Easy Rum-Soaked Grilled Pineapple

This Easy Rum-Soaked Grilled Pineapple recipe is my flameless version of "pineapple foster". It's fresh, easy and crazy delicious. And it's also perfect for entertaining!

Easy Rum-Soaked Grilled Pineapple -- this is a flameless and delicious take on "pineapple foster", and it's a definite crowd-pleaser! | gimmesomeoven.com #dessert

Today I’m bringing back another golden oldie from the Gimme Some Oven archives that is one of my absolute favorite dessert recipes to make in the summer.  I had initially entitled it “Flameless Pineapple Foster” when I first posted the recipe back in 2010.  But after receiving many puzzled looks and “pineapple what-was-that-again?” inquiries when I served it to friends this weekend, I decided to rename it with a better description of what this delicious dessert actually is:

Easy.  Rum-Soaked.  Grilled Pineapple.

Oh, and then top this heavenly grilled goodness with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Reduce the rum+cinnamon+brown sugar marinade into a caramelized sauce, and drizzle it on top.  And then maybe even sprinkle on a pinch of cinnamon, if you’re feeling extra fancy.

Oh, and it only takes about 20 minutes of total prep time.

Oh, and no pineapple “foster” flames are required.

Oh, and it’s positively delicious.

Here’s my original Pineapple Foster photo, circa 2010. I was big into topping everything with cinnamon back then, which is still not a bad idea at all. ;)

I actually “learned” how to make this dessert by accident years ago when I was visiting my friend Courtney in Denver.  She’s one of my friends who loves to experiment in the kitchen.  And when we found ourselves one evening with a big pineapple begging to be used for dessert, we decided to try just soaking it in rum and making our own version of “pineapple foster” — kind of like bananas foster.  Although we realized halfway into it that we didn’t have a grill or any kind of kitchen torch or flames available.  So we just marinated the pineapple in a rum sauce and cooked it on a grill pan, and then served it with ice cream.

And if I do say so myself, it was a flaming success.

And I have thus made it countless times since, including this past weekend for a group of friends I had over for a “nacho night”.  I was a little concerned that everyone was going to be too full for dessert after pounding plates upon plates of nachos.  And when I mentioned “pineapple foster”, I thought that might be true.  But then I rephrased it as “rum-soaked grilled pineapple”, and all of a sudden everyone was eagerly hungry again.

Thankfully, they loved it!!!

Easy Rum-Soaked Grilled Pineapple -- this is a flameless and delicious take on "pineapple foster", and it's a definite crowd-pleaser! | gimmesomeoven.com #dessert

Granted, the selling point may have been the rum.  But in my mind, the joy of this dish is mostly thanks to my favorite apple — pineapple.

I’m just gonna say it.  Don’t even think about trying this recipe with canned pineapple rings.  This recipe is 5 million percent better with fresh pineapple, so find a good one (or even an overly-ripe one), and make it happen.

Easy Rum-Soaked Grilled Pineapple -- this is a flameless and delicious take on "pineapple foster", and it's a definite crowd-pleaser! | gimmesomeoven.com #dessert

Begin by slicing the pineapple into rings, and using a corer or paring knife to cut out the core in the center of each ring.  Place the pineapple rings in a large baking dish, and then pour the whisked rum/cinnamon/brown sugar mixture on top of them to marinate for between 10 minutes to 4 hours.

Updated Pineapple Foster 8

When you’re ready to grill the pineapple, first drain out the rum marinade from the baking pan and pour it into a saucepan.  Bring the sauce to a simmer, and then let it cook until it is reduced by half to make a super yummy and caramelized sauce for drizzling.

Easy Rum-Soaked Grilled Pineapple -- this is a flameless and delicious take on "pineapple foster", and it's a definite crowd-pleaser! | gimmesomeoven.com #dessert

While the sauce is cooking, pop those pineapples on the grill!  I like using a grill pan for this one, but you can also use a saute pan or even an outdoor grill.  (Heads up — this one may smoke up your kitchen just a bit.)

Simply grill the pineapple rings for about 1-2 minutes per side until those golden grill marks appear.

Easy Rum-Soaked Grilled Pineapple -- this is a flameless and delicious take on "pineapple foster", and it's a definite crowd-pleaser! | gimmesomeoven.com #dessert

Then transfer the pineapple rings to serving plates, top with ice cream, drizzle with the rum sauce….Easy Rum-Soaked Grilled Pineapple -- this is a flameless and delicious take on "pineapple foster", and it's a definite crowd-pleaser! | gimmesomeoven.com #dessert

…and dive in.

See??  I told you this recipe shouldn’t be hiding away in the archives.  :)

Easy (& Flameless!) Pineapple Foster

This easy take on pineapple foster doesn't require any flames! Just soak your pineapple in this delicious rum, cinnamon and brown sugar mixture, grill it up, and top it with vanilla ice cream. Delish!


  • 1/2 cup dark rum
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon (plus extra for dusting)
  • 1 pineapple, cored and cut into about 6-8 rings (choose desired thickness)
  • cooking spray
  • favorite vanilla ice cream


In a small bowl, mix together rum, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Then in a glass baking dish (or other container), lay out the pineapple rings and pour the rum mixture over them. Toss to coat, then let soak for at least 15 minutes, flipping the pineapple midway through.

When you are ready to cook the pineapple, strain out the extra rum sauce from the pan of pineapple, and transfer it to a small saucepan. Bring the sauce to a simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 6-8 minutes, or until reduced by half. Set aside.

While the sauce is cooking, heat a grill pan or saute pan over medium-high heat until hot. Lightly grease the pan with cooking spray. Add pineapple slices in an even layer (you may need to do this in multiple batches) and cook for 1-2 minutes per side until browned and grill marks appear. Transfer to a serving plates, and set aside. Repeat with remaining pineapple.

Top each pineapple ring with a scoop of ice cream and drizzle with rum sauce. (If desired, you can also lightly dust the pineapple with some extra cinnamon.) Serve immediately.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Easy Rum-Soaked Grilled Pineapple -- this is a flameless and delicious take on "pineapple foster", and it's a definite crowd-pleaser! | gimmesomeoven.com #dessert

Leave a Comment:


  1. shelly (cookies and cups) — January 12, 2010 @ 7:17 am (#)

    This is great! I love your site, came across ot via the decorated cookie and everything looks great…great pictures too :)

  2. Amy O'Kane — January 12, 2010 @ 7:39 am (#)

    this does look easy and pretty, too. peaches and plums would be lovely!

  3. Natalie (The Sweets Life) — January 12, 2010 @ 9:30 am (#)

    oh YUM! pineapple was on sale at the store this week..i’m kicking myself for not getting any!

  4. Erica — January 12, 2010 @ 1:23 pm (#)

    This looks fantastic! Will definitely be making this on the grill when the weather warms up.

  5. Maryanna — January 12, 2010 @ 9:34 pm (#)

    What a great twist on the bananas foster!

  6. deana@lostpastremembered — January 12, 2010 @ 9:37 pm (#)

    This looks so gorgeous..and simple to make.. great recipe!

  7. Alex — January 14, 2010 @ 5:48 pm (#)

    WOW! That’s all I have to say, WOW! (love your work)

  8. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — January 14, 2010 @ 8:00 pm (#)

    This looks beautiful! I enjoy the flame part of bananas foster and pineapple foster, but I agree with not wanting to burn down the house. Good call on the flameless recipe.

  9. Lydia Jeter — January 15, 2010 @ 4:32 am (#)

    Will DEFINITELY have to try these!! They look wonderful!!

  10. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — July 14, 2014 @ 5:29 am (#)

    Isn’t it fun to bring back old posts and see how far you’ve come?! I am obsessed with grilled pineapple…and then you blew my mind with rum, brown sugar and ice cream. Dying over these! Pinning!

  11. Shaina — July 14, 2014 @ 5:41 am (#)

    Well this sounds absolutely delicious. Pineapple and rum…awesome combo! I’d add a little shredded coconut on top too :)

  12. Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes — July 14, 2014 @ 6:01 am (#)

    Reading this, and drooling a bit all the while, makes me want to head up to the market right now and find the perfect ripe pineapple to make this. Delicious idea, and totally worth bring it out of the archives.

  13. Bri | Bites of Bri — July 14, 2014 @ 6:07 am (#)

    Oh yum! Plus, if it’s fruit you can eat unlimited amounts, right?! :) Glad you recreated it for us.

  14. Leah — July 14, 2014 @ 7:24 am (#)

    I love this idea – fresh pineapple is delicious and with that caramel sauce – YUM!!

  15. Cookbook Queen — July 14, 2014 @ 7:28 am (#)

    So it’s basically an edible Pina Colada? Sign me right on up.

  16. jenna @ just j.faye — July 14, 2014 @ 7:53 am (#)

    Oh yum – this looks fantastic!

  17. Jenny Flake — July 14, 2014 @ 7:59 am (#)

    Beautiful Ali!!!!

  18. Tieghan — July 14, 2014 @ 8:05 am (#)

    THIS PINEAPPLE!! Oh my gosh, it looks so goood! :)

  19. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — July 14, 2014 @ 8:31 am (#)

    Um, can you say, stunning? Love how easy and gorgeous this dessert is!

  20. Sarah (@ People, Places & Plates) — July 14, 2014 @ 11:03 am (#)

    Summertime desserts around here usually consist of fruit and ice cream (nothing wrong with that!)…but this looks like a perfect delicious way to mix it up without heating up the kitchen too long!

  21. Bammie5 — July 14, 2014 @ 11:29 am (#)

    Thanks so much ! For this great recipe.. I will make this real soon.

  22. Bammie5 — July 14, 2014 @ 11:31 am (#)

    Thank you so much ! I cannot wait to make this .

  23. Matt Robinson — July 14, 2014 @ 11:38 am (#)

    Ridiculously awesome, especially with a scoop of ice cream on it!

  24. Olivia - Primavera Kitchen — July 14, 2014 @ 12:53 pm (#)

    I can’t think of anything more delicious right now!!

  25. Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker — July 14, 2014 @ 1:13 pm (#)

    Uh man this looks soo good. Must…..make….now!

  26. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats — July 14, 2014 @ 9:35 pm (#)

    Grilled Pineapple… rum… ice cream! Yup… sounds perfect to me! Love it Ali, perfect for the summer!

  27. Lori @ RecipeGirl — July 14, 2014 @ 9:44 pm (#)

    I’m totally making this soon!

  28. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — July 15, 2014 @ 12:04 am (#)

    I think I may have just died and gone to heaven. Those pictures! Drooling.

  29. Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files — July 15, 2014 @ 7:20 am (#)

    I want to just drink that glaze!!! And talk about a perfect summertime dessert. Glad this one came out of the archives for us to all enjoy, again!

  30. Megan {Country Cleaver} — July 15, 2014 @ 8:49 am (#)

    What soaked in what, grilled what? Uh, you mean Heaven soaked in awesome, grilled fantasticness? YUP, THAT!!

  31. Irene Tomkinson — July 26, 2014 @ 3:16 pm (#)

    I don’t use alcohol…(had my share for a lifetime) but substituted
    pineapple juice and vanilla gelato….that’s what I’m talking about.
    Thank you

  32. Southern Adventurer — July 26, 2014 @ 6:38 pm (#)

    Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe!! Im trying it tonight! Perfect summer dessert!

    -Southern Adventurer

  33. Trina — July 9, 2015 @ 5:28 pm (#)

    ok. This looks insano. I’m totally making this for our friends that are coming over Saturday! I will make sure to Instagram a photo! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 11, 2015 @ 7:21 pm (#)

      Yay, we hope you and your friends love it! :)

  34. Kristy Choney — July 10, 2015 @ 4:49 pm (#)

    I loved it. I’m always trying new recipes I see so my mom gets nervous when I tell her I’m trying one.  This time she loved it ! I used the black Malibu coconut rum. Was great !

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 11, 2015 @ 7:16 pm (#)

      We’re glad to hear that, Kristy!

  35. Carin — August 13, 2015 @ 9:42 am (#)

    Can you make this ahead of time and serve cold or room temp? Or is it best served right after making? I’m wondering about taking it to a bbq this weekend. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 13, 2015 @ 1:51 pm (#)

      Hey Carin! Unfortunately, we don’t think this would be nearly as good made ahead of time. We think it’s much better right after making – we hope this helps!

  36. Doreen Pendgracs — August 15, 2015 @ 8:17 pm (#)

    this sounds absolutely delish! I can’t wait to try it.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 16, 2015 @ 6:35 pm (#)

      Thanks Doreen, we hope you enjoy it!


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