Caramelized Figs

Caramelized Figs

September 23, 2010


I was mindlessly flipping through my Martha Stewart’s Cooking School cookbook the other day, did a double-take when I saw a drool-worthy photo of Caramelized Figs, and decided that I needed to make them immediately. The photo was stunning and I wanted said caramelized figs in my belly asap! And that’s all that needs to be said about that, so let’s get to it!

Here’s what you need:



• 1/2 cup sugar
• 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
• 1 pint figs, about a dozen, havled lengthwise
• 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, (or ruby or tawny port wine, or marsala wine)
• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
• 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Here’s what you do:


• In a shallow bowl, stir together the sugar and the salt. Press the cut side of each fig into the sugar mixture to coat.


• Heat a large skillet over high heat and add figs, cut sides down, and cook until the sugar and juices caramelize, about 3-4 minutes.


• Make sure to turn the figs over as they brown.


• Remove the skillet from heat and add the balsamic vinegar. Return to heat and cook to reduce the syrup, roughly 30 seconds, making sure to scrape up any caramelized bits on the bottom of the pan.


• Remove from heat again and add butter and lemon juice; gently swirling to combine.


Oh, hi pretty 🙂


You can serve these warm or at room temperature. I obviously didn’t have the patience to let them cool so I ate a bunch while they were nice and warm! The only thing they were missing was a small scoop of vanilla ice cream, but they were equally satisfying alone. The nice touch of butter used while deglazing the pan added the perfect touch of richness and smoothness to the sauce. Martha also suggests serving over yogurt or pairing with a slice of pound or sponge cake. And the texture sort of reminded me of the grilled peaches I always make in the summer! This is definitely a very simple dessert worth trying!


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15 Responses to "Caramelized Figs"

  1. Joanne says:

    I never even REALIZED that you could caramelize figs. Damn, you just blew my mind.

  2. Michelle says:

    In one word – yum!

  3. Erica says:

    ow! I was just thinking when I saw this post title that they would be awesome with some vanilla ice cream! Great minds think alike, right?

  4. Shannon says:

    oh man, i’m seriously drooling over here. they’d be an awesome topper for greek yogurt too! or oatmeal 😉

  5. Daisy says:

    those look so pretty.

  6. Monique says:

    FIGS! Oh how i love thee! These look amazing!

    Def want to try these. I spotted some GORGEOUS Figs at the farmers market. Me Thinks I be getting somg figs today! lol

  7. MichellePC says:

    Oooh, these look amazing. I recently made a grilled cheese sandwich with goat milk brie and roasted figs, and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head since!

  8. oooh. caramelized figs always seem so incredibly high-class to me. fancy shmancy! and would be sooo good on a bit of ice cream, for sure! maybe with a shortbread cookie, too!

  9. cailen says:

    mmm…these look sooo good. i always gravitate towards anything with figs when i’m out to dinner : )

    (ps. i’m working on a post that will be up later today on my blog that’ll have a no-knead bread recipe. it’s VERY simple and the bread is amazing!

    have a great weekend!

  10. this really bring me back 10 yrs ago when i was in London.. i ate this at a cute little cafe.. i am so happy to see this post. they are lovely. thank you for sharing:)

  11. I’ve never actually had a fresh fig (hehe) but I love caramelized anything! This is such a simple recipe and I bet it would be a hit at dinner parties.

  12. WOW! Seriously, those need to be made and put in my belly too!!

  13. Gina says:

    Oh my goodness. I discovered figs just this year and am totally obsessed. I have to try this!

  14. Susan says:

    I think these could be addictive! What a delicious idea.

  15. Sharlene says:

    I just bought some figs and haven’t ever used them before. I’m trying to decide on what to do with them and this is definitely at the top of my list right now. Looks delicious!

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