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Sweet and Spicy Fig Spread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

This super easy (no canning skills needed) Sweet and Spicy Fig Spread makes a delicious appetizer with crackers and cheese, but it's also a fabulous pizza base, sandwich spread, glaze for chicken, pork or beef... Another idea is to spoon it over goat cheese or cream cheese - so delicious!

Course: Appetizer, Condiments
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Fig Jam, fig jam, sweet and spicy
Servings: 50 tablespoons
Calories: 61 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
  • 20 ounces dried figs any hard stems removed
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 2-4 teaspoons chili garlic sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  1. Chop each fig into 4-6 pieces. Wash enough jars to hold 24-ounces in hot soapy water and rinse well. Set aside.
  2. Combine figs, sugar, water, balsamic vinegar and chili garlic sauce in a medium-large saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Bring to a boil then reduce to a steady. rolling simmer. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Pulse/blend the jam with an immersion blender until large pieces are gone but jam is still has some texture.
  5. Cook for another 5-10 minutes until jam is thickened to desired state. Add the lemon juice and stir well. (It will get a bit thicker as it cools). Take a taste of the jam and add more chili garlic sauce, if you’d like it to be a little spicier.
  6. Transfer to jars with tight-fitting lids. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks or freeze for 2-3 months.
Recipe Notes

See Café Tips above in post for further instructions and more detailed tips.

To store this fig spread at room temperature you’ll need to follow these directions for hot water bath canning. https://www.freshpreserving.com/water-bath-canning.html

Nutrition Facts
Sweet and Spicy Fig Spread
Amount Per Serving (50 1 tablespoon servings)
Calories 61 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 12mg1%
Potassium 80mg2%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.