17 juicy peach recipes

Muddled, grilled, poached, or fresh off the pit, there's more than one way to enjoy summer's fresh peaches

fresh peaches

Photo by Leigh Beisch

Great peach recipes

Step 1: Pick the perfect peach

The best recipes start with the freshest ingredients, and peaches, naturally, are no exception. Stone fruits come into season in summer, so now's the time to nab them at your local farmers' market. Here are our favorite peaches available around the West.

  • Donut peaches: White; small and squat; low acidity
  • Halloween peaches: Yellow; large and full flavored
  • Indian blood cling peaches: Yellow; sweet-tart
  • O’Henry peaches: Yellow; good even underripe
  • Snow beauty v: White; delicate, floral, juicy
Click ahead for how to use them...

peach cocktail

Photo by Leigh Beisch; recipe by Amy Machnak

Peach Collins

A play on the Tom Collins. We muddle (mash) ripe peaches and shake them with peach-flavored vodka.

Peach Lingo: Peaches are called freestone or clingstone, depending on how strongly the pit is attached. Freestone fruit, which easily separates from the pit, is great for eating fresh, poaching, and grilling. Clingstones typically need to be cut away from the pit and are best puréed or turned into preserves.

Recipe: Peach Collins

Glazed Ribs

Photo by Leigh Beisch; recipe by Amy Machnak

Peach and Ginger Glazed Riblets

Both sweet and spicy, these pork ribs can be finger food or a complete dinner when served with brown rice and greens.

Recipe: Peach and Ginger Glazed Riblets

 

chicken peach kebabs

Photo by Leigh Beisch; recipe by Amy Machnak

Grilled Chicken and Peach Kebab Salad

The creamy but low-fat dressing works as both a marinade for the chicken and for drizzling onto the salad. You’ll need 8 skewers (10 in.) for this recipe.

Recipe: Grilled Chicken and Peach Kebab Salad

Peach sorbet with sparkling wine

Photo by Leigh Beisch; recipe by Amy Machnak

Bellini Sorbet

This riff on the classic Bellini cocktail turns it into a sleek little dessert.

Recipe: Bellini Sorbet

Indian Shrimp Salad

Photo by Leigh Beisch; recipe by Amy Machnak

Curried Peach and Shrimp Salad

Shrimp salad gets an Indian makeover, with the peach standing in for mango.

Recipe: Curried Peach and Shrimp Salad

poached peaches in white wine

Photo by Leigh Beisch; recipe by Amy Machnak

Vanilla and Riesling Poached White Peaches

White peaches turn a soft shade of pink when poached.

Peach-peeling secret: Fuzz is a beloved characteristic of the peach, but when cooked, it can become tough. Remove the skin easily by scoring an X into the top and bottom of the fruit with a paring knife. Ease it into a pot of boiling water for 20 seconds, then transfer to a bowl of ice water. Rub skin at the X to loosen; then rub it off.

Recipe: Vanilla and Riesling Poached White Peaches

Peach crepes

Photo by Leigh Beisch; recipe by Amy Machnak

Crêpes with Warm Cognac Peaches and Almonds

These crêpes are simple to make and fill, and can be mostly done the day before.

Recipe: Crêpes with Warm Cognac Peaches and Almonds

Peachy Peach Ice Cream

James Carrier

Peachy Peach Ice Cream

Very ripe peaches are the flavor secret to this simple ice cream. Reader Patti Devlin uses unpeeled peaches because she likes the flavor the skins add. Our tasters preferred the smoother texture that results from peeling the fruit. It's your choice.

Recipe:  Peachy Peach Ice Cream

 

Summer-Fruit Soup

Lara Hata

Summer-Fruit Soup

Capture the flavor of the season with an elegant purée of cantaloupe and peaches, topped with fresh raspberries and a splash of white Zinfandel or peach nectar.

Recipe:  Summer-Fruit Soup

White Peach Sangria

Photo by Annabelle Breakey

White Peach Sangria

Fresh white peaches and white wine offer a crisp, lighter alternative to sangria's traditional red blend.

Recipe:  White Peach Sangria

Rock Creek Lake Fresh Peach Pie

James Carrier

Rock Creek Lake Fresh Peach Pie

Juicy, sweet peaches and a touch of orange and lemon juice are the key ingredients to this pie.

Recipe:  Rock Creek Lake Fresh Peach Pie

Rotisserie Chicken with Peaches, Walnuts, and Basil

Annabelle Breakey

Rotisserie Chicken with Peaches, Walnuts, and Basil

Store-bought cooked chicken takes on a whole new dimension in this light and very flavorful dish.

Recipe:  Rotisserie Chicken with Peaches, Walnuts, and Basil

peach martini

Lisa Romerein

Peach Martini with Chiles from the Garden

Serve this succulent summer martini with freshly shucked oysters and warm olive bread smeared with a soft blue or gorgonzola cheese.

Recipe:  Peach Martini with Chiles from the Garden

Spiced Peaches

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Spiced Peaches

Susan Johnson of Palo Alto, California, flavors her peaches with sweet spices and peppercorns.

Recipe:  Spiced Peaches

 

Grilled Peaches with Vanilla Ice Cream

Thomas J. Story

Grilled Peaches with Vanilla Ice Cream

This super-simple recipe has only five ingredients, making it perfect for last-minute summer entertaining.

Recipe:  Grilled Peaches with Vanilla Ice Cream

Grilled Peach Salad with Rosemary Dressing

Photo by Iain Bagwell

Grilled Peach Salad with Rosemary Dressing

Jennifer Jasinski, chef and co-owner of Rioja in Denver, makes her salad with fresh Colorado peaches and a Spanish blue cheese, but it’s also good made with many Western blue cheeses.

Recipe: Grilled Peach Salad with Rosemary Dressing

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