22 Best Savory Main Dish Recipes Starring Sweet Pineapple
There are two types of people in this world: Those who crave Hawaiian pizza, and those who think it's garbage. If pizza that pairs pineapple with ham just isn't your jam, I'm afraid you've landed on the wrong side of the Internet. Because what we have here is a private, pro-pineapple safe space, reserved for praising pineapple's propensity to pair perfectly with all manor of savory dishes. Read on to discover some of our favorite main dish recipes that feature plenty of sweet, juicy pineapple.
But first, for those staring down a fresh whole pineapple -- all that sweet fruit locked up behind a treacherous rind -- here's how to liberate the tropical treasure contained within: how to cut a fresh pineapple.
Easy Pineapple Chicken
"An easy weeknight dinner, this quick chicken stir-fry with pineapple is as delicious as it is colorful!" says Natasha. "Serve with rice for a complete meal, or fried rice for a treat. Add red chile flakes to the mix if you want something sweet and spicy!"
These Hawaiian-style beef meatballs simmer in a tangy, sweet and sour pineapple sauce. Serve over white or brown rice. Any leftover meatballs would not be half bad sliced over a pizza with a little pineapple. Just saying.
Hot Dogs with Pineapple Bacon Chipotle Slaw
These dogs have it all -- sweet, smoky, cool, and crunchy. Culinary Envy says, "Grilled hot dogs with pineapple-bacon-chipotle slaw are the perfect summer holiday meal! Other optional toppings: sliced red onion, red peppers, and yellow peppers."
Pineapple Jalapeño Pizza
"Tropical goodness with a kick!" says Catherella1. "A perfect balance of sweet, savory, and spicy in every bite! A great party pleaser or a quick and easy meal for those hectic days!"
Grilled Pineapple Salsa
"Really great on grilled chicken and fish," says LAURA*P. "It was also good on tacos and salad. I ate it with chips, too. All around good with a nice kick from the jalapeño."
Pork & Pineapple Stir-Fry
A simple, quick stir-fry. "Wonderful. It came out perfect," says Amanda McDonald. "The plum sauce was excellent touch and it brought out the flavors so well."
Chicken Tacos with Pineapple Salsa
Bren says, "These chicken tacos with homemade pineapple salsa are quickly assembled once you've marinated the chicken. The actual grill time is only about 6 minutes."
Pineapple Salsa Chicken
Flavorful grilled chicken breasts are topped with a colorful, sweet-and-spicy pineapple salsa. "The dish is mildly spicy," says France C. "However you can adjust the amount of jalapeno to suit your tastes."
Grilled Teriyaki Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers
France C says, "These savory-sweet shrimp skewers are easy to make and cook in just a few minutes. They are perfect for summer weeknights or weekend dinner parties. Prep the sauce ahead of time for an even faster dinner."
Sweet Onion and Pineapple Chicken Teriyaki
"This recipe combines the flavors of teriyaki sauce, pineapple, sweet onion, red pepper, cashews, and a little garlic with tender chicken and swiss cheese (it's a wonderful addition!)," says MELANKAY. "It is easy to prepare; just requires a little simmer-time. Serve over your favorite rice."
Pineapple Grilled Pork Chops
Marinate pork chops overnight in an Asian-inspired marinade of pineapple juice, brown sugar, and soy sauce, then grill your chops and serve with grilled pineapple slices. "These are a delightful and quick meal for the grill," says jhopkins. "I usually serve with a baked potato, but my daughter loves them with wild rice."
Pineapple Pulled Pork Al Pastor
"There's nothing like a juicy pulled pork sandwich, especially one inspired by a famous taco," says Chef John. "Slather the meat with the grilled pineapple salsa for the full 'al pastor' experience."
Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Kielbasa with Pineapple
Kielbasa sausages, pineapple, and a simple sweet-and-sour sauce. "This is an easy slow cooker recipe that is great to set and forget about until you're ready to eat," says damatto,
Ham with Pineapple
And last but obviously not least on our list, pineapple and baked ham. NODIETSFORME says, "A classic baked ham with a simple but tasty sweet brown sugar and pineapple glaze. This main dish will receive applause for its beautiful presentation as well as the irresistible flavor. You will definitely want to have some leftovers!"
Sheet Pan Sweet and Sour Chicken
"Inspired by the flavors of our favorite Asian takeout, here's a recipe that uses canned pineapple tidbits, with the usual veggies," says Bibi, who submitted the recipe. "In order to make it sheet-pan friendly, the chicken is not breaded or fried. Add as much of the delicious sauce as you like, and if there is any left, store the sauce in the fridge in a sealed container, up to one week. It's also a great dipping sauce for Asian-style appetizers. Serve over hot steamed rice."
Spicy Hawaiian Slow Cooker Chicken Bulgogi
"Super easy and great for those who like it simultaneously spicy, sweet, and aromatic," says Marquis Mark. "Beautiful orange color. Serve with steamed rice and garnish with fresh cilantro and/or sesame seeds."
Mini Naan Hawaiian Pizza
Dinner's ready in about 20 minutes! Deli ham and crispy bacon combine with pineapple tidbits, slices of red onion, and mozzarella cheese on naan bread slathered with pizza sauce. Great for dinner, a quick lunch, or as a party appetizer. This Hawaiian pizza with sweet, juicy pineapple and ham is "really good, and quick and easy!" says lutzflcat.
Indian Curried Chicken Thighs
These delicious curried chicken thighs feature chickpeas, pineapple, peas, coconut milk, Greek yogurt, and Indian spices. Enjoy with warm naan and jasmine or basmati rice. "This was one of the best curry recipes I made!" raves Kathi. "The family loved it and I wouldn't change a thing."
Botack's Fall-Off-the-Bone Pineapple Baked Rack of Ribs
With these baked rack of ribs, cayenne pepper and crushed pineapple build sweet-and-spicy flavors. "See for yourself! You can make your own dipping sauce, use your favorite barbeque sauce, or just eat them as-is," says Botack, the recipe submitter. "You're probably going to want to double the recipe."
Grilled Pork Burgers with Pineapple Salsa
Here's one to add to your summer grilling rotation. "Slightly spicy grilled pork burgers are topped with a sweet and zesty pineapple salsa," says waterlily78.
Grilled Orange Chicken Thigh Skewers with Pineapple and Vegetables
These colorful skewers feature chicken, bell pepper, pineapple, and onion. "Orange juice lights up the marinade with bright flavor, for boneless, skinless chicken thigh skewers that you grill, outside," says Bibi. "Each skewer is filled with colorful, healthy veggies and the added bonus of fresh pineapple. Serve over your favorite rice, and add a green vegetable or salad."
Russian Chicken and Pineapple Salad
This chicken salad features pineapple slices, Cheddar, walnuts, sour cream, mayo, and cubes of smoked chicken breast. "This popular Russian salad is often served for special occasions," says Olechka_Cavalenco, the recipe submitter. "I like to garnish the salad with pineapple rings, but you can use any kind of canned pineapple.