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Easy Fig Jam Recipe Without Pectin

One fruit I wait to enjoy in the winter is Fig. I like to eat it as is, or added to porridge, with cheese, or as a jam. My mom used to make fig jam and preserves when figs were in season. She served it to us in a fig jam chapati roll as a snack. Jam chapati roll was one of my favorite childhood foods.

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In today’s blog post, I will share with you the recipe for this homemade fig jam. Try it and let me know how you like it.


If you are wondering,

Can you set jam without pectin?

Yes, you can. Fruits naturally contain some pectin. Additionally, as you reduce the jam mixture on a medium flame, the jam starts to thicken.

If you are still looking for pectin substitutes to add, try cornstarch, orange peels or add more sugar. Check here for more options.

This recipe is so easy to make and goes well with toasted bread, soft cheese, and some basil. Yummy!

Let’s make fig jam.

Easy Fig Jam Recipe Without Pectin | Fig Preserves

This a simple homemade fig jam recipe made using 3 ingredients and no pectin.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • 12 figs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • water as needed


  • Roughly chop the figs and add them to a thick bottom utensil.
  • Add the sugar, cinnamon powder, and a splash of water. You don’t need a lot of water as the figs also release liquid once they start cooking. 
  • Mix everything well and continue cooking on a medium flame with intermittent stirring.
  • To get desired “jamminess” you may need to stir intermittently for about 20 minutes depending on how much liquid the figs release. Once most of the liquid is reduced the texture becomes thick and slowly slides off the spoon. That’s when you know the jam is ready.
  • Cool down the jam and transfer to sterilized glass jars.


Storage instructions :
Can be stored in the fridge for up to a month.
Additional notes :
1. The figs are roughly chopped and added with the skin on. 
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My favorite way to enjoy fig jam is on toast with feta cheese. The bread I prefer is a baguette or sourdough bread.

More amazing combinations are fig jam grilled cheese sandwiches, fig jam cheese chapati rolls, fig jam thumbprint cookies, or fig jam used as a stuffing for homemade pastries.

fig jam recipe

Loved the fig jam recipe? try this green apple jam recipe next.

Comment below and tell me your favorite jam flavors. Have you experimented in the kitchen trying out new jam recipes and flavor combinations?

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