Grilled Cinnamon Apples

Grilled Cinnamon Apples

The Spruce / Ahlam Raffii

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
72 Calories
0g Fat
19g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 27mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 6mg 32%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 124mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This grilled apple dessert is perfect for fall or winter when apples are in season and you're ready for warm spices like cinnamon. It's also a great side for grilled pork, which goes so well with apples. You can serve it sliced over pie or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, drizzled with warm caramel. It's comfort food at its best.

Start with an apple such as a Granny Smith, Pink Lady, or Honeycrisp that will hold up better from grilling than a typical Red Delicious. But feel free to use whatever apples your tree is producing or you enjoy most from the farm stand. Choosing organically grown apples and rinsing any apples before cooking will help reduce exposure to pesticide and fertilizer residues.

One challenge with grilling or baking apples is to get them nicely softened, but not too soft. By slicing the apples rather than grilling halved apples you will be able to cook them more uniformly. Start with clean and lightly oiled grill grates. Or, use a grill rack that will keep the apples off the surface of the grill, but still give them some nice grill marks.

Ingredients

  • 2 firm apples

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • Pinch kosher salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Grilled Cinnamon Apples ingredients

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  2. Preheat grill to medium heat. Core apples and cut into slices that are 1/4-inch thick, but leave peel intact.

    Core the apples and cut them into slices

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  3. Combine water and lemon juice in a large bowl and add apple slices. This soak will keep them from browning.

    Apple slices in a bowl with water and lemon juice

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  4. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt, and set aside.

    Cinnamon, salt, and sugar combined in a small bowl

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  5. Place apples on grill and cook for 6 to 8 minutes on each side, turning once.

    Apple slices on a grill rack

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  6. Once cooked, place apples on a large dish and sprinkle with mixture of sugar, cinnamon, and salt.

    Grilled Cinnamon Apples on a platter

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Tips

For a side dish with pork, place a few slices on each plate or arrange them nicely for the guests to serve themselves. A sprig of mint is a lovely garnish.

For dessert, serve with your choice of ice cream or whipped cream. Top them with caramel sauce and chopped nuts for a decadent treat.

Variation


If you'd prefer to modify the recipe and grill halved apples, the recipe remains the same but you would start grilling with the cut side down for 6 to 8 minutes, then flip them so the cut side is up. They may not cook as evenly, depending on the size of the apple.

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