Grilled Pineapple is an absolutely delicious appetiser or snack, one that can be put together very easily using a bare minimum of ingredients. It is a big favourite at our place, and I make it often. Today, I am going to share with you all my Grilled Pineapple recipe, the way I make it at home, using a pan on the stovetop.
Pineapples are flavourful on their own but, when grilled, the flavours get even more concentrated and intense. Marinated with ingredients like salt, red chilli powder and sugar, they turn lip-smackingly wonderful – I kid you not! No wonder Grilled Pineapple is such a popular starter at several barbecue restaurants!
Why you should try out this Grilled Pineapple recipe
This is a very easy recipe that even a beginner cook can use. There’s no oven or fancy apparatus needed, and there’s little time and effort required. In fact, my 7-year-old bub enjoys putting together a platter of Grilled Pineapple, with a little help from daddy. 🙂
There is no oil used in this recipe and, like I said earlier, very few ingredients used. The best part is – you can customise the ingredients used as per your family’s preferences (see the ‘Tips and Tricks’ section). The end result is always delectable!
This is a completely vegetarian and vegan recipe, suited to those following a plant-based diet. It is entirely gluten-free too.
This Grilled Pineapple makes for a lovely appetiser for parties and get-togethers. We love making this as an evening snack on the weekends we stay in at home. It is definitely a crowd-pleaser!
Other interesting dishes made with pineapple
Pineapples are among my most favourite fruits, and I love having them as is. Sometimes, though, I do use them in my cooking – like this Grilled Pineapple recipe, for instance.
Check out some other interesting pineapple-based dishes on my blog – Pineapple Thogayal, Thai Pineapple Salad, Pineapple Pulissery, Pineapple Hot Sauce, Ananas Menaskai, Anarosher Chaatni and Pineapple Kesari Bhat.
I recently started getting interested in Nyonya/Peranakan cuisine. This Nyonya Achar recipe shared by my food blogger friend Preethi is right up my alley. I think it’s a brilliant way to use pineapple!
How to make Grilled Pineapple on pan
The Grilled Pineapple recipe is as follows.
Ingredients (serves 3-4):
1. 1 medium-sized pineapple
2. Salt to taste
3. 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder or to taste
4. 1/4 teaspoon garam masala or to taste
5. 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1. Remove the leaves from the top of this pineapple and remove the skin and thorns. Cut the pineapple into slices that are neither too thin nor too thick. You can grill these slices whole or remove the core from them and cut into smaller pieces – that’s up to you.
2. Take the salt, red chilli powder, garam masala and powdered sugar in a large mixing bowl. Mix everything well together.
3. Drop the pineapple pieces into the mixing bowl. Use your hands to coat the pineapple pieces evenly with the spice mix.
4. Place a grill pan on medium flame. Once it begins to get heated up, place about half of the pineapple pieces evenly around the pan. Do not overcrowd the pan. Cook the pineapple pieces for 2-3 minutes on medium flame.
5. At this stage, flip the pineapple pieces over and cook for about 2 minutes on the other side too. Continue to keep the flame at medium. When done, transfer the grilled pineapple to a serving plate. You can serve them hot or warm.
6. Grill the rest of the pineapple on both sides, in a similar manner.
Tips & Tricks
1. Use a ripe (not over-ripe), juicy and firm pineapple, for best results. A sweet pineapple that is not overly sour tastes delicious when grilled.
2. As mentioned above, you can grill the pineapple slices whole (as shown in the main picture in this post) or cut them into smaller pieces (as shown in the step-by-step pictures in this post). That totally depends upon your personal preferences.
3. Remember to keep the pineapple slices neither too thick nor too thin. Grill them on low-medium flame only, to prevent burning.
4. Adjust the quantities of salt, sugar, red chilli powder and garam masala as per personal taste preferences.
5. You may omit the garam masala if you are not comfortable using it. However, I would highly recommend using it, as it adds a lovely mild spice kick to the pineapple. I have used home-made garam masala here.
6. I have used a WonderChef grill pan here. You may use a regular dosa pan for the grilling too, or do it in the oven. However, if you want those beautiful grill marks on your food, a grill pan is a must. A charcoal-fired barbecue can also be used to make this Grilled Pineapple.
7. Make sure the pineapple pieces are evenly coated with the spice mix.
8. You can play with the spice mix as you please, substituting ingredients or adding more. For instance, cinnamon powder can be used in place of the garam masala I have used here. You can use a mix of black salt and regular salt, too, for added flavour.
9. I have used powdered sugar in the spice mix here. You can use regular granulated sugar too.
10. Some people marinate the pineapple pieces in the spice mix for some time – a few minutes up to an hour. I don’t, as I don’t think it is strictly necessary. You can go ahead with grilling the pineapple right away, once you have coated it with the spice mix.
11. I have used a freshly cut ripe pineapple here. You may use canned pineapple instead – skip the sugar in that case. I would recommend using a freshly chopped pineapple only as the canned ones contain way too much sugar.
Did you like this recipe? Do tell me, in your comments!