How to Grill Peaches for Summer Peach Recipes

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Peach season makes our summer special. We eat them every which way, but especially love to grill them. Once I learned how to grill peaches, I couldn’t stop putting them in salads or topping them on proteins, like these pork ribs.

How to Grill Peaches from Spinach tiger

This grilled peach and blue cheese salad was so popular at a party one night, it disappeared in five minutes with rave reviews.

How to Grill and Freeze stone fruit by Angela Roberts

According to everything I could find on Google, peaches and nectarines are basically the same fruit inside, although I would argue that in taste.  I think peaches are sweeter and juicier, but nectarines are interchangeable in a recipe and they grill well.

Here’s a wonderful Spinach Salad with Peaches, Fresh Corn, Pecans, and a Peach Vinaigrette

Peaches and nectarines have the same genetic DNA and there is a recessive gene that causes the peach to not have peach fuzz, and thus, when two recessive genes create a tree, the fruit becomes a nectarine.

Nectarines and Arugula are a happy marriage.

Grilled Peaches with Arugula Salad

People around here get excited about peaches and just about everyone has that peach moment of standing at the sink with the peach juice dripping down her chin.  We love eating them fresh, which is why I’m leaving you a tip for freezing your peaches. But, I discovered grilled peaches is a whole new fruit adventure for us, using them in sweet and savory dishes.

Make Pork Ribs with Grilled Peaches

How to Grill Peaches

The first thing I wanted to do with the nectarines was to grill them and put them in a salad. The wonderfulness of this idea inspired me to make this salad five  times in the last two weeks.  Peaches and nectarines can easily fall apart, so it’s a little tricky on the grill, and I have some tips for you, which will probably work for most stone fruit including plums.

  • Make sure the fruit is firm enough that it doesn’t squish in your hands when cutting.
  • Cut with a pairing knife in 1/4 inch slices cross wise all the way around and pull each circle off the stone.
  • Brush with a little olive oil or avocado oil. I added in chili paste to the oil to add a little heat.
  • Do a tester piece to make sure your result is what you want. Each grill is different.  The recipes for the peach tart, salad and vinaigrette will be come separately this week.

Once I figured out how to grill peaches for the  salad, I made a peach vinaigrette.

How to Freeze Stone Fruit

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I’ll leave you with one more tip for peaches, since often, we have to buy them by the bushel. Peaches and nectarines can be frozen whole with their skin on. I was so surprised to find this out.

  • Do not wash the fruit. Freeze stone fruit unwashed.
  • Select ripe unblemished peaches that are still firm enough to cut without being too squishy.
  • Place in freezer. Once frozen, simply microwave for one minute. Voila. You have your fresh peach. That’s it and it works.

It’s just not living in the South if peaches don’t show up in a dessert. I made both peach tart with a gluten free option. I’ll post the three recipes for the peaches this week.

Go Here to Find Out How to Peel Peaches and Get a Peach Cobbler Recipe.

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Grilled Peaches with Arugula Salad
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How to Grill Stone Fruit and Three Peach Recipes for One Dinner

Author: Angela Roberts

Ingredients

  • Nectarines or peaches which are firm and not squishy.

Instructions

  • Make sure the fruit is firm enough that it doesn't squish in your hands when cutting.
  • Cut with a pairing knife in 1/4 inch slices cross wise all the way around and pull each circle off the stone.
  • Brush with a little olive oil or canola oil. I added in chili paste to the oil to add a little heat.
  • Do a tester piece to make sure your result is what you want. Each grill is different. The recipes for the peach tart, salad and vinaigrette will be come separately this week.

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17 Comments

  1. How amazing to have a miracle tree like that. I often waited for ages to get the first fruits. Of course, that was upstate NY with tough winters.

    Look forward to the recipes!

  2. You have a peach truck that comes around!? How cool! I love fresh summer peaches and nectarines too–especially when they are grilled. Lovely salad, Angela.

  3. That salad sounds incredible, a perfect way to highlight ingredients! I wish I had known about freezing peaches whole last week when I had 40 lbs to deal with 😛 Next year! (Also, your bejeweled cake stand is beautiful!)

  4. Hi Angela, just popped over to let you know that your link to Food on Friday: French Food was featured in my Need Some Inspiration? Series on Carole’s Chatter today. Cheers

  5. As much as I love peaches, I find nectarines and plums are a more reliable stone fruit. I say this because I bought a beautiful (looking) peach the other day at a hefty price and when I cut it open … it was mealy. So frustrating – and not the first time, no matter the source.

    Love the idea of adding a little chili paste to the marinade before grilling.

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