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posted: 05/17/21

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This Grilled Pineapple is a perfect side dish or even dessert. The extra flavor added with the grilling combined with a sweet sauce turns this into a delicious sweet treat for any meal.

wedges of grilled pineapple on a white plate with cinnamon honey being drizzled over it

If you are looking for an easy side dish during grilling season, look no further than this amazing Grilled Pineapple. Not only is it simple to make, grilling pineapple completely transforms this delicious fruit. It makes it sweeter, softer, and absolutely delicious.

After grilling it, we pair it with a super simple sauce made from honey and cinnamon. While I love it this way, you could skip the sauce and still be completely in love.

How to Grill Pineapple

  1. Preheat your grill. This is a recipe that you could make all year long on an indoor grill pan. Be sure wipe your grill down with olive oil or spray your indoor grill before adding the pineapple.
  2. Cut up the pineapple into spears. We have a great tutorial on how to cut a pineapple that will make you a pro.
  3. Grill the pineapple. It only needs three minutes on each side for perfection.
  4. Make the Honey Cinnamon Sauce. While the pineapple is cooking, whisk together the honey and cinnamon for drizzling.
grilled pineapple spears on a platter

How to Cut Pineapple for Grilling

As mentioned above, I have a full tutorial on cutting pineapple with photos. But here is the brief overview for how you will want to cut it to make it perfect for grilling.

  1. Cut off the top and the bottom.
  2. Stand the pineapple up, and cut off the skin, one section at a time, turning it as you go.
  3. With the pineapple still standing up, cut it in half. Then cut it in half again, so you have four long sections.
  4. Working with one section at a time, keep it standing up, and cut off the triangle tip. This is the core of the pineapple that is rough and unappetizing.
  5. Now cut each fourth into three or four pieces to make spears.

How to Tell if a Pineapple is Ripe

Of course in addition to cutting a pineapple, the key to enjoying this recipe starting with a perfectly ripe pineapple. Here are a few tips and tricks.

  • Look at the leaves. It should have mostly green fresh leaves. If the majority are brown and wilted, keep walking.
  • Squeeze the pineapple. It should have a slight give to it, not too firm or too soft.
  • Smell the bottom. You want it to have a slightly sweet smell. 
  • Look at the eyes (the hexagon looking shapes on the skin). The eyes should be bigger, yellow and green, free from mold, and consistent in size.

If all you can find at the store is under ripe pineapple, you can still buy it! Pineapples will ripen nicely right on your counter top in a day or two.

grilled pineapple slices

FAQ

How long to grill pineapple?

Pineapple needs to be grilled for six minutes. It should be grilled for three minutes on each side.

How do you grill pineapple rings?

If you want to grill rings instead of spears, you just need to shave a little time off the grilling as rings tend to be thinner.

Can you grill canned pineapple rings?

Of course. Just be really careful as it will be less sturdy than fresh pineapple. Turn your grill a little higher and cut the time down to 1 to 2 minutes. Use a spatula to flip it instead of tongs. This will result in a nicely grilled outside that still holds together.

cinnamon honey drizzle being poured over a plate of grilled pineapple pieces

What to Make with Grilled Pineapple

This is the perfect side dish for so many recipes, and of course it would be great as a dessert too.

Here are my suggestions for what to pair it with:

  • Chicken Wraps are another easy grilled recipe that would go nicely with these.
  • Hamburgers made with the best burger seasoning are a staple in our house during grilling season.
  • Our Strawberry Spinach Salad is another summer staple that would be perfect on a plate with this.

If you want to use grilled pineapple as an ingredient, you should try it in our Pineapple Salsa or in our Hawaiian Chicken!

If you make our grilled pineapple recipe, or any of our other recipes, please leave us a comment and let us know what you think!

grilled pineapple spears on a platter
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Grilled Pinapple with Cinnamon Honey Drizzle

Serves: 6 people
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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 6 minutes
Total: 16 minutes
This Grilled Pineapple with Cinnamon Honey Drizzle is a perfect side dish or light dessert! The extra flavor added with the grilling combined with the amazing sauce makes this the most delicious tasty recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pineapple sliced into spears

Instructions

  • On a grill prepared with non stick spray, place pineapple slices over medium heat for about three minutes on each side.
  • While the pineapple is grilling, mix together the honey (softened in the microwave for about 30 seconds) and the cinnamon.
  • Drizzle the grilled pineapple with the honey and serve.
Calories: 130kcal (7%) Carbohydrates: 35g (12%) Protein: 1g (2%) Sodium: 2mg Potassium: 209mg (6%) Sugar: 28g (31%) Vitamin A: 100IU (2%) Vitamin C: 38.8mg (47%) Calcium: 30mg (3%) Iron: 0.4mg (2%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American

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  1. Heather @ French Press says

    Lisa, we LOVE grilled pineapple, and this looks SO SO delicious!

  2. Carol at Wild Goose Tea says

    I love grilled fruit. It’s one of the good things I got from a now long gone male friend.
    Pineapple is so perfect. I love the drizzle you put on it. NOW that is something I haven’t tried.

  3. Melanie @ Carmel Moments says

    I still can’t believe I’ve never grilled pineapple yet. I have no idea what I’m waiting for! Looks delish.
    Have a great day!

  4. the cape on the corner says

    that looks so good and refreshing!
    b

  5. Regina says

    Grilled pineapple

  6. Beverly says

    I love pineapple and have about12 pineapples coming up in my pineapple patch. It is the great part of living here in southern Florida. I will be making lots of your pineapple this summer.
    Bev

    • Lisa Longley says

      I am so jealous of your pineapple crop! I hope you enjoy this!

  7. zeelia says

    love this

  8. Lauren says

    Grilled pineapple and cinnamon is one of my favorite summer desserts!

    I first had it in Brazil in churrascuria restaurants as a final course. The whole pineapple is cooked on the spit with the meat and then rolled in cinnamon. They come around with the big sword and cut off slabs onto your plate.

    Can’t wait to try it with the addition of honey!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Well now I need to go to Brazil :)

  9. Sheri Schutte says

    Any thoughts on how to make this ahead of time to take to a potluck? Does it need to be served warm or would room temp be acceptable?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Honestly, I do think that warm, right off the grill is best. It would still be okay room temperature, but not quite as amazing.

  10. Dewey Jenkins says

    I LOVE GRILLED PINEAPPLE CAN’T WAIT TO TRY THE HONEY AND CINNAMON DRIZZLE

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