I hope you really enjoy this savory fig jam recipe, you guys. It’s still sweet, because figs are sweet, but the savory edge makes it super versatile as an appetizer or as a condiment on a cheese plate.
Don’t miss my recipe for “regular” fig jam either. It’s spiked with some vanilla and black pepper which makes it a bit more complex than other fruit jam.
Ingredients in Savory Fig Jam
Since I was already making a sweet fig jam, I decided to make a savory version as well.
I only added a couple of other ingredients which turned my “standard” fig jam into more of a fig chutney.
Chutney is an Indian condiment made of fruit and/or vegetables with sugar, spices, and vinegar
Here’s what I added to the original base recipe:
- diced onion
- a little additional salt
- apple cider vinegar
The other jam ingredients are:
- lemon juice
- black pepper
What Can I Do with Savory Fig Jam?
The sweet savory combination can go places that a regular jam cannot.
I used some of mine as pizza sauce, pairing it with sauteed kale, par-cooked bacon, and goat cheese. I can tell you right now that it was Excellent.
I don’t have that recipe on the blog, but I have this great grilled pizza recipe that uses fig jam as the sauce. You may like that one as well. It has goat cheese, purple potatoes and roasted red peppers as toppings.
Here are some other ideas for you:
- as a condiment for meats or burgers
- as a sandwich spread. I can see a grilled cheese with this savory fig jam, brie, and ham being pretty amazing.
- Serve it right alongside your sweet jams for a breakfast/brunch toast or bagel bar. (Label it so you don’t take folks by surprise, unless you like doing that!)
- present your savory jam as a condiment option on your cheese board or charcuterie board
- Stir a bit into a pan sauce or gravy Simply swap out the figs and balsamic in the linked recipe with some of your savory jam. Huzzah!
I hope I’ve convinced you that savory fig jam should be in your future! Whether you make the sweet version of fig jam or go the extra mile and make it savory, I think you’ll really enjoy it!
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup diced onion
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 cups figs, rinsed and stems removed
- 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- several grindings fresh black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat.
- Add the oil and then the diced onion and salt.
- Turn the heat to medium high and saute until the onion has turned a medium golden brown. No need to worry about the insides cooking before the outsides get too brown because they'll soften with further cooking in the jam. Just get some nice color on them.
- Add the washed figs, sugar, apple cider vinegar, and black pepper.
- Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 45 minutes until the juices are nicely thickened and jammy. You can leave the figs whole or break them up some with a spatula. I left mine fairly chunky.
- Taste and adjust the seasonings.
- Remove from the heat and allow to cool for a few minutes. Stir in the vanilla.
- Cool and enjoy within 3-4 weeks.
For some additional spice, you can add some mustard seed to your jam.
Experiment and add your favorite spices.
For your convenience, nutritional information is calculated for 2 tablespoons of savory jam.
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Nutrition InformationYield 16 Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 100 Total Fat 1g Saturated Fat 0g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 1g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 67mg Carbohydrates 24g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 1g Sugar 23g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 0g
And there you have it. Savory fig jam or sort-of fig chutney. Enjoy!
Thanks for spending some time with me today. Take care, and have a lovely day.