Best fig recipes
Here is our guide to buying and cooking figs, along with plenty of sweet and savoury recipes to keep you going, from a vibrant salad to a comforting fig toastie and ricotta pancakes
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Savoury fig recipes
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.
Adding finely grated Grana Padano to the dressing gives a creamy but piquant contrast to the sweet figs for a vibrant starter.
Check out our easy fig recipe with creamy mozzarella, salty serrano ham and peppery rocket. These easy pickled figs make a pretty summer salad.
Check out these simple amaretto baked figs, served with creamy mascarpone, for an elegant autumnal dessert rich with nutty sweetness.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The easiest party finger food, ready in half an hour. Readymade puff pastry is topped with goat’s cheese and pretty figs to make the perfect canapé.
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.
Sweet fig recipes
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.
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.
Our milk fondant recipe is super easy and would work well with any seasonal fruit, but we love it the best with figs.
This dessert makes a show-stopping finish to a meal with friends. There is no question it will excite and impress.
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. Find more fruit dessert recipes here.