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Grilled Pineapple

Sweet grilled golden perfection. This simple recipe for grilled pineapple is the perfect dessert for a summer night. Top it with some dairy free vanilla ice cream to really put it over the top!

Grilled pineapple slice on a plate with melting vanilla ice cream and a mint leaf

I’ve been dying to grill pineapple ever since I made my grilled peach salad a few years ago. There’s just something about the way the grill changes the flavor of the fruit. It brings out its sweetness and adds a beautiful layer of caramelization that is incredible.

You can prep the pineapple well in advance and throw it on the grill when you’re finished with dinner. It only takes about 5 minutes once the grill is hot, and a single pineapple will serve about 6 – 8 people – depending on how many slices you get and how thick you slice the pineapple.

Serve your grilled pineapple with your favorite vanilla ice cream or whipped topping. We normally go from a vegan vanilla ice cream, but a dairy free coconut whip would be delicious, too.

Grilled pineapple slices on a baking sheet

What you’ll need to make this recipe

How to grill pineapple

Prep. Once your pineapple is peeled and cored, slice it into thick slices. They should be able 1/2-inch in thickness.

In a small bowl, mix the orange juice, brown sugar and salt in a bowl. Place the pineapples in a shallow dish or baking sheet and coat the pineapples with the mixture. Allow the pineapple to rest until ready to grill.

Grill. Heat your grill to medium-high. When it’s hot, add the pineapple slices and grill them for about 2 – 3 minutes per side.

Don’t throw away the sugar-juice mixture. Save it for later! It’s delicious drizzled over the fruit when you serve it.

Serve. Remove the pineapple slices from the grill and transfer to a serving platter. Top each slice of pineapple with a scoop of ice cream or whipped topping and drizzle with any remaining sauce.

Pineapple slices with grill marks on a grill

Everything you need to know about grilling pineapple

Why do we grill pineapple?

Grilling fruit will bring out sweetness and caramelize the natural sugars making the fruit extra delicious. The heat also breaks down the bromelaine enzyme found in pineapple that sometimes causes the unpleasant mouth-stinging effect.

Can you grill frozen fruit?

Yes you can. Fresh pineapple will tasted the best, but if you can only find frozen it will work. The grill time will be longer because you will have to allow for the extra juices to evaporate as you grill.

How do you cut a pineapple for grilling?

After peeling and coring the pineapple, you will want to cut the pineapple into slices horizontally. They should be in the shape of a ring or circle. Alternatively, you can cut the pineapple lengthwise into spears. Both methods will work for this recipe and the grilling time should be the same.

Grilled pineapple with melting ice cream on a plate with a fork and some mint leaves

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grilled pineapple on a plate with melting vanilla ice cream and mint leaves with a fork

Grilled Pineapple

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


Sweet grilled golden perfection. This simple recipe for grilled pineapple is the perfect dessert for a summer night. Top it with your favorite dairy free vanilla ice cream or coconut whipped topping to really put it over the top.


  • 1 whole pineapple, peeled and cored
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Pinch coarse salt


  1. Preheat the grill to high heat.
  2. Slice pineapple lengthwise into wedges.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the orange juice, brown sugar and salt. Coat the pineapple with the mixture and allow them to sit until ready to grill.
  4. Cook for about 3 minutes per side, or until pineapple is tender and charred.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Grilling
  • Diet: Vegan


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 28
  • Sugar: 6.1 g
  • Sodium: 388.7 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.1 g
  • Fiber: 0.4 g
  • Protein: 0.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: grilling pineapple, pineapple dessert, grilled fruit, summer dessert, grilled dessert, how to grill pineapple

Last Updated on March 21, 2022 by Melissa Belanger

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