This grilled pineapple is sliced fresh pineapple brushed with brown sugar, butter and cinnamon, then grilled to perfection. An easy side dish or dessert option that’s perfect for summer entertaining!
When I’m looking for a lighter way to indulge my sweet tooth, I turn to favorites such as fruit kabobs, apple nachos and this simple, yet totally satisfying grilled pineapple.
How to choose a pineapple
This recipe works best with a ripe pineapple. Look for a pineapple with a fresh green stem. If the fruit has a brown or shriveled stem, it’s been sitting on a shelf for a long time. Choose a pineapple that’s golden in color and aromatic. The more yellow the pineapple looks, the riper it is. Avoid fruit with a greenish hue, as they are likely not ripe yet.
How do you cut a pineapple for grilling?
I prefer to grill slices of pineapple. To make perfect slices, first use a sharp knife to slice off both ends of the fruit. Run a knife along the outside of the pineapple to shave off the tough outer skin. Cut the pineapple crosswise into 3/4 inch thick slices. You can leave the core in, or use a small round corer or cookie cutter to remove the core. Another option is to cut a whole pineapple into wedges for a different presentation.
How do you make grilled pineapple?
Whisk together a mixture of brown sugar, melted butter and cinnamon. Lightly brush the sugar mixture over both sides of each pineapple slice. Place the slices on an outdoor grill or indoor grill pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until pineapple is browned and just tender. Serve immediately and enjoy.
Tips for the perfect pineapple dish
- This recipe works as a dessert or as a side dish. I love to serve my pineapple as a side to teriyaki chicken or grilled pork tenderloin. Another option is to go full dessert mode and top your grilled pineapple with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of honey or caramel sauce.
- I garnish my pineapple with fresh raspberries and mint sprigs for added color and flavor.
- If you’re pressed for time, feel free to buy pre-cut pineapple in the produce aisle, or you can even substitute canned pineapple rings in a pinch.
- No grill? Try broiling the pineapple in the oven for a similar effect.
- This dish will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can eat it chilled, or reheat it in the microwave for 15-30 seconds. I like to use leftovers in sandwiches, on a Hawaiian style pizza or in a salad.
- I don’t recommend freezing this recipe as the pineapple will be watery when thawed.
Grilled Pineapple Flavor Variations
This recipe is delicious as-is, but feel free to add other flavors to customize it to your tastes.
- Sweetener: Instead of brown sugar, try honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar.
- Citrus: Add a bit of lime, lemon or orange juice for a zesty flavor.
- Spice: Make this fruit sweet and savory by adding a little chili powder, chile lime seasoning or hot sauce.
- Alcohol: Turn your pineapple into a tropical treat by brushing the cooked fruit with a little rum. Do not attempt to add alcohol over a flame!
- Herbs: While I like to garnish this dish with fresh mint, it’s also great with a sprinkle of fresh cilantro.
More pineapple recipes to try
- Pineapple Chicken
- Pineapple Upside Down Cake
- Creamy Pineapple Smoothies
- Fresh Pineapple Salsa
- Pineapple Punch
- 1 pineapple peeled, cored and cut into 3/4 inch thick slices
- 1/4 cup butter melted
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- cooking spray
- fresh raspberries and mint sprigs for garnish optional
- Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium heat. Coat grill grates with cooking spray.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, butter and cinnamon.
- Brush the brown sugar mixture over both sides of each pineapple slice.
- Place the pineapple slices on the grill in a single layer. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown and tender.
- Serve immediately, garnished with raspberries and mint if desired.
Can I cook ahead & reheat? Ty
Yes that’s fine!
Omgosh this was delish. The first time I made it with canned pineapple and it was good but the last time I used fresh and it was so delish and definitely worth the extra trouble. I also added a 1/4 tsp of vanilla.
Very good! Followed the directions exactly and it tasted so good.
Has anyone tried this with canned pineapple? Can’t find any in the supermarket at the moment!
Canned pineapple should be fine!
I would wait until fresh is available
Im going to try the recipe
I’m Going to make the recipe
So delighted with how delicious this grilled pineapple came out!
I was so happy with how these came out! Yummy!
This was SO delicious. All the taste of pineapple upside down cake without all the effort. Really the caramelized pineapple is the best part. Thanks!
Love grilled pineapple! We make it as a dessert in the summer with ice cream and a perfect ending to a fully grilled meal! I add a little more brown sugar to make it sweeter, but so good!
This recipe is completely delicious! I love all the variations you suggest too. It’s easy and a perfect side dish or dessert with ice cream.
The pineapple is so good grilled! It makes for a nice after dinner treat!
I LOVE pineapple! This looks really, reeeeally GOOD!
I love grilled pineapple! Such a wonderful treat!
I chose this for dessert with ice cream and honey and it tasted amaaazing!
Now that looks like one delicious treat! I love grill season.
This is by far my favorite way of having pineapple!
This grilled pineapple is incredibly delicious!