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Try these peach recipes that highlight the best of this juicy ripe fruit! Enjoy them all season long, from crumbles and cobblers to drinks.

Peach recipes

Got peaches? Peach season is short and sweet: just a few elusive months to cook with this juicy fruit. So when you’ve got ripe peaches, it’s time for action! This beautifully sweet stone fruit is extremely versatile. It works in peach desserts like pie, cobbler and crisps. You can also use it for savory recipes like peach salsa and Caprese salad, and drinks from the Bellini to the peach margarita. Ready to get started!

And now…20 fresh peach recipes to try!

How to peel peaches

Many of the peach recipes above require peeling peaches. But if you use a vegetable peeler or knife, it can disintegrate into a mushy mess. What’s the secret? A quick pop into boiling water. Here’s our simple method for how to peel peaches:

  • Boil the peaches for 45 seconds each. You can add them to a pan of boiling water in batches of 2 or 3.
  • Remove them to a bowl of ice water. Use a slotted spoon to place the peaches into the ice water. This cools them so you can easily handle them.
  • Remove the peel with your fingers. Use a knife to get it started by making a shallow slice just into the skin. Then use your fingers to pull off the skin in sheets!

You can use this method in the recipes above like peach pie, cobbler, crisp, salsa, and more.

How to peel peaches

How to ripen peaches

We recommend purchasing peaches during peach season for the best quality! If you start with very hard peaches, you’ll need several days to ripen them. Gently squeeze the peach to see if the flesh is soft. If the peach feels like it’s almost ripe, you can place it on the counter or a window ledge and wait for it to ripen. But here’s how to quickly ripen peaches that feel very firm to the touch:

  • Place the peaches in a paper bag. Leave space between each peach.
  • Add a banana inside the bag. The banana emits ethylene gas, which helps the peaches ripen quicker.
  • Gently fold over the top of the bag. This traps the gasses inside.
  • Wait for 1 to 4 days, checking the ripeness each day. The time to ripen depends on the type of peach and how ripe it was when you purchased it.

Got leftover ripe peaches? Go to How to Freeze Peaches.

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Peach Crisp

20 Fresh Peach Recipes

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


This peach crumble recipe is full of bold, juicy flavor! No one will be able to resist the sweet fruit and golden spiced topping.


  • 5 cups sliced ripe peaches (2 pounds; about 6 medium or 2 16-ounce cans unsweetened peaches*)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (or vegan butter)
  • Vanilla ice cream, to serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Peel the peaches (or skip if desired): Prepare a medium saucepan of boiling water. Drop 3 peaches into the pot so that the water fully covers them and boil for 45 seconds. Remove the peaches from the water with a slotted spoon and transfer them to a bowl of ice water. Drop in the next batch and repeat. Once the peaches are cooled, use a sharp knife to puncture the skin of the peach, then peel it off in large sheets with your fingers. Repeat until all peaches are peeled.
  3. Make the filling: Slice the peaches. In a medium bowl, mix them with ½ cup of the granulated sugar and the cornstarch, vanilla extract, and lemon juice. Then pour the filling into a round 9-inch pie pan, 9 x 9 inch baking dish or 7 x 11 baking dish.
  4. Make the topping: In a medium bowl, mix together the remaining ½ cup sugar and the flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking powder and kosher salt with a fork. Pour in the melted butter while mixing with the fork until all the butter integrates and a crumbly mixture forms. Use your fingers to sprinkle the crumbles evenly over the peach filling.
  5. Bake: Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until the top is evenly golden brown and the filling is bubbly. Cool for 1 hour, then serve. You can leave it out on the counter for up to 1 day, with a loose cover of foil or a towel to allow for air flow. After 1 day, refrigerate any leftovers. It also freezes well for several months in a sealed container; reheat it in a 350 degree oven until bubbly and the topping is crisp.


*This peach crumble is best with fresh peaches, but in the offseason you can use canned unsweetened peaches (no sugar added). 

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Peach recipes

More summer fruit desserts

There are so many great desserts starring the best of summer fruits! Here are some of our favorite fruit desserts:

  • Classic Strawberry Shortcake Here’s how to make the best strawberry shortcake: the classic way! Tender, biscuit-like shortcakes meet sweet berries and fluffy homemade whipped cream.
  • “Magic” Blueberry Cobbler As it bakes, the blueberries sink to the bottom and the batter forms a golden crust on top.
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp This strawberry rhubarb crisp is sweet tart and nostalgic, sweetened with maple syrup with a crumbly topping of pure oats.

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. I’ve got a basket full of peaches here. But I can’t decide what peach recipe I should try first on the list. LOL I’m thinking about peach cobbler since everyone at home loves it. And well, it’s my favorite too.. Thanks for sharing these inspiring recipes Sonja and Alex!