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These roasted peaches come together in 5 minutes and taste just like peach pie. Topped with vanilla ice cream, they’re a real treat!

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Growing up, one of the best parts of summer was my mom’s peach pie. She only made it during the few months when the peaches were at their best, so eating it was always a special occasion. And it always ended with me licking the plate clean. Here’s my cheater’s way to getting that peach pie flavor with none of the effort: roasted peaches! They take just a few minutes in the broiler, and they taste incredible. Top with melty vanilla ice cream, and it’s one of summer’s best taste treats.

How to make roasted peaches

As much as I enjoy fresh peach recipes like my mom’s pie, there are a few key reasons I won’t be going all out like she does. Namely: I don’t have a lot of time. I don’t think ahead, especially when it comes to dessert!

So, this roasted peaches recipe is a perfect substitute for me. It is ultra simple to make (think: 5 minutes!), and absolutely delicious. Not to mention, it has all the flavors I love about a pie, but it’s much better for you. The simplicity of this dish highlights the flavor of the peaches. Here are the basic steps:

  • Preheat a broiler to high.
  • Cut the peaches in half. Place them in a baking dish and top each with 1 tablespoon of brown sugar.
  • Broil about 5 minutes, until caramelized.
Roasted peaches

Topping roasted peaches

There’s a lot you can do to this recipe to make it your own! You can serve it a la mode with vanilla ice cream. Or, here are a few more ideas:

How to find ripe peaches

Although it’s fun to go crazy with toppings when enjoying these roasted peaches, it’s super important that you put a little TLC into choosing the best peaches for this dish. 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!

We recommend enjoying these roasted peaches right away and topping them while they’re still hot. The ice cream will go slightly runny and combines with the peach juice to create the most amazing sauce. Because these peaches are broiled for such a short amount of time, they won’t go mushy in the oven and will be fairly firm when you cut into them.

Roasted peaches

Looking for more peach recipes?

Although delicious in desserts, fresh peaches can be used in dishes ranging from hearty yogurt bowls to savory salads. Outside of these roasted peaches, here are some of our favorite easy 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.
  • Peach Cobbler Cinnamon-y sweet peaches are topped with flaky ricotta biscuits: and we dare you to eat just one bite.
  • Classic Peach Crisp or Peach Crumble Simply divine, pairing sweet fruit with golden crumbles
  • Fresh Peach Salad is delicious and fresh!
  • Peach Sorbet is creamy, frosty and perfect for summer
  • Easy Peach Sangria Refreshing and beautiful, featuring white wine, brandy, and a load of sweet fruit.
  • Peach Crisp with Basil Seriously nostalgic, with a crumbly topping and a hint of basil in the tangy peach filling. Delightful!
  • Peach Salsa Perfect for summer potlucks. Serve with tortilla chips, fish, black beans, tacos, and more!

This roasted peaches recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free.

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


These roasted peaches come together in 5 minutes and taste just like peach pie. Topped with vanilla ice cream, they’re a real treat!


  • 4 ripe peaches
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • Vanilla ice cream, for serving
  • Mint leaves, for serving


  1. Wash the peaches, cut them in half, and remove the pits. Preheat a broiler. 
  2. Place the peaches cut side up in a broiler safe dish or baking sheet. Sprinkle each half with 1 tablespoon brown sugar.
  3. Place in a broiler and broil for 4 to 5 minutes, until the sugar is caramelized.
  4. To serve, top with vanilla ice cream and mint, if using. 
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Roasted
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Last updated: July 2020

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Big Boys Oven says:

    I love this one, it so simple to make! amaxing how simple it can be