Grilled Pineapple

4 servings
10 min

After using grilled pineapple in a few recipes here, I realized that it deserves its own post. What a surprising taste! You have to try it.

Don’t get me wrong. Mother nature’s fresh pineapple,with its sweet-but-tart taste, is a taste miracle, so to speak. If paradise had a taste, for sure, it would be pineapple. But grilling the fruit transforms it. At first you might be skeptical, but give it a try. It’s heavenly!

How to grill pineappleGrilling pineapple is pretty darn simple. No marinade, no special prep involved. If starting with canned pineapple slices, here are the steps:

  • Drain pineapple slices
  • Place directly on hot grill
  • Cook each side 3-4 minutes with grill closed

Can I grill fresh pineapple?

Even better! The only additional prep is peeling and slicing the pineapple. I prefer long spears of pineapple instead of circles. so cut the fresh pineapple lengthwise. If you can buy fresh pineapple peeled and cored it obviously saves a lot of time. The ultimate convenience is finding pineapple already cut into spears.

The grilling process is the same – about 3 to 4 minutes each side, until the grill marks appear.

What makes grilled pineapple so good?

Pineapple is so sweet – the juice is irresistible! When those slices or spears come in contact with the hot grill, the sugars in the juice caramelize. It produces a sweetness with more depth than raw pineapple delivers on its own. Give it a try, you won’t believe the difference!

This makes a perfect sweet summer side dish to accompany all your grilling favorites! Chicken on a stick anyone? Grilled pork tenderloin? Chicken legs on the grill? It all works!

FAQ/Additional Information

Can I use a marinade before I grill pineapple?

I feel that pineapple alone is enough. The grilled taste is incredible. However, I know that some like to enhance that sweet flavor. For you, here are a few ideas:

- Honey, melted butter and a dash of hot sauce

- Melted butter, brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon

- Brown sugar and lime juice

- Brown sugar and sea salt

Can I grill pineapple on the stove?

The best way to emulate an outdoor grill is with a cast iron pan. Heat the pan to a medium-high temperature and add a little oil to prevent sticking. Then, heat for 3-4 minutes per side, just as you would for a charcoal grill. Keep a close eye on the pineapple to prevent burning.

Now that you are hooked on pineapple, here are a few more grilled side dishes to try:

  • Grilled beets
  • Grilled zucchini
  • Asparagus - also grilled!

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Recipe details
  • 4  servings
  • Prep time: 2 Minutes Cook time: 8 Minutes Total time: 10 min
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  • 1 can pineapple slices in juice, drained
  • or 1 Fresh pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into spears

Place pineapple slices or spears directly on hot grill grates (oil grates lightly if they are dry). Close grill and cook 3-4 minutes per side until grill marks appear.
Enjoy with any other grilled food.
Sula **
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