Pollinated primarily by hummingbirds, the herbaceous perennial pineapple makes a yummy grilled tropical dessert. If the juicy fruit alone doesn't satisfy the craving, dollop a scoop of coconut ice cream in the center. A simple to prepare but intensely flavored plate is like sweet tooth magic. This recipe is an adaptation from the Nopi cookbook of the brilliant London chef, Yotam Ottolenghi, for "Roasted Pineapple with Tamarind and Chile, and Coconut Ice Cream". The preparation lends itself nicely to simplification and the intense heat of the OFYR grill (or any other gas or wood fired grill) when it is just too perfect outside to cook inside.

cuisine Mediterranean
difficulty Simple
season Spring & Summer
serves 6


  • 2 1/2 cups cold water
  • 7 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 16 whole cloves
  • 1 large cinnamon stick, broken into 4 pieces
  • 1 fresno chile, seeded and chopped
  • 2 inch piece of ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind paste
  • 1 large pineapple, peeled & cored and cut into 6 (1") rings
  • Grapeseed oil
  • 6 small Thai basil sprigs, for garnish
  • 1 pint coconut ice cream


  1. Prepare the OFYR grill, or stoke the wood to ensure the iron cook top is still blistering hot (or prepare a charcoal or gas grill).
  2. Place all of the ingredients except the pineapple, grape seed oil, and basil in a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes to let the flavors infuse.
  3. Place the pineapple in the pot with the spiced syrup (make sure eache ring is submerged and covered in syrup) and let sit for at least 20 minutes and up to an hour.
  4. Clean and oil the OFYR cooking ring (or the grates of a gas or wood fired grill) and remove the rings from the syrup on to the hot grill. Grill until the pineapple begins to caramelize on one side and then turn and grill the other side.
  5. When the second side of the pineapple is caramelized, place each ring on a dessert plate, drizzle with a teaspoon of the reserved spiced syrup and place a scoop of coconut ice cream in the center of the ring. Garnish each plate with a basil sprig and serve immediately.