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Peeling the skin off a scored peach easily with fingers

How to Peel Peaches the Easy Way

Follow our guide on how to peel peaches for the best way to peel one of summer's favorite fruits! No fuss, no mess, and just a few simple steps.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword blanching peaches, how to peel peaches, peeling peaches
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 peeled peaches
Author Isabel Laessig


  • Knife
  • Slotted spoon
  • Large pot
  • Large bowl


  • 4 peaches or however many you wish to peel
  • pot of water for boiling
  • bowl of ice water for blanching


  • Boiling peaches: Bring a pot of water to a boil. I recommend blanching peaches 3 or 4 at a time. 
    Fill the pot with enough water to submerge the peaches. Remember to account for displacement. When you add the peaches, you don’t want the water to spill over the top of the pot!
    Scoring peaches: While the water is coming to a boil, use a sharp paring knife and carefully score the bottom of each peach by making a shallow ‘x’ through the skin at the base of each peach.
    Scoring a peach with an "X" pattern
  • Blanching peaches: Using a slotted spoon, carefully lower the peaches into the boiling water one at a time.
    Leave the peaches in the boiling water for 30-40 seconds and up to a minute if the peaches are more firm.
    Dipping a peach into boiling water on a slotted spoon
  • Ice water bath: Remove the peaches from the boiling water using a slotted spoon and transfer them to a bowl full of ice water. 
    Allow the peaches to cool for about 30 seconds to a minute until they are cool enough to handle.
    Adding a peach on a spoon to an ice water bath in a metal bowl
  • Peeling peaches: Starting at the base end where you scored each peach, use your fingers to gently peel away the skin of the peach.
    Peeling the skin off a scored peach easily with fingers