Fresh Grilled Pineapple: Your New Favorite Summer Side Dish!

8 servings
9 min

Summer just got more delicious with this easy side dish! Fresh, grilled pineapple is easy to make and does double-duty as a healthy dessert.


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Wanna know why I could never follow a strict keto or low carb diet? Fruit!

I love fruit, and it’s filled with so many nutrients. It’s one of the reasons I was drawn to the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating: fruit isn’t off-limits.


Fresh pineapple is definitely one of my favorites. It’s so much better than canned. I found something that takes pineapple to a whole new level…


The grill!

Cooking pineapple on the grill caramelizes the natural sugars in the fruit and adds a nice smokey flavor too.

Sometimes I like sprinkling a little golden monk fruit onto the fruit at the end of the grilling.

A sprinkle of ground cinnamon is another way to add a little something special.


A good pineapple has healthy green leaves, a yellow-green color, is firm with a little give, and has a sweet pineapple aroma at its base.


How to Prepare a Fresh Pineapple

If you’ve never cut up a fresh pineapple before, don’t be intimidated!

It’s so easy to do and takes less than five minutes.

You can follow along in the video below:

  1. Start by cutting off the top and the bottom, no more than an inch of the fruit.
  2. Set the pineapple on its base, then slice away the skin, following the curve of the fruit. Cut deep enough to remove the brown eyes.
  3. Turn the peeled pineapple on its side and slice the fruit into 1/2-inch rings.
  4. Use an apple corer to remove the core from the center.
  5. You can cut the rings into chunks if you prefer, but leave them in rings for grilling.


Tips for Grilling Pineapple

Grill your pineapple over medium-high heat, between 350 – 450 degrees F.

I like to grill pineapple rings immediately after grilling meat, I feel like it adds a little extra flavor. There’s also no need to oil the grates before grilling this way. You will want to lightly oil the grates if the pineapple is the first thing you’re grilling. Place the pineapple rings directly on the grill for about 3 minutes.

Turn the pineapple slices and continue grilling for another 2-3 minutes. Don’t they look amazing? They smell delicious too!

If desired, sprinkle each slice with about a teaspoon of golden monk fruit. You can use brown sugar if you aren’t on a low glycemic lifestyle.

Let it caramelize for another minute or so. That’s it! Your grilled pineapple is ready to enjoy.


For extra flavor, consider a sprinkle of cinnamon too!

You can serve grilled pineapple as a side dish, but it's so sweet, you could even serve it as a healthy dessert. Serve it as is, or try topping it with some ice cream.


Fresh Grilled Pineapple: Your New Favorite Summer Side Dish!
Recipe details
  • 8  servings
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 4 Minutes Total time: 9 min
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Ingredients

  • 1 ripe, fresh pineapple
  • 2 Tbsp golden monkfruit sweetener* (optional)
  • ground cinnamon (optional)
Instructions

Start by cutting off the top and the bottom, no more than an inch of the fruit.
Set the pineapple on its base, then slice away the skin, following the curve of the fruit. Cut deep enough to remove the brown eyes.
Turn the peeled pineapple on its side and slice the fruit into 1/2-inch rings.
Use an apple corer to remove the core from the center.
Heat the grill to medium-high heat, between 350 – 450 degrees F.
Lightly oil the grate and place the pineapple rings on the grill.
Grill for about 3 minutes on each side, until the fruit is softened and lightly caramelized.
If desired, sprinkle each ring with about 1 teaspoon of golden monk fruit and/or ground cinnamon and continue grilling for 1 more minute.
Tips
  • *Use brown sugar if you aren't following a low-glycemic diet
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