Secret Shortcut Fig Jam

Fig jam is a delightfully earthy and sweet condiment that belongs in and on pretty much anything. This secret shortcut will allow you to make it in no time, with no added sugars or thickeners!


  • 2 c dried figs
  • Water
  • Dash of sea salt
  • Optional splash of bourbon
  • Optional flavor add-ins


  1. For each fig, cut off the woody part of the stem, then cut the fig into quarters.
  2. Put your figs in a small pot and just barely cover them with water. Remember that you can always add more water later but you can't take it away (at least not easily), so err on the side of too little.
  3. Add a dash of sea salt and a (optional) splash of bourbon.
  4. Bring your mixture to a boil, then simmer it for about 15 minutes. Add more water as needed to keep the bottom of the pan covered and the figs moist.
  5. Transfer your mixture to a blender and blend it all thoroughly. If you want to add any other flavors (e.g. vanilla, lemon zest, etc; see the post text for details) add them now.
  6. Assess your jam and adjust as needed; you can add more water until you achieve a thick but still spreadable consistency.
  7. Store your jam in the fridge or freezer. It will keep in the fridge for a couple weeks, or the freezer for a couple months. Do NOT store this jam in the pantry since this recipe is not meant for canning.