How To Grill Pineapple

Fresh pineapple is great on its own. Sometimes, though, you don’t want that bright, crisp flavor, but instead want something more mellow. Grilling pineapple makes it taste richer and more complex without actually adding anything except a little sugar.


one pineapple
raw sugar (or granulated white sugar)


This one is really simple, so it’s mostly going to be how to cut up the pineapple.

The cutting

Cut off the top and bottom of the pineapple.

Trim off the skin.

Dig out any seeds or hard bits you missed.

Slice into wedges, like a pizza. A really tall pizza.

Cut out the core. (It will be easy to see where the core ends and the fruit begins.)

Now you should have a bunch of wedges.

The cooking

Warm up your grill, and your grill topper if you have one, and lube it with a little olive pomace oil. (Or light olive oil, if you can’t find pomace.)

Lay the pineapple out … be careful, they’re slippery as heck.

Top with a little raw sugar.

Grill over high heat until the bottom just starts to brown. Then turn them over and give a sprinkle of sugar to the other side.

If you’re really lucky — or if your grill is in much better shape than mine — you’ll get them evenly brown all over at the same time. If not, take them off when the edges start to get dark brown, just before black.

Set them aside and let them cool enough to handle them.

This edge is as dark as you want to go.

Slice into bite-sized chunks.

Serve on its own …

… or as a topping for ice cream.

And that’s it.