There is nothing quite like a fresh fig. And while the season is short, every year we make the most of it, eating them plucked off the tree or using them for cooking and baking to maximize their short lifespan and availability window, knowing that we can rely on Sun-Maid and Orchard Choice Dried Figs, available year-round. Because fresh figs and dried figs are not interchangeable in recipes, a fresh fig recipe is one thing and a dried fig recipe something else entirely. You’ll find a bounty of dried fig recipes on our website; for fresh fig fans, we’ve compiled some of our favorite fresh fig recipes.
– Appetizers –
Juicy fresh figs, walnuts, olive oil, and spices mix together in a tasty spread that’s a welcome addition to cheese plates. Created by Chef Joanne Weir, this spread brings the flavors of the Mediterranean to an easy appetizer.
These savory bite-sized appetizers include just a few ingredients and make an elegant nibble for parties or to serve with wine. Fresh figs get stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped with prosciutto before being blistered under the broiler.
Savory and sweet, fresh figs and herbaceous rosemary can be used as bread that can be sliced and used for sandwiches, cut into strips to serve along soup or as an appetizer. Plus, the focaccia gets a final flourish of honey lemon glaze before serving it.
Fresh Sierra Figs get cooked down until jammy with rose wine that adds an aromatic note and pairs beautifully with the golden figs. We love this jam on a cheese plate with Spanish cheeses.
– Main Dishes –
Onions and fresh figs simmer in butter until soft and melty, perfect to spoon over pork tenderloin. It’s a simple and incredibly delicious main dish for celebrating.
Spaghetti is tossed with crumbled crispy prosciutto with fresh figs simmered until soft in a simple sauce of olive oil, onion, and garlic with aromatics.
Sticky balsamic vinegar and honey team up, caramelizing fresh figs with enough Dijon mustard to add nuance to the sauce for chicken thighs. Fresh sage and garlic finish the dish.
Late Summer Risotto with Roasted Tomatoes, Corn and Figs
Bursting with fresh flavor, this is risotto reconsidered as roasted tomatoes, fresh figs, and sweet summer corn combine with basil and balsamic vinegar.
– Desserts –
A dessert for early autumn, this tarte tatin features flaky puff pastry, fresh figs, all sweetened with maple. Serve it by the slice warm—a scoop of vanilla ice cream finishes the dessert.
Fresh fruit—figs, grapes, and raspberries suspend in cake batter that bakes around them and produces the prettiest cake that needs no extra adornment.
This layer cake gets frosted with layers of cream cheese frosting and its edges unfrosted. This spice cake would be a pretty dessert for autumn.
In the summer, this ice cream is a great way to cool off with flecks of bittersweet chocolate that is not overpowering but adds a little crunch and deep chocolatey flavor.