If you’ve never grilled fruits before, it’s time to change your ways. Fire up the grill and grab a handful of your favorite fruits, but before you do, get a quick education:
- The best fruits for grilling are peaches, apricots, plums, pineapples, figs, pears, avocados, coconut, mangos, bananas, and even cantaloupe and watermelon.
- Before grilling, always brush fruit with olive oil. This will keep it from sticking to the grill and help seal in the juices.
- Use indirect heat to grill fruit, either on a raised grill or on an unlit side.
- Fruit cooks quickly, so stand by! Grill flesh-side first and check after about two minutes. Look for grill marks before flipping over.
- Leave rinds and peels on fruit for better handling.
- On the grill, your favorite sweet fruits get even sweeter and more complex as the natural sugars caramelize and give you the flavor of a fresh-from-the-oven cobbler.
- Natural sugars not enough for you? Sprinkle a little brown sugar on top and let a caramel-y crust form.
- Grilled fruits aren’t just for dessert. Add them to salads, pastas, pizzas, sandwiches and burgers.
- Love fruit kabobs? Try grilling them! Even berries work well grilled on a skewer. Give them about 1-2 minutes per side.
- Try blending grilled fruits into a homemade vinaigrette. The sweet, smoky flavor is unbelievable.
- A drizzle of honey, maple syrup, or coconut milk is a delicious topping for grilled fruit.
- Keep in mind that fruit will continue cooking after you remove it from the grill.
Give it a try and find your own favorite grilled fruit flavors!