Caramelized Figs -- When you're not eating these caramelized figs out of the bowl, they make the perfect ice cream topping! |
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5 from 2 votes

Caramelized Figs

Caramelizing figs brings out their natural sugars and leaves you with a deeply sweet little fruit to snack on or to use as an ice cream topping. Just be careful because these caramelized figs can be made in minutes and are addictive!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Fig Recipes, Fresh Fig Recipes, Fresh Figs
Author: We are not Martha


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp coarse salt
  • 1 pint figs (about a dozen, halved lengthwise)
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (can also use ruby or tawny port wine, or marsala wine)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice


  • In a large shallow bowl, stir together sugar and salt. Press the cut side of each fig into the sugar mixture to coat.
  • Heat a large skillet over high heat and add sugar-covered figs, cut side down, and cook until sugar and juices caramelize, about 3-4 minutes. As figs caramelize, turn them over.
  • Remove skillet from the heat and add balsamic vinegar. Return to heat and cook to reduce the vinegar a bit, 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.
  • Serve figs immediately or wait until they cool to room temperature. Add to your cheese plate or top ice cream with the caramelized figs.