This Cinnamon Fried Pineapple recipe makes an amazing side dish or dessert option. Pair it with your favorite barbecue or Asian dish, or serve it up with some ice cream for a tropical treat that no one will be able to resist. Have pineapple that isn’t sweet? This recipe is the perfect way to enjoy unripe pineapple!
What to do with Unripe Pineapple
Over the weekend I found fresh pineapples on sale for only $.98 each. I didn’t hesitate to grab two at that price. Since I was in a hurry I didn’t give them my usual sniff to see if these pineapples were sweet. Big mistake. Did you know that pineapples do not ripen once they are picked? When I cut into my pineapple it was pale yellow and not very sweet. It was so disappointing!
So what do you do if you discover unripe pineapple once you start cutting it up? You do have a few options. You can use it in any way that will allow you to add some additional sweetness from sugar, honey, maple syrup or other fruit. Typically I use unripe pineapple for smoothies or a homemade sorbet. But my new favorite way to use unripe pineapple is to make fried pineapple!
How to Make Cinnamon Fried Pineapple
This cinnamon fried pineapple tastes a lot like the grilled pineapple we all know and love. But because this is sauteed pineapple, it can easily be made year round in less than 15 minutes on the stove. My sauteed apples recipe inspired this fried pineapple and I’m so glad gave it a try.
How to Serve Sauteed Pineapple
This sauteed pineapple is great served warm or cold. You can offer it as a tasty side dish or as a dessert all on it’s own. Use it to top your favorite ice cream or add a scoop of ice cream on the side. I tried it with a little toasted coconut and a maraschino cherry which gives it a tropical feel.
This fried pineapple tastes great warm from the pan but you can also prepare ahead of time if needed.
- 1 fresh pineapple, into twelve wedges
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons water
- toasted coconut, ice cream, maraschino cherry (optional)
- Place pineapple wedges in gallon sized ziploc bag.
- Add brown sugar and cinnamon into bag.
- Gently shake until well coated.
- Melt butter in large frying pan over medium high heat.
- Add pineapple mixture and water.
- Cook over for 8 to 10 minutes or until pineapple is tender, flipping pineapple over occasionally.
- Cool slightly and serve warm as is or with toasted coconut ice cream and a cherry, if desired. Can also serve cold if preferred.
- Refrigerate any leftovers.
How would you enjoy your this fried pineapple recipe?