16 Fruits You Should Grill This Weekend + 4 Tips For Making Them Taste Great
For many people, summer cooking is synonymous with firing up the grill. And while you probably are used to reaching for a favorite burger or toward a pile of vegetables to toss on the grill grates, you may not have thought to reach for the fruits you'd planned to have alongside.
But you should! Grilling fruit brings out the natural sweetness, and many of them make natural flavor pairs with other popular weekend barbecue dishes. Here, we break down some of the best fruits to give the grilled treatment, but first a few pieces of advice.
Pick fruit that's just shy of ripe.
While peak ripeness is the perfect time to eat fruit fresh and raw, it may be past prime for putting it on the grill. The heat of the grill will soften the fruit some, so already soft fruits will be more likely to fall apart.
Use larger pieces.
For obvious reasons, smaller pieces of fruit won't work as well for grilling individual pieces. That being said, grilled fruit kabobs are always an option if you've got smaller pieces of fruit available; just make sure the fruits are ones that will need about the same amount of time to cook.
Plan to use fat.
The delicate flesh of the fruits may be more likely to stick to grates than proteins, so it's always a good idea to add some fat to the grill before laying down the fruit. Any neutral oil with a high smoking point should work, like avocado oil—simply brush it lightly onto the side of the fruit that will be on the grill.
Give it time.
One of the best parts of grilling fruit? How pretty it looks. To effectively get those gorgeous grill marks, you'll need to put it on the grill and let it stay there until you're ready to flip it so it has time to develop the marks. If you move it around, the lines will be messy and you increase the risk of the fruit tearing as it pulls away from the grate.
The best fruits to grill.
When it comes to what fruits you should be grilling, it's really up to you—but there are some that hold up to this type of cooking better or that really shine when they're charred. During the summer months, it's sometimes easier to find farmers markets or seasonal produce like stone fruits and melons—both of which are grill-able options.
1. Pineapple While debates rage over whether or not this particular fruit belongs on pizza, we say it definitely belongs on the grill. Once you cook it, it makes a great topping on black bean burgers, or you can chop it up to add to homemade salsa to reap it's gut health benefits.
2. Peaches, apricots, plums, and nectarines When planning a barbecue, you may not think to grill dessert, but we implore you to think again. Grilled peaches (or really any stone fruit) are a perfect summer dessert, especially when paired with vanilla bean ice cream.