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This grilled fruit kabobs recipe is a healthy way to switch up eating fruit for your family. I’ve found my kids will pretty much eat anything on a stick. So, if you’re looking for a new way to serve fruit this summer, these grilled fruit kabobs are it! No utensils are needed. Just your favorite fruit, some skewers, and a grill. Easy to make and even easier to clean up!
When you grill fruit, the natural sugars in the fruit caramelize over the heat and bring out the sweet flavor of the fruit! I love making these skewered fruit on a wooden stick when I’m having a cookout or BBQ. When everyone is done with grilling the main meal, I slap some skewers on the grill for the sweet taste of grilled fruit to cap off the meal.
why you’ll love these bbq fruit skewers
- Light dessert. These fruit kabobs is a light and refreshing dessert after a heavier meal. The grilled fruit is also a good way to get your daily dose of fruit in!
- Versatile. You can grill almost any fruit. So no matter what’s in season or what you have on hand, you can make these fruit kabobs. I’ve made them with watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple, grapes, and even bananas!
- Easy clean-up. These no-fuss treats that don’t require a lot of ingredients or prep work. And the best part is that there’s very little cleanup! If you’re using wooden skewers, just toss them in the garbage. If you’re using metal skewers, simply throw them in the dishwasher.
- Food on a stick is fun! No matter your age, eating food on a stick is just plain fun! And there’s something about the grill that just makes food taste better.
Ingredients to make grilled fruit kabobs
- Fruit: I used cantaloupe, strawberries, and pineapple for this recipe. But like I said earlier, you can really use any fruit you want!
- Maple syrup: This is optional, but I like to brush the fruit with a little bit of maple syrup before grilling. It helps the grill marks show up better and also adds a touch of sweetness to the fruit.
How to make grilled fruit skewers
No matter what fruit you choose to grill, the process is pretty much the same. Start by prepping your fruit.
chop and skewer Fruit
- Cut your fruit into large chunks. Try and keep the piece uniform.
- To make the fruit kabobs, thread pineapple, cantaloup, and strawberry onto the skewer. Repeat the process to assemble as many skewers as you’d like to make.
Grill Fruit kabobs
- Place the fruit skewers on the grill in a single layer.
- Grill on each side.
- Look for grill marks and remove when browned and tender.
Tips for grilling fruit kabobs
- Soak wooden skewers in water. To avoid burning the wooden or bamboo skewers, make sure to soak them in water for at least 20 minutes. This keeps them moist and typically reduces the chance of them burning on the grill.
- Cut large chunks of fruit for the skewers. But you can also skewer smaller fruits like grapes and blueberries. Just be sure to secure them well, so they don’t fall through the grill grates.
- Make sure the cooking grates are clean. You don’t want that your fruit to taste like hot dogs or chicken burgers.
- Turn the leftovers into a salsa. These fruit skewers are wonderful served fresh off the grill. However, if you have any leftovers, try chopping them or blending them and turning them into salsa. The smoky fruit flavor mixed is rich and will enhance your salsa recipe.
popular substitutions & additions
- Switch out the fruit. I made these with strawberries, pineapple, and cantaloupe. But I also love also using apples, mangoes, peaches, watermelon and pears, and even bananas! This is more of an idea than a recipe, so have fun with it!
- Add some heat. If you want to add a little bit of spice to your fruit kabobs, try adding a habanero or jalapeño pepper to the skewers.
- Brush with honey or agave nectar. If you don’t have maple syrup on hand, feel free to use honey or agave nectar. I like using honey because it has a more subtle flavor.
what to serve with your [secondary kw]
- Plain yogurt, greek yogurt, coconut yogurt, or flavored yogurt
- Vegan Cashew Cream
- Cream Cheese Fruit Dip
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Dip
- Peanut Butter Dip
how to store grilled fruit skewers
Grilled fruit kabobs are best enjoyed fresh off the grill. But if you have leftovers, they can be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated. You can store your bbq fruit kabobs right on the skewer or you can remove the fruit from the skewer.
how long will grilled fruit last in the fridge?
Properly stored, grilled fruit kabobs will last for up to four days in the fridge.
can i freeze grilled fruit?
Yes! Grilled fruit kabobs can be frozen. I recommend removing the fruit from the skewer before freezing. Store grilled fruit in a freezer-safe bag or container for up to two months. When you’re ready to enjoy, simply thaw in the fridge overnight and serve!
Frequently asked questions
It’s really a personal preference. I personally prefer wooden or bamboo skewers. But metal skewers work just as well!
You can use frozen fruit, but I recommend thawing it completely before using. Otherwise, the fruit will release too much water and make the skewers soggy.
Yes! Soaking wooden or bamboo skewers in water for at least 20 minutes helps prevent them from burning on the grill.
BBQ Fruit Kabobs are the perfect summertime recipe! With just a few simple ingredients, you can have these delicious skewers ready in no time! And because they’re so easy to make, they’re perfect for entertaining! So fire up the grill and enjoy some grilled fruit kabobs today!
What fruit will you put on your skewer? Let me know in the comments below!
More fruity dessert recipes:
- Watermelon Pizza
- Fruit Pizza
- Watermelon Cucumber Salad
- Summer Fruit Salad
- Dragon Fruit Smoothie
- Watermelon Blueberry Salad
- Fruit & Yogurt Parfait
- Grilled Peaches with Ice Cream
- Frozen Yogurt Bark
- Strawberry Chia Pudding
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Grilled Fruit Kabobs
- 2 cups pineapple chunks cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 cups cantaloupe chunks cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 cups strawberries stems removed
- Coconut oil spray
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- Vanilla yogurt for serving
- Preheat the grill to high heat. Soak the skewers in water for 20 minutes, to prevent them from burning while grilling the skewers
- To make the fruit kabobs, thread two pieces each pineapple, strawberry and cantaloupe onto skewer. Repeat process to assemble as many skewers as you’d like to make.
- Spray with the coconut oil spray and brush maple syrup all over the skewers.
- Place the fruit skewers on the grill in a single layer. Grill for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned and tender, about 10 minutes total.
- Serve immediately, dipped with vanilla yogurt, if desired.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.