Healthy Fig Recipes

Find healthy, delicious fig recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Goat Cheese Crostini with Fig Compote

Rating: 5 stars
Here, dried figs are simmered in just enough liquid so they soften into a thick jam. Try stirring the leftover compote into your yogurt or oatmeal the next day.

Fig & Ricotta Toast

Rating: 3.88 stars
This easy Mediterranean-inspired toast makes a quick breakfast for any day of the week.

Mini Sandwiches with Fig & Brie

Turn the basics of a cheese board into adorable mini grilled cheese sandwiches for a satisfying appetizer.

Apple, Fig & Brussels Sprouts Salad

Rating: 4 stars
Salad dressing made from sweet and mellow white balsamic vinegar balances out the assertive greens and Brussels sprouts in this healthy winter salad. If you have one handy, a small mandoline makes it easy to slice the Brussels and apple. To make it a dinner salad, top with shrimp or chicken.

Balsamic Steak with Brussels Sprout Slaw & Mustard Mashed Potatoes

Tangy balsamic vinegar makes this steak recipe burst with flavor. With the slaw and potatoes, this balanced meal will satisfy anyone around your table.
By Jennifer Kushnier

Roasted Carrots with Calimyrna Fig Dressing

Rating: 4.5 stars
Whole roasted carrots make quite a statement on the dinner table when they're topped with a port wine-and-fig dressing. In this recipe, we like dried Calimyrna figs because they're a tad less sweet than Mission figs and taste slightly nutty as well.

Honey, Balsamic & Rosemary Roasted Figs

Rating: 5 stars
These roasted figs are brimming with sweet-and-savory flavors. The final dish tastes like a less sweet, chunkier version of fig jam but also delivers savory depth, thanks to the rosemary and salt. Add these roasted figs atop yogurt, ice cream, toast or even grilled pork or chicken.

Fig Bread

Sweet, soft and figgy, this quick bread is reminiscent of a Fig Newton cookie. If you happen to have an abundance of figs, this fig bread recipe is a delicious, creative way to use them up. And just as too-ripe bananas make the best banana bread, very ripe figs are ideal here.

Fig 'n' Flax Thumbprint Cookies

Rating: 4.69 stars
We love how the ground flax adds a nutty flavor and the brown sugar caramelizes on the outside of these thumbprint cookies. Fig preserves make this cookie special; other fruit preserves could be used as well.

Grilled Figs with Honeyed Goat Cheese & Thyme

This recipe is the perfect easy dinner party-worthy appetizer: it's quick to make and calls for a short list of ingredients. You can even make it ahead of time--simply mark the figs on the grill and reheat them in the oven just before adding the cheese and serving. Most importantly, the flavor combination is divine--figs get a smoky char from the grill before they're topped with a tangy, slightly sweetened goat cheese.

Mascarpone-Stuffed Figs

A creamy, honey-scented mascarpone filling makes this fresh fig recipe luxurious, yet still lets the fruit be the star. Serve these pretty stuffed figs to top off a special meal.

Grilled Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus with Fig Balsamic

The multilayered fruitiness of fig-infused balsamic (look for it with other vinegars at the market) is a nice balance for the sweet and salty prosciutto-wrapped asparagus spears.

Inspiration and Ideas

Fresh Fig Tart
Rating: Unrated
This fresh fig tart looks stunning, and it's super-simple to make. Sweet fresh figs pair naturally with almond, but if fresh figs are scarce, topping with other fresh, in-season fruit like peaches or strawberries will work well too.
Banana-Fig Ginger Muffins
Rating: Unrated
These muffins are the perfect start to any day.

Fresh Figs with Yogurt & Honey

This simple, low-calorie dessert recipe pairs a homemade yogurt cheese with fresh figs, a touch of sweet honey and a sprinkling of crunchy walnuts. The best time to find fresh figs is during the summer through early fall.