Pecan and Fig Spread


This homemade pecan and fig spread has the power to advance your charcuterie board to an award-worthy level. While spooning raspberry jam from a jar might be the easy approach, this recipe only requires 10 minutes of hands-on-time, and it's bursting with sugary sweet notes. Whole figs, coarsely chopped pecans, and citrus zest create a unique juxtaposition of flavors that range from nutty to sweet. It's important to note that the spread has to cool before serving. We have an easy trick to help food cool quickly—a sheet pan. Take out a sheet pan and spread the jam thinly across, then throw it in the fridge for it to firm. This delicious spread can be coined as a very versatile 'pecan'diment—spread it on crackers, add it to a charcuterie board, or spoon it over ice-cream. With a tasty, jam-packed recipe like this in your recipe repertoire, the options are truly endless for how you choose to serve it.

Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 2 ½ pounds fresh figs

  • 1 pound sugar

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 2 cups pecan pieces, toasted

  • zest and juice of 2 lemons

  • zest of 1 orange

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons fresh cracked pepper


  1. In a medium sized saucepan, or small pot add the figs, sugar, and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

  2. Add the pecans and simmer for 3 minutes. Add the zests of the orange and lemons, and cook for 1 more minute. Turn the heat off, add the lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

  3. Pour onto a tray and let cool in the fridge. Store in jars and enjoy this 'pecan'diment on cheese, grill or roasted meats, or ice cream!

    Pecan and Fig Spread
    Southern Living
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