30 Pineapple Recipes That Will Make You Fall for the Sweet, Juicy Fruit
Don't be deterred by this fruit's prickly exterior; fresh pineapple is the perfect sweet, sunny treat to brighten up any day. Once rare in the United States, pineapple was served only on special occasions, so it became a symbol of hospitality.
Because pineapple doesn't ripen further after being picked, select a ready-to-eat one. Look for fruit that's heavy for its size, with a rich, sweet fragrance. The leaves should be green and fresh-looking. If you can pull one from the center of the stem with only slight resistance, you'll know it's ripe.
Ripe pineapple will keep at room temperature for about two days and in the refrigerator (either in a plastic bag or in the crisper) for about four days. The flesh could develop dark spots from temperature changes, so refrigerate pineapple that was bought chilled.
To prepare, slice away the spiky skin to reveal the juicy golden flesh, and cut it into chunks or rounds. Use raw pineapple in smoothies or spritzes, like a Pineapple Highball or Crushed Pineapple-Rosemary Limeade. Bake it into desserts like an old-fashioned Pineapple Upside-Down Cake or a gorgeous presentation of Caramelized Pineapple with Vanilla Ice Cream. It's also wonderful for savory fare: An enzyme in pineapple breaks down protein molecules, making it a great meat tenderizer in marinades. It's delicious when grilled for Pork-and-Pineapple Tacos, or served alongside these tropical Mexican inspired Spicy Shrimp Fajitas with Grilled Pineapple Pico. Plus, it pairs well with fresh herbs, soy sauce, or chile peppers.
Here are our best recipes highlighting the tropical fruit, so go ahead and start cooking.
All you need are a handful of ingredients to make this showstopping dessert; it's guaranteed to transport you to the tropics. Sliced pineapple is baked in a brown sugar-butter glaze and served with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream for the ultimate summer treat.
Hummingbird Carrot Cake
Spicy Pork-and-Pineapple Stir-Fry
Spicy Pineapple-Peanut Salad
This is no ordinary side salad. Inspired by the flavors of south Asia, pineapple is topped with shallots, peanuts, Thai chile pepper, and fresh mint leaves. All of the ingredients are then drizzled with a simple rice-vinegar-and-olive-oil dressing.
Tropical-Fruit Salad with Coconut Crunch
Old-Fashioned Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Crushed Pineapple-Rosemary Limeade
A French martini is traditionally made with vodka, Chambord (raspberry liqueur), and pineapple juice. Here, we're keeping the same flavors but with a bubbly fresh twist thanks to sparkling white wine, seltzer, fresh strawberries, and fresh pineapple juice. Serve in a giant pitcher for crowd-friendly pouring.
Spicy Shrimp Fajitas with Grilled Pineapple Pico
Caramelized Pineapple with Vanilla Ice Cream
Yogurt with Caramelized Pineapple and Hazelnuts
Spicy Pineapple Slaw
Lattice-Topped Vanilla Bean Pineapple Tart
Poach fresh pineapple slices in rum with brown sugar and vanilla bean to create the tropical filling for this tart. To form the perfect lattice crust, weave the strips of dough together on a parchment-lined pan and freeze before transferring to the top of the tart.