Apricot Recipes

Fresh, dried, or made into jam, apricots are delicious and under-appreciated

In comparison to peaches, plums, and cherries, sweet-tart apricots don’t get much attention, and we think that they’re undeservedly under-appreciated. To bring more attention to the palm-sized stone fruit, we’ve rounded up our favorite apricot recipes that show it off in all of its forms.

Ripe, juicy fresh apricots have all sorts of uses. We love them for baking—try our simple apricot-almond tart with a delicate crust made from all-purpose, potato, and almond flours, or whip up our Transylvanian sour cream apricot cake. Alternatively, try using fresh apricots in a cooked salsa with red onion, mint, and cilantro. Horchata, a Mexican rice drink, is also great flavored with apricot.

Or, transform the fruit. Drying apricots concentrates their flavor to a musky sweetness and adds depth to whatever dish they grace. Try pairing the fruit with meat, as in our roast pork stuffed with prunes, apricots, and apples, or see how it elevates baked chicken. And like all dried fruits, apricots are perfect mixed in with nuts and grains, as in our vanilla-scented granola or bacon-studded barbecue trail mix.

Lastly, apricot liqueur adds an elegant fruitiness to cocktails. The Hyperion cocktail mixes blended scotch with apricot liqueur, crème de cacao, and a Bolivian spirit called singani. Or, try adding apricot liqueur and Lillet Blanc to a South American pisco base for an untraditional but delicious drink.

For all of these dishes and more, check out our apricot gallery above.

Goat Cheese and Apricot Truffles

This layered no-cook appetizer from former test kitchen assistant Eliza Martin features a sweet core of dried apricot coated in tangy goat cheese and then rolled in a savory mixture of crushed pistachios and fresh herbs. The finger-friendly “truffles” can be made up to 2 days before serving and stored in the refrigerator, making them the perfect hors d’oeuvres for the busy host or hostess. Get the recipe for Goat Cheese and Apricot Truffles »

Apricot Almond Tart

A combination of all-purpose and potato flours gives this simple summer tart a delicate, crumbly crust. Plums, peaches, or berries can be substituted for apricots.

Apricot Salsa with Mint

Apricots’ ripe acidity lend themselves well to this cooked fruit salsa, simultaneously tangy and sweet.

Apricot Cake

This simple sour cream cake is brightened by lemon zest and dotted with ripe apricot halves that cook down to intense tangy sweetness in the oven.

Hyperion

This riff on the classic cocktail the Titan (scotch, dry vermouth, apricot liqueur, white crème de cacao, orange bitters) swaps out vermouth for the fruitier Bolivian spirit singani.

Apricot Blossom

This surprisingly balanced cocktail offers up layers of fruit, spice, and sweetness, with a hint of vanilla from the rum.

Orchard and Vine

This elegant pisco cocktail comes from Meaghan Dorman of New York’s Raines Law Room.

Apricot and Almond Sauce

This fruity purée is great swirled into ice cream or spooned atop pancakes or toast.

Apricot-Rice Drink (Horchata de Chabacano)

When apricots are in season, use them to make this velvety-rich version of horchata. You can also substitute peaches or nectarines—when it’s not stone fruit season, the fresh-frozen variety work just as well.

Apricot and Currant Chicken

The apricots and currants used in this dish add just the right amount of sweetness. Get the recipe for Apricot and Currant Chicken »
These cookies are traditionally served on the Jewish holiday of Purim, although they make a great snack year round.

Grilled Sangria

Whether it’s juicing grilled limes into margaritas, charring tomatoes for bloody marys, or making this reimagined sangria with caramelized fruits, grilling your drinks will add smoky depth to every sip. Get the recipe for Grilled Sangria »

Curried Tuna Sandwich

Currants and chopped dried apricots bring sweetness to curried tuna salad, which we like to serve on folded naan.

Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola with Apricots, Blueberries, and Almonds

Barbecue Trail Mix

Barbecue Trail Mix

Swedish Fruitcake

The Swedish name translates as fruitcake, but this light cake is only distantly related to the dense, sticky fruitcakes familiar to many Americans.

Grape Leaves Stuffed with Rice (Dolma)

This recipe for stuffed grape leaves uses both lemon juice and zest to enhance the flavor of the stuffing.
The recipe for this spiced rice dish from Pakistan’s Sindh province was given to us by Karachi home cook Najma Awan. Get the recipe for Spiced Goat and Rice Pilaf (Sindhi Biryani) »

Roast Pork with Sinner Stuffing

A generous pour of bourbon is the secret to this juicy pork loin’s sweet fruit stuffing. Get the recipe for Roast Pork with Sinner Stuffing »

Coronation Chicken Salad

Made for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation lunch in 1953, this curry powder- and mango chutney-laced chicken salad has been wildly popular in Britain ever since.

Spiced Buttermilk Oatmeal with Dried Fruit and Pecans

Spices including cardamom, star anise, and ginger jazz up a morning oatmeal. Mix the dry ingredients ahead of time for an easier camp-side breakfast. Get the recipe for Spiced Buttermilk Oatmeal with Dried Fruit and Pecans »