Do you love peaches? Here are the best peach recipes to make for peach season, from peach pie to peach salad to peach salsa.
It’s peach season! Since it’s such a short window here in the Midwestern US, we go a little gaga over them. My mom makes The Best Peach Pie every year to commemorate the season. The juicy ripe peaches and sugary cream filling are insanely good, and it’s become a fan favorite made by people all over the world. (It even won an award!) Since we usually have the pie only once or twice per peach season, it makes it that much more special. It’s a nice way to practice eating in moderation, since it’s easy to want it for every meal!
In honor of the season of this delectable ripe fruit, we’ve assembled a few of the best peach recipes to make for peach season. They go beyond the traditional peach cobbler (though we have an amazing one of those!) to peach caprese salad and peach salsa. These peach recipes are a great excuse for cooking up something creative with your loved ones this summer season. They’re perfect for meals on the patio (we especially love them grilled!).
How to peel peaches
Before we start, a note on how to peel peaches! Many peach recipes call for removing the skin of the peaches. The trick we use: a peach peeler! It’s a special vegetable peeler that is serrated and used for slippery fruits like peaches. Using a standard vegetable peeler can be difficult depending on the ripeness of the peaches and can also be time consuming. So we recommend a trying a peach peeler if you’re interested in adding this tool to your arsenal. Get it: Serrated peeler | Amazon
Or if you prefer, here’s another a simple way to peel the peaches: without a knife or vegetable peeler! For this one, you’ll drop the peaches into boiling water for a minute. It won’t cook the peaches; it will just make the skin easy to peel. Here’s what to do:
- Prepare a large pot of boiling water.
- Drop one peach into the pot so that the water fully covers it, and boil for about 1 minute.
- Remove the peach from the water with a fork, and drop in the next peach.
- As the second peach boils, use a sharp knife to remove the thin skin of the peach (it should peel off in large sheets with your fingers). Repeat until all peaches are peeled.
And now, the best peach recipes for peach season!
Our number one in peach recipes: The Best Peach Pie. This really is the world’s best peach pie recipe! Our prize winning family recipe features fresh peaches with a thick creamy custard and a salty crust. I grew up adoring this dessert, a custardy, creamy peach pie recipe—my great Aunt’s prize winning recipe. Instead of the typical peach pie recipe that features canned peaches in a sugary glaze, in this pie the ripe peaches mix with cream and sugar to make an insanely creamy interior. This one is not to be missed!
At a tie for world’s best peach recipes: this peach, heirloom tomato and burrata salad, which is out of this world good. The combination of juicy, succulent ripe peaches and vibrant red, yellow and violet tomatoes tastes like a summer afternoon. On top of that, add burrata. The description on the container is: “fresh mozzarella cheese filled with shreds of mozzarella soaked in cream”. In our opinion, it’s of the best taste treats on the planet. Add some peppery garden basil and some crunchy, salty peanuts, and it’s one of those first bite “Whoa” moments.
Sangría is a traditional wine punch that originates from Spain. A classic sangria is made with red wine and chopped fruit, and often orange juice or brandy. This peach recipe spin off is a white sangria, meaning that it uses white wine instead of red wine! Meet our peach sangria: lightly sweet, refreshing, and full of beautiful peaches, raspberries, and fresh mint.
This is really, the BEST peach cobbler. Man, is it a showstopper! Imagine: cinnamon-spiced, ripe and tangy peaches, covered in delightfully flaky ricotta biscuits. Because my mom has such a stunning peach pie recipe, I’m a little picky about peach cobbler. No canned peaches or Bisquick topping here! Luckily, this peach cobbler absolutely holds up to the hype and is a new family favorite.
This peach crisp so satisfying: the filling perfectly highlights ripe peaches, scented with a hint of peppery basil. And the topping is delightfully crunchy, featuring oats and almond flour. It can also be easily made vegan, plant based or dairy free by using coconut oil instead of butter. Either way, it's a huge crowd pleaser.
Next up in our peach recipes: my “cheater’s” peach pie! It’s a simpler and lighter take on my mom’s stunning pie (the Best Peach Pie above). On the bottom: our rye pie crust, which has a bit of rye flour to add a nutty taste. The crust is spread with a thin layer of honey mascarpone over the entire crust, instead of a dense, custardy filling. To mimic the taste of my mom’s peach pie, I added a kick of vanilla that brings in a similar vibe. For the topping, one ripe, juicy peach, raw and cut into thin slices. Sprinkled with a few fresh thyme leaves and drizzled with a bit of honey, it’s simple, light and delicious.
Speaking of simple, this one is the absolute simplest of peach recipes. It highlights the juicy, sweet beauty of ripe peaches by simply topping them with mint syrup. After simmering mint with sugar water, it turns into the most pure minty flavor-popping drizzle. A few spoonfuls over ripe peaches and berries is like eating the best kind of candy possible.
Who says peach recipes are just for desserts? This fresh peach salsa recipe is perfect for summer potlucks. Serve with tortilla chips, fish, black beans, tacos, and more! It takes less than 10 minutes to make and requires no special ingredients. To make homemade peach salsa, peel and dice the ripe peaches. Then finely chop the red onion, jalapeño pepper, and cilantro, then mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl with a squeeze of fresh lime juice! It’s one of Alex and my favorite ways to enjoy the pure deliciousness of ripe seasonal peaches.
Looking for more peach recipes?
Outside of our best peach recipes above, here are a few more peach recipes from around the web:
- Chocolate Peach Shortcakes
- Roasted Peaches
- Tomato & Peach Salad with Basil
- Quinoa Black Bean Salad with Peach Salsa
- Strawberry Crepe Recipe with Peaches
- Gouda Mac and Cheese with Peaches & Prosciutto
- Wine-ey Peaches and Cream
- 42 Peach Recipes
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.