What Are Grilled Bananas?

Rhonda Rivera
Rhonda Rivera
Bunch of bananas.
Bunch of bananas.

Grilled bananas are bananas that are seasoned and grilled in their skins. To prepare, cook, and cool the bananas usually takes less than 15 minutes total. They are typically served as a dessert on top of ice cream. Though they are at their best when served just minutes after cooking, grilled bananas can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer for later use. Since the introduction of the banana across the world, banana desserts have become commonplace, with shops offering banana ice creams, fried bananas, and sweet banana breads.

Hot charcoal briquettes in a grill.
Hot charcoal briquettes in a grill.

To make grilled bananas, unripe bananas are sliced in half crosswise, then lengthwise with their skins intact. The flesh of the bananas are coated with spices, like honey, sugar, and cinnamon, and then they are left to stand for about five to ten minutes. After this, the bananas are placed on a preheated gas or charcoal grill with the cut side down, skins up. They are usually cooked for a couple minutes or until there are visible grill marks on the flesh, then flipped over to be grilled for five minutes on the skin side.

Grilled bananas serve primarily as a dessert or topping on top of ice cream. Once they have been removed from their skins, sometimes they are doused with alcohol to give them more flavor. It is best to let them cool for several minutes before placing them on ice cream, else the dish will quickly melt. They are usually served warm or room temperature rather than hot for this reason.

Once grilled, the bananas can be wrapped in foil and placed in a refrigerator for up to four days. They can also be mashed, mixed with lemon juice, and placed in freezer-safe bags to store for up to three months in a freezer. If stored longer, the quality of the bananas may deteriorate beyond what most people consider edible. In addition, frozen fruits tend to be much softer than fresh and might suffer from some color changes, even when mixed with lemon juice or other preservatives.

Around the world and throughout history many different styles of banana desserts have been enjoyed. The banana split is a perhaps one of the more recognizable banana desserts in Western society. This dessert became popular in the United States of America in the 1920s and typically features scoops of ice cream topping a banana that has been split in half, as well as other condiments such as chocolate syrup.

Discussion Comments


Reading this article has really showed me that when you're grilling, there's more than meets the eye, and you're not just limited to the generic hot dogs and hamburgers

In fact, did you even know that you can put cake on the grill? As far fetched as that sounds, it's actually been done several times. Although obviously, the process isn't even remotely similar to fully grilling meats.


In relation to the second paragraph, I have actually had grilled bananas with ice cream before, and they were pretty good.

Further adding onto this article, I'm assuming that you can use many other grilled fruits as desserts toppings, correct?

Granted, I haven't tried them all, but I think I'll give blueberries and strawberries a shot. Maybe they won't work so well on the grill, but still, it's worth a try.


Wow, until reading this article, I didn't know that you could grill bananas. However, considering how people grill different kinds of fruit all the time, it really shouldn't come as a surprise. Also, in this case, it doesn't seem that the point of grilling bananas is so that you can eat it by itself, but apparently they can be used as a topping on various things, which makes perfect sense actually. Speaking of which, I wonder if they have grilled bananas at my local grocery store. If they do, then I should give it a try sometime.

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