RecipeGrilled Pineapple with Tropical Glaze

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
  • Calories: 70
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Total Fat: 0 g
    • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
    • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 18 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2 g
  • Total Sugar: 14 g
    • Natural Sugar: 14 g
    • Added Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 100 mg

After dinner, keep the barbecue fired up to make this delightful dessert. I take sweet, juicy pineapple and grill it, which transforms the golden fruit into a wonderful (and fancy) treat with caramelized tropical goodness. Then, I drizzle on a mouthwatering sauce, made by reducing some pineapple juice, rice vinegar and soy sauce. The recipe makes ⅓ cup sauce, which is enough for one pineapple. If you’re serving a large crowd and cutting more than one pineapple, double it up. (Note: The sauce also is amazing served over chicken or fish.)

  • Prep time
  • Total Time
This recipe makes 6 servings

Sweet Asian Glaze (makes ~1/3 cup)

  • • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • • ½ cup rice vinegar
  • • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • • ½ teaspoon cornstarch or arrowroot flour
  • • Optional garnish: sliced scallions, coarsely chopped mint leaves, toasted sesame seeds, and crushed red pepper flakes.


  • • 1 fresh pineapple, sliced into ¾-inch-thick circles

To make the sauce: Place pineapple juice, rice vinegar and soy sauce in a small saucepan or pot and bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium-low and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes to reduce liquid.

In a small cup, combine the cornstarch (or arrowroot) with 1 teaspoon of cold water, and stir until the cornstarch is completely dissolved. Add to the simmering sauce, slightly raise heat, and bring to a gentle boil. Stir for about 1 or 2 minutes and allow the sauce to slightly thicken. Set aside to cool.

To make the pineapple: Cut the top and outer skin from pineapple, and slice into 6 to 8 circles, about ¾-inch thick. Lay flat on a tray and mist with oil spray. Place on a hot grill or indoor grill pan and cook until deeply golden and caramelized, about 10 to 15 minutes. Flip with a spatula or tongs and cook the other side until it’s equally caramelized and delicious.

Transfer the pineapple to a platter, and right before serving, drizzle with Tropical Glaze. Garnish with optional sliced scallion, chopped mint, toasted sesame seeds, and crushed red pepper flakes.

For more delicious fruit desserts, try these Strawberry Daiquiri Ice Pops.