How to Make It
Stir together 1 lb. figs, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces; 1/3 cup granulated sugar; and 2 Tbsp. lemon zest in a saucepan. Let stand until figs are juicy and sugar is mostly dissolved, about 15 minutes.
Add 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (from 3 lemons) and 1/3 cup water; bring to a boil over medium. Reduce heat to low; simmer, stirring occasionally, until figs are tender and broken down and syrup coats the back of a spoon, about 25 minutes.
Cool completely, about 20 minutes. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 3 months.