How to Grill Fruit

Grilled Fruit
Grilled Peaches & Plums. Molly Watson
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    Start With Fresh, Ripe Fruit

    Fresh Fruit
    Peaches & Plums. Molly Watson

    When you grill fruit, you need to start with fresh, ripe fruit. Here, we're using luscious, lovely peaches and plums. Nectarines, pears, apples, and apricots are all also delicious on the grill using this method, as is pineapple. Even softer fruits such as strawberries and figs are good—just pull back on the grill time and treat them tenderly.

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    Halve the Fruit for Grilling

    Fruit Ready to Grill
    Peaches & Plums to Grill. Molly Watson

    Cut larger fruits in half lengthwise. The idea is to expose as much surface area as possible on both halves to maximize exposure to the grill. Smaller fruit, such as strawberries or figs, can be left whole if you like. 

    Remove the pit from peaches, plums, nectarines, and apricots. Scoop out the core of pears or apples.

    If you want, you can peel the fruit before you grill it. Peeling the fruit is entirely a matter of taste, so it's up to you. (Many people will prefer the color and texture of leaving the peel on when they grill fruit; know too that the peel will help the cooked fruit hold together on the grill and when served.)

    Brush the fruit with a neutral flavored oil, such as canola or grapeseed oil. Put the fruit on a tray or baking sheet in order to transport it to the grill.

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    Grill the Fruit!

    Making Grilled Fruit
    Fruit on the Grill. Molly Watson

    Set the fruit cut-side-down on a clean, oiled cooking grate over a medium hot fire. Cover and cook until grill-marked, tender, and heated through, about 5 minutes for smaller softer fruit like apricots, about 10 minutes for larger fruit like peaches, and up to 15 minutes for harder fruits like pears and apples.

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    Grill Second Side

    Fruit with Grill Marks
    Grilling Fruit. Molly Watson

    You can turn the fruit over, if the fruit halves are particularly large or if you like, just make sure the other side is oiled.

    If you're planning to serve the fruit for dessert, you can sprinkle the cut surface with a bit of sugar or brown sugar or drizzle it with a bit of honey or maple syrup for extra sweetness and caramelization. About 1 teaspoon per piece of fruit is a reasonable place to start, but a person could certainly sprinkle on a bit more.

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    How to Serve Grilled Fruit

    Grilled Peaches
    Grilled Peaches With Brown Sugar. Molly Watson

    Serve grilled fruit hot or warm, on its own or alongside grilled meats (it's particularly delicious with grilled pork). Grilled fruit also makes an insanely easy and fabulous summer dessert – serve with ice cream or frozen yogurt for maximum impact.

    Grilled fruit is tasty on its own, alongside grilled meats, or served as dessert with a scoop of ice cream (this Buttermilk Ice Cream is amazing with grilled fruit, but your favorite flavor will be tasty too) or frozen yogurt.

    Once you 1) taste the extra sweetness touched with a bit of smoke a grill brings to fruit and 2) see how supremely easy it is to make this luscious dessert, you may be turning to the treat frequently every summer.

    Here, the peaches have been sprinkled with brown sugar while they were still on the grill.