I have a confession to make… I don’t like grilled fruit.
Runs and hides for fear of food community exiling her
I’ve tried. I really have. I mean, I have nothing against slightly warm fresh pineapple or peaches with a healthy scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. It’s summer, it’s healthy, it’s kind of like dessert- I get theoretically why it’s so popular. But as soon as it has char, I just don’t like it! I thought maybe if I made it myself, I’d have a different opinion. So one day, I went to the grocery store and bought every cheap, grill-able fruit they had and decided to give it a shot. I still didn’t like the results, but I feel like a lot of people might (and the pictures were really pretty), so here’s what I did:
I started with pineapple, plums, and slightly ripe mango. As I sliced them up, I ate quite a bit of each, so I know the fruit started out delicious.
I got a grill pan (I don’t have a real grill) searing hot and then turned the heat to medium and brushed each fruit with melted butter and sprinkled them with a teeny tiny bit of salt and fresh pepper to counteract their sweetness. I spread out the fruit across the pan and grilled on each side for 2-3 minutes or until there were nice grill marks.
Fellow foodies- is that right? Did I go too far? This is what I usually see as “grilled fruit” when other people make it, so I tried to replicate that look. But it was too much for me- that grilled portion was too hard to chew while the rest of the fruit was squishy rather than soft and juicy.
For the sauce, I pureed about a cup of fresh basil leaves with the juice of 1 lime, a lot of local honey, and about a half cup of water. The sauce was delicious but a bit too watery, so next time I’d do a lot less water and maybe use a hand blender rather than my Vitamix to get a better handle on that small amount of liquid. The recipe below reflects those changes!
I served the fruit in a puddle of the sauce with a dollop of yogurt to counteract the grilled-ness of it. I think ice cream or frozen yogurt would have been even better! The sauce was great, and the fruit with the yogurt and the sauce was bearable, but still not something I’d make for myself again.
So, if you like grilled fruit, this is a fabulously healthy summer dessert!
- A variety of grillable fruits like stone fruits, pineapple, and mango
- 1 Tbsp melted butter
- <1/8 tsp each salt and fresh ground pepper
- Juice of one lime
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 Tbsp water
- 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
- Yogurt or vanilla ice cream, for serving
- Slice each fruit into large chunks, preferably long strips that are easy to lay across multiple grill grates.
- Place a grill pan (or prep a grill) over high heat until searing hot, then lower heat to medium. Brush each piece with melted butter. Lay across grates and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Grill fruit for 2-3 minutes per side, flipping at least twice to grill multiple edges.
- Meanwhile, blend lime juice, honey, water, and basil leaves until smooth.
- Serve fruit warm with the sauce and a dollop of yogurt or ice cream.