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fresh fig preserves in small wooden spoon over small white bowl

Fig Preserves with Vanilla

Valentina K. Wein
Vanilla Fig Preserves recipe is made with whole vanilla beans and fresh figs. It's divine on things like toast and crackers, as well as grilled meats and poultry. Everyone loves it!
*Makes about 1¼ cup
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Condiments
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 57 kcal


  • 1 large (about 7 inch) vanilla pod
  • 1 pound figs, ripe but not too soft (Kadota, Brown Turkey, Mission, or another variety you like )
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar


  • Add figs, water and vanilla to a pot. Wash the figs and place them in a medium-sized sauce pot. Add the water, balsamic vinegar and sugar.
  • Add the vanilla. Use a paring knife to vertically slice open the vanilla pod. With the back of the knife, scrape the vanilla beans into the saucepan and add the emptied pod as well.
  • Cook. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Cook until the mixture becomes very soft and thick, about 45 minutes. (About 30 minutes in, use a wooden spatula or a spoon to gently break the figs into smaller pieces.) Remove the vanilla pods and let it cool to room temperature. Store in an air tight jar or container, where it will keep for a few weeks.


Calorie count is only an estimate.
Keywords sweet condiments, great for brunch
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