Fig Jam (No Preservatives)

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Fig jam recipe with step by step photos – This easy, delicious and healthy jam is made with fresh figs and powdered jaggery. In the absence of jaggery, you can use sugar though. Gluten-Free and Vegan Recipe.

fig jam

The jam is made without any artificial preservatives or additives. I have not even added pectin to the jam.

When the figs were in season I had made this fig jam. I had got these fresh figs from the market, only to make a fig jam. I do prepare jams with seasonal fruits and they never get to the blog. This time I was like… At least a few jam recipes should be posted on the blog.

There is no better way to preserve seasonal fruits and their goodness in the form of preserves, jams and marmalades.

figs, fresh figs

Just a small jar is enough to suffice for a week. the first few spoonfuls of the jam we had with homemade whole wheat bread. The rest I used to make a fig jam bread roll.

This delicious fig jam can also be used as a topping on muffins, cakes, custards and ice creams. I have used my friend anamika’s recipe.

fig jam recipe

Tips for making fig jam or any jam

  • Making jams or preserves are easy. Care has to be taken about hygiene. Whenever I make jams that will last long for months, I always sterilize the glass jar in hot boiling water. for this recipe, since its a small quantity, you don’t need to sterilize the jar. Use a clean jar and keep the jam jar in the fridge.
  • Use good quality and fresh fruits.
  • The fruits have to be rinsed well and then dried with a clean kitchen towel.
  • When the jam is done, no water or moisture should fall in the jam. Hence cover the pan with a kitchen towel and not with a lid so that no condensation happens on the lid. The shelf life reduces if there is moisture or water in the jam. The jam can also get spoiled easily.
  • Lemon juice is a natural preservative along with jaggery/sugar.
  • The spices added to the jam or preserve not only makes the jam flavorsome but also acts as a preservative.

How to make fig jam

1: rinse and dry the figs. chop the figs. You can even mash them.

fresh figs

2: in a pan, add the chopped figs and 1 cup water.

chopped figs in a pan

3: keep the pan on fire and let the figs cook. After 4-5 minutes add the powdered jaggery or sugar.

figs cooking in pan

4: stir and let the fig jam mixture cook slowly on a low flame. After 9 minutes.

fig jam mixture

5 : the mixture will begin to thicken slowly. Keep stirring and mash the cooked figs whilst stirring. after 8 minutes…

stirring the fig jam

6: fig jam mixture after 7 minutes…

fig jam mixture after 7 minutes

7:  once the mixture has begun thickening, keep an eye. It will begin to thicken quickly and if you don’t keep an eye you might end up with a thick gelatinous mass. After 3 minutes…

thickened fig jam mixture in a pan

8: lastly after 5 minutes. the whole cooking of the fig jam On a low flame has taken about 40 minutes. This is the consistency of the jam we want. When the mixture starts to leave the sides of the pan, it means its done. Other ways to check the consistency and doneness is by doing two tests.

A: Plate test – Take a spoonful of fig jam on a plate and let it cool. If it sets on cooling and there is no water separation, this means the jam is done.

B: Sheeting – Another test is to take the fig jam in a spoon and allow it to fall. If the jam falls in the form of sheet, it is done and ready to be bottled. Also toward the end add the cinnamon powder and lemon juice. Stir and mix well.

fig jam preparation

11: cover the pan with a clean kitchen towel and let the jam cool. Once cooled, fill a bottle with the jam. Keep in the fridge. This Fig jam won’t stay long since its so good, it will get over fast.

fig jam made from fresh figs
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fig jam recipe with fresh figs

Fig Jam

5 from 5 votes
Easy and healthy fig jam recipe made from fresh figs and powdered jaggery.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins

Cuisine American, World
Course: Breakfast
Diet: Vegan
Difficulty Level: Easy

Servings 1 small jar


  • 12 to 15 fresh figs
  • ¼ cup organic powdered jaggery or sugar (add more if required. also depends on the sweetness of the figs)
  • 2 to 3 pinch of cinnamon powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup water


  • Rinse the fresh figs well and let them dry naturally or dry with a kitchen towel.
  • Chop the figs.
  • In a thick bottomed pan, add the chopped figs and water.
  • On a low flame, cook the figs.
  • After 4-5 minutes add the powdered jaggery.
  • Continue to cook the jam mixture on a low flame for a good 35-40 minutes stirring pretty frequently.
  • If the mixture looks dry to you, then add some tbsp or about 1/4 cup hot water.
  • Check for doneness of the jam as mentioned in the step by step post above.
  • Lastly add the cinnamon powder and lemon juice. Mix well.
  • Cover the pan loosely with a kitchen towel and allow the jam to cool.
  • When the fig jam is completely cooled, pour into a clean jar.
  • Keep the jam in refrigerator.
  • Fig jam stays good for 10-12 days.

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    1. usha, i am not sure how the jam with dried figs will be and also not sure for how long it will remain.

  1. I tried this jam today and turned out yummy. I used brown sugar . I have a fig tree and so will be making this again and again . Thank you .

    1. thanks sonal for this positive feedback. you are lucky to have fig tree 🙂

  2. Nice recipe! , I’m wondering if can I use another variety of fig for this jam because I have a wild fig tree in my backyard (its figs are small and red are also very tasty and its “overflowing” on the branches) and because it bears very often , I just eat them fresh from the tree.

    1. thanks aaron. yes you can use but adjust the sugar as per sweetness of the wild fig.

  3. Thanks for the recipe! I actually used frozen (thawed) figs, and decreased the water to ¾ cup. I’m serving it with baked brie muffins!

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