Super easy 3 ingredient Caramelized Pineapple is a tasty dessert or sweet side dish that takes less than 15 minutes.
How to Caramelize Pineapple
Caramel is the result of heating sugar, and in this easy recipe we caramelize pineapple by creating a rich caramel syrup of butter and brown sugar to cook the pineapple in. Simply melt the butter in a skillet and add the brown sugar, dissolving completely. When it is thick and syrupy, add the pineapple rings.
Cook the pineapple rings until they become a nice brown color, about 3-4 minutes per side. Remove pineapple to a serving bowl, leaving the caramel syrup in the skillet.
Reduce the sauce by about a third by cooking over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, for around 5 minutes. Pour the caramel syrup over the pineapple and serve.
Caramelized Pineapple FAQ
Can I use fresh pineapple?
Yes! Make sure you choose a ripe pineapple (look for a pineapple that is more yellow than green (avoid orange, which indicates it is overripe). Cut the pineapple as indicated below and use the wedges in the recipe where it calls for canned pineapple rings.
How do I cut a fresh pineapple?
Cut off the top and the bottom of the fresh pineapple, including about ½" of the fruit. Stand it on end and slice the outside edges in narrow strips following the curve of the fruit. Continue around the edge until all of the exterior is sliced off. Cut in half lengthwise from top to bottom, then repeat until the pineapple is in quarters. Cut the hard core from the middle edge of each quarter, then slice the remaining fruit until wedges.
If I use fresh pineapple, can I grill it?
If you are using fresh pineapple, grilling is a great option for even more flavor. Instead of cooking the pineapple in with the caramel, grill it until it starts to brown in spots, then top the grilled wedges with the finished caramel sauce.
Can I use canned pineapple chunks or tidbits?
Wedges would be fine, but shorten the time you cook them in the caramel. I do not recommend using tidbits or crushed pineapple unless you are making a topping for something else; they will lose their form and the result will be more of a sauce than a dish.
3 Ingredient Caramelized Pineapple
- 40 ounces canned pineapple rings, drained
- 8 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- Melt butter in a large skillet and allow to start browning slightly. Add brown sugar and stir until it becomes thicker and syrupy.
- Add pineapple slices and cook until they become a nice brown color, about 3-4 minutes per side.
- Remove pineapple slices into a serving bowl leaving the syrup in the skillet.
- Reduce the sauce by about a third by cooking over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, for around 5 minutes.
- Pour syrup over the pineapple and serve.