Brown Sugar Lime Grilled Pineapple Lettuce Cups

Fresh pineapple is tossed with butter, brown sugar, and lime, and then grilled for a delicious treat.

Brown Sugar Lime Grilled Pineapple Lettuce Cups Photo

I’ve been shopping at Sprouts pretty regularly for the last year or so since I was trying to trim my grocery spending a bit. I started noticing early last summer that Sprouts always had amazing deals on their produce, and fresh pineapple was one of the things that was frequently on sale.

Fresh pineapple is one of my favorite summertime fruits! I love eating it plain for a snack or something sweet after dinner. But it is delicious grilled, too!

Pineapple is really quick and easy to grill because it only needs a couple of minutes per side to get some nice golden grill marks, and to heat the fruit through.

But I didn’t just want to grill pineapple. I wanted to make something interesting and different with grilled pineapple.

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Ever since last summer I have been wanting to experiment with a grilled pineapple lettuce wrap and finally got around to it. After some experimenting I came up with this recipe for Brown Sugar Lime Grilled Pineapple Lettuce Cups.

Grilled pineapple rings are served on a bed of fluffy, coconut lime rice on top of a butter lettuce leaf.

First, you’ll make some coconut lime rice. While the rice is cooking, you’ll baste the sliced pineapple rings with a mixture of butter, lime juice, and brown sugar.

Grill them up for a few minutes on each side until they’re golden and warm. The brown sugar mixture with caramelize a little giving it a nice taste and glossy glaze.

 

Brown Sugar Lime Grilled Pineapple Lettuce Cups Recipe

You’l place a bit of rice in a butter lettuce leaf, sprinkle a little bit of shredded coconut, and top with a half a ring of grilled pineapple. For garnish you can add sliced green onions and chopped fresh cilantro.

It is a delicious, sweet side dish or appetizer. For a bigger meal, we loved serving it with this Caribbean Grilled Chicken.

If lettuce wraps aren’t you’re thing, you can prepare the grilled pineapple by itself. It is delicious eaten as is or on top of a bowl of creamy, vanilla ice cream…or with plain whipped cream. I really don’t think that you can go wrong when you’re talking about pineapple!

What is your favorite way to eat pineapple?

Brown Sugar Lime Grilled Pineapple Lettuce Cups

Yield: serves 6

Ingredients:

Coconut Lime Rice:

  • 1 3/4 cup Water
  • 1 3/4 cup Canned Coconut Milk
  • 2 cups Jasmine or Basmati Rice
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt

Brown Sugar Lime Grilled Pineapple:

  • 30 ounces Fresh Pineapple, cored and sliced into 1/2 inch rounds
  • 1/2 cup Sprouts Salted Butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 of a Fresh Lime, juiced
  • Pinch Salt

Lettuce Cups:

  • Coconut Lime Rice
  • Brown Sugar Lime Grilled Pineapple
  • 2 tablespoons Sprouts Organic Shredded Coconut
  • 1 head Butter Lettuce, leaves removed from head and washed
  • 2 Green Onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Cilantro, finely chopped

Directions:

Coconut Lime Rice:

Combine all ingredients in a medium sized saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, cover with a lid and decrease heat to low.
Cook for 15 – 20 minutes, until liquid has all absorbed. Prepare the pineapple while the rice cooks.

Remove rice from heat and let sit, covered for 5 minutes.

Brown Sugar Lime Grilled Pineapple:

Preheat grill to medium heat.

In a small mixing bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar, fresh lime juice and salt.

Place the Pineapple slices on a baking sheet and drizzle with the brown sugar mixture.

Place the pineapple on the preheated grill, sugar side down and grill 2 – 3 minutes, or until sugar mixture is golden and caramelized. Brush the tops with the remaining brown sugar mixture left behind on the baking sheet using a silicone basting brush.

Flip and grill the other side 2 – 3 minutes, or until the sugar mixture is golden and caramelized. Remove from the heat and transfer to the baking sheet. Cut each round in half.

Lettuce Cups:

Divide the rice between the lettuce leaves. Sprinkle rice with green onions and shredded coconut. Top with 1/2 round of Grilled Pineapple. Sprinkle with chopped Cilantro. Serve.

I love shopping at Sprouts and all the inspiration that I find there to try fun, new recipes. Head over to their new recipe section for even more fun ideas. This post is written as a partnership with Sprouts, but all opinions are my own.

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