|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 6g||8%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||2%|
|Total Carbohydrate 67g||24%|
|Dietary Fiber 11g||38%|
|Total Sugars 59g|
|Vitamin C 46mg||231%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Peaches take to the grill like fish to water. Quick cooking over hot flames brings out their natural juiciness and intensifies their deep summer sweetness. Based on that description you might be inclined to think that throwing them on the grill would be a reasonable way to improve the flavor of less-than-perfect peaches. You would be correct. The effect of fixing those less-than-ripe peaches gets intensified when you add some additional brown sugar and cinnamon.
For the best results, start with peaches (any type will do) that are firm with just a little give when you give them a gentle squeeze with your whole hand. Long story short, you want them to smell like peaches, especially if you sniff their stem end. They don't have to be perfectly ripe, but one rule of thumb to keep in mind is that nine times out of ten, the better the aroma, the better the flavor.
This recipe is best with fresh, seasonal produce, as you might expect, and perhaps after you've made enough pies and crumbles and you want something simpler. Serve grilled peaches as a side dish (they are particularly delicious alongside grilled pork) or in salads. Or you can turn them into a delicious dessert by pairing them with cool yogurt, whipped cream, or with scoops of ice cream.
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"When you crave peach pie or cobbler, but don't want to fuss with a crust, these grilled peaches will hit the spot. The peaches were warm and soft, and the sugar melted into a delicious syrup. Paired with a scoop of ice cream, it was a super simple, delicious, and healthy dessert, perfect for summer." —Danielle Centoni
1 peach (per person)
1 teaspoon neutral-flavored cooking oil (per peach)
1 tablespoon brown sugar (per peach), optional
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (per peach), optional
Crème fraîche, for serving, optional
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Prepare a gas or charcoal grill to medium heat: You should be able to hold your hand about an inch above the cooking grate for 3 to 4 seconds before pulling it away from the heat. If you are also using the grill to cook something else that requires more heat, place the peaches around the edges; they're cooler. Or cook dinner, let the fire cool down, and then grill the peaches.
Cut the peaches in half and pit them.
Lightly brush the peaches with the oil, being particularly aware of coating the cut sides well.
Set the oiled peaches cut side down on the medium hot grill. Make sure they aren't touching so the hot air of the grill can circulate around each piece.
Cook the peaches until grill marks form, turning as necessary. Then, flip the peach halves over, sprinkle with the cinnamon and sugar, if using. Cook until the peaches are tender, but not falling apart, about 8 minutes total (4 minutes per side).
Serve grilled peaches hot, warm, or even at room temperature. Serve with dollops of crème fraîche if desired. Enjoy!
- Use cold-pressed grapeseed oil or canola oil for a clean flavor that doesn't interfere with the flavor of the peaches in any way.
- If you're using clingstone peaches, which have a pit that clings to the flesh, then it'll be difficult to separate them cleanly into two halves. In this case, cutting them into wedges works best. (You can sprinkle on the sugar after they're off the grill.) If you want to grill peach halves and fill the middle with sugar, then be sure to use freestone peaches, which have pits that easily separate from the flesh.
- Peeling the peaches isn't necessary for the grill, but if you want to, you can.
- Mix up the fruit: Add some plums, pluots, nectarines, or other orchard fruits to the grill—you can cook them the same way.
- Use cardamom instead of cinnamon: It's a nice switch from the more common cinnamon.
- Create buttery richness: Add a pat of butter along with the brown sugar for even more of a glazed effect.
Can You Grill Canned Peaches?
You can definitely grill canned peaches. The key here is to make sure they are as dry as possible, so drain them well and pat them dry with paper or kitchen towels. Then, proceed with the recipe as directed.