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Grilled nectarines with coconut tapioca

A light and easy dessert that sings with the stonefruit of summer.

By Lisa Featherby
  • Serves 4 - 6
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  • 370 gm (2 cups) tapioca pearls
  • 650 ml coconut milk
  • 45 gm light palm sugar, crushed, plus extra to serve
  • 4 nectarines, halved and stones removed
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • For brushing: olive oil
  • To serve: coconut chips


  • 1
    Bring a saucepan of water to the boil. Add tapioca and stir until water returns to the boil, then continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until pearls are translucent (10-15 minutes). Drain in a fine sieve and rinse under cold running water, then drain well and place in a bowl. Add coconut milk, sugar and 1 tsp sea salt flakes and stir to combine. Refrigerate until required (see note).
  • 2
    Meanwhile, heat a barbecue to high heat. Brush nectarines with olive oil, then grill cut-side down, resisting the urge to lift too early, until golden-brown (1-2 minutes), then turn and cook until warmed through (1-2 minutes). Transfer to a plate. Sprinkle with lime juice and palm sugar and serve with coconut tapioca and coconut chips.


Tapioca is rich in starch, so it will continue to thicken and set; if it becomes too thick, stir in a little extra coconut milk to loosen.