Grilled fruit makes the perfect complement to any meat or fish entree, and it also delivers a spectacular grand finale to your meal as a dessert. If you’ve never considered tossing fruit on the grill, try adding it to your menu the next time you fire up the barbecue.
Looking for some ideas to get you started? Try grilled nectarines as a delectable summer choice. Nectarines work well on the grill because they have firm flesh that won’t get mushy under heat, they caramelize well, and their flavor is subtle enough to pair with a variety of entrees or dessert options.
Perfect Grilled Nectarines Every Time
Mastering your grill technique for fruit dishes will open doors to a wide variety of recipe options. Once you have the basic idea, you can experiment with different flavors and textures.
- Heat grill to medium-high.
- Slice nectarines in half and remove pits.
- Brush with butter or oil to prevent sticking. Butter will add a nice flavor to the finished product.
- Place on clean grill plate, cut side down, for about 4-5 minutes, or until you see grill marks.
- Turn nectarines over and cook until grill marks appear on the other side.
Another grilling method for nectarines is the foil packet. Cut nectarines into wedges and place inside an aluminum pouch. Add any desired seasonings, and then seal the packet. Place on the grill over medium heat for about 10 minutes, or until the nectarines begin to soften. Open and enjoy!
Grilled nectarines make wonderful side dishes, breakfast choices, and desserts. Try some of these recipes to get your creative juices flowing.
Grilled Nectarines with Cheese–Halfway through the grilling process, sprinkle nectarines with feta cheese and pepper. Serve with grilled pork or fish, or as a breakfast dish.
Honey and Cinnamon Nectarines–Place nectarines in foil pouch as described above. Before sealing the pouch, drizzle the fruit with honey and sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve with a dollop of Greek yogurt or whipped cream.
Grilled Nectarines with Balsamic Vinegar–Brush nectarines with Balsamic vinegar before placing on the grill. Baste with the vinegar two or three additional times during the grilling process. Serve as a garnish over pork tenderloin or with ice cream for dessert.
Grilled Nectarine Salad–Drizzle nectarines with honey and grill as described above. Serve in a salad with mixed greens, sliced almonds or walnuts, and honey dijon dressing. Sprinkle with crumbled feta or blue cheese.
Try Your Own Recipes!
Grilled nectarines are a wonderfully versatile dish, so don’t be afraid to experiment. Try sweet dishes incorporating cinnamon, honey, nutmeg, ice cream, yogurt, brown sugar, and other delicious accoutrements, or opt for a more savory dish using cheese, pepper, and a savory sauce. Either way, you won’t be disappointed!