Grilled Peaches

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Grilled Peaches make for the ultimate summer treat! These peaches are prepared in sundae form with brown-sugar-cinnamon-rubbed peaches, vanilla bean ice cream, and a delicious graham cracker crumble. 

Overhead image of Grilled Peaches on a plate with ice cream and fresh mint on top.

After making these grilled pineapple sundaes for the family quite a few times, I thought it would be fun to switch up the fruit and use peaches. And everyone has become equally obsessed with this peach version! In my opinion, there are few things better than ripe summer peaches that have been grilled. Top with some good vanilla bean ice cream and a flavorful crumble and it makes for the best dessert.

These peaches are such an easy dessert and they don’t require much prep time.

So, let’s get started talking about all things grilled peaches!

Process shot-- image of the halved peaches being brushed with oil to prepare them for the grill.

Picking the perfect peach 

The key to finding the perfect peach is finding one that is firm yet also ripe. A firm/ripe peach will be sturdy enough to grill without falling apart or disintegrating.

How to tell if a peach is ripe?  Give the peach a firm yet gentle squeeze. If there is a little bit of give, the peach is likely ripe or close to it. Next, check the color. The perfect ripe peach will be deep golden/yellow, not pale. Lastly, look at the texture of the peach. A ripe peach will have shriveled skin around the stem. The wrinkles are a great sign of ripeness.

How to cut a peach in half

To cut a peach, run a knife around the natural seam of the peach from end to end and then twist the peach to open. Remove the pit from the half that holds it by scooping it out with a spoon or pinching the pit with two fingers and pulling it out.

Process shot-- image of the crumble being made.

How to grill peaches

  • Preheat the grill to about 400 degrees and clean the grates with a grill brush. Oil the grates to ensure the peaches don’t stick.
  • Prepare the peaches by halving them and removing the bit. Brush the sides with oil.
  • Grill the peaches cut side down for 3-4 minutes. (For cross grill marks: leave the peaches undisturbed for 2 minutes and then rotate 90 degrees for another 2 minutes). Then, flip the peaches and cook for another 2-4 minutes, or until skins are lightly charred and peaches are soft. Cook time will vary greatly depending on the size of peaches, actual heat of the grill, ripeness of peaches, etc. 
  • Remove the grilled peaches and let stand until cool enough to cut.

How to serve grilled peaches

We love these peaches with vanilla bean ice cream and a graham cracker crumble on top. Some other variations are: 

  • Cinnamon-sugar rub: Mix 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon to 2 tablespoons brown sugar and rub it over the cut side of the peaches.
  • Make peach s’mores: Cut 1/2-inch slices of peaches and grill for about 30 seconds per side. Put the grilled peach in the center of the graham cracker, marshmallow and chocolate.
  • Add a sweet sauce: Drizzle caramel, chocolate or vanilla sauce over the peaches and ice cream.
  • Grilled peaches with mascarpone: Stir together 3 tablespoons mascarpone and 1 teaspoon maple syrup; spoon into the middle of the peaches.
  • Grilled peaches with cheese: Gently stir together 6 ounces soft goat cheese, 2 tablespoons milk, and 1 tablespoon honey and spoon into the middle of peaches.
  • Add toppings: Put shredded coconut, miniature chocolate chips, granola or fresh berries on top.
  • Savory grilled peaches: Rub brown sugar on top, then add fresh ricotta, drizzle with honey, and throw crispy prosciutto on top. 

Image of Grilled Peaches fresh off the grill

Quick tips 

  • Use an oil with a high smoking point. Canola and coconut oil complement the taste of peaches.
  • Make sure to clean and oil the grill grates before grilling. This allows the peach to cook properly.

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Grilled Peaches

Grilled Peaches make for the ultimate summer treat! These peaches are prepared in sundae form with brown-sugar-cinnamon-rubbed grilled peaches, vanilla bean ice cream, and a delicious graham cracker crumble. 
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Grilled Peaches

Grilled Peaches make for the ultimate summer treat! These peaches are prepared in sundae form with brown-sugar-cinnamon-rubbed grilled peaches, vanilla bean ice cream, and a delicious graham cracker crumble. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword grilled peaches
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 153kcal
Cost $4.74

Ingredients

Peaches

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar packed
  • Tiny pinch fine sea salt
  • 4 large ripe peaches halved and pitted
  • Canola or vegetable oil
  • Mint leaves for garnish (optional)

Graham Cracker Topping

  • 3 sheets graham crackers crushed
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Small pinch fine sea salt
  • Vanilla bean ice cream for serving

Instructions

  • CINNAMON-SUGAR-BUTTER MIXTURE: In a small bowl, add the butter and melt. In another small bowl, stir together the cinnamon, light brown sugar, and salt. Stir until combined, and set aside.
  • GRILL PEACHES: Meanwhile, preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat (about 400-450 degrees F.) Generously oil the grill (I drench a roll-up paper towel in vegetable oil and, holding it with tongs, rub it over the grill grates. Don't skip this step.). (Grill pan: brush 1 tablespoon oil over the pan) Halve the peaches and remove the pits. Lightly brush the cut sides and the skins with oil. Grill peaches until tender and lightly charred, but still slightly firm (you don't want them overly soft/mushy), about 6-10 minutes total (Note 1), flipping halfway through. Top each with a few brushes of the melted butter and then sprinkle on the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  • GRAHAM CRACKER CRUMBLE: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8x8-inch pan with cooking spray or line with parchment paper and set aside. Crush the graham crackers into crumbs (using a blender or food processor, or crush in a bag using a rolling pin); add to a bowl. Add the brown sugar, white sugar, melted butter, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla to the bowl. Stir until combined. Pour mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly into one layer. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Allow to cool.
  • ASSEMBLE: Place grilled and sugared peach halves on plates and top each slice with a large scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. Add the crumble on top and enjoy immediately. Garnish if desired with fresh mint leaves.

Recipe Notes

Note 1: The total cooking time will vary based on the size of peaches, actual ripeness of peaches, the actual temperature of grill and type of grill, etc. Watch carefully and remove once the peaches are easily pierced with a sharp paring knife

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 161mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 419IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed.

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