Grilled Pineapple – In a Brown Sugar Marinade!

Grilled pineapple is sweet and juicy, the perfect summer recipe!

Brushed with brown sugar, this recipe not only a yummy dessert (with a little vanilla ice cream), but also a great side dish for chicken, salmon, shrimp, and pork chops.

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Juicy Grilled Pineapple

We love grilled pineapple because it is so versatile!

It can be diced and added to salsa or threaded onto a fruit kabab and dipped into yogurt. And dessert? Pineapple fresh from the grill tastes amazing with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or a dollop of whipped cream.

Because of its bright, tangy flavor and the way the sugar caramelizes on the outside, it’s a perfect blending of sweet and tart that everyone loves! It’s a great side dish for poultry, beef, and especially seafood like salmon and shrimp. Pineapples are inexpensive and easy to prepare in this recipe, and while it’s marinating, you’re freed up to do other things in the kitchen!

ingredients to make Grilled Pineapple

Ingredients & Variations

Some of the best tasting recipes are the easiest to prep and prepare!

PINEAPPLE Fresh, bright pineapple is used in this recipe. Be sure to slice the pieces evenly so they cook at the same rate on the grill!

MARINADE A few dashes of olive oil, brown sugar, and a pinch of ground ginger or cinnamon (optional) are mixed together and brushed on the pineapple.

VARIATIONS A little bit of rum extract added to the oil will give grilled pineapple a fun Caribbean flavor! Or, add some chili lime seasoning for some heat!

brushing sauce on Grilled Pineapple

How to Grill Pineapple

Grilled pineapple is super easy to prepare.

  1. Cut the top off the pineapple and cut off the outer skin, then slice into 1/2 inch discs.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients (per recipe below) and marinate.
  3. Remove pineapple slices from marinade and grill on both sides until golden brown and sugar has caramelized.

Grilled Pineapple on a metal sheet

Tips & Tricks

  • Look for pineapples that are heavy, with bright green leaves and no soft spots or blemishes.
  • Slice the pieces evenly to ensure that they will grill evenly.
  • While the pineapple slices can stay in the marinade for up to 24 hours, any longer and the pineapples will become soft because of the acidic nature of the fruit.
  • Chill any leftovers and chop it up to add to fresh salsa.

Sweet Summer Desserts

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Grilled Pineapple on a metal sheet

Grilled Pineapple

This quick & easy Grilled Pineapple is perfect as dessert, or as a side dish for grilled chicken or pork!
Course Appetizer, Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Marinate Time 30 minutes
Total Time 41 minutes
Servings 6 slices
Calories 132
Author Holly Nilsson


  • 1 fresh pineapple
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • Preheat grill to medium high.
  • Cut skin off pineapple and cut into ½” disks.
  • Combine olive oil, brown sugar, and ginger in a small bowl. Add to pineapple, toss well to coat and marinate at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.
  • Remove pineapple from the marinade and sprinkle with salt.
  • Grill pineapple 3-4 minutes per side or until brown sugar caramelizes.


Calories: 132 | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 164mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 87IU | Vitamin C: 72mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg
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