This easy summer dessert recipe can be made in less than 20 minutes and is the perfect way to celebrate when fresh peaches are in season.
Warm and juicy quick-grilled peaches. Cool and refreshing vanilla ice cream. A generous drizzle of hot bourbon caramel sauce.
I’m telling you — this simple summertime dessert is an absolute winner every single time. ♡
Seriously, we’ve made these grilled peaches approximately a thousand times over the past few summers, and this recipe always gets such rave reviews from family and friends. It’s easy to make outdoors if you already have the grill fired up, or can also be made easily indoors on a grill pan. It comes together easily in just 20 minutes, or less than 10 if you’ve already prepped the homemade bourbon caramel sauce beforehand. It’s easy to scale up for a large crowd or make a small batch for just a serving or two. And it’s endlessly customizable with any extra toppings that you might want to add on top. (Here’s lookin’ at you, nuts, crumbled cookies, herbs or chocolate!)
It’s the perfect recipe to have in your back pocket this time of year when you’re needing a quick and easy dessert. And I highly recommend making a double batch of that bourbon caramel sauce while you’re at it, because trust me, you’re going to want to drizzle that magical sauce on just about everything.
Alright, let’s make some grilled peaches!
Grilled Peaches with Bourbon Caramel Sauce Ingredients
Here are a few quick notes about the ingredients you will need to make this grilled peaches recipe:
Bourbon caramel sauce: My favorite homemade bourbon sauce is easy to make in just 10 minutes with granulated sugar, heavy cream, butter, vanilla extract, bourbon (or your choice of whiskey) and fine sea salt.
Fresh peaches: Look for fresh peaches that are ripe and soft to the touch, yet still fairly firm so that they can easily slice and hold their shape while grilling.
Vanilla ice cream: I love serving this dessert with ice cream (we’re partial to a good vanilla), but it could also be delicious served with Greek yogurt, whipped cream, or mascarpone.
How To Grill Peaches
Feel free to grill your peaches on an outdoor grill or an indoor grill pan — both options work great!
Heat the grill. Make sure the grates are nice and clean. Heat the grill to medium heat.
Prep the peaches. Halve and pit the peaches. Brush the cut sides with a bit of oil to help prevent sticking and add a hint of flavor.
Grill the peaches. Place the peaches cut-side-down on the grill. Cook for about 3-4 minutes, or until grill marks have formed and the peaches have slightly softened. Flip and cook for 2 more minutes, then place the peaches in your serving bowls cut-side-up.
Serve. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, drizzle with the bourbon caramel sauce, serve immediately and enjoy!
Feel free to get creative with this recipe and make it your own! For example, you could also…
Add nuts. Sprinkle some toasted walnuts, pecans, or almonds on top.
Add cookies. Sprinkle some crumbled gingersnaps or graham crackers on top.
Add fresh herbs. Sprinkle some julienned or finely chopped fresh herbs (such as mint or basil) on top.
Use a different fruit. Grill nectarines, pears, apples, pineapple or bananas as a base instead of (or in addition to) peaches.
Skip the grilling. If you’re short on time, uncooked ripe peaches would still be delicious here!
More Summer Dessert Recipes:
Looking for more summer dessert recipe inspiration? Here are a few of my faves…
Make the bourbon caramel sauce. Prepare the bourbon caramel sauce according to recipe instructions.
Grill the peaches. Heat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Brush the cut sides of the peaches with oil. Place the peaches cut-side-down on the grill and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until they are lightly charred. Flip the peaches and cook on the other side for about 2 minutes.
Serve. Transfer peaches to serving bowls, cut-side-up. Top with ice cream, drizzle with caramel sauce, and dig in while the ice cream is still cold!
Grill pan method: If you prefer to cook this recipe indoors, you can grill the peaches on the stovetop using a grill pan.