Easy Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple made in a grill pan is the quintessential side dish to any summer dishes you’re making. When grilled the pineapple gets soft, tender and melts in your mouth!
Grilled Pineapple – The ULTIMATE SUMMER SIDE
Grilled Pineapple is one of our favorite side dishes to make all summer long. There are so many ways you can use pineapples to flavor your meals all summer long! Grilled pineapple is so easy to make and adds a ton of flavor… plus it’s healthy to boot and doesn’t alter your tastebuds like raw pineapple does.
Grilled pineapple recipes are great because they’re an easy side dish that offers a punch of flavor alongside grilled meats and burgers. Since they are grilled together, you can knock two recipes out at the same time.
Why does Pineapple burn your tongue?
Bromelain is an enzyme in pineapple that causes the tongue to burn because it is breaking town protein of the skin in your mouth. While this sounds terrifying and creepy, the skin in your mouth will absolutely repair itself within a few hours. Because it breaks down these proteins you will also experience a much more difficult time enjoying the taste of foods in that time. This is because the burning of your tongue is also temporarily damaging your taste buds. Those will also regenerate themselves in a few hours.
If you’ve experienced this, the way to enjoy pineapple is to cook it. You don’t have to cook the poor thing to death, but just long enough to break down the enzyme. Then you can enjoy your Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple without any fear of dreaded pineapple tongue.
How to avoid pineapple hurting your mouth:
- Cook it! We love it grilled like in this recipe, roasted, slow cooked like Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken or sautéed like in Sweet and Sour Chicken.
- Blanche the pineapple. If you want to enjoy pineapple without adding flavor to it we like to blanche it for 20-30 seconds in boiling water. Then dip it into an ice bath, this is long enough to remove most of the enzyme.
- Add DAIRY. Yes, this is why dole whips are so great, adding dairy like ice cream or yogurt help to neutralize the acids in the pineapple which contributes to the issues.
- Canned pineapple is a perfect option because the canning process actually kills the bromelain.
How to Grill Pineapple
Grilling basic pineapple is easy. You just spray or wipe canola oil a grill pan, and cook the pineapple for 2-3 minutes on medium heat, then rotate 45 degrees, to get the grill marks in a little X. I like to leave the core intact so I have a spot to hold and eat.
The real fun comes with trying different grilled pineapple flavors or marinades:
- Honey! I go 50/50 on choosing brown sugar or honey, usually depending on what other flavors I have going on in the meal. Honey has a much more prominent flavor.
- Coconut and lime (don’t even pretend you’re not imagining a delicious drink in the making here!)
- Speaking of coconut and lime, it doesn’t hurt to soak these slices in your favorite flavor of Malibu Rum and serve it up with some ice cream.
- Adding cinnamon and brown sugar is a popular marinade if you’re considering this for dessert uses.
- A fun way to spice it up is to add some chili powder after you’re done grilling.
basic grilled pineapple
With just some canola oil, you can also use grilled pineapple slices in a ton of different ways:
- Add grilled pineapple slices to your favorite sandwich (maybe with a bit of teriyaki sauce?).
- Chop it up into small pieces and add to your favorite salsa.
- Chop it up with some jalapeno, strawberries and red onions to make a delicious grilled meat topping.
- As a topping for your favorite desserts
- As an ingredient for your favorite stir-fry
This basic Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple will be a summer favorite and it’s an easy way to get your kids to fight over who gets more. I’m willing to trade off a tablespoon or so of brown sugar to get them to eat 8 slices of pineapple, especially since a good percentage of the brown sugar gets left in the bottom of the bowl it is marinated in.
more easy and delicious summer recipes:
- Baked Mac and Cheese
- Easy Cole Slaw
- Three Bean Salad
- Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad
- Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs
Tools used in this recipe:
- Lodge Grill Pan – I use this double-sided pan for SO much, anytime I need a big flat surface for “grilling” or breakfast prep
- Pig Tail Flipper – I use this *almost* more than I use tongs in the kitchen. Flipping is so quick and doesn’t smash foods.
- Oil Mister
- 1 pineapple , rind cut off and sliced into ½ -¾ inch slices
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- Canola oil spray (or canola oil with a brush)
- Toss the pineapple with the brown sugar and let sit for ten minutes.
- Note: I leave the core in the slices because we pick it up and hold it by the core when eating it, feel free to remove the core if you'd like or if you'll be using it in burgers.
- In a grill pan, either spray with canola oil or wipe some on with a paper towel.
- Cook the pineapple for 2-3 minutes on medium heat, then rotate 45 degrees, to get the grill marks in a little X.
- Flip over and do the same.
- If you find the pineapple sticking at all use a bit more canola oil spray on your pineapple.
- Second Note: I don't use bottled canola oil spray, I have a little mister I fill with oil to avoid all the additives.