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Grilled Pineapple

Grilled Pineapple

An outdoor grill really is a versatile tool. You can do just about anything with it, from grilling meat to cooking veggies and even baking bread. You can also make dessert, and the simplest way to do this is to toss some fresh fruit on the grill. Heating fruit often releases sugars and makes the fruit taste sweeter. With some cooking methods, the fruit breaks down and the texture can change for the worse. Fortunately, this isn’t a problem with grilling. The high heat cooks the fruit quick and from the outside in.

Pineapple is an easy fruit to work with and it tastes great grilled (especially when it’s still warm and served with yogurt or ice cream). You can easily grill pineapple rounds, but I usually opt for spears. I start with the whole fruit, remove the outer skin and then slice it lengthwise into eighths, trimming out the core from each piece as I go. The spears are easy to handle on the grill and easy to serve. It only takes a few minutes to grill these up and you can do it while you’re cooking other things since they don’t take up much room.

Grilled Pineapple
1 ripe pineapple
coarse salt (optional)
cooking spray

Remove the outer skin from a ripe pineapple. Cut length-wise, dividing the pineapple into eights (smaller pieces can be made, if you prefer). Remove the core of the pineapple as you work.
Lightly grease you grill top with cooking spray to prevent the pineapple from sticking and grill each piece for about 10-15 minutes, rotating every few minutes to ensure the pineapple is evenly cooked. Medium or medium-high heat work well, although you could cook the pineapple for a longer time at a lower heat, as well.
Sprinkle with a little coarse salt before serving, to enhance the sweetness of the fruit.
Serve warm, as a side or with ice cream.

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  • Alexa
    July 17, 2008

    I just discovered your site. I really enjoyed my visit.
    Funny thing about grilled pineapple is that people who can’t take its acidic taste can usually enjoy it grilled. The grilling process caramelizes the sugars just enough to balance out its acidity. I’ll be back to visit some more.:-)

  • sara
    July 17, 2008

    Mmmmmm, this looks AMAZING!

  • Inna
    July 17, 2008

    That looks so healthy and delicious!

  • Heather Gowdy
    July 17, 2008

    Pineapple is my absolute favorite! Especially fresh off the grill! So sweet, yummy and easy!

  • Jeri
    July 18, 2008

    I let the pineapple spears sit in about 1/2 cup brown sugar for 10 minutes before grilling, and then brush the syrup on the spears after they come off the grill.

  • Kayduh
    July 18, 2008

    Sprinkling the pineapple with cinnamon sugar is AMAZING!

  • Deborah
    July 18, 2008

    This has to be my favorite way to eat pineapple!

  • J-Ro
    August 28, 2008

    I have been making a fantastic salsa, based on one by Mark Bittman in the New York Times. You grill pineapple and onions, and char a chile pepper or two on the same grill. Remove the skin from the chiles and chop everything together. Serve with grilled sliced tri-tip or flank steak and tortillas, with black beans on the side. I made this for a party and people practically licked the bowl.

  • corporate gifts
    November 17, 2009

    I havn’t tasted Grilled Pineapple but it seems tastey so I will try that, Thanks for sharing.

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