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When the air begins to warm, the breezes are gentle, and the smell of summer is in the air, you know it's time to begin using the fresh fruits of the season. Fresh, sweet apricots are one of those fruits we love to cook with. They are one of the most versatile stone fruits and can be used in a wide range of apricot recipes.
Whether you are using fresh apricots, preserves, jams, or dried apricots, there are endless possibilities of culinary magic you can create. The sweet flavors of this wondrous fruit pair well with many foods that make for exciting new recipes.
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite recipes to make use of all those fresh apricots. From making jam or preserves for the winter months, to mixing up your BBQ repertoire, finding fun and new breakfast dishes, or creating delectable desserts, there’s something for everyone on this delicious list.
Dessert for breakfast? Yes, please. This healthy dish will have you jumping for joy and ready for your day. Juicy apricots are at the center of this pleasing bowl of goodness. It has the decadent feel of dessert in a nutritious oatmeal breakfast bake.
Muffins are a wonderful morning treat. These apricot muffins are full of luscious dried apricots and are perfect for a lazy Sunday morning or grab-and-go breakfast. Greek yogurt is the secret ingredient keeping these yummy muffins moist and flavorful.
Take your breakfast culinary skills to the next level and wow your family and friends with this easy-to-make recipe. Dutch baby pancakes are puffed pancakes baked in a skillet.
Also known as German pancakes, puffed pancakes, or Dutch puff. Topped with appetizing fresh apricots, they are a definite crowd-pleaser. Perfect to make on a lazy weekend morning or to amaze your brunch guests.
This French-style method of making apricot preserves is a simple, traditional culinary technique. In an hour, you’ve got perfectly homemade sweet apricot preserves. Great for your morning toast, mix into other recipes, or enjoy straight outta the jar!
This is a sweet, scrumptious smoothie full of beautiful fresh fruit flavors. With 5 simple ingredients, you’ve got a healthy, fruity, smoothie. It’s sunshine in a glass and is perfect to enjoy on those hot summer days.
This apricot compote is so easy to make and extremely delicious. Compote is a fresh, sweet sauce whereas preserves are more of a jam. Perfect for drizzling over your pancakes, ice cream, or adding to yogurt, apricot compote is a fruity way to jazz up your meals.
Apricot chicken is a quick, easy, and mouthwatering recipe to add to your weeknight rotation. Chicken breasts are cooked with apricot jam, BBQ sauce, soy sauce, onion, garlic, and seasonings. It all comes together to create a nice coating over the chicken. Serve over rice for a healthy, balanced, and savory meal.
Traditional pork chops are elevated with a sweet and tangy apricot sauce. The sauce whips up quickly and is brushed onto the pork chops while cooking for maximum flavor. The delicious sauce is baked into the pork chop making each bite out-of-this-world, delectably fabulous.
We're taking it to the next level with this wonderfully flavorful creamy apricot pork chop recipe. It’s a sweet and savory dish that comes together in under 30 minutes making it an easy weeknight meal. The pork chops are pan-seared and finish cooking in a creamy apricot sauce. It’s a luscious dish everyone will love.
This slow cooker chicken recipe takes it up a few notches in the flavor department. Apricot preserves, ginger, soy sauce, onion, and Dijon mustard blend together and slow-cook with the chicken. The result is a mouthwatering, succulent, perfectly tender chicken that is bursting with sweet and savory flavors.
Looking for an elegant appetizer for a party or a refresh on your game day spread? These apricot bites will wow your friends with their gorgeous flavors. The sweetness of dried apricots is balanced out with creamy, earthy goat cheese and topped with nutty crushed pistachios.
A drizzle of honey completes these stylish and inviting bites. A super simple, easy apricot recipe. I bet you can’t eat just one!
Skip the cinnamon rolls and make these fresh apricot sweet rolls instead. They are great to enjoy with breakfast or as a snack. The fresh apricots hit all the right notes with the sweet roll. They are tasty, sweet, and go great with your morning cup of coffee.
13. Apricot Scones
This is a summer-lovin type of recipe. Light, bright, and beautifully delicious, it hits the spot. Utilizing both fresh apricots and your homemade apricot jam, it infuses lemon into the scones and a buttermilk glaze to top them off.
This is the kind of scone you want to enjoy leisurely with your tea or coffee, savoring every bite, and enjoying the morning sun.
One of the joys of cooking with fruit that is in season is all the wonderful, fresh pies you can make! Pie making is made easy with this recipe as it uses a store-bought pie crust. Ripe apricots are the star of the show as they are mixed with a little sugar, vanilla, lemon, and nutmeg. A sweet blend that enhances the apricot flavor for a perfect pie every time.
This is a fun dessert recipe to take your culinary skills up a notch and dazzle your friends and family. A simple and authentic French tart is not as hard to make as it sounds. The filling uses fresh apricots but you can use frozen if you're making this in the winter. It’s a sweet, tasty treat great for desserts or brunch.
16. Apricot Cake
This apricot cake is a summertime favorite. It’s light, flavorful, and a beautiful dessert. Fresh apricots are blended into the cake batter while also topping the batter before baking. Once done, it’s sprinkled with powdered sugar for a stylish, toothsome cake.
17. Apricot Bars
You’re in for a real treat with these tasty apricot bars. The crust has coconut and almonds incorporated into it. This creates an appetizing flavor and texture contrast to the sweet, soft apricot preserve filling. It’s a tantalizing, flavorful dessert everyone will love.
These dainty little cookie pies are heaven-sent! They are little pillows of goodness, part sugar cookie, part pie. They taste like bright summer days and gentle breezes. Sweet, tangy apricot jam is layered between two soft sugar cookies to form a bite-sized pie with a sweet filling. A sensory treat and dessert to nibble on at your next picnic or with your afternoon tea.
19. Apricot Cobbler
Fresh apricots make a delightful sweet cobbler. It’s a wonderful, easy dish to serve up in the Spring and Summer. A refreshing dessert with the right amount of tart and sweet in it. This cobbler is topped with dollops of dough adding an enjoyable layer to absorb those sweet apricot juices. Try adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top for the ultimate treat.
Apricot BBQ sauce is a great way to utilize your fresh apricots, jam, and preserves. This stone fruit has a variety of ways to incorporate into your culinary masterpieces. Apricot BBQ sauce is an inventive use of the apricot and adds refined, sweet, and tangy flavor to all your grilling favorites.
21. Apricot Biscotti
You don't have to wait for apricot season to enjoy them. Dried apricots are a wonderful ingredient that can be used all year.
Biscotti are Italian biscuits originally from the Tuscan area. The dried apricots in this biscotti recipe enhance the orange flavor. They add a nice bit of chewiness to the crispness of the biscotti. Perfect for dipping into your coffee or enjoying with breakfast, these apricot biscotti are tasty treats pleasing to the palate.
22. Apricot Salsa
A great way to make use of fresh apricots is to make a flavorful apricot salsa. The fresh apricots add a nice sweetness to balance out the spicy. This salsa is an addicting, fresh, and delicious blend of apricots and traditional salsa ingredients. Great for dipping tortilla chips, topping chicken, fish, or using in your tacos. It’s a beautiful blend of flavors that has a nice kick to it.
23. Apricot Cookies
Take your cookie skills to the next level with these elegant Hungarian cookies. Great for your holiday platters or a fun treat in the summer, these cookies are good any time of the year. They are simple to make and full of tasty, sweet flavors.
These beautiful Linzer cookies are buttery, almond, and apricot goodness all wrapped up in a dazzling double stack. Apricot preserves are sandwiched between buttery, almond shortbread cookies with a cute little “peek-a-boo” window. They are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the palate.
This is a great recipe that is a definite crowd-pleaser. It’s an easy, cheesy, beautiful appetizer that is bursting in color and flavor. Goat cheese is rolled in an almond, dried apricot, and parsley mixture then drizzled with honey. The crunch from the almonds balance’s out the creamy cheese. It’s a sophisticated appetizer that’s simple to make and delivers earthy, sweet flavors.
Ooey-gooey mild, earthy brie has a buttery-like texture when baked. It’s perfect for pairing with sweet additions like apricot jam or honey. This baked brie is topped with apricot jam and chopped walnuts. Generally served with crackers, It’s a fabulous appetizer for your next party and always a palate-pleasing hit.
This is a simple 3-ingredient recipe that is full of appetizing flavors. The chicken wings are basted in a sweet and sticky sauce while baked. The result is a sweet and savory chicken wing that’s crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. They are uniquely delicious and a great alternative to traditional spicy wings.
This apricot glazed salmon is a distinguished, delicious dish. The glaze packs a powerhouse of flavors with apricot preserves, Dijon mustard, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and lime creating a titillating tangy glaze. It’s a super easy recipe to throw together and produces a tasteful, perfectly cooked scrumptious salmon.
These delectable chocolate apricot balls only take 3-ingredients and 15 minutes to make. They are a wonderful treat to have on hand and a snap to make. Dried apricots and almonds are blended together forming a paste then dipped in melted dark chocolate. They have a delicious balance of sweet flavors and are so good you can’t eat just one.
Eating healthy doesn’t mean sacrificing tasty food. This gorgeous salad is packed full of luscious flavors. Fresh apricots, juicy chicken, and toasted almonds, which add a nice crunch, top arugula. A sharp and smokey vinaigrette featuring paprika and cumin is drizzled over the top. It’s a wondrous, delicious salad that hits all the right palate-pleasing notes in a healthy meal.
31. Grilled Apricots
Grilled apricots are a light and refreshing way to make use of this luscious stone fruit. Great for a fresh dessert or breakfast, fresh apricots are grilled in butter, topped with ricotta cheese, drizzled with honey, and sprinkled with cinnamon. Perfectly sweet and balanced, this is a wonderful dish you’ll want to make all summer long.
This rice dish is a flavorful journey in culinary prowess. Dried apricots, basmati rice, almonds, and caramelized onions are the forward notes of flavor in this masterpiece of appetizing fare. Fresh herbs and seasonings balance it out for a well-rounded inviting dish.
Fresh fruit ice cream is a summertime treat everyone loves. It’s easier to make at home than most people realize. It’s a simple recipe with the apricot leading the way in flavor. Gorgeous fresh apricot chunks in every bite, it’s light, refreshing, and oh-so-good!
These burgers whip up in a snap. In 30 minutes, you’ve got an exciting alternative to regular old burgers. With only five ingredients, it’s super simple to make and yields elevated, tasteful burgers. Dried apricots are mixed in with ground pork and seasonings creating a juicy, flavorful, and texture-pleasing burger.
35. Apricot Chutney
Apricot chutney is a sweet and spicy blend of this delicious stone fruit and spices. It easily cooks on your stovetop and is great to have on hand to use in a variety of recipes. It’s a great way to use up your fresh apricots. This chutney is packed full of wondrous flavors you’ll want to eat straight out of the jar!
More recipe ideas
35 Apricot Recipes
- 6 small fresh apricots
- 12 blackberries
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Cut apricots in half. Carefully remove the pit.
- Place blackberries in a bowl. Drizzle with honey to coat the berries.
- Place blackberry in the center of an apricot half. Serve immediately.