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Fresh fig compote on a bagel with coffee

Fresh Fig Compote

An easy and delicious not-too-sweet compote made from fresh (or frozen) figs. Perfect on bread, a bagel, or a roll with ricotta or cream cheese. 

Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Laura


  • 1 pound fresh figs, stems removed, halved lengthwise
  • 1/2-1 orange, zested and juiced (You'll need 1/2 teaspoon of zest and 2 tablespoons of juice. Depending on size, that requires 1/2-1 orange.)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large pinch salt (About 1/8-1/4 teaspoon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Add the figs, sugar, about 1 teaspoon of orange zest, and 2 tablespoons of orange juice to a small, heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil covered. Then uncover, stir and boil for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally.  

  2. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook for about 45 minutes, continuing to stir occasionally. Once the compote is well-mixed and the figs are falling apart, take it off the heat and add the salt and vanilla. Stir to combine.  

  3. Let the compote cool down a bit, then serve or refrigerate. If refrigerating, bring it back to room temperature when serving. 

Recipe Notes

When the figs are only halved, the compote has quite a chunky texture. If you prefer a smoother texture, cut the figs in quarters or even smaller pieces.