This Roasted Pineapple recipe delivers decadent baked fruit ready to add tropical, warming flavor to both sweet and savory dishes.
Picture fresh slices of pineapple coated in a simple honey cinnamon glaze baked to caramelized perfection!
Pineapple has always been among my favorite fruits because it’s not just a snack but a versatile ingredient that finds its way into refreshing pineapple water, zesty pineapple coleslaw, and, of course, a batch of this delicious oven-roasted pineapple.
For this simple baked fruit recipe, I took fresh pineapple chunks and tossed them in a simple glaze made with coconut oil, honey, vanilla, and warming spices.
From there, the oven does the rest of the work.
Mouthwatering golden morsels of caramelized pineapple with a warm, gooey glaze to use as a condiment for sweet desserts and savory dishes – it’s a culinary win-win!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Here are some of the many reasons to turn your kitchen into a tropical baked pineapple paradise:
- Mouthwatering flavor fusion: Experience the enticing combination of caramelized fruity flavor and rich, warming spices.
- Simple yet sophisticated: Whether you’re a kitchen pro or a novice, roasted pineapple with cinnamon guarantees an impressive dish with minimal effort. Simply toss it in glaze, bake, and serve!
- Healthy snack upgrade: Skip plain pineapple and enjoy this glazed pineapple dish as a decadent yet highly nutritious snack.
- Versatile condiment: The serving/usage possibilities are endless!
Here’s everything you’ll need to make roasted pineapple with honey cinnamon glaze:
Here is a brief overview of the ingredients:
- Pineapple – Select a firm, whole pineapple with a slight give. The base should have a sweet fragrance, and the leaves at the crown should be green and easily plucked without too much effort, indicating ripeness.
- Coconut oil – It gives the glaze a distinct tropical taste and a smooth, glossy finish.
- Honey – It serves as a natural sweetener and makes the glaze sticky, so it adheres to the pineapple.
- Cinnamon – The added warmth and depth complement the sweet and tangy notes of the pineapple.
- Allspice – A little bit goes a long way! You need just a pinch to add depth and richness to the glaze.
- Vanilla extract – Opt for high-quality pure vanilla extract to give the glaze a subtle richness that complements the fruity flavors.
How to Roast Pineapple
Here are the step-by-step instructions on making roasted pineapple in the oven:
Step 1. Prep the pineapple.
Preheat the oven to 400℉. Meanwhile, cut off the green top and peel the skin off of the pineapple. Chop the fruit into cubes and place them in a baking dish.
Step 2. Make the glaze.
In a small bowl, whisk the melted coconut oil, honey, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and allspice until combined.
Step 3. Coat the pineapple.
Pour the glaze over the pineapple slices and toss until all the pieces are well-coated.
Step 4. Bake.
Bake the pineapple until it starts to caramelize (35 to 40 minutes). Toss the pineapple slices once or twice during baking to make sure they cook evenly.
Optional: place the baking dish under the broiler for the last few minutes of cooking. Serve warm.
Here are my top tips to ensure roasted pineapple success:
- Cut it correctly: With a sharp knife, cut off the leafy top and the base. Then, stand the pineapple upright and slice off the tough outer peel from top to bottom. From there, quarter the fruit, remove the core if you don’t like it (I usually leave it in), and then dice each piece into consistent ½-inch chunks.
- Serve warm: The coconut oil in the glaze will solidify at a cold temperature. If you aren’t serving the dish immediately, reheat it in the oven, microwave, or a small skillet to restore the glazes’ smooth, glossy consistency.
- Bake in a single layer: Avoid overcrowding the baking dish so each piece can roast properly and develop a flavorful, caramelized exterior.
Here are a few ways to modify this honey-cinnamon glazed pineapple recipe you may find helpful:
- Add a pinch of cayenne to the glaze for a sweet and spicy kick.
- Add a splash of spiced rum to the glaze to elevate the richness and caramelization.
- Replace honey with maple syrup, coconut sugar, or brown sugar for warm, aromatic sweetness.
Apart from its status as a standalone snack, roasted pineapple serves as a versatile condiment for sweet and savory recipes, including:
- Ice cream or yogurt topping – Top off your morning yogurt parfait or a scoop of vanilla ice cream with a burst of rich, tropical flavor.
- Fruit salad add-in – Toss roasted pineapple pieces into a fruit salad for a flavorful addition.
- Mix into oatmeal – For a sweet and spiced breakfast upgrade.
- Add to baked goods – Enhance muffins and cakes with caramelized pineapple goodness.
- Protein topping – Pair with grilled chicken, pork loin, fish/shrimp tacos, smoked ham, blackened salmon, etc.
- Cocktail garnish – Add a tasty and visually appealing touch to mocktails and cocktails like margaritas, pina coladas, and mai tais.
Storing & Freezing
Storing: Store leftover roasted pineapple in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
Freezing: Spread the chunks on a baking sheet in a single layer, freeze until solid, then transfer to an airtight container or freezer bag and keep frozen for up to three months.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are a few related questions about baked pineapple:
Does baking pineapple make it sweeter?
Yes! The natural sweetness intensifies as the heat caramelizes the natural sugars in the fruit.
How long does it take to roast pineapple?
Roasting pineapple chopped into ½-inch pieces typically takes 40 to 45 minutes at 400°F, but the exact time may vary based on the size of your chunks.
Can I make this with canned pineapple?
While fresh pineapple is best, canned pineapple can also be delicious when caramelized through roasting.
In this case, drain the canned pineapple well and then proceed with coating it in glaze and roasting –just know the finished dish may have a softer texture than fresh.
Can I roast pineapple in the air fryer?
Yes! Toss the pineapple chunks with glaze, then air fry at 375°F for 20-25 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through to ensure even caramelization.
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- 1 large pineapple
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp allspice
- Preheat the oven to 400F. To prep the pineapple, cut off the green top; then peel the pineapple and dice it into 1/2-inch cubes. Spread over a baking dish.
- To make the glaze, add the melted coconut oil to a small bowl. Add the honey, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and allspice. Whisk to combine.
- Pour the glaze over the pineapple and toss, making sure all the pieces are coated with the glaze.
- Place the baking dish in the oven and bake the pineapple for 35 to 40 minutes until it starts to caramelize. Toss the pineapple slices once or twice during baking to make sure they cook evenly. You can place it under the broiler for a few minutes at the end of cooking. Serve warm.
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1/4 of recipe
Amount Per Serving Calories 100Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 1gSugar 8gProtein 0g
Nutrition facts provided on this website are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a qualified health care provider for personalized diet advice and make sure that each of the ingredients is allowed in your diet.