make and perfect for entertaining.
Nothing will get you in the holiday spirit quite like making these Italian fig cookies! A combination of figs, apricot preserves, and orange juice wrapped in an easy dough and topped with a sweet glaze and plenty of sprinkles is sure to put you in the festive spirit.
Did you try any of these easy fig recipes? Let me know in the comments.
Best Fig Recipes
- 5 figs cut in half
- 1/2 cup goat cheese
- 2-3 slices prosciutto cut into thin slices
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Stuff small piece of cheese in the center of each fig half.
- Wrap each fig half with a strip of prosciutto.
- Place figs on a baking sheet, cheese side up and bake for 7-10 minutes.
- Carefully remove pan from oven. Drizzle with honey and serve.