Grilled Peaches - Downshiftology

Grilled Peaches – Downshiftology

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Grilled peaches are a summertime grilling essential. They’re deliciously soft, extra sweet, beautifully caramelized, and can be served many ways — from a tasty cookout side dish to the best summer dessert.

Photo: Gayle McLeod

Grilled peaches are one of summer’s greatest joys. When peaches are in season, I love kicking back on my patio with friends and taking a bite of juicy grilled peaches with chilled vanilla ice cream on top. Now that’s pure summertime bliss.

So if you’re already a peach lover, make sure you try them grilled! Grilling the peaches enhances them in every way, making them extra sweet and juicy, with a smoky charred aroma (like this grilled watermelon). You can then add them to salads, turn them into bite-sized appetizers, and of course, serve them up as dessert.

Ingredients for grilled peaches on a table

Grilled Peaches Ingredients

  • Peaches: I’m using yellow peaches for this recipe, but read the next section for further suggestions. Either way, you want to make sure they are ripe but firm. This will ensure your peaches don’t become overly soft from the heat, especially if you add sugars to caramelize them.
  • Flavoring: A simple brush of butter and a sprinkle of coconut sugar is my go-to seasoning. Spices also pair well with sweet peaches, so feel free to add a sprinkle of ground cardamom, cinnamon, or even clove.

Find the printable recipe with measurements below.

Best Peaches For Grilling

Fun fact — all types of peaches are either freestone or clingstone peaches. Freestone peaches are firm, generally sweet, and have a pit that’s easily removable. Clingstone peaches are much softer and sweeter, but with a flesh that clings onto the pit, making it harder to remove.

The good news is that freestone peaches are ones you’ll typically come across at your local market, whether they’re yellow, white, donut, or nectarine peaches. Just look for ripe yet firm ones that have a sweet scent to them. The sweeter the smell, the better the results!

How To Grill Peaches

Slice the peaches. If using an outdoor grill, slice the peaches in half lengthwise to prevent falling through the grates. If using an indoor grill pan, you can slice the peaches into halves or quarters.

Sliced peaches on a wooden board

Brush seasoning. Brush the open side of the peaches with butter (or olive oil) and sprinkle with coconut sugar. Side note, you don’t need to go overboard on the coconut sugar as the peach will also naturally caramelize as it cooks.

Sliced peaches with coconut sugar

Grill peaches. Each peach slice will need about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. You’ll know the peaches are done grilling when they have a solid set of grill marks, are slightly soft, and the open edges are caramelized.

Grilled peaches on a grill pan

Storing Cooked Peaches

These peaches are super tasty straight from the grill. But you can also store them in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 to 3 days. Enjoy them chilled straight from the fridge or reheat them in the oven at 350°F for about 5 to 10 minutes or until warmed.

Ways To Serve Grilled Peaches

  • Make a grilled peach salad. You can toss them into any summer salad. But the dreamiest pairing is with arugula, burrata or ricotta, pine nuts, and a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette – as I’ve done in this grilled peach and burrata salad.
  • Grilled peaches with ice cream. Scoops of vanilla ice cream on top are non-negotiable. It’s a match made in heaven! Alternatively, you can use Greek yogurt or coconut whipped cream.
  • Make a grilled peach appetizer. I love to make Caprese bites (like these Caprese skewers) with layers of sliced peaches, mozzarella, basil leaves, and a drizzle of balsamic reduction. And when I have prosciutto, I’ll wrap each slice around the peach quarters with the balsamic glaze. Both ideas will have your guests swooning.
Ice cream with grilled peaches

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need to peel the skin off peaches before grilling?

There’s no need to remove the skin of peaches before grilling! The skin also helps keep the fruit intact as it cooks and softens on the grill.

Can you grill peaches that aren’t ripe yet?

Although grilling peaches helps to caramelize them, it’s best to use ripe peaches for the best results. Helpful tip: If your peaches aren’t ripe yet, leave them on the countertop for a few days or store them in the fridge to slow down the ripening process (if you want to store them longer). If they’re ripe, store them in the fridge immediately until you’re ready to grill.

More Summer Grilling Recipes

I hope you enjoy these grilled peaches throughout the summer! If you make this recipe, let me know how they turned out and what you made with them in the comment box below.

A tray of grilled peaches and ice cream

Grilled Peaches

Grilled peaches are a summertime grilling essential. They become extra soft, extra sweet, and beautifully caramelized. That makes them perfect for grilled peach salads, desserts, and so much more.

  • If you don’t have coconut sugar, you can swap it with any granulated sugar. But I just love how coconut sugar adds more of a caramel depth of flavor! 

Calories: 98kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 48mg, Potassium: 184mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 576IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 7mg, Iron: 1mg

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