Our Best Peach Recipes for All That Peak-Season Stone Fruit

Let the stone fruit shine in pies, cobblers, salads, cocktails, and more

One of the best parts about summer is the abundance of perfectly sweet peaches, which are nearly impossible to find the rest of the year—and all the classic summery dishes you can make with them. The moment we see the stone fruit appear at the farmers’ market, we’re startled into action and compelled to cook and eat it in as many ways as possible. We love both the yellow and white-fleshed varieties, plus the super-sweet and slightly flattened Saturns, more commonly known as doughnut peaches. From peach pies and cobblers to savory peach salads and even grilled-peach pizzas, the stone fruit is a luscious addition to all kinds of summer recipes. Don’t let summer fade away without getting your peach fix (once autumn arrives, be sure to check out our favorite ways to enjoy peaches out of season).

Summer Peach Pie

Summer Peach Pie

Grilled Pizza with Peaches, Prosciutto, and Arugula

Tree-ripe stone fruit shines when paired with rich prosciutto, salty young pecorino, and peppery fresh arugula atop a well-charred crust. Get the recipe for Grilled Pizza with Peaches, Prosciutto, and Arugula »
In this quick and easy side dish, everything is cooked in the same skillet in batches: first the bacon, followed by the onions and green beans, and finally the peaches.
Barry Sorkin from Smoque has a bold claim about their peach cobbler. “It’s kind of like a fruit cup. You could almost argue it’s breakfast food if you want.” A roasted almond streusel on top adds a complex nutty complement, and hey, you might as well eat it for breakfast.

Canned Peaches

In this recipe, ripe peaches are mixed with sugar syrup and cinnamon sticks, which imbue the fruit with sweet, spicy flavor.

Roasted Peaches in Bourbon Syrup with Smoked Salt

A handful of pantry ingredients—brown sugar, smoked salt, cinnamon, vanilla, and bourbon—transforms simple roasted peaches into a sublime summer dessert. Get the recipe for Roasted Peaches in Bourbon Syrup with Smoked Salt »

Peach and Plum Salad

In this salad red wine vinegar balances the sweetness of ripe fruit, while cilantro and basil add a floral note. Get the recipe for Peach and Plum Salad »
Anna Watson Carl relies on sweetened condensed milk to add richness to this frozen dessert flavored with coconut milk, lime zest, and toasty pistachios. Simply macerated peaches provide a fresh, fruity counterpart.

308 Peaches

A teaspoon of yogurt adds a subtle tang to this summery peach drink from Alexis Soler and Ben Clemons of Bar 308 in Nashville, Tennessee. Get the recipe for 308 Peaches »

Burnt Peaches and Plums with Mascarpone and Hazelnuts

At once rustic and refined, this technique amplifies the inherent sweetness of the fruit. The mascarpone-mint leaf combo brings a rich yet uplifting twist. The more ripe your fruit, the better it will caramelize. Look for freestone peaches that will let you remove the pits easily. Mallmann says: “Let them burn a bit without touching them. Don’t flip and flop.” Get the Recipe for Burnt Peaches and Plums with Mascarpone and Hazelnuts »

Pickled Stone Fruit and Burrata Flatbread

A light vegetarian lunch, or even savory summer dessert, the sugary pickling brine in this recipe helps the peaches and plums caramelize on the grill.

Crazy Day Crêpes

These crêpes stuffed with fromage blanc and maple syrup and are topped with stewed blueberries, strawberries, and peaches. Get the recipe for Crazy Day Crêpes »

Grilled Cantaloupe with Peach Agrodolce

In this elegant dessert, cantaloupe is grilled until it caramelizes and is then dressed with agrodolce, a sour-sweet Italian sauce made by reducing vinegar and sugar. Get the recipe for Grilled Cantaloupe with Peach Agrodolce »

Evening Shade

Heaven Hill Distillery‘s brand abassador, Lynn House, enjoyed nothing more as a child than picking peaches and other fresh produce on her grandparents’ farm in Tennessee. She continues the tradition as an adult, incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables into her cocktails whenever she can—hence her nickname, “The Garden Girl.” This summery drink combines peach purée, cucumber, and whiskey. Get the recipe for Evening Shade »

Grilled Peach with Rosemary, Smoked Country Ham, and Toasted Pistachios

Grilled Peach with Rosemary, Smoked Country Ham, and Toasted Pistachios

Rock ‘N’ Rye Peach Jam

Cookbook author Cathy Barrow adds rye whiskey and cardamom to this peach jam, giving it a slightly spicy, complex depth.

Phillippine Fruit Salad

“When I introduce this dish to my friends for the first time, they are confused and a little hesitant to eat it. Once they try it, though, they fall in love.” – Leah Cohen of Pig & Khao. Get the recipe for Phillippine Fruit Salad »

Fresh Peach Ice Cream

Sweet, pale orange ice cream flavored with ripe, juicy peaches simply screams summer. Get the recipe for Peach Ice Cream »

Green Bean and Peach Salad

Summer peaches pair remarkably well with sweet caramelized onions and crisp green beans in this salad from Deb Miller of Lawrence, Kansas. Get the recipe for Green Bean and Peach Salad »

Peach–Lemon Verbena Syrup

Sweet peaches and aromatic lemon verbena marry in this syrup, perfect for mixing into cocktails such as an old-fashioned or French 75. Get the recipe for Peach–Lemon Verbena Syrup

Bellini

The traditional Bellini is made with white peach purée and sparkling wine, but the addition of peach brandy intensifies and sweetens the cocktail.

Pickled Peaches

These peaches are a pleasure to eat in autumn—but make them only in summer peach season, with fruit that’s fully ripe but not too soft.

Peach Scones

Dried peaches add concentrated fruit flavor—and a pleasant chew—to these sweet, summery scones. Get the recipe for Peach Scones »

Scandinavian Bellini

Aquavit infused with peaches and anise pairs wonderfully with peach purée for a Swedish twist on a bellini from Manhattan’s Restaurant Aquavit.

Peach Melba Pie

Peach and raspberry is a classic combination for pie filling—this particular recipe is a blue ribbon winner from Minnesotan Jean Peno.

Baked Peaches with Crushed Amaretti Cookies (Pesche Ripiene al Forno)

Crushed amaretti cookies lend nutty depth to sweet mashed peaches in this simple dessert.

Rosemary-Peach Bellinis

Rosemary-infused simple syrup adds a refreshing herbal flavor to this classic brunch cocktail. Get the recipe for Rosemary-Peach Bellinis »