Fig and Prosciutto Grilled Cheese is a grilled cheese sandwich with a gourmet twist. Fresh figs and prosciutto inside a grilled cheese sandwich gets even better when you spread rosemary butter on the outside before grilling.

Cheese and fresh fig oozing out of a half of grilled cheese

This is like a charcuterie in a sandwich. Good cheese, prosciutto and fresh figs that is a little salty and  a little sweet. Fresh herbs like thyme and especially rosemary, are a delicious complement to sweet figs and we all know that figs and prosciutto are a flavor match made in heaven.

A grilled cheese sandwich cut into triangles viewed from overhead

When I knew I wanted to make this Fig and Prosciutto Grilled Cheese with Rosemary Butter sandwich, I wanted to incorporated one of my favorite herbs, but didn’t know how. A sauce for the inside? Too messy. A drizzle for the outside? Meh, too fussy. Then the rosemary butter lightbulb went off. Since there’s already butter spread on the outside, why not make it really tasty?

If you’re not a fan of rosemary, fresh chopped thyme is also a good choice. Just make sure you don’t overdo the amount of herbs as it will overpower the flavors.

Fresh figs and prosciutto in a grilled cheese shown from the side showing the filling

If you’re a fig fan check out these other recipes: Grilled Flatbread with Figs, Warm Figs with Goat Cheese, Pistachios and Balsamic Glaze, Fresh Fig and Ricotta Dessert Tart (picture below).

A slice of fig and ricotta tart on a spatula with fresh fig and rosemary garnish

Grilled cheese pro tip: Always put cheese next to each slice of bread because when it melts, it’s the glue that keeps the filling inside.

Cheese choices: My go-to for grilled cheese is a nice sharp cheddar. I also love gruyere as well. For this recipe, I used white cheddar, because white looks better than orange with the figs.

When it comes to bread choices for grilled cheese, we all have our favorites. A thick sliced crusty bread is best to hold up to the heavy filling. Brioche, sourdough, wheat and rye are good choices. Every day white bread may be a little to soft.

If you’ve made this Fig and Prosciutto Grilled Cheese with Rosemary Butter let me know in the comments below (you can also ask questions). I love to hear from my readers.

Yield: 4

Fig and Prosciutto Grilled Cheese with Rosemary Butter

Fig and prosciutto grilled cheese cut in half garnished with micro greens

Fresh figs, prosciutto and sharp cheddar sandwiched with good bread with rosemary butter spread on the outside before grilling.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 8 slices good bread
  • 2 cups (400 grams) sharp white cheddar cheese, grated
  • 8 fresh figs, sliced
  • 4 slices of prosciutto


  1. To a bowl, add the butter and rosemary, mix well. Set aside.
  2. Lay out 8 slices of bread and spread an even layer of the rosemary butter on one side of each.
  3. Preheat a heavy frying pan or cast iron pan over medium heat.
  4. Working in batches, depending on how big your pan is, place slices of bread, butter-side down in the pan.
  5. Top each with 1/4 cup (100 grams) grated cheese, fig slices, then a slice of prosciutto. Top with the rest of the cheese and the other slice of bread, butter-side up.
  6. Cover with a lid or foil until the bottom is browned and the cheese starts to melt. Flip onto the other side and cook until that side is browned.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 454Total Fat 21gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 64mgSodium 1253mgCarbohydrates 50gFiber 5gSugar 20gProtein 17g

This nutrition calculation is provided by Nutronix that is only a guideline and not intended for any particular diet.