This Grilled Peaches Recipe is the perfect treat for the warm summer weather. This quick and easy vegetarian recipe works great as a dessert or an appetizer for parties. Pair with Honey Mascarpone and fresh thyme for the perfect finish.
Summer is officially here and that means peaches galore! I am a huge peach fan, and even grew up on a small peach orchard. I spent my summers eating peaches in all forms, including this Grilled Peaches Recipe. The peaches are soft, sweet, perfectly charred and pair wonderfully with whipped Honey Mascarpone.
This vegetarian dessert or appetizer is ready in under 15 minutes and great all year round. Also, if grilling isn't your thing, no worries these peaches can be made on a stove top or oven. I hope you love these juicy and sweet peaches as much as my family does.
Peaches: My favorite peaches to use are a Freestone or Semi Clingstone variety. You should be able to find your basic orange/red peach at your local grocery store which should work fine. I do not recommend using White Peaches as they are very soft and will not hold up to the heat well.
Why You'll LOVE Them!
Quick & Easy: Ready in about 15 Minutes!
The Perfect Summer Dessert or Snack
Versatile: Eat Solo, with Ice Cream, or in a Salad
Prepping the Peaches
- Wash and slice peaches in half lengthwise, then remove pits.
- Brush all cut side of peaches with olive oil or melted butter.
- Sprinkle each cut and oiled peach half with brown sugar.
- On a heated outdoor charcoal or gas grill (or grill pan if cooking indoors) place peaches skin side up (oiled side down).
- Cook for 5-7 minutes or until peaches have started to soften and char.
- Remove the peaches from the grill with tongs and serve warm with Honey Mascarpone, whipped cream, vanilla ice cream or maple syrup.
To get the perfect grill marks let the peaches sit on one place and do not rotate them constantly. The more you mess with them the less the char marks will show in one place. If the peaches are getting to charred move them to indirect heat to continue to cook and not burn.
Honey Mascarpone Prep
- In a medium sized bowl combine mascarpone cheese, honey and vanilla extract.
- Use a whisk or fork to stir until light and combined.
- Scoop a spoonful of the mixture over each grilled peach and sprinkle with fresh thyme and additional honey.
Leftover Storage Instructions
Leftovers should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Also, I suggest storing the peaches and honey mascarpone in separate containers in the fridge and combining when ready to serve.
You do not want to use overly ripe peaches for grilling. You want a peach that is still firm or have some give, along with good color and smell. If the peach is soft and squishy it will not hold up to the heat and fall apart.
A hard peach feels like a baseball with little smell or color, this peach is not ready to pick. A firm peach feels like a tennis ball and will be ready to eat in a few days. This peach can be stored in a brown paper bag to help ripen faster. A peach with some give is firm, yet is starting to feel soft with some pressure. This peach can be picked and enjoyed with a day or so. A soft peach is very soft to the touch, smells sweet and has good color. This peach is ready to eat immediately. For grilled peaches it is best to use a peach with give or firm one.
I suggest serving these grilled peaches with my Honey Mascarpone and fresh thyme. Alternatively, you could serve with vanilla ice cream, maple syrup, whipped cream, sprinkle with cinnamon or enjoy on their own.
Alternate Cooking Methods
If you do not want to use an outdoor grill you could make these peaches in the oven or on a stove top. Follow grilled peaches recipe prep instructions for both of these options.
Oven Method: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Next, place peaches skin side down on a cookie sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes or until soft.
Stove Top Method: Use a grill pan or regular pan and heat over medium heat until and add the peaches when warm. For the best grilled peaches use a cast iron skillet or grill pan. Cook the peaches for 7-10 minutes until soft.
Helpful Kitchen Tools
If you are choosing to make these grilled peaches on the stove top I would highly recommend using a cast iron grill pan or skillet if you have one. The flavor comes out much better than using something like a non-stick pan. Also, you can get great grill marks when using a grill pan.
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Grilled Peaches Recipe with Honey Mascarpone
- Wash peaches and slice each lengthwise then remove the pit. Brush each peach halve with olive oil then sprinkle with brown sugar.
- Heat a grill pan, outdoor grill or skillet and add peaches skin side up when warm. Cook until peaches are soft and slightly charred. While the peaches are cooking prepare the honey mascarpone.
- Combine mascarpone cheese, vanilla extract and honey in a bowl and stir with a whisk until light and combined.
- When peaches are finished cooking serve each warm with a spoonful of honey mascarpone. Drizzle each with additional honey and fresh thyme if desired. Enjoy!
- Leftover Storage: Store leftover peaches and mascarpone in separate airtight containers in the fridge for up to 3 days. Rewarm peaches in the microwave for 20-30 seconds, or in the oven until warm.
- Alternate Serving Ideas: You could serve these peaches with vanilla ice cream, and maple syrup as well!
- Alternate Preparations: If you do not want to use an outdoor grill or stove-top you could make these peaches in the oven. Follow recipe prep instructions then preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place peaches skin side down on a cookie sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes until soft. Note: you will not get the same char or marks as you would on the grill.
- Peaches Note: Be sure to try and use peaches that are mostly ripe (firm with some give) and not super squishy. If the peaches are too ripe they will not stand up to the heat and turn to mush.
Share the Love!
Okay, so peaches have held a special place in my heart since I was 12 years old. My family moved from the suburbs in St. Louis to a small town just oven the river. There we lived on several acres of land which included a small peach orchard.
My brother and I spent our summers trimming trees, collecting fallen peaches, and of course eating our fill. We even had a small stand set up in front of our house to sell them. This was our version of a lemonade stand and while this was all hard work we had so much fun doing it.
Hilariously enough my mom hates peaches, so it was just my brother and I eating them all. Over the years my mom and grandma taught me how to utilize the peaches in a number of ways. We would make things from grilled peaches, jam, pies, tarts, and even smoothies.
The peaches in my parents orchard were beyond the best on this planet and I miss living near them to enjoy them in the summer. Still to this day whenever I eat a peach I think about summers spent barefoot going out into my backyard to pick myself a fresh peach for breakfast.