How to make fig jam

How to Make Fig Jam

This fig jam packs a whole lot of flavor in a small jar! Made with adriatic figs, this jam combines fresh figs, lemon juice, vanilla bean and sugar. Be sure to make it and top your favorite morning toast with it! 

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Italian
Keyword fig, figs, jam
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 3 cups


  • 3 pounds fresh figs
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup lemon uice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 vanilla bean


  1. Start by removing the stem and the ostiole from the fig. Then cut them into quarters. 

  2. Off heat, place figs in a large (nonreactive) saucepan and add sugar. Stir sugar and figs together.  Let the figs marinate off the heat for 30 minutes so they release their juices. 

  3. Turn on the heat to medium, and add the lemon juice, salt, and the seeds of a vanilla bean plus the whole vanilla bean to the mixture. 

  4. Bring the mixture to a boil. 

  5. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low and bring to a simmer. 

  6. Mash the figs with a potato masher so that everything, especially the skins, incorporates together well. 

  7. Simmer mixture, stirring often for approximately 45 minutes, or until it reaches a jam-like consistency. 

  8. Turn off the heat and add the jam to jars. 

  9. Let the jam cool. Once it cools, place in the fridge for up to 3 months. 

Recipe Notes

This recipe is based off a Food and Wine fig jam recipe