Great Ideas You Can Do With Fresh Peaches

Do you love peaches?? In honor of peach season in the South, I’m sharing some great ideas you can do with fresh peaches.

woven basket filled with fresh peaches and peach leaves

For the first time ever, my peach tree was loaded this year!

I was so excited to have so many peaches, but unfortunately most of them are ripe about the same time, so I had to figure out how to use them all.

Of course, we gave some away to friends, but I still had plenty.

what can you do with so many fresh peaches?

I made a peach cake, peach bread, a peach sauce, peach salsa, grilled peach salad, and even an amazing and refreshing chilled peach soup.

I also created a beautiful tablescape, and even made a frozen ice bucket with peaches.

And if you’re wondering what to do with over ripe peaches, some of these desserts are perfect for that!

fresh peaches – recipes

Peach Bread

loaf of peach bread with 2 slices cut on oval white platter with fresh peaches and leaves beside plate

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This is one of my favorite recipes for quick bread.

It’s great for a dessert or for a breakfast bread, and isn’t overly sweet.

You can make it in mini loaf pans for a great little gift for friends and neighbors, or in a large loaf pan for your family or large crowd.

Peach Cake

overhead view of peach bundt cake on clear platter with lemon glaze on top and white daisy in center of cake dishtowel with daisy and fork on top beside cake

Another one of my favorite recipes!!

It’s incredibly moist and SO easy to make!

You won’t believe what one of the ingredients is.

You can see the full recipe here.

Peach Salsa –

white dish with peach salsa chopped peaches chopped tomato chopped green onion cilantro and tortilla chips beside dish

I have a recipe for Strawberry Salsa that I got many years ago.

With my abundance of peaches, I decided to substitute the strawberries with peaches.

It turned out SO good, and I’m so glad I tried it.

white dish with peach salsa chopped peaches chopped tomato chopped green onion cilantro and tortilla chips beside dish

Peach Salsa

Such a wonderful way to use fresh peaches! This is sure to be a summertime favorite!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword appetizer, dip,, peach salsa, peach,, salsa,
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Cost 5


  • 1 cup chopped fresh peaches
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion stems
  • 2 tablespoons chopped bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons catalina dressing
  • squeeze of lime


  • Chop peaches, tomato, green onion stems, bell pepper and cilantro.
  • Squeeze lime over peaches to keep from turning brown.
  • Add all to a serving bowl.
  • Mix together with 2 tablespoons Catalina dressing.
  • Serve with tortilla chips.

Grilled Peach Salad –

This is definitely a summer favorite at my house.

Cut your peaches in half and take out the pit. I like to quarter them after the pit is removed.

Place on the grill cut side down, and grill for 2-3 minutes on each side.

Use any greens you like for your salad. I typically used mixed greens or spinach.

Add your grilled peaches, goat cheese crumbles, sugar pecans and top with a drizzle of balsamic viniagrette.

homemade peach jam, or not???

Recently, I saw She Follows Flowers post about making bourbon peach jam. It looked beautiful and sounded amazing, so I thought I would try it.

I messaged her for the recipe and she was so kind to share it, but warned me that it can be hard to set sometimes.

I was determined to try it, and unfortunately mine didn’t set.

However, it turned into an amazing peach sauce!!

We have used this sauce as a spread for toast, over ice cream, over brie and cream cheese, over pork tenderloin, and in a cocktail.

The possibilities are endless!

If yours happens to set, you will have Bourbon Peach Jam, and if not you will have an incredible Bourbon Peach Sauce.

Peach Bourbon Jam/Sauce

1 quart finely chopped, pitted and peeled peaches
7 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 pouch liquid pectin
1/4 cup bourbon

Combine fruit, sugar, and lemon juice in a large sauce pan. Slowly bring to a boil then add bourbon.

Gently boil and stir until sugar dissolves.

Stir in liquid pectin. Return to a boil. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat. Skim foam in necessary.

Ladle hot jam into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace.

Place lids and finger tighten. Process 10 minutes in boiling water canner.

Turn heat off and let sit for 1 minute. Remove jars without tipping and place on wire racks allowing to sit overnight.

peach cocktail

peach basil cocktail served in a tall clear champagne glass with a sprig of fresh basil on the edge of glass and 2 fresh peaches beside glass

I created a cocktail a few weeks ago made with fresh pineapple and basil simple syrup.

It was so delicious and refreshing!

I tried it out with fresh peaches instead of pineapple.

And you know what???? It was just as good!!

Use can use the pineapple basil cocktail recipe and just substitute fresh peach for the pineapple.

peach tablescape inspiration

Last summer, for my montly dinner club, I created this peach inspired tablescape.

It’s such a fun theme for summer, and made such a bright and fresh table.

frozen ice bucket with peaches

frozen ice bucket with fresh peach halves peach pits and peach tree leaves sitting on wicker table with woven basket in background and trumpet vine in background bottle of prosecco inside ice bucket

And my favorite thing I did with the peaches, was this frozen ice bucket.

I used to make these occasionally probably 20 years ago. I had forgotten about them until a few months ago, and I created one for a New Year’s Eve party.

You can see that here, and read the details about how to make them.

For this one, I used fresh peaches cut in half, peach pits, and a few peach leaves.

They are so beautiful and such a fun addition to a party or gathering.

frozen ice bucket with fresh peach halves peach pits and peach tree leaves sitting on wicker table with woven basket in background and trumpet vine in background bottle of prosecco inside ice bucket

easy method for peeling peaches

To make your life SO much easier, drop the peaches into boiling water for about 20 seconds.

Don’t leave any longer, because you don’t want to cook the peaches.

Remove from the boiling water and the skins will slip right off.

woven basket filled with fresh peaches and peach leaves

I hope you found some great ideas for things you can do with fresh peaches.

Let me know if you try any of these ideas. I love hearing from you!


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  1. Great ideas! I love peaches. Reading your post is making my mouth water. Hugs to you, my friend.

    1. Thanks Renae! I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!

    1. Yes, and it sounds like a lot, so I decreased it to 5 cups, but I think that may be part of the reason it didn’t set up. I read, after I did that, that you shouldn’t decrease the amount of sugar, for that very reason.

  2. I am making your peach bread TODAY! Oh my goodness, that looks good! Actually, all of these recipes look amazing. We get our best peaches in a few weeks so can’t wait to try these!

    1. Oh good, I’m so glad you enjoyed the post! I hope you love the bread recipe! Have a wonderful weekend.

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