One of the most delicious flavors on the planet is freshly grilled, juicy pineapple sprinkled with cinnamon. If you don’t believe it, you haven’t tried it! While it’s tough to top a freshly sliced pineapple in the flavor department, throwing it on the grill is a flavor-enhancing game-changer. Ready to give it a whirl? Here’s what you need to know.
Pineapple is one of the easiest fruits to grill. It doesn’t fall apart easily, cooks quickly, and tastes wonderful with absolutely no help. Of course, you can add some seasonings or glazes if you want to, but let’s start with the basics.
- Choose a fresh pineapple. This might seem obvious, but choosing the right fruit makes all the difference in how the finished product will taste. Smell the pineapple as you’re shopping. A ripe one will have a noticeably sweet scent.
- Remove the outer peel and core. Slice into rings or strips. Brush each piece with oil or butter to prevent sticking.
- Heat grill to medium-high.
- Place pineapple pieces on the grill plate and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until grill marks appear. You’ll notice a lovely caramelizing of the fruit as it gets hot. This is what makes it so delicious!
Making Grilled Pineapple Even Better
There are several ways you can dress up your grilled pineapple to create a truly unforgettable dish. Here are a few favorites:
- Brown Sugar and Cinnamon–Make a brown sugar and cinnamon mixture and coat each pineapple piece before grilling. Be sure to oil the grill plate before grilling.
- Honey and Citrus Glaze–Create a glaze using 1 part lemon or lime juice to 3 parts honey. Add a dash of black pepper for a spicy flavor. Brush glaze over each pineapple slice before grilling.
- Spicy Honey Marinade–Marinate pineapple pieces in honey, melted butter, and a dash of hot pepper sauce. Place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
Serve grilled pineapple as an appetizer, a side dish, or a dessert. It pairs especially well with fish, but also makes a great complement to pork, chicken, and beef. You can add it to salads, dice it up for salsa, or even put it on a hamburger. Preparing the pineapple with a sweet glaze makes it a delicious dessert option served alone or with vanilla ice cream.
No matter which way you slice it, grilled pineapple will soon become a family favorite and a frequent request at all your backyard barbecue events.