15+ Apricot Recipes to Make This Summer
Juicy, ripe apricots are the ideal summer fruit. Whether they're used to make showstopping desserts (like these adorable Strawberry-Apricot Hand Pies and this stunning White Chocolate, Pistachio, and Apricot Bark), a meat glaze (we can't get enough of this Honey-Apricot-Glazed Chicken), or just to top toast (we're looking at you, Apricot-Hazelnut Toast), apricots are an easy way to fancify even your most basic kitchen creations. Our collection of amazing apricot recipes will get you through the season.
Strawberry-Apricot Hand Pies
Apricots bring out the tangy side of strawberries in the jammy filling for these flaky hand pies. Can’t find fresh apricots? Our Test Kitchen also used dried apricots with delicious results.
Seared Halloumi with Cucumbers, Apricots, and Honey
The key to this multi-textured meze plate is halloumi, a salty Cyprus grilling cheese, that works wonderfully with ripe figs, summer melon, and all manner of stone fruits.
Apricot-Sage Chicken with Carrots
Dinner doesn't get much easier than this eight-ingredient, one-pan dish. The secret is jarred apricot preserves; much more than a spread for toast, it balances the earthy sage and pungent mustard in the pan sauce and gives everything a glossy coat. You can also thin the preserves in a small saucepan over medium heat and brush over roasted pork tenderloin, salmon fillets, or a rustic apple tart. A little butter stirred in at the end adds body to the sauce.
Lamb, Barley, and Apricot Tagine
Here, whole-grain hulled barley works perfectly, cooking to a pleasantly firm, chewy texture after eight hours. Pearled barley, however, would not fare so well, bloating to a mushy, unappealing texture.
Take a Basic Granola recipe and replace 1 cup almonds with 1 cup chopped hazelnuts. Add 2 tsp. vanilla. Add 3/4 cup chopped dried apricots.
Habanero-Apricot Chicken Sandwiches
Habaneros contain more capsaicin (the compound that contributes spicy heat) than jalapeños, but removing the seeds and membranes lessens that heat considerably.
This saucy slow cooker chicken lives at the flavorful intersection where sweet and savory meet. Never cooked with apricot brandy? It lends a unique fruity richness to this dish and can be found in most liquor stores shelved with flavored other liqueurs.
Apricot and Walnut Rugelach
It's not a proper celebration of the festival of lights without a batch of rugelach. This classic Jewish cookie which is typically served during Hanukkah is an absolute must when it comes to holiday baking. Made with a super straightforward, 4-ingredient dough in the food processor, this pastry is far from intimidating. In this variation, we used our favorite apricot jam along with some hearty walnuts for the perfect fruit and nut dessert. If you don't have apricots or walnuts, any fruit and nut combination will do.
White Chocolate, Pistachio, and Apricot Bark
Brightly colored fruit and nuts decorate this festive version of holiday bark. Making bark is easy--just melt chocolate, spread it out, and add your favorite toppings. We added one important step, though: tempering the chocolate (carefully melting and cooling it to specific temperatures while adding large chunks of unmelted chocolate) so the bark stays shiny and snappy. For other flavor options, try Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark or Nutella Bark.
Bake a batch of these cute fruit-filled buttons to add a little variety to your cookie tray.
Cranberry and Blenheim Apricot Sauce
There will be nothing easier to make on your Thanksgiving menu than homemade cranberry sauce. Keep it simple and very basic or spice it up with dried fruit, juice, citrus zest, and/or spices.
Apricot and Pluot Mosaic Cake
Baking this buttery cake in a big, shallow tart pan ensures that the cake doesn't get soggy, even as the fruit slices remain juicy. For the best texture, make and serve it on the same day.
Apricot-Mustard Glazed Pork Tenderloin
This company-worthy dish turns fresh apricots into a deliciously herby, tangy-sweet sauce and glaze for meaty pork tenderloin. When apricots are not in season, you can make the sauce with plums, which are often available year-round.
Grilled Chicken Sliders and Apricot Chutney Spread
Mini sliders are a fun weeknight meal the whole family is sure to love. Dijon mustard gives the apricot chutney the perfect amount of peppery tang to complement the grilled chicken.
Grilled Salmon with Apricot-Mustard Glaze
Friends and family will beg for the recipe when you serve this sophisticated take on salmon. Brush the fruit reduction on the fish at the last minute to prevent sugars from burning on the grill.
This healthy toast packs tangy goat cheese, savory thyme, and sweet apricot preserves. It's the perfect meal for someone looking for a variation on typical breakfast dishes. Best of all, you can assemble it in just a few minutes!