These Grilled Nectarines with maple syrup and brown sugar are a perfect way to enjoy sweet stone fruit with a charred maple twist. Use them for your favorite desserts or even breakfast! Ready in just 15 minutes.
Want a super-easy and delicious summer dessert recipe? You've come to the right place!
Grilled nectarines are so simple but so delicious.
The fruit are simply cut, slathered in a vanilla-infused maple syrup, then sprinkled with brown sugar and grilled until lightly charred. The caramelised sugars really elevate the nectarines to something special with a sweet/smokey taste.
Then simply layer them over ice cream for a heavenly dessert that's quick and easy!
Make them on a grill pan or barbecue.
Nectarines are a summer favorite that we enjoy when it’s warm.
This stone fruit is very similar to peaches, except they have smooth skin and are a bit more firm. This makes them perfect for grilling because they tend to hold their shape very well!
This recipe shows you how to grill nectarines and turns a simple fruit into a decadent dessert by adding a touch of maple syrup, brown sugar and vanilla and it all takes just 15 minutes or less!
The nectarines break down their juices and become soft and tender. It’s the perfect dessert to serve with a scoop of ice cream, or simply with some chopped nuts and a drizzle of maple syrup.
You can even add them as a topping to breakfast foods like pancakes, oatmeal, or a hearty stack of waffles.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
Grilling nectarines is a great way to use the summer abundance of the fruit.
You can make it for dessert in a pinch with only 10 minutes of your time!
It's a budget-friendly dessert recipe.
Try adding them to a plate of lettuce and veggies for a grilled nectarine salad.
Top with a dollop of mascarpone cheese and a drizzle of maple syrup.
Nectarines can be grilled outside on the bbq, or inside on a grill pan.
They can be eaten as a dessert or used to top breakfast foods or even proteins.
A great vegan summertime dessert recipe if you serve them with vegan foods.
Ingredients & Tools
- Cooking Oil - This helps form a crust on the nectarine and helps keep it from sticking to the grill pan. I use extra virgin olive oil.
- Nectarines - You’ll need fresh nectarines that are ripe but also firm enough for grilling.
- Maple Syrup - Adds a light maple flavor to the fruit. Alternatively, use agave or honey.
- Vanilla Extract - Infuses the nectarines with a light vanilla flavor.
- Brown Sugar - Balances out the sweetness in the grilled fruit and also helps create a charred crust.
- To serve (optional): Vanilla ice cream, maple syrup, chopped hazelnuts.
To grill the nectarines, you'll need a grill pan, barbecue or you could make them in a frying pan (but they won't have char lines) or under the broiler/grill of the oven.
Step By Step Tutorial
Wondering how to grill nectarines? Read on for the easy recipe!
Follow this step-by-step photo tutorial, then scroll down to the recipe card for the full ingredients list and method.
Heat the BBQ: Using an indoor grill pan, or an outside grill, turn it up to medium heat.
Prepare the nectarines: Cut the nectarines in half and remove the stone pits in the center. Mix the maple syrup and vanilla.
Brush the maple syrup all over the nectarines. Sprinkle the cut sides with brown sugar.
Grill the nectarines: Place the nectarines, cut side down, on the grill, and cook until charred, then flip and cook the other side. Serve over ice cream, drizzled with a little maple syrup, and sprinkled with hazelnuts.
When grilling fruit directly on the grill, make sure the heat is hot, but isn’t too high as the sugars in the fruit can easily caramelize and burn quickly.
When choosing a nectarine, buy ones that give in to pressure but just slightly. An underripe nectarine will not become sweet and an overripe one will have a mushy texture.
If you don’t want to put the nectarines right on the grill, brush them with maple syrup, sugar, and vanilla, then add them to a sealed foil packet and leave on the grill for 15-20 minutes agitating them halfway through for even cooking.
Serve your grilled nectarines over some vanilla ice cream.
Prep the nectarines and bring them to a bbq cookout for dessert.
Whip up a batch and serve on yogurt, waffles, pancakes, oatmeal etc...
Serve as a topping for a stack of Almond Milk Pancakes.
Serve them plain with a dollop of Tangy Cream Cheese Frosting or fresh whipped cream.
Can’t find nectarines? Try using peaches or plums.
Instead of maple syrup, you can use agave nectar or honey.
Coconut sugar can be used instead of brown sugar for a refined sugar-free treat.
Sprinkle with cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice for warming flavors.
Brush on some brandy or bourbon for grilled nectarines with a grown-up kick!
Storing: Leftover grilled nectarines will stay fresh in the fridge for 2-3 days. They can be warmed up to use as a topping using the microwave or stovetop or re-grilled briefly on a grill pan or bbq.
Freezing: Stone fruit does not hold its shape when frozen, therefore freezing is not recommended.
If your nectarines are not quite ripe, leave them on the counter for up to 3 days to ripen. After that, you can transfer them to the fridge to slow down the ripening process.
Yes! The skin is thin enough to eat and adds dietary fiber. You can remove the skin if desired, but if your nectarines are ripe, they might be too soft to peel easily.
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- 1 teaspoon oil
- 4 nectarines
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
To serve (optional):
- Vanilla ice cream
- Maple syrup
- Chopped hazelnuts
- Heat a barbecue or grill pan and lightly oil it.
- Cut the nectarines in half and remove the stones.
- Mix the maple syrup and vanilla, then brush all over the nectarines. Sprinkle the cut sides with the brown sugar.
- Place the nectarines, cut side down, on the grill and cook until charred, then flip and cook the other side.
- Serve over ice cream, drizzled with a little maple syrup and sprinkled with hazelnuts.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on several factors, so is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietician for special diet advice.