How to Grill Fruit: Grilling Recipes

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 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!

Pineapple makes for delicious grilled fruit
Pineapple makes for delicious grilled fruit | Source

Cook Time for Grilled Fruit

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 10 min
  • Ready in: 25 min
  • Yields: Varies depending on amount of fruit prepared.

Select and Prepare Fruit for Grilling

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!


Let's Grill It!

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

What grilled fruit sounds best to you?

  • Pineapple
  • Peaches
  • Apricots
  • Bananas
  • Pears
  • Other (please specify in the comments below)
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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.

Grilled Amaretto Peaches: Delicious! A unique, tasty way to add an almond flavor to grilled peaches.

Delicious grilled melon - a surprising treat
Delicious grilled melon - a surprising treat | Source

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anglnwu 6 years ago

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

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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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

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dealrocker 6 years ago from California

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. :)

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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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

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amy jane 6 years ago from Connecticut

Lots of great ideas here! I think we may give the kabobs a try - nice and easy way to grill fruit. :) 6 years ago

I had grilled peaches a few weeks ago! Yummy!

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LdsNana-AskMormon 6 years ago from Southern California

I'm inspired! Great Hub:)

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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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!

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robie2 6 years ago from Central New Jersey

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

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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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 ;-)

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Runway 6 years ago from New York

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

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Betty Reid 6 years ago from Texas

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

wiieb 6 years ago

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

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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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

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lydk 6 years ago

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!

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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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

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Marty Chefman 6 years ago

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

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platinumOwl4 6 years ago

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.

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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

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. :)

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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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

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solarshingles 6 years ago from london

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

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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

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

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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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

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Paul Edmondson 6 years ago from Burlingame, CA

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

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rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

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!

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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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!

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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

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

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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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

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Cathy I 5 years ago from New York

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

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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California

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


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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

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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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

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daviddwarren22 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing, Time to bam2x :D.

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Big Papa G 5 years ago from Fayetteville, Arkansas

Wow! I can't wait to try some of these recipes! I've also shared some tips on grilling fruits and veggies:

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applejuic3 4 years ago from San Diego, CA

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

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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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

theking2020 4 years ago

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

kelleyward 4 years ago

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

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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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

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renee21 3 years ago

Great hub! I love your pictures!

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