Grilled peaches are easy to make and full of sweet and smoky flavor! Top with vanilla ice cream for the perfect summer grilled dessert.

Grilled peaches

Peach season is one glorious month here in Indiana. And those first ripe peaches are cause for celebration! Here’s one of our favorite new ways to eat them: Grilled Peaches! Throw these sweet, juicy fruits onto the grill and they get caramelized and lightly smoky. Then top them with vanilla ice cream and fresh mint, and it’s one of the best treats on the planet. This is a summer dessert that everyone raves about: and it’s simple to throw on the grill once you’re done making the main dish. Here’s how to make this incredible grilled dessert.

Don’t want to grill? Make Roasted Peaches instead!

Ingredients for grilled peaches

These grilled peaches are easy to make, with a short ingredient list! They’re perfect for summer entertaining, especially if you’ve already got the grill fired up for the main dish. Here’s what you’ll need for these peaches:

  • Ripe peaches: Don’t use anything but ripe peaches! We can’t emphasize this enough. Only buy ripe, in season peaches for this recipe. You’ll want them just ripe, not too soft or they’ll turn mushy on the grill.
  • Brown sugar
  • Neutral oil like grapeseed or canola (here’s more)
Grilled peaches

How to find ripe peaches

It can be hard to find perfectly ripe peaches: so make sure to buy them during peach season! It’s great to buy them from your local farmer’s market if peaches are grown near you. Here are a few tips on shopping for ripe, juicy peaches:

  • Choose peaches that are still slightly firm, but that give way slightly when you press gently against them.
  • Ripe peaches should also smell fairly strong and should be bright in color. Any kind of peach works for this recipe; white or yellow, it doesn’t matter as long as the peach is super ripe!

Tips on how to grill peaches

Peaches can go directly onto the grill grates. You’ll just need to know a few basic items: grill temperature and approximate timing. Memorize that and then make grilled peaches on repeat all summer! Here’s what you need to know (or jump to the recipe):

  • Preheat a grill to medium high heat: that’s 375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cut the peaches in half, rub with oil, and sprinkle the tops with brown sugar.
  • Grill 4 minutes cut side down, then flip and cook 3 minutes until the peaches are soft and tender.
Grilled peaches

Toppings for these grilled peaches

These grilled peaches are just sweet enough on their own: but they’re meant to have toppings! Adding vanilla ice cream takes them from good to amazing status. Here’s what we’d suggest serving them with:

  • Drizzle of honey or maple syrup: Don’t forget this! It adds the final sweetness.
  • Fresh mint leaves: Fresh mint adds a delicious nuance of flavor, and a beautiful color.
  • Vanilla ice cream: The final touch: melty vanilla ice cream! This is what transforms the grilled peaches into the perfect dessert with a “peaches and cream” vibe. (It reminds us of our favorite peach pie!) Or, try them with silky crème anglaise.

More topping ideas!

Topping the grilled peaches is the fun part, and you can get creative! Here are some more ideas for tasty ways to serve them:

And that’s it! Let us know if you make them in the comments below.

Grilled peaches

More grilled desserts

Love grilled desserts? Us too! Here are a few grilled desserts you should try with the same basic method:

  • Grilled Apples Apples are perfect grilled in a foil packet with sugar and spices until tender. Then top with ice cream!
  • Grilled Bananas Everyone will rave! Flavored with maple, cinnamon and nutmeg, they’re even better topped with vanilla ice cream.
  • Grilled Pineapple It’s so easy and comes out smoky and juicy! Serve this tropical dessert drizzled with honey and toasted coconut.

This grilled peaches recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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Grilled peaches

Grilled Peaches

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Grilled peaches are easy to make and full of sweet and smoky flavor! Top with vanilla ice cream for the perfect summer grilled dessert.


  • 4 ripe peaches (just ripe, not overly soft)
  • Neutral oil
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Honey or maple syrup
  • Vanilla ice cream (vegan if desired)
  • Mint leaves (optional)


  1. Preheat a grill to medium high heat (375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit).
  2. Cut the peaches in half, remove the pits, and rub both sides with drizzle of oil. Lightly sprinkle the cut side with brown sugar.
  3. Clean the grill with a wet rag to remove any savory flavors from previous grilling.
  4. Grill cut side down for 4 to 5 minutes until softened and grill marks appear. Flip and grill the other side for 2 to 3 minutes until soft.
  5. Serve with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup (adds the final sweetness!), mint leaves, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream (required!).
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Grilled peaches, How to grill peaches

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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