This grilled pineapple is fresh fruit pineapple rings cooked to perfection on the grill, then dusted with brown sugar and cinnamon. Served with vanilla ice cream and toasted coconut, it’s such an easy and light summer dessert!
Grilled pineapple in the summer is such a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth, without laboring over a cake or having to use the oven for an hour. This grilled pineapple recipe is ridiculously easy, light, and delicious!
Ingredients for this Grilled Pineapple Recipe
You only need pineapple, brown sugar, and cinnamon for this recipe! Make it more of a complete dessert by serving it with vanilla ice cream and toasted coconut – you won’t regret it.
How to pick the perfect pineapple
Grilled pineapple is best when using fresh, ripe fruit. Checking for color, smell, and texture of the pineapple will all help in choosing the perfect one. Follow these simple tips to ensure you buy a pineapple that will be juicy and delicious!
- Look at the color – ripe fruit should have a bright and healthy green stem, with a golden exterior.
- Smell it – it should have a sweet, aromatic smell at the base.
- Tug on the fronds – fronds that can easily be pulled out can indicate that a pineapple is ripe.
- Give it a squeeze – it should have a firm shell, but has a little give when squeezed.
- Judge the weight – pineapples that are on the heavy side are usually juicier and sweeter.
How To Cut Pineapple
My preference for grilling pineapple is to slice the fruit into rings. One of my all-time favorite kitchen tools is a pineapple ratcheter, which makes cutting and forming pineapple rings an absolute breeze. But if you don’t have one, a nifty knife always works!
- Trim off both ends of the fruit, then stand the pineapple upright.
- Holding a sharp knife along the outside of the pineapple, shave off the tough, outer skin (trying to preserve as much of the flesh, as possible.)
- Lay the fruit on its side and cut, crosswise, into 3/4-inch thick slices.
- At this point, you can leave the core in or take it out. I’m not a big fan of the core, so I remove it, using a small round corer or tiny cookie cutter.
How To Grill Pineapple
It could not be easier or quicker to grill pineapple!
- Preheat a grill to medium high (about 400 degrees F.)
- Make sure your grill grates are very clean and well greased.
- Place pineapple rings on the grill and cook for about 3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and tender (but not mushy.)
- Remove from the grill and serve right away.
How to Store Pineapple
Whole, ripe pineapples can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days or in a plastic bag in the fridge for up to 5 days. (Tip! Rest pineapple on its side, turning it every day, so the juices stay evenly distributed.)
Sliced or cubed pineapple should be kept in an airtight container in the fridge and eaten within 3 days, or stored in freezer-safe containers in the freezer for up to 4 months without diminished quality.
Recipe Variations for this grilled pineapple recipe
- Simply grill the pineapple and drizzle with some honey.
- For a boozy treat, soak the slices in rum and vanilla first and then grill (alcohol can flair up over a flame, so be careful!)
- Add a bit of spice by sprinkling on a pinch of cayenne pepper. (Cayenne pepper and brown sugar together is amazing!)
- Sprinkle with fresh chopped herbs, like mint or basil.
- Don’t have a grill? No worries! You can use a grill pan on the stove or broil these in the oven.
- Use pre-cut pineapple from the produce section or canned pineapple, if you’re in a pinch for time.
Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple
- 1 whole fresh pineapple , peeled, cored and cut into 3/4-thick rings
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 5 scoops vanilla ice cream , for serving
- 1/4 cup toasted coconut , for serving
- Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat.
- In a flat dish, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon. Dredge both sides of each pineapple ring in the sugar mixture until fully coated and moistened.
- When your grill is hot, oil the grates or coat generously with cooking spray.
- Grill pineapple for about 3 minutes per side, or until heated through and tender, but not mushy.
- Transfer 2 pineapple rings to dessert bowls and top with 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream and sprinkle with toasted coconut.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!