25 Savory Pineapple Recipes To Work Into Your Dinner Plans
Juicy is an *understatement* when it comes to these sweet-savory meals.
Not going to lie, our main objectives for eating and cooking are pretty much...to eat like we're on vacation. Because why not? Life is too short to miss out on recipes that take us straight to our happy place (Bora Bora, Maui, Bali, we could go on...).
Thanks to our spiky friend the pineapple, we can instantly transport our favorite stir-fries, skewers, and tacos to a deliciously sweet-savory state—no passport required. What you'll also find throughout these slides: a very fun (edible!) way to eat chicken teriyaki pineapple bowls or pineapple shrimp. We won't be surprised if you want to serve the rest of these dishes straight from the source.
Whatever you do, don't be intimidated by cutting a pineapple. We have all the tips and tricks on the easiest way to properly cut a pineapple so you can maximize all the juicy cubes and, yes, juice. Save that liquid gold for the next marinade you mix up for chicken, shrimp and even carne asada recipes.
If you're not in the mood for chopping up a whole pineapple (or only need a little), there's plenty of opportunities to use canned pineapple in these recipes. We actually prefer the perfectly round pineapple rings for our baked pineapple salmon and for topping Maui burgers.
The best part of having leftover pineapple rings or crushed pineapple is that you now have plenty more to top your favorite kitchen sink sundae. Can't get enough pineapple? Try our best pineapple desserts and grilled pineapple recipes.
The pineapple in this recipe doesn't just serve as a pretty serving vessel (although wow!), it also adds a fresh and vibrant sweetness to the teriyaki sauce. Use the juice that pools at the bottom of your pineapple when scooping out the chunks. Want to make a more classic teriyaki? We got you.
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As much as we love pineapple fried rice and these Hawaiian chicken skewers, this pineapple chicken stir fry might take the crown for our favorite sweet-savory combo. It has the tangy bite from pineapple, a solid crunch from cashews, and a kick from jalapeño. What's not to love?!
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Giving the salmon a quick broil at the end of cooking lets the marinade caramelize. Make sure to keep a close eye on it—a couple minutes is all you need under a hot broiler. Looking for more salmon recipes? This Greek salmon is another foolproof, quick dinner.
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Utilize your trusty sheet pans to make these easy one-pan weeknight dinner tacos. These shrimp and pineapple tacos are full of flavor and will have you feel like you're sitting on the beach. Use all of your favorite toppings, but avocado and radishes are a must.
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Tofu is so much more than a meat substitute, it’s a protein source that stands on its own, and the perfect base to soak up tasty sauces, like this chipotle and guajillo chili marinade inspired by the popular Mexican street food tacos al pastor. Serve the skewers as an appetizer or make it dinner by de-skewering the chile-spiced tofu and charred pineapple right into tortillas for tacos.
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Serving your shrimp in an adorable, yet functional, pineapple boat is totally optional, but why skip it? Pro-tip: Be sure to reserve the liquid gold that is fresh pineapple juice when you scoop out your pineapple; you'll use the juice to whip up the spicy-sweet sauce.
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Give these Maui burgers a try when you want to mix up your grill game. We're particularly fond of the shichimi aioli, which is made with mayo and shichimi togarashi, a Japanese red pepper seasoning you can find at your local Asian grocery store.
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Grilling the pineapple delivers so much depth of flavor here. We love this salsa with tortilla chips, but also topped on our favorite grilled meats. It just might ruin you for all other healthy dips.
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Stay on island time by serving this genius grilled chicken dinner over a bed of coconut rice. You could even make it a completely Hawaiian-themed dinner party with Blue Hawaiian coolers and one of our many pineapple desserts.
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Pineapple and salmon? A match made in heaven. (It's what makes our baked pineapple salmon so popular!) Smoky, sweet, and just a little spicy, these skewers are a major crowd-pleaser. Make them for your next barbecue, and watch them *disappear*.
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This easy weeknight chicken dinner has major Hawaiian pizza vibes (minus the ham), and more than proves how well pineapple goes with melty cheese. Whatever you do, don't skip the seasoning: the dried herbs, garlic powder, and paprika balance the creamy mozzarella and sweet fruit.
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Half the fun of eating a hot dog is loading it up with all kinds of toppings. This time we took a tropical approach. The pineapple salsa combats the spice from sriracha, creating a nice balance of flavor and texture, especially when you top it on a Hawaiian roll bun.
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Originating in Hawaii, this chicken recipe is really all about the sauce: In 1955, a businessman from Honolulu grilled some chicken and brushed it with a sauce inspired by his mother's version of teriyaki. It included pineapple juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, and (stay with us) ketchup. That all makes for an insanely delicious base, and plenty of garlic and ginger bring some acidity and brightness.
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Simple grilled chicken turns extraordinary, thanks to this fruity salsa. We marinate chicken breasts with lime, honey, and cilantro to create a juicy, flavor-packed base for topping with refreshing pineapple-avocado salsa.
Pulled pork tacos are always on our menu, and we love changing up our slaws to suit our ever-changing cravings. This pineapple slaw goes insanely well with tender, slow-cooked pork, while packing plenty of spice. You'll want to top it on everything. Maybe these pulled pork sandwiches are next?
To give this rice even more of an island vibe, we fry it coconut oil. (If you don't have any on hand, use any neutral oil, like canola, instead.) And if you're feeling fancy, consider serving the rice in pineapple bowls...preferably under our garlicky ginger shrimp.
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Burgers get a tropical—and low-carb!—makeover when slices of charred grilled pineapple rings replace the buns. The sweetness of the pineapple pairs surprisingly well with melty pepper jack.
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Move over, Hawaiian pizza! This tropical chicken is our new favorite savory pineapple dish. The acidity from the pineapple marinade will help tenderize the chicken breast, while the sugar works to caramelize the meat over the hot flames.
If you want to take this recipe to the next level, slice the chicken and throw it on a tortilla with pickled red onion and a bright, crunchy slaw.
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Topped with an insanely delish—and easy—pineapple salsa, these pork chops take on a fresh, tropical flavor. Searing the chops first in a super-hot pan helps create a nice golden crust before a trip to the oven.
Consider this a grilled cheese straight from paradise. It might seem crazy, but the sharpness of white cheddar pairs perfectly with the bite of soy sauce and pineapple.
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There's nothing better than a perfect steak, unless it's a perfect steak taco. Enter: pineapple carne asada tacos. Our marinade strikes the perfect balance of smoky, spicy, and umami (thanks to tomato paste). Lime and orange zest delivers citrusy brightness without too much extra acidity to the marinade.
Fun fact: Pineapple juice contains a group of enzymes that actually help tenderize meat, making it the ideal marinade ingredient for tougher cuts, like skirt steak.
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This retro glazed ham is a classic stunner for the center of any table, and just a few easy sides short of a fantastic feast. Brushing the ham and fruit every 15 minutes or so with the glaze is just enough to create a nicely caramelized crust, while infusing the ham with sweet pineapple notes.
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Say aloha to your new favorite BBQ skewers. Don't have a grill? No worries, a grill pan will help you char these up right in your kitchen.
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Sweet pineapple is about to be your new favorite topper for salmon. Need more proof? Try our baked pineapple salmon or our pineapple salmon skewers next.
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The secret to these restaurant-worthy, slow-cooker pulled pork sandwiches? Ginger ale and liquid smoke. You can even grill the pineapple before topping for a deliciously sweet smokiness.
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