How to make Fig and Lime Jam

It's easy to make this tasty Fig and Lime Jam, ideal to serve with cheese

Fig and Lime Jam recipe is easy to make and works brilliantly as a sweet jam on your breakfast toast and. in my opinion, it’s even better with cheese and cold meats. I’m always sad when summer is over, but I do love the seasonal fruits that are in abundance in the autumn.  They don’t last long so preserving them is a great way to enjoy them for longer.

Fresh Figs ready to be made into Fig and Lime Jam  When I was a child the only figs we tasted were dried figs or the fig paste in fig roll biscuits (cookies), fresh figs just didn’t feature!  One of the nice things about fresh figs is that they do still have a season.  Although you can get figs out of season, they are expensive and not as fragrant and sweet, so the best way to enjoy them is to preserve them in a glorious jam. 

Put all the ingredients in the pan for Fig & Lime Jam

This recipe couldn’t be simpler, you simply add all the ingredients to a pan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved.

Next you need to bring the jam to a rolling boil, watch the video to see what a rolling boil should look like.  This jam doesn’t take long to reach setting point, so test after about 5 minutes. 

Take the pan off the heat and put a spoonful onto a saucer that you have chilled in the fridge.  Set the saucer aside for a few minutes, then push your finger across the jam, if it is set then it will wrinkle.  See the video clip above to see what I mean. 

Fig and Lime Jam
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
An easy recipe for a sweet jam with a little tang of lime. Ideal on your breakfast toast and with cheeses and cold cuts.
Course: jam
Cuisine: British
Keyword: fig, jam, lime, recipe
Servings: 2 jars
Author: Farmersgirl Kitchen
  • 8 chopped figs
  • Equal weight granulated sugar to figs
  • Juice of two limes
  • Grated zest of half a lime
  • 3 tbsp water.
  1. Weigh the figs
  2. Weigh out the same amount of sugar
  3. Put all the ingredients into a pan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved
  4. Bring to a rolling boil
  5. Boil until you reach setting point about 5-10 minutes.
  6. Test by putting a teaspoonful onto a cold saucer, place it in the fridge, leave for 5 minutes and then push with your finger, if the jam wrinkles it’s ready. If not then put it back on the heat for 5 minutes then test again.


A simple homemade recipe for Fig and Lime Jam, makes an ideal gift #jam



The Fig and Lime Jam Story

There’s a bit of a story behind this recipe.  I had been hoarding the very last of last year’s Fig and Lime Jam and as I finished the last jar, I posted the picture of the cracker topped with brie and Fig and Lime Jam on Instagram and on my Facebook page.   It proved popular and  I really intended to make more of the jam this weekend, however, I couldn’t find any figs!  They were there in the stores last week, but I’m not sure if everyone had the same idea and bought them all, or if I was just unlucky.  Fortunately, I had a picture from my phone of last year’s Fig and Lime Jam and the cracker picture,  but as soon as I get some figs I’ll add some new pictures.  

How to make Fig & Lime Jam



Homemade Fig & Lime Jam, simple to make, so good to eat


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Roast Duck with Fig, Port and Star Anise – Foodie Quine

Quick and Easy Fig, Honey and Almond Tart – Farmersgirl Kitchen 

Plum and Fig Cheesecake – Lovely Appetite

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Ooh, I love anything with fresh figs (dried, meh) so this is right up my street. And adding in lime is a fantastic complement. I can almost taste it as I type. Especially with that brie! Delish!!


Yummy Janice, love the lime twist in this fig jam☺️


Love the lime twist in this fig jam☺️

Kavey Favelle

I really love fig jam, and also like adding lime to balance all the sugar. I did a mango and lime jam some years back that worked really well too. I love the look of yours, so good with cheese on that cracker!


Figs and lime sound like a yummy flavour combinations 😀 I love eating jam with cheese, the sweetness of the jam complements the creaminess of the cheese so well! 😀

Claire @foodiequine

Goodness Fif Rolls are a real blast from the past! My Dad used to love them – I was never a fan. I had fresh figs in a salad yesterday and they were lush. Going to give this a try – can’t believe how simple it is! Fab for a gift too.

Claire @foodiequine

FIG not FIF!

Galina V

What a delightful jam! I love figs, fresh, dried or in preserves. I bet this jam is fabulous with cheese.

Heidi Roberts

Figs and lime – what could go wrong. A match made in heaven!!

Emma @ Adventures of a London Kiwi

I need the very first image in my life, on my table – and I adore the helpful videos! It makes cooking jam much less stressful!


This sounds sublime Janice. We have a fig tree in our new garden and if we can save any from the birds next year I am making this for sure.