Favorite Grillable Fruits

Favorite Grillable Fruits

It used to be that whenever my veggies and critters came off the grill, I would see all the lovely charcoal that remained and would hang my head in shame for letting all that perfectly good heat go to waste. Now every time I grill I make sure I have some fruit prepped to harness the coals’ last gleaming.

By the time dinner’s done, the fruit is soft with a bit of char — perfect for topping with ice cream or sorbet or perhaps a drizzling of grappa syrup. (That’s another post.) Here are a few of my favorite fruits for fire:

  • Grapefruit, halved and seared, then turned cut side up and sprinkled with sugar and salt
  • Peaches, not too ripe, halved, pit removed
  • Pineapples, skin on, cut into long wedges
  • Mangoes, meaty cheeks only
  • Bananas, whole in the peel (make slits to allow steam to escape)
  • Honeydew melon, chunks can be skewered or long slices can be grilled.

Brush or spray all fruits with a bit of neutral oil (I prefer canola) to prevent sticking, and to aid browning.

Cooking times vary, but I usually sear the cut sides over direct heat while I’m standing there, then turn the pieces cut side up, set them off direct heat and leave them until the fire dies down. The sweeter the fruit the more I like to let it char … ah, contrast. Bigger hunks may profit from application of the lid to trap extra heat. In this case, however, the effect may be more like baking than grilling.


Grilled Watermelon Salad


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  1. 3

    Grilled peaches or nectarines. Cube them, add them with peach nectar and sugar to a saucepan. Bring to a boil then simmer for 10 minutes. This makes a great syrup for bourbon drinks and pairs well with black walnut bitters.

  2. 5
    James davies

    It sounds good I’m just wonderig if you can grill any other fruits. I want to be a chief one day because I love to create new dishes for family an friends and I like to discover new ways of cooking and that’s why I want to go back to school to learn deferent ways to cook food

  3. 7

    I grill pineapple spear that have been marinating in their own juices, cinnamon and vanilla for a few hours. It is so yummy. I even heard one guest say it tastes like cake!

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