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Roasted Figs with Goat Cheese and Thyme

Updated on July 10, 2016
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Every summer, when the figs start to ripen, I find myself searching out new ways to prepare them. Figs are an amazingly versatile fruit, going just as well in savory dishes as in sweet ones.

This recipe combines the perfect mixture of sweet and savory into one delicious and addicting dish.

With fresh and healthy ingredients, you can serve this to your guests and be proud -- and never have to admit it only took you 15 minutes to make, including the cook time!

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: 30 fig slices


  • 15 ripe figs
  • 4 oz plain goat cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves


  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Remove stems and slice figs in half lengthways
  3. Lay fig halves on a baking tray, cut side up
  4. Divide goat cheese between them, placing a nice dollop on each cut surface
  5. Sprinkle with fresh thyme
  6. Bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven, and enjoy!

Choosing the best figs

Ripe Figs
Ripe Figs | Source

Ripe figs may be purple, golden, or green, depending on the variety. Choose figs that feel VERY soft to the touch -- almost like plump water balloons. Avoid any that are still hard, or those that look squashed. Figs are fragile and easily damaged, and this allows them to spoil quickly.

The best figs should have a sweet, honey-like scent when smelled.

Slicing the figs

Sliced figs
Sliced figs | Source

Wash your figs well, then remove the stems with a sharp paring knife. On a cutting board, slice the figs in half lengthwise. Be sure to use a sharp knife for this, as a dull one may just squish particularly ripe fruits.

Preparing for baking

Arrange the figs on a baking tray
Arrange the figs on a baking tray | Source

Arrange all the figs cut-side up on a baking tray [you may have to take a little slice of skin off the back side of some of them to make them lie evenly. This is fine.]

Almost done!


Divide your cheese evenly between the figs. Resist the temptation to pre-sample -- they're good now, but they'll be better later!

Dust the tops with your fresh thyme leaves, and pop the whole pan in the oven at 400F for ten minutes.


Roasted Figs  with Goat Cheese and Thyme
Roasted Figs with Goat Cheese and Thyme | Source

Take them out, arrange on a serving plate, and devour! Best served hot or warm, and fresh from the oven.

Happy cooking and I hope you enjoy them!


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      Cynthia 3 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      mmm... look delicious... hoping for a second crop of figs so we can try these!

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      Marilyn Gentry 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I want to try this too. Seems interesting and perfect for the season. Thanks.

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      Krissa Klein 3 years ago from California

      @gmwilliams -- I agree, snacks like this are so much healthier than the sugary stuff. And to be honest, the natural sweetness of the figs is just fine; it certainly doesn't need any added!

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      Krissa Klein 3 years ago from California

      @RTalloni -- Thank you!! Fortunately, the weather out here where I am has been cooperating, and it looks like we'll be having a bumper crop this year.

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      Krissa Klein 3 years ago from California

      @ bossypants - never had a fig? This must be fixed ASAP! :) I think you'll like them.

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 3 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      This is one of the healthiest appetizer and snack recipes presented. It is good to eat instead of empty and nonnutritious sweets. This is a beautifully presented hub, VOTED UP!

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      This is a fabulous recipe. Congrats on your Hub of the Day award for sharing this recipe with us. I'm really fond of basil in it, as well. Our fig trees were knocked back by last year's late winter snap, but friends we had given an air layered tree from ours has had hundreds and shared with us.

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      Marcelle Bell 3 years ago

      Very simple and easy to follow. Well done and congrats on HOTD!

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      bossypants 3 years ago

      I've never had a fig and have heard so much about them lately! I love what roasting has done to other fruits I've tried. This looks like a great intorduction to figs! Beautiful photos!

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      Krissa Klein 3 years ago from California

      Wow, thank you all for the kind comments! My first HOTD was a lovely surprise to wake up to -- for a moment I was really confused by the explosion of activity!

      @DealForALiving - I think next time I'll try it with a balsamic glaze, or maybe honey. Or possibly both, I can't decide!

      @Sed-me - for a big enough tip, I'll deliver anywhere! :D

      @Relatioshipc - I love goat cheese so much that I nearly didn't have enough to go around by the time I actually got to the stage of putting it on the figs :)

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      Kari 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Your hub had me on a search for my favorite goat cheese and I was distracted for about 15 minutes. I think I would sample before cooking, but I know I would love the end result of this recipe. My husband is Italian and figs are one of his favorite things. He grew up picking and eating them in Italy. So I know he would like this too.

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      BarbaraCasey 3 years ago

      Oh... this recipe is definitely worth trying.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      We would love this recipe! I might just have to seek out some fresh figs. We haven't had any in years. Congratulations on your yummy HOTD!

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      Kevin 3 years ago

      Interesting, never heard of this. They look like some of our traditional foods.

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      PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida


      My sister would love this recipe---I will return and when she visits and let her read it.

      I know about canning figs my family did it every summer, and they were delicious during the fall and winter months. However, it was hot in the Florida summers canning them, standing over a hot pot and stirring until they were done.

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Sed-me 3 years ago from An undisclosed location.

      These just look so good. I had the best thing a few months ago... bacon wrapped figs. Yum! Do you deliver? :)

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      A nearly perfect combination that just needs a little bit of balsamic to take it to the next level. If you've ever had this on a pizza, then you know what I mean.

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      William Lemios 3 years ago

      I have never tasted roasted figs but after seeing these yummy pics I would like to have. I will try to make it with the help of your recipe as I love cooking. Great job and congratulations.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I'll bet these are really good. Great job, and congratulations!

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      Marie Giunta 3 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Yumm! I love eating figs and this recipe sounds so good. Summer is on its way in Australia so I look forward to using this recipe soon. Thanks for sharing KL Klein, voted up and useful. Congrats on HOTD too.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Congratulations for HOTD!

      I like Figs and do enjoy it whenever possible but I have not eaten it like this. I will try this recipe, as it sounds interesting!

      Voted up!

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      Brian Stephens 3 years ago from France

      Our figs are just coming into season and this is such a simple recipe we will have to try it out. Nice lens.

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      Krissa Klein 3 years ago from California

      aka-rms, Thanks for commenting! I wish I had a garden big enough for figs...alas, not yet. Fortunately, there's a few trees growing around the local parks where nobody really picks them, so I can stay well supplied.

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      Robin S 3 years ago from USA

      Got the figs and thyme growing in the garden. I just need the cheese and I'll be good to go. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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      Krissa Klein 3 years ago from California

      A life without figs?? That is terrible indeed! They're one of my favorite fruits, especially dried and sprinkled over granola or yogurt.

      I hope you remedy this situation quickly! [That said, I actually know someone who does not like figs. I still can't believe it. Sometimes I think they're just lying, and I search for any signs of secret fig consumption]

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I honestly don't remember ever having a fig. I know, I know, a deprived life. Thanks for the tips...I'll pass it along to my wife and maybe....