Grilled Peach Melba

Summer is the time for lighter desserts. Grilled fruit is an excellent, healthier option. I tossed some peach halves on the barbecue and made these marvelous Grilled Peach Melbas.Grilled Peach Melba | A grilled version of this classic dessert with peaches, raspberry sauce and ice cream

Peach Melba

Have you heard of a peach melba? It’s an old-fashioned dessert with poached peaches, raspberry sauce, and vanilla ice cream. Named after Nellie Melba, an Australian opera singer. Famed French chef Escoffier claims to have first created the Peach Melba in her honor while Nellie was a guest at the Savoy Hotel in London. Peaches, raspberries and ice cream??? How could this be anything but fabulous???

Grilled Peach Melbas | A grilled version of this classic dessert with peaches, raspberry sauce and ice cream
A Grilled Twist

Knowing that grilling fruit helps caramelize their natural sugars, I thought it would be a fun way to shake up this classic dessert. This could be difficult with a charcoal grill (my hubby would scorch these for sure!), so make sure your peaches are over indirect heat. Medium heat on a gas grill works well, and even a grill pan on your stove top is an option. Serve the peach halves whole or sliced and place them in a stemmed glass over ice cream with some luscious raspberry sauce. A simple way to have an elegant dessert when you’re grilling dinner anyway!Grilled Peach Melba| A grilled version of this classic dessert with peaches, raspberry sauce and ice cream

Grilling Time for Progressive Eats

Welcome to Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a Progressive Dinner Party. This month we’re featuring It’s Grilling Time! hosted by Jane Bonacci, the author of The Heritage Cook. Today we are sharing recipes that are prepared on a barbecue or grill. Savory and sweet, you can cook your entire meal outside keeping your kitchen cool and perfect for hot summer evenings. We know you’ll enjoy the kiss of smoke in every bite!

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats, a theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out.

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Grilled Peach Melba
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A twist on the classic Peach Melba made with grilled peaches.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Serves: 3-6 servings
  • 6 peaches (medium ripe, slightly firm)
  • Lemon or lime juice
  • 10 ounces frozen raspberries
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch mixed with a tablespoon or so of water
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • Chambord, optional
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Fresh raspberries, optional
  1. Cut an X in the bottom of each peach, just through the skin. Boil a pot of water, then drop the peaches in for 30-60 seconds. Place peaches in a bowl of ice water. Once you can handle the peaches, peel off the skin, cut in half, remove the pit and rub with lemon or lime juice. Set aside.
  2. Make the raspberry sauce by adding the frozen raspberries, cornstarch slurry, and sugar to a medium saucepan. Cook the raspberries until the sugar dissolves and the sauce boils and thickens slightly. Add Chambord to taste, if desired. Cool, then strain through a wire sieve to remove seeds.
  3. Preheat grill and grill the peaches on a lightly oiled grill, for 2-3 minutes per side. Serve one or two peach halves or sliced peaches with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, raspberry sauce, and fresh raspberries if desired.

Exciting News!

One of our own, Jane Bonacci, the host for this month’s Grilling party has a book coming out this fall, The Gluten-Free Bread Machine Cookbook! If you or someone you knows needs a great resource for making their own gluten-free bread in a bread machine, you can Pre-Order NOW!

Grilled Peach Melba | A grilled version of this classic dessert with peaches, raspberry sauce and ice cream


  1. TheKitchenLioness says:

    Liz, this is a visually stunning dessert – bright, summery colors. And the idea of adding a new twist to Peach Melba is wonderful – placing delicious peaches on the bbq will certainly bring our their natural sugars and add a wonderful new taste to this dessert!

  2. I’ve never grilled peaches or had Melba – so I’ll be in for a treat when I try this 🙂

  3. Well I must be an old fashioned girl, Liz, because I have to tell you that peach melba was the first “dessert at a fancy restaurant” that I ever tried and I loved it!!! I love the combo of sweet and tart fruits and grilling those peaches can only make it that much better! Thanks for putting a modern twist on one of my favorite desserts! 🙂

  4. Liz, thanks for this wonderful and stunning recipe. I have a huge peach share arriving and this will be a nice way to use them.

  5. Even though we just finished lunch, I am licking my lips looking at all the gorgeous pics of this very beautiful dessert. I will definitely bookmark it for the weekend my cousin and her family comes up to the cottage, we can use the last embers from the charcoal grill, plus it is light enough after a heavy dinner of BBQ ribs and chicken!

  6. Chambord is never optional! LOL What a gorgeous spin on a classic, Liz! Love it!

  7. Oh Liz, I love, love, love that you make Grilled Peach Melba this month! One of my favorite old-fashioned desserts, and one we rarely see anymore. Absolutely stunning and a delightful way to celebrate summer fresh fruits! Yippee! And thank you so much for your kind shout-out about my book – I really appreciate your thoughtfulness!

  8. How much do I love this? THIS MUCH! I have always loved this flavor combination but the grilling would be an awesome addition Liz!

  9. I love the idea of grilled peach melba – grilled fruits are perfect for summer desserts. Beautiful Liz!

  10. I haven’t had peach melba in forever! I mean decades. It used to be pretty popular back in the 70s and 80s, but I don’t remember the last time I saw it on the menu. And I’ve never seen it grilled — what a fabulous idea! Perfect way to make this dish. Thanks!

  11. I just made grilled peaches last week and used mascarpone and a drizzle of honey and black pepper! Now I can’t wait to try this version. It is such a perfect light dessert for summer!

  12. I am so much in love with this summer dessert. Love anything peaches and this grilled Peach Melbas look fantastic. Wish I could taste this! Lovely share, Liz.

  13. Delicious classic!

  14. I don’t think I’ve ever had a peach melba, but I have had grilled peaches. Looks like a delicious dessert that you made even better with a touch of chambord.

  15. I’m all about anything peach right now, especially if it involved ice cream. I love broiling peaches for a super easy clean up. They don’t have pretty marks, but they have awesome and intense flavor.

  16. Love food history! And love to take a bite of those Carmelites peaches:)

  17. What a great twist on a truly amazing classic 🙂

  18. This is an impressive dessert with minimal effort and summer is the perfect time of year for it.

  19. Grilling the peaches for peach melba improves on a dish that is pretty darn good to begin with. I love the caramelizing effect that grilling gives to fruit. and who can argue with raspberries, ice cream and a bit of liqueur?:) Not me!

  20. Elegance on the grill! What a perfect way to shake up this classic and make it even better!


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