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Summer is the time for lighter desserts. Grilled fruit is an excellent, healthier option. I tossed some peach halves on the barbecue and made a marvelous Grilled Peach Melba.

This Peach Melba Recipe has a simple twist! The peaches are grilled which makes them even sweeter as the sugars concentrate during the process. Totally irresistible with ice cream and raspberry sauce.

Grilled Peach Melba in a glass serving dish with a red white napkin, peaches, and fresh raspberries

Grilled 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??? Plus, the extra step of tossing the fruit on the BBQ, make this grilled peach melba recipe is even more terrific than the original!

Overhead view of Grilled Peach Melba on a white plate with a fork and scoop of ice cream
How Do You Grill Fruit?

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 stovetop 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! Add this Grilled Peach Melba Recipe to your summer menu as soon as you can get your hands on some juicy, ripe peaches.

Grilled Peach Melba in a glass dessert dish

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Grilled Peach Melba

The Recipe: Grilled Peach Melba

A twist on the classic Peach Melba made with grilled peaches.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Yield 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
  • 1/3 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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 209Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 19mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 6gSugar: 35gProtein: 3g


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21 comments on “Grilled Peach Melba”

  1. 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!

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

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

  4. 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!

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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! 🙂

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

  10. 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!

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