Today I’m going to teach you the easiest way to peel peaches. All you need is water, your Instant Pot and peaches. This is a game changer if you’re making peach cobbler, peach crisp or peach pie.
Easiest Way to Peel Peaches
There are a few weeks out of the year where you can buy fresh, juicy, ripe peaches. To me, these are the best weeks out of the year! I love eating peaches any way possible. Some of my favorites are peach cobbler and peach crisp. I also like slicing up peaches and stirring yogurt into them. Or serving them with steel cut oats in the morning. Yum!
One thing I don’t like about peaches is when I have to peel them. I could never master using a knife to peel them. Now I have a super easy way that I will use every time! You steam them very quickly in the Instant Pot and then place them in an ice bath. The peels just slide off. It’s a game changer.
Eat a Peach Day
Today I’m celebrating Eat a Peach Day by giving you some amazing peach recipe ideas from my food blogger friends. I’m looking forward to trying many of these!!
Fried Peaches and Creme Anglaise from Ashlee Marie
Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats from Pretty Providence
Grilled Peach Lassi from Crumb
Southern Peach Pie from Savory Experiments
Peach Lemonade from Real Mom Kitchen
Mason Jar Peach and Raspberry Cobbler from Premeditated Leftovers
Peach muffins from My Mommy Style
Almond Peach Bread from An Italian in My Kitchen
Peach Coffee Cake from Simply Stacie
Brown sugar pavlova with caramelised peaches from Super Golden Bakes
Peach Buttermilk Cake from The Baker Upstairs
What Pressure Cooker Did You Use?
To use my method of the Easiest Way to Peel Peaches I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*. I love this Instant Pot because it has the yogurt making function which I use almost weekly. It has two pressure settings (high and low), and there are also little slots in the handles so that you can rest the lid there instead of putting it down on your counter-top.Print
Easiest Way to Peel Peaches
- Prep Time: 1 minute
- Cook Time: 0 minute pressure cook time
- Total Time: 29 minute
- Yield: 4-6 peaches 1x
When you use your Instant Pot to quickly steam peaches it enables the peels to just slide off!
- 4–6 fresh peaches
- 1 1/2 cups water
- Ice bath–a big bowl of water with lots of ice cubes
Equipment I used:
- Pour 1 ½ cups of water into your Instant Pot. Use the saute button to boil the water. Then turn off the saute setting. Place your steamer basket or trivet in the bottom of the pot. Place your peaches into the basket.
- Cover the Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 0 (zero) minutes. The pot will take a few minutes to come to pressure and then it will beep. Once the pot beeps move the valve to venting to quickly release the pressure. Remove the lid.
- Use tongs to place the peaches in the ice bath. Once the peaches are cool to the touch you can use your fingers to gently peel off the skins.
- Slice and use peaches for eating or in any of your favorite recipes.
- Category: Tips
- Method: Instant Pot
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I don’t have an IP so still doing it the way we did at home 70 years ago, longer than that if you go back to grandmas. Bring a pot of water to boil on the stove. Cut a small X just thru the skin at the bottom of the peach, about 1″ across. Use slotted spoon to put peaches in boiling water for about 30 seconds or so. Then use slotted spoon to to transfer peaches to an ice bath for 2 to 3 minutes or so. Take out and slip peach skins right off. No muss, no fuss.
Harold Wills says
This worked perfectly with the Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL and the best peaches ever!
Thanks, so much!
Yay! Glad to hear it!
Peach fail 😢. My pot does not allow setting to zero minutes so I figured soon as it came to pressure I’d stop it and quick release. Trouble was my pot never came to pressure and I waited too long to peek. Peach mush! Not sure why it never came to pressure. Ideas? What pressure setting should have been used high, low or middle? Thanks in advance.
Oh shoot! How many peaches were in there? I used high.
I don’t see how to do this, either.
Peg Horst says
Great tip! Thank you!!
This sounds great, but needs one addition. This should great for all peaches that ripen before the Elberta’s, as they ripen from the outside in. In Utah, peaches that ripen after the Elberta’s ripen from the pit out and usually can’t successfully be steamed, but have to be individually peeled with a peeler that has a serrated blade-you can use a smooth one, but it is easier if it is serrated. If you steam them until the peel slips off, you will probably have mush. (Note this serrated blade peeler also seems to work well for me with tomatoes-but that might just be me)
Good tip! Thanks!
Jon Huber says
Would this work by filling the pot with peaches – I have approx 25 # to do.
My only concern is that the pot might take too long to come to pressure and the peaches would be partially cooked. If you’re okay with that I would give it a try. The other thing you could do is bring the water to a boil before you add in the peaches and then the pot would come to pressure quicker.
Great tip. Just wondering, would this also work to peel tomatoes?
Although I haven’t tried it yet I really do believe it would work well for tomatoes. I will have to try soon.
Pam S. says
Yes, this method works beautifully for blanching tomatoes for canning season. I wash and core the tomatoes before putting them in the Instant pot. I will never go back to boiling water to blanch- steaming them in the Instant Pot and then shocking in an ice bath was a game changer for me.
It really is the best!