Easy grilled pineapple piled on a white serving plate

Easy Grilled Pineapple

0 comments This post may contain affiliate links. We may earn money from the companies mentioned in this post.

This Easy Grilled Pineapple recipe is made with fresh pineapple slices coated with a brown sugar glaze and grilled to perfection. It’s the perfect easy side dish or dessert recipe that can be whipped up and thrown on the grill in no time.

close up photo of grilled pineapple wedge

We love grilling season around here, and love to come up with new recipes to cook in the backyard. Grilled pineapple is one of our favorite side dishes, and well as an easy dessert recipe. Serve grilled pineapple as a snack, along side of our most popular Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl, or serve warm with a scoop of vanilla on top. Either way you cannot go wrong.

Grilled Pineapple Ingredients

  • Pineapple: Fresh pineapple is best, but if your short on time you can buy pre-cut pineapple in the produce isle or you can use canned pineapple slices if your in a pinch.
  • Butter: I like to use unsalted butter when I’m cooking. It allows me to control the salt content in recipes.
  • Brown Sugar: Brown sugar give the pineapple a nice carnalized glaze and the flavor is delicious. Honey or maple syrup are both great substitutes for brown sugar.
  • Cinnamon: Cinnamon adds a nice flavor to the glaze.

How to make the best grilled pineapple

  • Preheat grill, grill pan, or George Forman grill to medium heat and spray with non stick cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon until well combined, and set aside.
  • Peel, core, and cut pineapple into slices or wedges and brush both sides with brown sugar glaze.
  • Place pineapple slices on preheated grill in a single layer and cook for 2-3 minutes per side or until golden brown and pineapple becomes tender.
  • Serve immediately. Enjoy!
grilled pineapple piled on a serving plate with a pineapple in the background

How to choose a pineapple

  • Check the color: look for pineapples that have vibrant and healthy green leaves, which are considered a sign of freshness. Ideally, the exterior should have a greenish-yellow hue, which can indicate that it’s fully ripe. This is because pineapples slowly change from green to yellow as they ripen, and they stop ripening after being picked. However, green pineapples may be ripe in some cases, which is why it’s important to consider other factors beyond color when choosing your pineapple.
  • Squeeze it: Much like other fruits, the texture of your pineapple can be a giveaway to help determine whether it’s fully ripe. A ripe pineapple should have a firm shell but be slightly soft with a bit of give when you squeeze it. Pineapples that are completely solid or hard when squeezed are unlikely to be fully ripe.
  • Smell it: One of the best ways to tell if a pineapple is ripe and ready to enjoy is by smelling it. Ripe pineapples typically have a sweet smell at the bottom, right near the base of the fruit. If a pineapple doesn’t have any odor, it may mean that it’s not completely ripe.

How to cut a pineapple for grilling

I prefer to grill fresh pineapple wedges. To make the perfect wedges, cut both ends of the pineapple off using a sharp knife. Run the knife along the outside of the pineapple to peel off the tough outer skin. Cut the pineapple in half, and cut each half again, creating 4 pieces. Remove the core from each pineapple quarter, and cut each quarter into 3-4 slices.

Grilled pineapple variations

  • Add a little squeeze of lemon, lime, or orange juice for citrusy flavor.
  • Turn your pineapple into a tropical fruit by brushing pineapple with rum before placing on the grill.
  • Grilled pineapple tastes delicious with a sprinkle of fresh mint before serving.
  • To make this recipe savory, add a little chili powder or hot sauce to the brown sugar glaze.
  • Instead of brown sugar try adding maple syrup, honey, or coconut sugar.
grilled pineapple wedge sitting on top of other grilled pineapple

How to store leftover pineapple

If you happen to have leftover grilled pineapple place in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. To re-heat place in the microwave for 30 seconds, or place in a skillet over medium heat until warm throughout.

Other favorite recipes

Easy grilled pineapple piled on a white serving plate

Easy Grilled Pineapple

April King
This Easy Grilled Pineapple recipe is made with fresh pineapple slices coated with a brown sugar glaze and grilled to perfection. It's the perfect easy side dish or dessert recipe that can be whipped up and thrown on the grill in no time.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 166 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pineapple peeled, cored, and cut into wedges
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Preheat grill, grill pan, or George Forman grill to medium heat and spray with non stick cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon until well combined, and set aside.
  • Peel, core, and cut pineapple into slices or wedges and brush both sides with brown sugar glaze.
  • Place pineapple slices on preheated grill in a single layer and cook for 2-3 minutes per side or until golden brown and pineapple becomes tender.
  • Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Video

Notes

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on Modernmealmakeover.com should only be used as a general guideline.

Nutrition

Calories: 166kcalCarbohydrates: 26.1gProtein: 0.8gFat: 7.5gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 3.3mgPotassium: 176.3mgFiber: 2.3gSugar: 20.7gVitamin A: 20.5IUVitamin C: 72.1mgCalcium: 11.4mgIron: 2.6mg
Keyword grilled pineapple
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Have you tried this recipe?

RATE and COMMENT below! I would love to hear your experience. Getting feedback from you helps me and other readers too!

Also, if you share on INSTAGRAM, use the hashtag #modernmealmakeover and tag me (@modernmealmakeover) so we can stop by and give your post some love. Thank you!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

Recipe Rating