Easy Peach Compote

Easy peach compote recipe makes the perfect topping or filling. This recipe is made in only 15 minutes using four ingredients. Fruity peach compote is the ideal accompaniment to yogurt, oatmeal, french toast, cheesecake, or on top of vanilla ice cream. The options are endless!

A bowl of yogurt topped with compote.

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What is Compote?

Compote is stewed fruit made into a sweet, chunky sauce; it is that simple. I think compote makes ordinary occasions feel like special occasions. But the secret is that fruit compote is a simple recipe.

When making the compote, you can use a little water to make it thicker or more water to make more of a sauce. Also, you can leave large chunks of fruit in the cause or mash the fruit into smaller pieces. Compote is very adaptable to personal preference.

Compote on a spoon being held close the the camera lens.

Fall Fresh Peach Obsession

Every fall, I go to the farmers’ market and can’t resist all the fresh juicy peaches. I bought an entire box for my husband and me. However, there are always more peaches than I can eat. Enter this simple, easy peach compote recipe.

Last year, I made peach cobbler pound cake and topped it with peach compote. It was amazing!

What Type of Peach Should I Use?

Any peach can be used with this recipe. Fresh peaches are nice because the flavor is at its prime, and they are juicy. On the other hand, frozen peaches are nice because they are already peeled, sliced, and ready to go. No defrosting is necessary! You can also use canned or fresh peaches. Here is what you need to know for each:

  • Canned peaches: Drain all the liquid and follow the recipe as normal.
  • Fresh peaches: Fresh peaches are my preferred when they are in season. Peeling is optional. If you are pealing, do that first. Then, remove the pit and cut the peach into long slices. From there, the process is the same.


A picture of ingredients used in this recipe.
Recipe Ingredients – Peaches, Lemon, Sugar, and Water

Pairing Ideas

Compote is perfect as a topping or a filling. Some of my favorite uses include:

  • Cake
  • Cheesecake
  • Cream cheese
  • Grilled cheese
  • Ice cream/Nice cream
A bowl of yogurt topped with compote, sliced peaches, granola.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Compote The Same As Jam?

They are very similar; in fact, I would say close cousins. Compote is a simple fruit sauce with chunks of fruit in the sauce. On the other hand, Jam is cooked down into a spreadable form.

What Is Another Word For Compote?

Fruit preserve or stewed fruit.

How Do I Thicken My Compote?

Cornstarch is the perfect thickener. In a separate bowl, mix equal parts cornstarch and water. Then, stir into the compote. I would start with a tablespoon or less, as a little cornstarch goes a long way.

What is the Best Way to Store Compote?

Refrigerator – Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
Frozen – Fully cool, then place in an airtight container or freezer storage bag for up to three months.

A bowl of yogurt topped with compote.

Easy Peach Compote

This easy peach compote recipe makes the perfect topping or filling. This recipe is made in only 15 minutes and needs four ingredients. Enjoy peach compote mixed into yogurt, oatmeal, or on top of cheesecakes. The options are endless!
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan
Servings: 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 1 pound peaches – fresh, frozen, or canned (454g)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or other sweetener (24g)
  • ½ tablespoon lemon (7g)
  • 2 tablespoon water (30ml)


  • Fruit Prep: If needed, peel and cut the peaches into small chunks (fresh) or drain any juice (canned)
  • Cook: In a medium saucepan, combine peaches, sweetener of choice, lemon, and water. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Canned or fresh peaches will boil in about 5 minutes/frozen peaches in about 10 minutes.
    Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium and simmer. Using a masher or fork, mash the peaches to the desired consistency. Continue simmering until the compote has condensed to about half the size. Stir often. This step typically takes between 5 – 10 minutes.
  • Cool: Remove from heat and taste test. Add more sugar if you prefer a sweeter compote. Cool for a couple of minutes before serving.


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  • If you prefer a thicker compote, mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of water.  Once thoroughly mixed and the cornstarch is dissolved, mix into the compote. 
How to store
  • Refrigerator – Store in an air-tight container for up to two weeks. Mason jars make great storage. I recommend using reusable lids with mason jars. If you do not have any, you can get there here.
  • Frozen – Fully cool, then place in an air-tight container or freezer storage bag for up to three months.
  • Canned – Compote does not can well and I do not recommend canning.
Did you make this recipe?  Please let me know how it turned out in the comments. 


Nutrition Facts
Easy Peach Compote
Amount per Serving
Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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