Check out our expert guide to figs, with information about how to cook figs (including roasting and grilling), when they're in season and, of course, plenty of easy fig recipes.

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Originating in Asia but grown across the Mediterranean, these fruits are plump and deeply sweet. They’re very delicate so, when buying, look for unblemished skin and an oval shape.

Figs make a great starter, so try one of our easy vegetarian entertaining ideas including lots of canapé recipes. The sweet flavour of figs also makes them the perfect pairing for tangy goat's cheese, so we have some fab recipes including baked fresh figs in filo parcels with peppered goat's cheese, figs on toast with goat's curd labneh and fig tart. Want expert advice for growing your own crop? Learn how to grow your own figs from our friends at Gardeners’ World.

For more seasonal ideas, check out our pear recipes, blackberry recipes, plum recipes and other autumn recipes.


When are figs in season?

Figs will be available for most of the year from the supermarket, due to being grown in hot climates, but the UK fig season runs from July-October. Pick them when their skin is dark and they are plump.

What to do with fresh figs

There are a multitude of things to do with fresh figs, the classic being to eat raw wrapped in parma ham as a starter. They’re also delicious raw on a cheese board instead of grapes.

Grilling

Cooking figs intensifies their jamminess and high sugar content. Heat the grill to high and make a cross incision in the top of the figs. Put onto a tin foil lined baking sheet and sprinkle generously with demerera sugar. Grill for 5-10 minutes until the sugar has caramelised and serve with crème fraiche.

Roasting

Roasting is also another good way to intensify the flavour of figs. Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Cut the figs in figs in half and toss with 2 tbsp of honey and 1 tbsp of cider vinegar. Roast for 25-30 minutes, basting regularly with the syrup, until the figs are rich and jammy. Serve the hot fruit with vanilla ice cream and the syrup from the tray.


Fig salad recipes

Fig salad

Sweet figs are matched with salty grana padano in this autumnal salad, served with a punchy peppercorn dressing for a quick veggie starter.

Halved figs and salad leaves on a plate

Fig and goat's cheese salad

Our recipe for fig, goat’s cheese and pistachio salad is really quick, healthy and easy to make, but packs in lots of great flavours. This is ideal for a dinner party or, as it's under 300 calories, you could have it as a lighter lunch.


Fig, mozzarella and serrano ham salad

Make this stunning fig salad for a light and easy summer starter. Figs are marinated in a honey mustard dressing, then tossed with creamy mozzarella, salty serrano ham and peppery rocket.

Figs, mozzarella, and serrano ham salad on a plate

Baked feta salad with figs

Sweet fresh figs are mixed with nutty almonds and salty feta in Rosie Birkett’s summery salad dish, ready on the table in 20 minutes.

A large white serving plate filled with green leaves and topped with halved figs and a block of baked feta, on a light stone background

Sweet fig recipes

Fig tart with brandy cream

Sweet, ripe and juicy figs work brilliantly in this fancy filo tart. Serve with brandy cream for an impressive autumnal dessert.

A whole filo pastry fig tart

Baked figs

Check out these simple amaretto baked figs, served with creamy mascarpone, for an elegant autumnal dessert rich with nutty sweetness.

White plates topped with mascarpone and halves purple figs

Fig cookies

Fanned-out fig slices complete these pretty oat cookies, plus they only take 25 minutes to whip up.

A wire rack topped with fig cookies on a grey background

Fig cake

Combine soft, squidgy figs with sugar and marsala, then bake into a vanilla and almond sponge – this autumnal cake is best served with an afternoon cuppa.

A cake topped with baked sliced figs on a beige stone plate

Fig tart

Make the most of sweet, ripe and juicy figs in fancy filo tart. Served with warming brandy cream, it's a simple yet impressive autumnal dessert.

A whole filo pastry fig tart

Fig and curd cheese tart

Looking for a fig tart recipe? Our recipe for honeyed fig and curd cheese tart is easy and ready in under an hour. Use cow or goat’s curd for this – the goat’s will give you more of a tang aside the crisp puff pastry.

Fig Tart Recipe With Curd Cheese

Roasted figs with hazelnuts

Try this dessert of figs drizzed in a honey and prosecco syrup, topped with crunchy hazelnuts and served with cooling vanilla ice cream. Click here for more prosecco-inspired recipes.

Roasted Figs Recipe with Hazelnuts

Sweet ricotta pancakes with figs

Ricotta pancakes are wonderful – fluffy and light with meltingly soft insides. Here they are served with honey and figs for a dessert, but they are also great for breakfast with fresh berries or butter and maple syrup.

Ricotta Pancakes Recipe With Honey and Figs

Milk fondants with figs

Our milk fondant recipe is super easy and would work well with any seasonal fruit, but we love it the best with figs.

Milk fondants

Baked alaska with honeyed figs

Served with a rich and creamy mascarpone ice cream, this decadent dessert from London restaurant, Duck & Waffle makes a show stopping finish to a meal with friends. There is no question it will excite and impress.


Baked maple figs with walnuts and mascarpone

These baked maple syrup and walnut figs make a great seasonal treat. They are served with a quick vanilla mascarpone that you can use as an alternative to cream in lots of desserts. Check out more of our fruit dessert recipes.

Baked Maple Figs Recipe with Walnuts

Other fig recipes

Fig and goat's cheese filo parcels

Check out our vegetarian recipe for crunchy filo-baked fresh figs stuffed with peppered goat’s cheese. This recipe makes an awesome little canapé or starter that’s really easy to make.

Goat's Cheese Filo Parcels Recipe with Figs

Gruyère, fig and prosciutto croissants

Straight from the oven, these hot and toasty butter croissants with sweet figs and melty cheese make a really quick and easy on-the-go breakfast idea. Figs, prosciutto and gruyère make a mouthwatering and sophisticated combination.

Ham and Cheese Croissant Recipe

Figs on toast with goat's yogurt labneh

This easy recipe of figs on toast with labneh is super simple and quick to make. The result is creamy yet low in calories and veggie-friendly. Ready in just 15 minutes, these toasts make for a mouth-watering breakfast, brunch or snack. Check out our top recipes for toast toppers here.

Fig Toast Recipe With Labneh

Fig and gorgonzola tartines

Fig and gorgonzola tartines make an indulgent afternoon snack or stylish starter using a handful of fresh ingredients. These sourdough toasts are super easy to make and ready in just 15 minutes.

Tartine Recipe With Figs and Gorgonzola

Whipped goat's cheese with baked figs

Save time and still impress with this super-simple fig starter. Ready in 20 minutes, it's perfect for when you have guests. Speaking of which, we have more starter recipes for dinner parties here.

Roasted Figs with Goat's Cheese Recipe

Fig with gorgonzola and walnut

An absolute classic flavour combination, these fig and gorgonzola bites are just the ticket for a drinks party because they're so easy. One of our favourite vegetarian canapés, and great with a good glass of red.


Cheese, bacon and fig toasties

Add figs to your toasties to make them extra posh. Try this super-easy toasted cheese sandwich with added bacon, caramelised onion marmalade and figs. This makes a great supper for two with the winter leaves salad.

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