What Is Brazilian Pineapple?
That’s a perfectly valid question. Although this tropical fruit originated in Brazil, when we talk about Brazilian pineapple, we don’t mean its fresh version. In Brazil, pineapples are traditionally grilled and basted in butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar. They are then made on the grill, in the oven, or in an air fryer to enhance the flavor and offer an exciting new dessert, side dish, or anything else you can imagine. Adding brown sugar to the mix makes for a mouthwatering caramelized finish that pampers the senses and sends you to heaven.
3 Ways to Cook Pineapple, Brazilian Style
Coat in Oil
If you’re going for a more traditional taste, just coat your pineapple rings, chunks, or stripes in oil and bake until they begin to get golden-brown.
Marinade the pineapple in Teriyaki sauce and baste the chunks before cooking. Perfect for ovens and grills, just choose the option you like best. Feel free to spice things up by adding jalapeños or a sweet chili dip to balance the flavors.
Sweet, Buttery Cinnamon Glaze
To get a traditional Brazilian pineapple taste, coat your rings and chunks with a blend of butter, brown sugar, and plenty of cinnamon. Bake or grill until it’s nicely caramelized and sizzling.
How to Choose a Ripe Pineapple
In order for the recipe to work, you need a ripe and sweet pineapple. Don’t just judge them by their color. Ripe pineapples aren’t necessarily yellow. In fact, some of the ripest ones are actually green. Make sure there is no visible mold on the outside skin, and that it is firm when you squeeze it. Try smelling it from the leafy end, and if you don’t catch a whiff of sweet freshness, that pineapple isn’t ripe yet.