How to Grill Pineapple to Perfection
Summer's favorite fruit for grilling.
Grilled pineapple is what you get when summer's favorite fruit meets summer's favorite activity. Grilling can bring out the flavor in even slightly underripe pineapples, making it my favorite way to enjoy this flavorful fruit.
There are countless ways to eat grilled pineapple: enjoy it as a snack, dessert, side dish, pizza topping, on a burger or pork chop, or any other way you can think of. The best part is: it's so easy. Read on to learn how to grill pineapple.
How to Grill Pineapple
All that's required to make basic grilled pineapple is some sliced fresh pineapple and oil. Of course, sugar and glazes can always be added to make this fresh summer fruit into the perfect dessert. But let's start with the basics first:
- Choose Your Pineapple: Fresh pineapple is best for grilling since canned pineapple is often too wet. The juicy and tart flavor of fresh pineapple combined with the crispy grill marks will make for the perfect summer side, snack, or dessert!
- Get to Slicin': As with other types of fruit, it's best to grill pineapple in larger chunks. Smaller chunks (or overly ripe chunks) may be at risk of falling apart on the grill. Try different shapes like wedges, rings, or slices. Watch to learn how to cut fresh pineapple:
- Oil Your Pineapples: Lightly apply olive oil to your pineapple chunks before placing them on the grill. This will keep them from getting stuck to the grate. Not to mention it makes for beautiful caramelized grill marks.
- Get to Grillin': Grill your pineapple over medium-high heat for a few minutes on each side, turning occasionally. Once you see the grill marks on your pineapple—you've done it! You can also test doneness by inserting a paring knife into the center of the pineapple piece—if it's easy to cut into, it's done.
- Try a Glaze: If you want to add more flavor, now's the time to do it. Try brushing your pineapple with a glaze and grill for a minute or two longer to allow it to set. Or just sprinkle with sugar or honey! It's that easy.
Now that you know the basics of grilling pineapple, it's time for the real fun! Grilled pineapple can be paired with meat for a sweet and savory dinner, sweetened with brown sugar and honey for a delectable dessert, or simply left as is for a summery snack. Read on for 6 of our best grilled pineapple recipes that will leave you feeling inspired next time you hit the grill:
6 Top-Rated Grilled Pineapple Recipes
"This is my favorite salsa to go with summer grilling! Have served this for guests and family and everyone loves it! Serve with grilled chicken breast, fish, or pork," says recipe submitter Elaine. It's also great topped on tacos or salad!
Reviewer kdsaunders says, "I was looking for a different way to fix pork chops on the grill and tried this recipe. This is a definite 5 star!" This recipe makes for a meal that can be made entirely on the grill. Recipe submitter jhopkins recommends serving it with a baked potato or wild rice.
Recipe submitter Michael Fischer recommends serving this sweet grilled pineapple dish with a scoop of ice cream on top! Learn how to make this sticky-sweet, rum-glazed dish:
Recipe submitter GREEGI says, "These are SO easy and really good. The hot sauce gives it an extra kick and cuts the sweetness. They can help with patience while the rest of the grilled feast comes together, but be warned, they go quickly!" This simple recipe is ready in 15 minutes!
If you're looking for a simple summer kabob—look no further. This top-rated recipe just requires a few ingredients. "I made this for guests and it was fabulous. My husband who doesn't care for chicken went nuts for it. I made extra sauce due to preference," says reviewer q.
This is a fun and unique way to show off your grilling skills this summer. Recipe submitter Matt Wencl says, "Grilling the citrus for this mai tai brings the natural flavors to the front, making this one cocktail that goes down deliciously easy. Grill up an entire pineapple and a few more limes to make easy beach cocktails for a crowd. Garnish with grilled orange wheels and Bing cherries."
Related: Browse our entire collection of Pineapple Recipes.