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What is Grilled Pineapple?

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Grilled pineapple is a dessert made by marinating slices of pineapple and preparing them on the grill. The grilling process softens the fruit and caramelizes the natural sugars inside, creating a very distinctive flavor which some people find quite enjoyable. Grilled pineapple can be eaten hot or cold, and it is classically served after summer meals, especially meals with a tropical theme. Some people also serve grilled pineapple as an appetizer, often with the goal of keeping guests entertained while the bulk of the meal cooks.

Pineapple is naturally high in vitamin C, making it a healthy in addition to flavorful dessert. For people who experience discomfort when they eat fresh pineapple because of the enzymes in the fruit, cooking helps to break down these enzymes, reducing irritation to the lips and tongue.

Fresh pineapple should be used to create grilled pineapple.
Fresh pineapple should be used to create grilled pineapple.

To make grilled pineapple, it is ideal to use a fresh pineapple, rather than canned pineapple, which tends to be soft and sometimes mushy. The pineapple should be peeled, cored, and sliced in such a way that the pineapple slices are big, ensuring that they will not fall through the slats of the grill if they cook. It is also possible to use a grilling cage, essentially a small metal mesh box, to grill pineapple. Some cooks also simply add pineapple to grilled kebabs, another way to prepare grilled pineapple.

Grills are sometimes used to cook pineapple.
Grills are sometimes used to cook pineapple.

Marinades for grilled pineapple can be quite varied. A classic Caribbean marinade includes rum and sugar, which will caramelize nicely and sometimes create a little crust around the pineapple as it grills. Lemon juice, paprika, and a dash of sugar can also be used for a more spicy marinade, and cooks can also use various Asian-inspired marinades, or invent their own, with ingredients like honey, lemon juice, cinnamon, and so forth.

Once the slices of pineapple hit the grill, they usually only require about a minute or so on each side. The goal is to soften the fruit slightly while warming it through and partially caramelizing it. If the fruit is allowed to cook too long, it can develop a mushy texture, and the flavors of the fruit and marinade will run together, sometimes resulting in a rather bland end product. Cooks who use rum marinades may want to be aware that their pineapple slices can catch fire. This is completely normal, and the heat is not enough to damage or burn the pineapple, so the flames should simply be allowed to go out on their own.

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a WiseGEEK researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

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I love pineapple on my pizza but I was recently lucky enough to have grilled pineapple on a pizza.

I have a friend who is kind of a grill whiz. He uses his grill much more than the stove and oven. He was making all kinds of exotic pizzas featuring grilled ingredients and pineapple was one of them.

To get the smoky char paired with the sweet pineapple and creamy cheese was incredible. I wish you could order it this was at pizzerias.


I just wanted to say that this article is absolutely right-grilled pineapple is much better for people who have a sensitivity to pineapples. One of my good friends always suffers from mouth irritation when she eats pineapples. But she loves them so much she just deals with it!

One day, she tried grilled pineapple. After a few minutes she realized that her mouth felt fine. Now when she wants to eat pineapple she grills it on her electric counter-top grill.


Pineapple can add some extra kick to a lot of things and one thing I love is a grilled pineapple burger. This might not sound very appetizing, but it tastes great.

The easiest way to make these is to buy a can of pineapple rings and put them on the grill a few minutes before your burgers are done. Then just top your hamburger with a pineapple ring and your other favorite toppings.

If I want to use fresh pineapple, I will usually marinade the pieces in some honey, cinnamon and Italian dressing. Grill them for a few minutes and I have a wonderful tasting grilled pineapple burger.


I love eating fresh pineapple, but even better than that is pineapple on the grill. This tastes so good and is so quick and easy.

I like to marinate pieces of fresh pineapple in some honey, melted butter and just a touch of hot pepper sauce. I know it sounds like a strange combination, but the flavors marinade beautifully and you get a wonderful combination of sweet and hot.

I will marinade this for at least an hour. My favorite way to eat this is with grilled chicken. Once my chicken is just about done, I will put the pineapple pieces on the grill.

They only take a minute or two, so I watch them closely so they won't burn. If you like the taste of fresh pineapple, grilling it makes it even better.

I like these served best with grilled chicken.


Pineapple hot off the grill tastes so good on top of waffles. I like to pour strawberry sauce over them and eat them while they are warm. I make it by cooking strawberries with a small amount of sugar and water.

The pineapple is very tender and can easily be cut with a fork. I don’t even butter the waffles when I use this topping, because the fruit and sauce provide plenty of moisture to keep the waffles soft.

I’ve also tried them with maple syrup, but it is just too sweet when combined with the sugars in the pineapple. However, a reduced calorie syrup tastes good on top of them.


My husband makes the best grilled chicken and pineapple I have ever eaten. The marinade enhances the natural flavor of the pineapple.

He uses brown sugar, soy sauce, and worcheshire sauce to make the marinade. He lets the chicken and pineapple soak it up for about thirty minutes before grilling them.

Throughout the grilling process, he uses a pastry brush to re-coat the pineapple and chicken with the excess marinade. This keeps them moistened and full of flavor.

I serve homemade potato chips on the side. I love dipping them in a small pot of marinade that I set aside especially for this. You wouldn’t think so, but pineapples and potatoes go together really well!


I have had grilled pineapple at a couple of restaurants, and it is always so delicious. I can never get enough of it.

The first time I ate it was at a seaside restaurant. I ordered the Caribbean jerk chicken, which came with rice and grilled pineapple. The flavors complemented each other so well. They must have seasoned the pineapple with the same thing they used on the chicken, which was also grilled.

The second restaurant offered grilled pineapple as a side dish. You could choose it instead of french fries if you wished. I ordered grilled shrimp and pineapple. I only wished that they had given me as big of a serving of pineapple as they typically do french fries, but I only got two pieces.


You can cut pineapple a couple of different ways for grilling. Some people like to slice it horizontally in circles first and then cut the individual centers out. Personally, I like to slice off large vertical chunks to grill. These can be cut into smaller hunks after they have been grilled.

Grilled pineapple that has been marinated in teriyaki sauce tastes great. I often serve it with rice, which I moisten with leftover marinade and pineapple juice.

Fresh pineapple is really hard on the mouth, especially when you have canker sores or any irritated areas. Grilled pineapple doesn’t hurt at all.


@alisha-- That does sound good! I will have to try it that way sometime. Usually I line chunks of pineapple and other fruits on a skewer, marinate them in rum and put some butter and cinnamon sugar on top after it's grilled. It is really good that way.

I'm sure the electric grill works fine for you, but if you get a chance to grill on a fire barbecue with wood, it will be a lot better. It gets infused with a smoky flavor from the fire and I think that's why grilled pineapple is so good.

I enjoy this fruit a lot, I just wish it was easier to cut. Sometimes I decide not to make grilled pineapple just because I feel too lazy to remove that hard skin and core and cut it up into smaller pieces. I wish there was an easier way to do that.


Some of my friends find this weird but I actually like having grilled pineapple in my hamburger. I think it adds a nice sweetness and texture to it. The funny part is that I use spicy sauce on it while it's grilling or after. So it ends up being both sweet and spicy. I don't know why but it tastes awesome in a nice juicy hamburger.

The first time I tried this though, I made the mistake of getting a large pineapple which didn't work too well for the hamburger. If I sliced it into loops, it would have been way to big to in the hamburger, so I ended up slicing it long ways and grilling. That didn't work too well either because it slips out of the hamburger. I ended up making cubes out of the rest of the pineapple and grilling it shish kebab style.

I discovered though, that if you get a small size pineapple, roughly the diameter of a hamburger bun, it's perfect. I can cut it into rings very easily and it fits perfectly in the sandwich.


I love grilled pineapple, I think it's the perfect dessert because it is warm, not too sweet but full of flavor and juice. I don't marinate my pineapple at all when I grill it but I try to use sweet and ripe pineapples. Some times of the year are better for pineapple than others and I usually get it organic because I think it tastes better.

I have a little electric grill at home and it takes just a few minutes to grill the pineapples. Then I top it with fresh whipped cream, a couple of fresh blueberries. It's very light and healthy but completely satisfies my sweet tooth.

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      Fresh pineapple should be used to create grilled pineapple.
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      Grills are sometimes used to cook pineapple.