With only 3 ingredients and 15 minutes, you can enjoy Caramelized Figs with Balsamic Vinegar for breakfast, dessert, or a delicious snack. Try this recipe as a topping for waffles, french toast, and pancakes. Or serve them for dessert or as a sweet treat.
Whenever I see fresh figs in the market, I just have to buy them. I've always liked dried figs, especially in Fig Newton-like cookies, but the fresh fruit is really something special. They are mainly in season July through September, with the later crops being especially flavorful.
Figs come in many varieties. My favorite kind which I use in this recipe is the Black Mission fig. Where I live in Southern California, they are available May through November. They have a dark purple skin and an earthy flavor.
Why you'll love this recipe
- You only need 3 ingredients plus 15 minutes to make them.
- It's vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free.
- It's a delicious way to maximize the flavors of fresh figs.
- Fresh figs: Look for Black Mission, Calimyrna, Kadota, or Brown Turkey varieties.
- Coconut sugar: Or substitute turbinado sugar, brown sugar, or white sugar.
- Balsamic vinegar: The low acidity makes sweet flavors taste even better.
For the complete list of ingredients with measurements plus recipe instructions, please see the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Spread out the horizontally sliced figs, seeds side up, in a skillet over high heat. Sprinkle the sugar on top.
- After the added sugar crystals start to melt, as shown in the above photo, carefully flip each fig over.
- Once the figs are browned on the skin side after a few more minutes, turn off the heat, and drizzle the vinegar over the fruit.
The figs caramelize quickly over high heat as their sugar is released. Keep an eye on the pan since you only need to cook the fruit for a few minutes.
While avocado toast may be all the rage these days, for a real morning treat, I recommend topping toast with vegan cream cheese and some caramelized figs. Here I've used my favorite Bread SRSLY vegan gluten-free sourdough which you can mail order from San Francisco and store in your freezer for months.
All you need is some vegan vanilla ice cream, a few of the syrupy figs, and a spoon. But don't worry if you're out of ice cream. The figs also taste great on their own.
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Leftovers can be covered and refrigerated for up to a week. Enjoy them at room temperature or reheated in a microwave.
Yes, fresh figs should be refrigerated. Cover them in a bowl and place them in the refrigerator after purchasing to prevent mold. They will keep for a few days.
In place of coconut sugar, you can use an equal amount of turbinado sugar, brown sugar (light or dark), or even white sugar.
If you've heard the myth that figs aren't vegan, check out the informative article Are Figs Vegan? Let's Talk About It!
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Caramelized Figs with Balsamic Vinegar
- Place the halved figs, seeds side up, in a skillet over high heat.
- Sprinkle the coconut sugar on top.
- Allow the sugar to melt, about 3-5 minutes.
- Flip the figs over in the pan and allow to brown for about another 3 minutes.
- Turn off the heat, then drizzle the balsamic vinegar over the caramelized figs.
- Serve hot or at room temperature.
Nutritional information is an estimation only.
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