Overripe nectarines make a great snack or breakfast treat. You can eat them plain or you can make some delicious recipes like fruit leather, crumble or even pie.
Nectarines are among my favorite fruits because they’re so easy to prepare, taste amazing, and have such a low amount of calories.
Unfortunately, nectarines can get really ripe. And if you’ve ever had one that’s been sitting around too long, you know what I mean.
It’s not just that they turn brown, it’s that their texture becomes mushy.
And let’s be honest, that doesn’t sound very appealing at all. But it’s important to note that overripe nectarines aren’t necessarily bad.
Sure, they may be slightly less sweet and a little more acidic, but there are still some wonderful things to do with them.
Here are some of my favorite recipes for using overripe nectarines.
21 Overripe Nectarine Recipes
You can make a nectarine and strawberry pie, nectarine and peach pie, and more. You can even use them to make a delicious and healthy snack using a mixture of yoghurt and honey and a pinch of cinnamon.
Cobblers are a sweet dessert made from fruit, nuts, and oats or other cereal.
The secret ingredient for a great cobbler is a topping that’s crunchy, sweet, and cinnamon-y – like the cobbler on this page. You can use pecans, pepitas, and/or walnuts if you don’t have nectarines.
The addition of nutmeg makes this cobbler more savory, and pairing it with a nice cheese like feta or burrata rounds out the flavor nicely.
Overripe nectarines make a delicious salad with plenty of nutrients. The slightly tangy, sweet, and crunchy texture makes this salad feel light and healthy.
Use only ripe nectarines and mix them up with lots of veggies, like cucumber, red onion, celery, and fresh mint leaves.
Add some good quality balsamic vinegar to balance out the sweet and tart flavors, and serve it on top of greens.
You can turn any favorite pie dough recipe into a galette by layering your crusts with fruit, like this one made from sweet, juicy nectarines.
To make your galette, roll out the dough thinly, brush the edges with egg wash, and then carefully lay your fruit on top.
Gently fold the edges of the galette in, and then seal it up.
Roll out the edges again, cut into desired shapes, and bake until golden brown.
Baking sweet fruits like nectarines is a great way to preserve them while using up fruit that’s past its prime. The cinnamon and honey in this baked nectarine recipe give the fruit a delicious flavor and hint of sweetness.
This simple and delicious fruit salad takes on the flavors of summer in this recipe from The Healthy Desserts Project. It’s a beautiful addition to any barbecue or picnic spread!
You could never go wrong with bacon and fruit together. This recipe for vegan grilled nectarines is a perfect example of how tasty, healthy food can be. They are easy to make, too!
This chutney is a bit sweet and spicy, perfect for a spicy Indian meal. If you can’t find nectarines, try peaches instead. The pickling process will make the fruit much more flavorful!
Chop up some fresh cilantro or basil for garnish and serve with your chutney alongside warm naan bread or rice pilaf.
These muffins are light, fluffy, and packed with fresh blueberries and peaches. The muffins taste amazing and are just as easy to make as they are delicious. You can even use them to top a breakfast parfait or yogurt.
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients, and mix until just combined. Add in blueberries and peaches and gently fold the fruit through.
Pour the batter into a greased muffin tin and bake for 18-20 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.
If you love salad as much as I do, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s an easy and delicious nectarine recipe you’re going to want to try out.
The secret? Heirloom tomatoes. This is one of the easiest nectarine salad recipes, with a burst of freshness and tang. It’s also perfect as a side dish or a light lunch.
For the dressing, simply whisk together yogurt, mayonnaise, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt until creamy. Add cayenne pepper, chili powder, or other spices you enjoy. Serve over greens and top with sliced nectarines, cucumber, and basil.
Cobbler is a pie-like dish that can be topped with a sweet fruit filling or a fruit and nut streusel. This version uses blueberries and nectarines to make the topping, but you can use any fruit that’s in season!
Start by preparing your oven and baking dish with your choice of topping. Preheat your oven to 350 F, and then combine your fruit, oats, and spices of choice.
Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and bake for 15 minutes. Then, top with the other topping ingredients, and return to the oven for another 20 to 25 minutes.
When the cobbler has finished baking, top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It’s a delicious dessert that will keep you coming back for more!
This salad is healthy, filling, and pretty darn tasty. It’s perfect for lunch, or for dinner on the go. If you’d like to make a larger batch of this salad, you can use 1 1/2 cups of canned chickpeas and add a large handful of grated carrot and zucchini in place of the nectarines.
Start by mixing up your dressing using olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and freshly ground black pepper. Add salt to taste if you’d like.
Next, prepare your veggies. Slice up some nectarines, and chop up the rest of the veggies in whatever size pieces you prefer.
Mix together the avocado, yogurt, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Toss together the chickpeas, nectarine, and sliced veggies. Drizzle with your dressing and top with chopped herbs and a little more pepper. Serve on a bed of lettuce.
This fruity fruit salad is a great way to get your fruit into your diet! A healthy version of a classic fruit salad, this recipe is sweetened only with agave syrup and has no added sugar. It’s also gluten-free!
Start by rinsing your strawberries and nectarines, and then slice them thinly.
Add in the other fruits that are available at your local grocery store, like bananas, oranges, and apples.
Toss all the ingredients together in a bowl and serve with your favorite yogurt for dessert, or enjoy as a snack between meals.
The tart crust can be baked in a pie plate or a ring mold, but a springform pan is best.
If you’re using a ring mold, pour the mixture into the bottom of the pan and bake until it’s firm. Then carefully remove the ring, lift out the sides, and fill the inside of the mold with the filling.
Place the tart back into the oven to cook and set it all back down for the final baking time.
For a springform pan, follow the directions below. First, roll out your dough, then line your springform pan and lay your dough over the top. You can trim off any excess, but don’t worry about it too much.
Once you have your tart shell ready, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Next, in a bowl, combine the flour and almond flour, sugar, and salt and mix well. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, butter, and vanilla.
When the oven has preheated, pour the filling into the tart shell, and top with pecans or walnuts, if desired.
Bake for 45 minutes. The filling should be set and the edges should look slightly browned. Remove from the oven and let cool before serving.
This fresh lavender syrup recipe is a great way to use overripe nectarines and peaches. It’s also an easy summer dessert that you can make for your friends or family.
You can substitute other fruit, like apples, plums, or berries, or you can even use fresh or frozen strawberries.
Muddle the berries by putting them in a bowl with a wooden spoon, then strain them through a sieve so the pulp is left behind. Add lemon juice to taste. Pour the syrup into a container and refrigerate until ready to use.
This salad is ideal for eating on its own or as a side to grilled meats. It’s light, refreshing, and has just enough walnuts to add texture and crunch.
We like to mix it up by adding some fresh mint and basil leaves to the dressing. The herbs bring a nice floral note to the dish.
Who doesn’t like a nice crumble? This grilled nectarine crumble is one of our favorite summertime recipes.
A crumble can be made in two ways: either use dry ingredients, like flour and sugar, or use fresh fruit and add butter.
This recipe uses all the butter from the fruit, so it’s perfect for making at home with overripe fruit.
You can add a dash of cinnamon to the crumble topping if you want, but we like it simple and sweet with some peaches and plums.
For a more grown up dessert that has a coffee cake twist, try this recipe for a moist nectarine coffee cake. You can always use this same basic batter recipe to make cupcakes instead!
When it comes to making cakes, I like to think of them as desserts in disguise, with their layers and icing disguising the fact that they’re actually full of wholesome ingredients like fruit, whole grains, nuts, and healthy oils.
So when making a cake like this, I decided to top it with a fruit-topped upside down cake. That way, you get the cake and the fruit all in one bite!
I remember being in grade school and having a class project in which we were supposed to make a treat from an overripe fruit. I was so proud of myself because my nectarine had turned a deep, beautiful purple color, which I knew meant it was perfectly ripe.
Unfortunately, my nectarine didn’t quite turn out the way I’d hoped and the teacher was kind enough to cut it into bite-sized pieces for us. I can still remember the delicious, sweet, creamy taste of the nectarine.
This recipe is similar to that one, but it’s an even better way to enjoy overripe pears. You’ll get the same luscious flavor, but this time the nectarines are deep-fried in coconut oil. The sweet, caramelized fruit and the creamy mascarpone cheese make this dessert a real treat.
Chicken salad is a classic summer meal. It’s a great option if you want to stay light on your healthy eating plan. This recipe adds a little bit of spice with the ginger and a little bit of sesame with the sesame seeds.
If you don’t want to make the full recipe, you can just halve it or quarter it for a smaller portion.
Nectarine lemonade is a refreshing drink that you can make in minutes!
Simply combine a handful of overripe nectarines with a bottle of sparkling water and fresh lemons. You can also add some simple syrup to sweeten the deal if you’d like.
If you’re a fan of fruit juices, try making this recipe into a juice by combining the fruit with sparkling water and fresh lemon.
21 Overripe Nectarine Recipes
- Nectarine Cinnamon-Sugar Cobbler
- Grilled Nectarine and Burrata Salad
- Nectarine Galette
- Baked Nectarines with Cinnamon Honey Sauce
- Nectarine Salad with Cucumber, Basil and Goat Cheese
- Vegan Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Nectarines
- Nectarine (or Peach) Chutney – Sweet, Spicy & Pickled
- Easy and Delicious Nectarine Blueberry Muffins
- Nectarine Heirloom Burrata Salad
- Blueberry Nectarine Cobbler
- Nectarine Salad with Chickpeas and Grilled Halloumi
- Strawberry Nectarine Fruit Salad
- Nectarine Frangipane Tart
- Nectarines and Peaches with Lavender Syrup
- Nectarines and Peaches with Lavender Syrup
- Grilled Nectarine Crumble
- Nectarine Coffee Cake
- Nectarine Upside Down Cake
- Fried Nectarines Recipe with Vanilla Mascarpone
- Nectarine Ginger Sesame Chicken Salad
- Nectarine Lemonade
- Pick any of these delicious recipes.
- Prepare the ingredients according to the recipe.
- Enjoy your dish in no time!
Can you eat overripe nectarines?
Yes, you can eat overripe nectarines. You can use them in place of apples when baking. You can also make a delicious compote or jelly from them.
When should you not eat a nectarine?
Nectarines are a delicious fruit that come in a wide range of colors, from bright orange to deep purple, and they have a sweet flavor. The skin of a nectarine is edible, but if it’s green, then it is not ripe yet. Green nectarines can be left on the counter for a few days to ripen.