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Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple

a close up shot of pieces of Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple on a plate
This brown sugar grilled pineapple is sweetened with a delicious brown sugar glaze and comes off the grill nice and juicy to create a sweet side dish for all your grilled meals.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Marinate Time 30 mins
Total Time 46 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 84 kcal


  • 1 fresh pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into 8 spears
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • vegetable oil spray, for grill


  • Place the pineapple in a large mixing bowl and sprinkle with the brown sugar, cayenne, vanilla extract, and salt. Toss to combine.
  • Cover the pineapple with plastic wrap and let marinate for 30 minutes at room temperature. You can also place the pineapple in the refrigerator to marinate overnight. You will have a few tablespoons of liquid in the bottom of your bowl. Do not discard it.
  • Preheat your grill pan over high heat and spray with cooking spray just before adding the pineapple.
  • Grill the pineapple for 1 to 2 minutes on each side.
  • While the pineapple is grilling, place the excess marinade liquid in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 90 seconds or until bubbly and syrupy. Set aside.
  • Remove the grilled pineapple to the serving platter and drizzle it with the excess marinade syrup just before serving.


  • You can buy a pre-peeled and cored whole ripe pineapple from your grocery store's produce department. This will significantly reduce your prep time as the pineapple prep takes a lot of time in this recipe.
  • You can cut the pineapple into rings instead of spears. Be sure not to cut the slices of pineapple too thinly, or they will fall apart when grilling.
  • If you don’t have an indoor grill pan, you can grill this outdoors. Use grill plates if your grill grates are too far apart for the small pineapple spears.


Calories: 84kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 1gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.05gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.02gSodium: 39mgPotassium: 134mgFiber: 2gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 92IUVitamin C: 54mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 0.4mg