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Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly

Elevate your childhood favorite with this deliciously gooey grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwich!

Crispy, golden-brown bread hugs melty peanut butter and warm, oozing jelly for the ultimate comfort food. Plus, it’s so quick and easy to make. I like serving it with a big glass of cold milk!

Peanut butter and jelly sandwich stack and cut in half.
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Try it with your favorite jelly flavor, or mix it up with crunchy peanut butter, almond butter, or Nutella.

Once you try a PB&J warm off the griddle, you may never go back to the standard sandwich again!

Why You’ll Love This Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly

Quick & Easy: It takes less than 10 minutes. Plus, there are only four ingredients. It’s perfect for busy days when you need something fast but satisfying.

Irresistible Taste: Warm, melty peanut butter meets sweet, gooey jelly and buttery, toasted bread. The result is out of this world. 

Nostalgic Twist: This simple recipe elevates a childhood fave to something extraordinary. Every bite is like a warm, cozy trip down memory lane.

Slices of bread with bottles of peanut butter and jelly in a wooden cutting board.

Ingredients

  • Slices of Bread: Choose your favorite. It’ll soak up all the delicious flavor from the filling ingredients. 
  • Creamy Peanut Butter: Normally, I’m a crunchy peanut butter kind of person. However, this recipe works best with creamy. It’s delightfully smooth and satisfying. 
  • Strawberry Jam: Or whatever flavor you like best. You can also use jelly or preserves if you prefer. 
  • Butter: For giving the bread its crispy, golden-brown exterior. Not to mention a rich, buttery flavor.
Slices of bread with peanut butter and jelly filling.

How to Make a Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly

Following the steps for this recipe is just as simple as sourcing the ingredients. 

1. Preheat the griddle. Preheat a griddle to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Or heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat until warm. 

2. Assemble the sandwiches. Spread a tablespoon of peanut butter on one side of each of two slices of bread. Then, spread a tablespoon of jelly over the peanut butter. Close the sandwiches with the remaining slices of bread. 

3. Butter the bread. Spread 1/2 tablespoon of butter on the outside of each slice of bread. 

4. Cook. Place the sandwiches on the griddle or skillet. Cook for 2 to 4 minutes on each side until golden brown and crispy. 

5. Cool and serve. Remove the sandwiches from heat and let them cool for 1 to 2 minutes. Then, cut them in half and serve immediately. Enjoy! 

Sandwich with peanut butter and jelly filling in a plate.

Tips for the Best Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly

This recipe is super simple, but these tips make it truly stand out.

  • Select soft bread. You can use whatever flavor you like best. However, the softer the bread is, the better it will grill. 
  • Go easy on the jelly. About a tablespoon (or even a little less) on each sandwich is perfect. If you add too much, it’ll spill out of the sides and will be HOT!
  • Give it a good press. While grilling the sandwich, gently press on it with a metal spatula. This will help the peanut butter and jelly meld together. 
  • Let it cool! Hot jelly is like molten lava. Be sure to let the sandwich cool for at least 1 to 2 minutes before biting into it. Otherwise, you may get more heat than you bargained for. 
  • Grill in bulk. If you want, you can make a TON of these sandwiches at the same time. (Or, at least, one right after the other.) Then, simply let them cool and freeze them individually for later. They’re very similar to Uncrustables.
  • Add more texture. If you prefer texture, use crunchy peanut butter. You can also add sliced bananas, bacon, chopped nuts, and more. 
  • Vary the jam. Strawberry is my favorite. But if you’re a grape person, that’s fine, too! You can also experiment with any other type of jelly. I’ll bet blackberry jam and Christmas jam would both work nicely.

Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly

Course: Main CourseCuisine: American
Servings

2

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

8

minutes
Calories

490

kcal

Try this grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwich for a fun take on a classic! It’s crispy, warm, and oozing with peanut butter goodness!

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bread

  • 4 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

  • 2 tablespoons strawberry jam

  • 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature

Instructions

  • Preheat a griddle to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Or heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat until warm.
  • While preheating, assemble the sandwiches. Spread 1 tablespoon of peanut butter on one side of each of two slices of bread. Spread 1 tablespoon of jelly evenly over the peanut butter on those two slices. Place the remaining bread slices on top, peanut butter side down, to form two sandwiches.
  • Spread 1/2 tablespoon of butter on the outside of each sandwich (both top and bottom).
  • Place the sandwiches on the preheated griddle or skillet. Cook for 2 to 4 minutes on each side until the bread is golden brown, and the filling is warm and gooey.
  • Remove the sandwiches from heat and let them cool for 1 to 2 minutes before cutting them in half. Serve immediately for the best melty peanut butter and jelly experience!

Notes

  • This recipe yields two sandwiches. If you only want to make one, cut the ingredients in half.
  • You may substitute almond butter, sunflower seed butter, etc., for the peanut butter.
  • Jam made with whole fruit is more nutritious and flavorful than jelly made from just juice.
  • Use vegan butter if desired to make the sandwiches dairy-free.

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Kim - InsanelyGood
Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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