How to Grill Fruit (Plus Recipes)

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Pineapple makes for delicious grilled fruit

Pineapple makes for delicious grilled fruit

Basics of Grilling Fruit

Summertime means it's time to brush up on grilling techniques. Sure, anyone can barbecue a steak, but it takes a real chef to know how to grill fruit!

When you grill fruit, you bring out its natural sugars through the caramelizing process and its texture, taste, and temperature is changed. If you've never enjoyed it before, your mouth will be in for a pleasant surprise. A sweet, caramel-tasting fruit side dish can be a tasty side for burgers, hot dogs, and more. Think of it as "grown-up fruit salad."

Worried about high sugar desserts? Diabetics and anyone else watching their waistline will love it. So, pull out the BBQ and let's get ready to grill!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

10 min

25 min

Varies depending on amount of fruit prepared.

Tips and Techniques

You can grill just about any kind that grows. But, for best results, you'll want to follow these tips and techniques:

  1. Shop for fresh, firm, ripe (but not overly so) fruit the day you plan on grilling. Pick items that have clear skin and no bruising. Things that are in season will have the best flavor, as well. A mealy apple will still taste bad even if you try to grill it!
  2. Organic produce may cost a bit more, but is a healthier option—pesticides used in regular farming can leave a toxic residue that is difficult to wash or cook off.
  3. Types that are high in natural sugars are your best bet. Stone fruits (peaches, plums, apricots) are delicious. Pineapple is also a perennial favorite. Any kind that is large and firm enough to stand up to the grill will work well (apple slices, pears, oranges, strawberries). You can also try grilling certain soft types (bananas, mangoes) in their peels.
  4. Wash thoroughly before grilling. A helpful tip is to slice the fruit in half or into large chunks and to leave skins on to help hold it all together as it cooks.
  5. If you want to try grilling smaller things like grapes or even blueberries, consider using skewers or a grill pan to hold them above the flames or coals.
  6. The final step before grilling is to soak the fruit in 1-2 cups cold water for about 1/2 hour. Add 1-2 tablespoons of lemon juice if you like. When you maximize the water content, it will stay extra juicy throughout cooking and all the way to your plate!
  7. Alternatively, you might enjoy soaking it in liquor instead of water. Try light rum with pineapple... yum!

How to Grill Fruit

Now that you have your fruit prepared, we're ready to grill!

  • To prevent sticking to the grill, use a pastry brush and gently "paint" melted butter, vegetable oil, or extra virgin olive oil on both sides of the fruit.
  • If desired, you could also use a special marinade or sprinkle with seasoning before grilling. Our favorite is to combine 1/4 cup light brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar. Sprinkle over both sides before placing on the grill. You might also like adding grated coconut. Freshly grated ginger is a popular option, too.
  • Consider adding spices to the soaking water (step 6 above), like ground cloves, cinnamon, or nutmeg. Any spice that you'd use in a sweet dessert is game!
  • Most fruits will need only 3-4 minutes per side to finish. Grill over medium-low heat and don't walk away while it's cooking!

Banana S'mores

For a fun twist, try making "banana s' mores."

  1. Take a firm, slightly under-ripe banana and cut a 3-inch long slit down the peel—do not peel the banana!
  2. Open slightly with your fingers and add 2-3 oz. of milk or dark chocolate.
  3. Wrap in foil and grill about 5 minutes on each side.
  4. Open up the peel and eat the banana/chocolate mixture with a spoon!

Other Recipes

There are many recipes to consider, from the super easy to the more complex.

One of the simplest side dishes is fruit kebabs. With a skewer, thread chunks of prepared fruit, alternating flavors and colors. Try pineapple, strawberry, cantaloupe, banana, and honeydew. Brush with melted butter before placing on the grill and turn several times for even cooking. Be sure to soak your wood skewers in water for about 10 minutes first to prevent charring.

Make a simple, delicious dessert with grilled pineapple rings or slices. Simply drizzle coconut milk over the top and add chopped macadamia nuts before serving. Paradise!

Another easy idea is to top vanilla ice cream with grilled fruits. Especially delicious are grilled peaches or nectarines. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon each of cinnamon and nutmeg over the top. If you are feeling especially indulgent, add whipped cream before serving! The combination of warm and cold is tantalizing and will bring you back to summer or vacation memories.

Having a party, or really want to knock your dinner guests' socks off? Try some of these recipes:

Grilled Fruit with Bourbon Glaze: Paula Deen makes sure you won't consider dessert an afterthought ever again. Let's skip the main course right now!

Grilled Fruit with Balsamic Vinegar Syrup: This recipe promises to be especially healthy, as it comes from the Mayo Clinic.

Delicious grilled melon - a surprising treat

Delicious grilled melon - a surprising treat

© 2010 Stephanie Marshall


Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on April 30, 2020:

Thank you! Grilling fruit gives it such a deep, rich flavor. Glad you enjoyed! Stay safe, as well!

DREAM ON on April 29, 2020:

I have seen a lot on the grill but no one I know grills fruit. Your hub is the first of it's kind. I love the pictures if they were edible I would have a belly full. Thank you so much for sharing. Have a great day. Stay safe.

Tori Leumas on November 17, 2012:

Great hub! I love your pictures!

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on June 08, 2012:

Hey Kelley - looking forward to reading your hub! Good luck in the recipe contest. All the best, Steph

kelleyward on June 08, 2012:

I'm writing a recipe hub right now that involves grilled fruit. I'll link yours to mine. Great hub Steph! Take care, Kelley

theking2020 on February 10, 2012:

Wow the food looks yummy, nice article I'm start doing this.

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on February 09, 2012:

Awesome! Grilled pears are yummy! Thank you for the comment and enjoy the fruit. Best, Steph

applejuic3 from San Diego, CA on February 09, 2012:

i love pears and now because of you, i know exactly what i need to do to grill my fruit successfully. thank you.

Big Papa G from Fayetteville, Arkansas on September 17, 2011:

Wow! I can't wait to try some of these recipes! I've also shared some tips on grilling fruits and veggies: https://hubpages.com/food/Get-these-Veggies-all-up...

daviddwarren22 on June 23, 2011:

Thanks for sharing, Time to bam2x :D.

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on June 19, 2011:

Thanks Cathy! Just "dusted off" this hub for my family and a few others.... Happy Grilling and Happy Summer! Steph

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on June 19, 2011:

Thanks K9 - we love grilling fruit during the summer! Enjoy the recipes and the longer summer days. :-) Best, Steph

India Arnold from Northern, California on June 19, 2011:

This is awesome Steph. Linkalicious actually, thanks for a great start to summer outdoor cooking!


Cathy I from New York on June 18, 2011:

Sounds like something fun to try for the summer.....great hub....thanks

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on April 28, 2011:

Thanks KoffeeKlatch - its almost grilling season! Hooray! I love putting grilled pineapple on chicken burgers. Yum. Cheers, Steph

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on April 28, 2011:

You have made my mouth water. I have to try grilled fruit. Rated up, useful and bookmarked.

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on June 17, 2010:

Paul, that sounds totally awesome! I'm in the club of "grilled pineapple" is my favorite. I think I know what I'm making this weekend.

rebekahELLE - thank you! Cheers to Darkside and you both (I need to make sure I'm a friend/fan of you both on FB!

rebekahELLE from Tampa Bay on June 17, 2010:

wow, excellent hub! I just found in on my FB wall posted by darkside. I love grilled fruit, the smell is amazing.

you did a great job on your hub presentation, congrats!

Paul Edmondson from Burlingame, CA on June 17, 2010:

I love grilled pineapple served with chocolate dipping sauce and a great vanilla ice cream.

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on June 17, 2010:

Thanks Maita! If you love fruit, you should definitely try it grilled. Best to you, Steph

prettydarkhorse from US on June 17, 2010:

I love fruits and this hub surely is very informative, Congrats my dear for your nomination! Maita

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on June 17, 2010:

You're on - I love preparing and serving grilled fruit to anyone who drops on by :)

solarshingles from london on June 17, 2010:

You can 'buy me' anytime with some delicious grilled pineapple or peaches. Yummy!

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on June 16, 2010:

Marty, Owl and Money Glitch, thank you all very much! Money - good luck to you as well in the contest. Grill away...

Money Glitch from Texas on June 16, 2010:

Nice hub on grilled fruit, had forgotten how good grill bananas can be until I saw the picture. :) Although, I'm a contender too; I wanted to stop by and offer congratulations, on being selected as one of the nominees in the Hubalicious contest this week. :)

platinumOwl4 on June 16, 2010:

The one that caught my I was the fruit and vegetables together. This one I will try, the moment I spotted those mushrooms I was hooked.

Marty Chefman on June 16, 2010:

Zis is a most delicious 'ub! I love grilling ze fruits! It gets my vote!

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on June 16, 2010:

Nothing like the sweet aroma of grilled fruits wafting through the air... thanks!

lydk on June 16, 2010:

Thank you for the tips I'll be sure to use them all :)

I can't wait to try grilled fruits this summer and experiment with them!

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on June 16, 2010:

Hi Runway, Betty and Wiebke, thanks for the comments. Grilled fruit is a great compliment to many summer recipes. Enjoy!

wiieb on June 16, 2010:

I'm so keen to try out the recipes, very helpful, thank you!

Betty Reid from Texas on June 16, 2010:

Sounds like a great finish to a summer barbecue meal. Very creative.

Runway from New York on June 15, 2010:

Yum! I didn't know you could do this! I'm definitely trying it this summer.

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on June 15, 2010:

Now that I have all this "free" time with the kids out of school, I can prepare all sorts of fun recipes and grill fruit all summer ;-)

Roberta Kyle from Central New Jersey on June 15, 2010:

YUM-- I love grilled fruit in the summer-- nothing better and you offer some good tips and great ideas here. Thanks

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on June 15, 2010:

Thanks Amy, Sandy and Kathryn! The fruit kabobs are great since you don't have to worry about them falling through the grill. Just turn, turn, turn to keep everything evenly cooked and juicy!

Kathryn Skaggs from Southern California on June 15, 2010:

I'm inspired! Great Hub:)

sandy.marshll@verizon.net on June 15, 2010:

I had grilled peaches a few weeks ago! Yummy!

amy jane from Connecticut on June 15, 2010:

Lots of great ideas here! I think we may give the kabobs a try - nice and easy way to grill fruit. :)

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on June 13, 2010:

Thanks dealrocker - we're going to grill some fruit tomorrow night with prawns... doesn't that sound yummy?

dealrocker from California on June 13, 2010:

A great read throughout. Very interesting. My mouth is watering up!

Rating you up! Liked your other hubs too. Joining your fanclub for your latest updates and would like to invite you to join mine. :)

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on June 10, 2010:

Thank you anginwu - I hope you enjoy grilling fruits! Best to you, Steph

anglnwu on June 10, 2010:

Well-researched, beautifully done. I'm going to give grilled fruits a try. Thanks and rated up.

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