Grilling fruit is a simple way to add flavour and interest to the summer fruit harvest. Whether you’re including it in a savoury dish or a sweet dessert, grilled fruit has a taste all its own.
For some, the idea of grilling fruit may seem daunting, but the technique is quite straightforward, especially if you apply these tips.
When you’re grilling fruit, it’s best to use a neutral oil that won’t alter the flavour of whatever it is you’re cooking. Safflower and grapeseed oils are great for this, especially since they can withstand high grilling temperatures. You can also use melted butter.
It might be tempting to turn the heat down so that you don’t overcook the fruit, but that can result in mushiness instead of fruits infused with grilled flavour (which is the result you’re after). For the best char, the grill should be between 350-450 degrees Fahrenheit or 176-232 degrees Celsius.
You can grill fruits of any size. However, if you’re using melons or bananas, bigger is definitely better. The grilling process caramelizes the fruit sugars, so you want to ensure that the pieces hold their structure.
Bigger fruit slices can be placed directly on the grill, but smaller ones like berries should be placed in a basket.
To achieve beautiful grill marks, sear fruit on high heat for approximately three minutes on each side. Aim for six to eight minutes’ total cooking time.
Ways to Use Grilled Fruit
You can use grilled fruit in a variety of dishes or simply enjoy it on its own. Seared fruits pair well with both sweet and savory meals, so the possibilities are nearly endless.
Here are a few ideas to inspire you:
– Grilled watermelon salad with mint and feta
– Grilled fruit sangria
– Banana splits
– Pulled pork and pineapple
– Fruit kebabs with creamy yogurt dip
– Grilled pound cake with ice cream and grilled peaches
Here at Famous Foods, we carry a variety of delicious fruits for you to put on the grill, including those of the organic variety. Happy grilling!