A couple of years ago, we vacationed in Kauai with my mom and we fell in love with the super fresh pineapple everywhere on the island. Seriously, imagine fruit picked and sold when it is ready instead of picking it weeks early, in order to get to your grocery store. We missed all the fresh fruit and decided to try grilled pineapple slices.
I told my friends that I was making grilled pineapple and the reaction was universally “I didn’t know you can grill fruit!” Are you kidding? Jason and I are all about “what CAN’T you grill?” Look for a firmer fruit like pineapple or a peach, as it makes it a little bit easier to manage on the grill.
You can grill watermelon (we will show how in a couple weeks!) It is a quickie! If it is too soft, it will cook too fast and fall through the grill plates and leave you with a mess! There is a little grilled flavor that sneaks in but it won’t overtake the dish. Don’t be afraid to try this one! Put on a batch of Grilled Apples along side these.
🔥 Grilling Instructions
Step One: Heat the grill to 350 degrees. Slice and core a pineapple into one inch thick slices.
Step Two: Brush the pineapple with olive oil so it won’t stick to the grill grates. Grill 3-4 minutes and flip them over.
Step Three: Brush on the honey and butter mixture on the freshly grilled side and it will start to melt into the pineapple and caramelize. Flip over again after 3-4 minutes and brush the second side and remove from the grill. Serve immediately.
You can use any charcoal or gas grill for this recipe. Just monitor the temperature to make sure it stays at the sweet spot around 350 degrees.
I highly recommend using a GrillGrate. See those sear marks? Just gorgeous! All of the heat is focused on the fins of the GrillGrate and does a great job with evening out the cook and protects from flare ups.
📌 Items to Note
This grilled fruit is so darned versatile. Here are a few of the options:
- Serve it plain as a sweet side dish where the flavors just pop. Pair it with Huli Huli Chicken.
- Cut it up and use it in a salad. Throw together the grilled juicy chicken breasts on a bed greens, cucumbers, tomatoes and a couple berries and you have a delicious meal. You won’t even need much dressing because the pineapple is so sweet. Cut it up in cubes or wedges for this idea.
- Let’s talk desserts! Just like we featured in the grilled peaches with honey goat cheese, you can put a sweet or crunchy topping on top and it will melt and blend beautifully! You can make them with the sugar/cinnamon version like we did on the peaches or just plain.
- Add to a stirfry.
- Use it with your own sweet and sour recipe. We cook an amazing homemade sweet and sour recipe that adding the grilled pineapple is perfect!
Grilled Pineapple Slices
- 1 whole pineapple cored, sliced into 1 inch slices
Honey Butter Glaze
- 3 tbsp Butter melted
- 1 tsp Honey
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
Prepare the Honey Butter Glaze
- Combine honey and melted butter together in a bowl and mix
Prepare the Pineapple
- Slice the pineapple into one inch thick slices and remove the core. Brush the slices lightly with olive oil so they won't stick on the grill.
Grill the Pineapple Slices
- Heat the grill to 350 degrees on direct heat
- Place pineapple slices on the grill and cook for 3-4 minutes. Flip. Grill second side 3-4 minutes.
- Once the pineapple is flipped, brush the newly grilled side with the Honey Butter glaze. It will start to sink into the pineapple and caramelize.
- Turn over one last time to brush the glaze on the second side and remove from the grill.