Brazilian Churrascaria Style Grilled Pineapple

No need to go to a Brazilian churrascaria to indulge on cinnamon grilled pineapples! Make this easy grilled pineapple recipe at home that is not only an easy summer dessert but great anytime of the year.  A great side for meats, even better topped with some ice cream. Grill these churrascaria style pineapple today!

brazilian cinnamon grilled pineapple

The first time I heard of grilling pineapple was on Oprah. I vaguely remember a retired sports star (a basketball player? I really can’t recall) who was on the show and demonstrated a simple vegan dessert. Cinnamon and almond grilled pineapple. I was salivating! I made it the next day and it lived up to my imagination. Caramelised on the outside, sweet and juicy on the inside. Mmmmm.

Fast forward to a decade later in Sydney and I got introduced to the original version of grilled pineapple at a Brazilian churrascaria. These are restaurants with grilled meats galore. They keep serving, you keep eating. The highlight for me however were the grilled pineapples, especially after consuming 50,000 calories. It was such a simple dessert, light on the palate, and memorable. Reminds me of a tropical paradise.

I had my good friend, Fi, visiting for dinner and I decided to make this for her since she’s on a diet, getting ready for her wedding in around TWO months!!! She helped me make the grilled pineapples, and the manicured fingers you see in the photo are hers.

All you need are fresh or canned (drained) pineapples, brown sugar and cinnamon. You may top with chopped almonds for crunch. This is also great if you are vegan!

So without further ado, let’s get to the recipe! It takes as long as to make as to read this recipe! I would recommend try these with the Galouti Kebabs to experience two very different cuisines at once.

brazilian churrascaria grilled pineapple cinnamon

Brazilian Churrascaria Style Grilled Pineapple
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins

Make these popular Brazilian churrascaria style grilled pineapples in no time at all. They're quick, easy, juicy and most importantly delicious. Great as a BBQ side, with ice cream or as an (almost) guilt free dessert. 

Course: Appetizer, Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine: Brazilian
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 73 kcal
Author: Tamara at Foodieverse
  • 1 medium sized pineapple (peeled, cored and cut into slices/wedges)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  1. Mix the brown sugar and ground cinnamon, sprinkle over pineapple slices/wedges (both sides). 

  2. Grill 2 minutes without turning.

  3. Once caramelised, turn over and grill another 2 minutes.

  4. Serve warm on its own, with ice cream or BBQ meats. 

Recipe Notes
  1. You may use canned pineapple if pineapples aren't in season or easily available. Drain out the syrup before using.
  2. You may use coconut sugar instead of brown sugar to make it healthier. You may also use honey. 
  3. I used a grill pan to make this in my kitchen, you can easily make this indoors or outdoors. 
  4. You may sprinkle with flaked almonds and coconut to make it even tastier.
Nutrition Facts
Brazilian Churrascaria Style Grilled Pineapple
Amount Per Serving (2 pieces)
Calories 73
% Daily Value*
Sodium 3mg 0%
Potassium 94mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 16g
Vitamin A 0.9%
Vitamin C 43.7%
Calcium 2.1%
Iron 1.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Watch how to make Brazilian Churrascaria Style Grilled Pineapple here


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