22 Fresh Fig Recipes
Fresh figs have two short seasons — early June and August through October. This means you need to take advantage while you can, because these little delicacies won't be around for long. Bite into a fresh fig and you'll find it overflows with honey-like flavor and a sweet, syrupy juice. They're versatile too: You can use fresh figs in both sweet and savory recipes. From fig jams to fig cakes and more, here are 22 recipes that make the most of luscious fresh figs.
Fresh Figs and Chicken Thighs in Shallot-Balsamic Reduction
Fig and Prosciutto Appetizer Bites
Mamma K's Fig Preserves with a Twist
Arugula-Fig Salad with Creamy Gorgonzola
Summer Sweet Smoothies
This gorgeous breakfast smoothie combines many of summer's best fruits in one: strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, bananas, and fresh figs.
Fig and Arugula Salad
Orange, Fig, and Gorgonzola Salad
Fig Brulee with Burrata Cheese
If there's any cheese that can stand up to the decadence of fresh figs, it's burrata. Here, lightly caramelized figs are served with fresh, creamy burrata that is just asking to be broken into with a spoon.
Whipped Ricotta with Honey and Summer Fruit
Looking for the ultimate summer appetizer? Look no further than this honeyed, whipped ricotta cheese topping that's perfect for summer fruits like figs, strawberries, and plums.
Fig Cake I
Warm spices like cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg complement fresh figs perfectly in this decadent cake. Top it all off with a tasty homemade icing.
"We have an enormous fig tree in our yard and this recipe gives me a great way to use its fruit and all the frozen bananas we accumulate. So simple and the figs really make the smoothie creamy," says reviewer gottacook. "My husband even loved it and he's not a fig fan. I'm going to try to freeze some of our figs so we can make this smoothie all year."
Fabulous Fig Scones
Chicken Tenders with Balsamic-Fig Sauce
Dolce Pesca (Sweet Peaches)
Two iconic summer fruits are put on display in simple form: Peaches are stuffed with a fresh fig and pine nut mixture, soaked in wine, and topped with brandy before baking.
The second fig season (August through October) lines up perfectly with the start of pear season. Pears bring crunch and texture, figs bring their signature sweetness, and Gruyere bring its rich, semi-tart flavor to this seasonal salad.
Rustic Blueberry and Fig Crostata
A crostata, also known as a galette, is a pastry dish in which a sheet of dough is rolled out and piled with fruit; the corners are then folded over and the whole thing is baked until you have a warm, gooey fruit center. This iteration features fresh figs, blueberries, and one secret ingredient: tarragon.
Fruity Pasta Salad with Herbs
Sauteed Figs with Cashew Creme
In this vegan dessert, a nutty cashew cream makes the perfect accompaniment to sautéed figs.
Mixed Greens Salad with Figs and Herbs
In addition to fresh figs, this salad features a collection of herbs like parsley, mint, and dill for garden-fresh flavor.