Fresh Figs with Honey Sauce Recipe from Belgium

Fresh Figs with Honey Sauce

Fresh Figs with Honey Sauce Recipe from Belgium
Region / culture: Belgium | Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 3 minutes | Servings: 6-8


Fresh Figs with Honey Sauce
Fresh Figs with Honey Sauce

Fresh Figs with Honey Sauce is a delightful and simple dessert that highlights the natural sweetness of ripe figs. The combination of honey and lemon juice creates a luscious sauce that enhances the flavor of the figs without overpowering them.


Figs have been enjoyed for thousands of years and are believed to be one of the oldest cultivated fruits. They have a rich history in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine, where they are often used in both sweet and savory dishes. This recipe takes inspiration from traditional fig desserts and adds a modern twist with the addition of a honey sauce.


  • 0.5 cup of honey
  • 3 tbsp of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 pt (473 ml) of fresh figs - about 8 to 12, with stems trimmed and halved lengthwise

How to prepare

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the honey and lemon juice. Stir until blended.
  2. Lightly brush the cut sides of the figs with some of the honey mixture.
  3. Leave the remaining honey mixture in the pan.
  4. Grill the figs, cut-side down, over Direct High heat until golden, for 2 to 3 minutes. Turn once halfway through grilling time.
  5. Use a spatula to lift the figs from the grate and transfer them to a plate to cool slightly.
  6. If the figs are large, cut them into 0.5 inch wedges.
  7. Add the figs to the remaining honey mixture in the saucepan.
  8. Heat gently over low heat.
  9. Serve over ice cream, yogurt, or angel food cake.
  10. This recipe yields 6 to 8 servings.


  • Add a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg to the honey sauce for a warm and spicy flavor.
  • Top the figs with chopped nuts or a drizzle of balsamic glaze for added texture and depth of flavor.
  • Substitute the honey with maple syrup or agave nectar for a vegan-friendly version of this recipe.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to use ripe figs for the best flavor and texture.

- Brushing the figs with the honey mixture before grilling helps to caramelize them and enhance their sweetness.

- Be careful not to overcook the figs on the grill, as they can become mushy.

- Serve the figs warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of Greek yogurt for a delicious and refreshing dessert.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the Fresh Figs with Honey Sauce over vanilla ice cream, Greek yogurt, or angel food cake for a delicious and elegant dessert.

Cooking Techniques

Grilling the figs adds a smoky flavor and caramelizes the natural sugars in the fruit, creating a delicious contrast to the sweet honey sauce.

Ingredient Substitutions

If fresh figs are not available, you can use dried figs that have been rehydrated in warm water. Simply drain the figs and pat them dry before grilling.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the honey sauce in advance and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Simply reheat the sauce gently before serving with the grilled figs.

Presentation Ideas

Arrange the grilled figs on a platter and drizzle the warm honey sauce over the top. Garnish with fresh mint leaves or a sprinkle of powdered sugar for a beautiful presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Fresh Figs with Honey Sauce pairs well with a glass of dessert wine, such as a late-harvest Riesling or a sweet Moscato. The natural sweetness of the figs and honey sauce complements the fruity notes of these wines.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftover Fresh Figs with Honey Sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat gently in the microwave or on the stovetop before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Fresh Figs with Honey Sauce contains approximately 120 calories.


Each serving of Fresh Figs with Honey Sauce contains approximately 30 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Fresh Figs with Honey Sauce contains minimal fat, with less than 1 gram per serving.


Each serving of Fresh Figs with Honey Sauce contains less than 1 gram of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

Figs are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including potassium, magnesium, and vitamin K. The honey sauce adds a touch of vitamin C from the lemon juice.


This recipe contains honey, which may be a common allergen for some individuals. Please use caution if you have a honey allergy.


Fresh Figs with Honey Sauce is a light and refreshing dessert that is relatively low in calories and fat. It is a good source of carbohydrates and provides a variety of vitamins and minerals from the figs and honey.


Fresh Figs with Honey Sauce is a simple and elegant dessert that showcases the natural sweetness of ripe figs. The honey sauce adds a touch of sweetness and acidity, making this dish a perfect ending to any meal. Enjoy this delicious treat with friends and family for a memorable dining experience.

How did I get this recipe?

I vividly recall the moment I first laid eyes on this recipe for Fresh Figs with Honey Sauce. It was a warm summer day, and I was visiting my dear friend Maria in her quaint little cottage in the countryside. Maria had always been a fantastic cook, and I always looked forward to sampling her latest culinary creations.

On that particular day, Maria had invited me over for a simple lunch of salad and cheese. But as we sat in her sunlit kitchen, sipping tea and chatting, Maria suddenly remembered that she had a basket of fresh figs that needed to be used up. With a mischievous twinkle in her eye, she disappeared into her pantry and emerged with a tattered old recipe card in hand.

"I learned this recipe from an old friend of mine who used to live in Tuscany," Maria said, as she handed me the card. "It's a simple yet delicious way to enjoy fresh figs, and I think you'll love it."

I eagerly took the recipe card from her and read through the ingredients and instructions. The recipe called for ripe figs, honey, lemon juice, and a pinch of cinnamon. It seemed straightforward enough, but there was something about the combination of flavors that intrigued me.

As Maria set to work in her kitchen, I watched her with rapt attention. She sliced the figs in half, drizzled them with honey, sprinkled them with a touch of cinnamon, and popped them under the broiler for a few minutes until they were caramelized and gooey. The scent that wafted from the oven was heavenly – a heady mix of sweet honey and warm spices.

When the figs were done, Maria plated them up and drizzled them with a bit of lemon juice for a bright, citrusy finish. We eagerly dug in, savoring each bite of the tender figs and the sweet, sticky honey sauce. It was a revelation – simple yet sophisticated, with a perfect balance of flavors and textures.

As we sat at the table, licking our fingers and finishing off the last of the figs, I knew that I had to learn how to make this dish myself. Maria kindly shared the recipe with me, and I made a mental note to add it to my ever-growing collection of culinary treasures.

Over the years, I have made Fresh Figs with Honey Sauce countless times, tweaking the recipe here and there to suit my tastes. I have served it at dinner parties and family gatherings, always to rave reviews. Each time I make it, I am transported back to that sunny day in Maria's kitchen, where I first discovered the magic of this simple yet unforgettable dish.

Now, as I pass on this recipe to you, my dear grandchild, I hope that you will enjoy it as much as I have. May it bring you joy and delight, and may you remember the love and friendship that went into creating it. And who knows – perhaps one day, you too will pass it on to the next generation, just as I have done for you.


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