If your grilling activity is limited to meat only, you are missing out!
The intense heat from the grill helps to caramelize the natural sugar in fruit, making it even more delicious.
The best thing is grilling fruit only takes a few minutes, so it’s a great desert option when you are entertaining.
Just make sure you give the grill grates a good clean. You don’t want the fruit to take on the flavor from what you last grilled.
1. Incredibly Versatile Grilled Pineapple with Brown Sugar Orange Glaze
Ready in 20 minutes and so adaptable you can use it as a side, in a salad, on a sandwich, in a cocktail or all on its own because it’s so delicious!
Aside from being sticky and sweet, pineapple has many health benefits. Sure, with the addition of the glaze this might be a little sugary – but as they say, everything in moderation!
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 tablespoon lime juice, or more to taste depending on how “tangy” you want it/how sweet your pineapple is
Here’s the full recipe plus loads of information about pineapples. After reading it through, you will be heading out to grab a Pineapple before long.
2. Grilled Peaches with Vanilla Ice Cream – Ready in 5 Minutes!
While you have the grill out, why not save yourself a ton of work and put some peaches on the grill. In under 5 minutes, with the addition of some ice cream and perhaps even a drizzle of honey, you have dessert done and dusted!
The simplicity of this recipe is deceptive – perhaps don’t let on just how easy it is.
- 2 ripe peaches
- 2 ripe nectarines
- canola oil
- 8 large scoops vanilla ice cream
- Honey and sea salt for finishing
Same goes for nectarines and apricots. When stone fruit season rolls in, you will never be stuck for desert ideas. You can find the recipe here.
3. Grilled Fruit Kabobs
By threading your fruit chunks on a stick, not only can you mix and match what fruits you grill, you can also make your grilled fruit look fun too.
There is no end to the combinations you can create with this idea, and if you want a healthy dessert that kids (and some adults) will eat without whinging, then this is the ticket.
- 1 cup Pineapple chunks cut into 1” pieces
- 1 Banana cut 1″ pieces
- 1 cup Cantaloupe chunks cut into 1” pieces
- 1 cup Strawberries stems removed
- Coconut oil spray
- 1 tablespoon Maple syrup for drizzling
- Vanilla yogurt for dipping (optional)
For some ideas and handy tips on how to grill great fruit kabobs, check out the recipe here.
4. Sophisticated Grilled Pears with Amaretto
Grilled fruit is tasty and easy, but it can also be sophisticated. This recipe is inspired by Italian desserts, and thoughtfully combines pear with roasted almonds and Amaretto.
Serve this with a dollop of vanilla ice cream, and you will have a dessert that will wow your guests, with a minimum of effort – a real win win.
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar
- 80 ml / 1/3 cup Amaretto, I used Disarrano
- 1 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
- 4 pears, halved
You can find the recipe here. The original recipe uses vanilla coconut ice cream, but you can use whatever vanilla ice cream you like.
5. Grilled Cinnamon Apple Slices Drizzled with Honey
Apple and cinnamon is a classic pairing, and this incredibly easy recipe takes advantage of this time-honored combination.
You can use this as a dessert or a side dish, so once you have mastered this (which isn’t hard) you can let your imagination run wild.
- 3 honeycrisp apples, cut into 3/4 inch circle slices
- 3 tablespoons of melted butter
- 3 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons of honey
For the recipe, and some suggestions regarding the best type of apples to use, head to the full recipe here.
6. Rum Glazed Grilled Bananas
Bananas truly shine when they are grilled, they go perfectly gooey and caramelized. Add a glaze based on rum and spices and you a full blown comfort food within a few short minutes.
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar, well packed
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 pinch kosher or sea salt
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons rum
- 4 bananas
As with most of these recipes, the addition of some ice cream, cream or yoghurt is delicious but optional – to be honest these bananas have so much going for them on their own you could easily enjoy them as is.
Here’s the full recipe.
7. Grilled Nectarines – Simple and Delicious Recipe
As with other stone fruits, nectarines grill really well. This recipe also includes a simple yet delightful trick to create a beautiful sweet cinnamon glaze on your nectarines.
While the addition of ice cream is advocated by the author of this recipe, she gives us some wise advice – there is no need to go crazy with the icecream as the nectarine itself is really the star of the show.
- 2 nectarines, cut in half and seeded
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Ice cream
Get the full recipe here.
8. Honey Almond Ricotta Stuffed Grilled Peaches
While it sounds like there is alot going on in this recipe, you will still have it all ready to serve in only 15 minutes.
This recipe has an Italian twist thanks to the addition of ricotta and roasted almonds, which add another dimension to the already delicious flavor of grilled peaches.
- 4 peaches halved and pitted
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 3/4 cup ricotta homemade or store bought
- 1 teaspoon honey plus more for drizzling
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon ground
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract clear
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons slivered almonds lightly toasted, sprinkled over the top
- 1-2 amaretti cookies crushed and sprinkled over tops of peaches
- honey for drizzling
- mint leaves for decorating
You can find the recipe here – and there are some great tips on how to pick a perfect peach!
9. Sweet and Spicy Grilled Cantaloupe
We have all figured out that grilled stone fruit is delicious, but grilled cantaloupe should not be forgotten.
With the addition of paprika and honey, this nifty flavor combination is sure to surprise and excite you. As a heads up, it goes really well with chicken.
- ripe cantaloupe
- smoked paprika
For more tips on grilled cantaloupe and general tips about picking a good specimen, head to the full recipe here.
10. Honey Glazed Grilled Plums
Time for plums to shine! As with all fruits, grilling plums takes their natural flavor up a notch.
Drizzle them with some honey, add scoop of ricotta (ice cream or frozen yoghurt works as well) and you have a super easy way to enjoy your plums with that little bit extra pizazz.
- 2 firm plums, halved and pitted
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 cup ricotta
- Several sprigs of thyme
Just imagine enjoying this easy dish on the back deck one balmy evening – easy and refreshing! You can find the recipe here.
11. Hot-Sweet Grilled Watermelon – An Exciting Twist for your Melon.
Grilled fruit is super sweet, but you can really switch things up by adding a twist of heat.
This recipe uses guajillo chilli powder, but if you can’t get you hands on this particular type of chilli powder then cayenne or chipotle powder will also do the trick.
- 1 small seedless red watermelon (about 5 lb.)
- 2 lemons
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon guajillo chile powder or ground red chile powder
If you are having trouble imagining how this tastes, then why not fire up the grill and give it a go, you can find the full recipe here.
We reckon you will he rushing out to buy another watermelon not long after you have finished devouring the first!
Wrapping It Up
Who knew that they key to creating some of the simplest yet most delicious desserts involves simply grilling some fruit, adding an uncomplicated glaze and a dollop of ice cream.
Not only that, grilled fruit can also make a surprising side, or a unique addition to a salad.
Are you a fan of grilled fruit? If you have any hot tips, or if you enjoyed this article, let us know in the comments section below. And, if you found this article helpful, be sure to share!