This Grilled Pineapple is the fruit dessert of summer! Each slice is grilled until the butter and sugar caramelize. Made with just 4 ingredients, this dish is quick and easy to whip up.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
Summer is here and the grill is out! But BBQ is not only for meats and veggies. You can whip up a delicious dessert right on the grill. This Grilled Pineapple is sliced, brushed with sweet butter mixture with cinnamon, and grilled until caramelized. Talk about flavor! Simple, yet fancy, this dessert is a must to make this summer.
Serve it with vanilla ice cream, berries, and mint, or eat it plain, right away. It's a fun way to enjoy this tropical fruit!
If you enjoy desserts with pineapple, you need to try my Coconut Pineapple Cake or my Pineapple Coconut Crumb Bars. They are perfect for summer!
- fresh pineapple - Choose a ripe pineapple for this recipe but not too soft, so it won't fall apart during grilling. The sweeter, the better.
- brown sugar - Caramelizes on the fruit.
- butter - Allows the pineapple to brown nicely. You can use olive oil but butter is better in my opinion.
- cinnamon - An optional but recommended spice. It adds flavor.
How to grill pineapple?
- Start by preparing the fruit: cut off the green top, remove the skin, and slice.
- Mix melted butter with sugar and cinnamon. Stir until sugar dissolves.
- Brush each slice with butter mixture.
- Grill on a hot grill or pan for 2 to 3 minutes, on each side, until golden brown.
How to cut pineapple for grilling?
First, cut off the green top. Next, remove the skin and core (see my note below for a tool recommendation). Then, slice the pineapple into rings, then each ring in half. You can also cut it into spears or just rings. I prefer to cut it into half rings because it's easy to flip them on the grill.
Pineapple tool: Whether you are preparing a pineapple for salad, for grilling, or just to eat fresh, I highly recommend a pineapple corer and slicer tool. You can find a ton on Amazon or any major retailer. It's super helpful and you don't have to deal with the brown dots after cutting off the skin.
What does grilled pineapple taste like?
My first thought was: French toast! That's because of the brown sugar and cinnamon combo. Grilled pineapple is sweet, and juicy and the caramelized bits are my favorite!
Grilled Pineapple variations:
- spicy: add cayenne pepper to the butter mixture,
- healthier: use olive oil and honey instead of butter and brown sugar,
- kebobs: cut pineapple slices into chunks and skewer, then grill,
- citrus: add lime, orange, or lemon zest and juice to the butter mixture, skip the cinnamon; use honey instead of brown sugar,
- boozy: once grilled, drizzle rum over each slice.
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If you like this recipe and make it, let me know in the comments below! Don't forget to rate it if you enjoyed it!
- 1 fresh pineapple
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Start by cutting off the green top. Next, remove skin and core (see my note below for a tool recommendation).
- Slice the pineapple into rings, then each ring in half. You can also cut it into spears or just rings. I prefer to cut it into half rings because it’s easy to flip them on the grill.
- In a medium bowl, melt butter. Add brown sugar and cinnamon. Stir until sugar dissolves.
- Arrange pineapple slices on a plate and brush each one with butter mixture.
- Grill on hot grill or grill pan for 2 to 3 minutes, on each side, until golden brown.
- Serve right away.
- I highly recommend a pineapple corer and slicer tool. You can find a ton on Amazon or any major retailers. It’s super helpful and you don’t have to deal with the brown dots after cutting of the skin.
- Serve it with vanilla ice cream, berries and mint or eat it plain, right away. It’s a fun way to enjoy this tropical fruit!
- Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.
- Total cooking time is an estimate.
Theresa Simoneaux says
Do you think this could be done with canned pineapple rings? I have some in the pantry that I need to use up.
Hi Theresa! I did not test it with canned pineapple, but I think it will work. Just make sure it's not pineapple in syrup but in the juice. Let me know if you try it!
I couldn't believe that I just needed 4 ingredients to make this recipe. It is so easy to make and the result is worth it! My family loved it, we'll definitely be making it again.
Jane Cross says
Grilled pineapple is my favorite! I look forward to it every year!
This is so good! One of my favorite things! I absolutely adore this with a dish of ice cream! Nice and light and not too heavy for a summer dessert! And so EASY!!!