Honey Roasted Figs with Vanilla Ice Cream

Roasted figs, anyone?

Dried figs are good, but fresh figs are delicious. Roasted figs are even better. Roasted figs with honey drizzled on them — pure heaven.

Fig season has sprung here in California. If you're lucky enough to have a fig tree in your backyard (I used to in my last home), you're probably busy harvesting and drying your figs before the birds get to them.

Dried figs can feed your family throughout the year. They can be added to homemade granola or oatmeal, or pulverized and used to sweeten baked goods. And during the holiday season, who doesn't love a good figgy pudding? My sister makes Christmas pudding every year.

Dried figs are good, but fresh figs are delicious. Roasted figs are even better. Roasted figs with honey drizzled on them — pure heaven.

This is such an easy dessert and it's a wonderful way to use up some of those figs. It's very inexpensive to make, especially if you can get the figs for free. If you like, you can serve the roasted figs with a cheese plate instead of the ice cream. That's normally my preference, lover of cheese plates that I am.

However, I whipped up a special meal last night for my in-laws on their last night in town. It was a Moroccan theme: Honey Spice Chicken Tagine with Couscous and Tomato Cucumber Mint Salad (look for my recipe soon). This dessert seemed just right. Besides that, I saw fresh figs at the market.

If you don't have your own fig tree, you can often find fresh figs in season at local farmer's markets. I found them at my local Trader Joe's. I also found a decent ice cream at TJ's — just cream, milk, egg yolks, vanilla flavor and sugar — no HFCS or gross additives (It's not organic and it does have a little guar gum, but I'm OK with that. You can't always do everything from scratch so I cut corners where I can).

Honey Roasted Figs with Vanilla Ice Cream

Honey Roasted Figs with Vanilla Ice Cream

  • Author: Ann Marie Michaels


  • Fresh figs (1 lb)
  • Honey
  • Sea Salt
  • Vanilla ice cream (homemade or a good store bought brand)


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2. Wash, slice, and stem the figs (I forgot to stem them), and arrange in a baking dish or cookie sheet.

3. Drizzle with honey and add a scant pinch of sea salt to each fig half.

4. Roast for 15-20 minutes, or until they begin to brown.

5. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

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I have 25 years of experience in digital and online media & marketing. I started my career in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, working at some of the world’s top ad agencies. In 2007, after my first child was born, I started this little food blog which I grew to over 250K monthly unique website visitors and over 350K social media followers. For nearly 15 years, I've helped my audience of mostly moms and women 25-65 cook for their families and live a healthier lifestyle.

 The year after I started the blog, I founded a blog network in the health & wellness space called Village Green Network. I started the company on my coffee table and bootstrapped the business to over $1.3 million in annual revenue within 5 years. During that time, I helped a number of our bloggers become six figure earners. After being censored on almost every social media platform for telling the After being censored on almost every social media platform from Facebook and Instagram to Pinterest and Twitter, and being deplatformed on Google, I am now deployed as a digital soldier, writing almost exclusively about politics on my blog Cheeseslave.com. Because who can think about food when we are fighting the second revolutionary war and third world war? Don't worry, there will be more recipes one day. After the war is over.

16 thoughts on “Honey Roasted Figs with Vanilla Ice Cream

  1. Wow, that sounds so good. I’m jealous. I just bought a dinky, little box of fresh figs at Whole Foods for $3. It only contained five little figs. I wish I could get my hands on free figs!

  2. I love, love, love fresh figs. I planted a fig tree last spring so won’t have any for a couple of years but I’m already excited about them! I’ve never roasted them and can’t wait to try.

  3. Yummy! No (good) figs to be found in Wisconsin, but I’ve got a pile of peaches and apricots from Door County waiting on my counter waiting to be canned tomorrow. It’s tough to stay ahead of preserving all the produce this time of year, but we have no local goodies other than what we stash so busy it must be.

  4. Yummy
    I have a fig tree here in Denmark ( yes it grows well 😉

    My figs are brown/purple and at the moment we eat lots of them- never tried them roasted- will try that this weekend thank:)

    We had french toast made with sourdough speltbread this morning served with figs, blueberries and honey from garden- my daughters 15 yo birthday breakfast 😀

  5. yummy … I wish I had this last weekend when I bought figs at the Farmer’s Market !! … ended up making Fig and Blueberry Jam 🙂

  6. I love fresh figs! We have a tree in our garden and it’s prime fig season in San Diego right now. I prefer figs and other fruit in season rather than dried, so what my family doesn’t eat during fig season, we share with neighbors, friends, and my husband’s lab staff. I’ve heard you can freeze fresh figs for off-season use, but I’ve never gotten around to trying that and my freezer is always full of meat.

    My favorite snack in fig season is a freshly picked fig cut in half, and covered in chevre goat cheese topped with some chopped pecans or walnuts. Sometimes I put that combo in the toaster oven broiler for a few minutes (I cut a thin slice off the round side so they lay flat and don’t wobble.

    I also like to slice a couple figs into wedges and toss them in a leaf lettuce salad with crumbled chevre, feta, or parmesan cheese and nuts. Tossed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, a grating of coarse sea salt and pepper, and what a fantastic salad that is. Add slices of grilled or sauteed bratwurst or other sausage/ham and it’s a complete meal.

  7. Try a topping of slightly warmed marscapone cheese. It will double your pleasure. I make a marscapone/fig gelato for my store, and it is a big hit.

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