Grill fish on pineapple bark

I will just get straight to the point here.
 Instead of grilling fish on a cedar plank.  Use pineapple Bark! ( I grilled mahi-mahi)

The juices from the pineapple bark marinate your fish ( or chicken) for a smokey sweet summer flavor. * I did not come with this idea on my own.  It was first discovered by my father in law, who is a grilling genius!

How to grill your fish on a Pineapple bark Plank

1) Cut the bark off of a pineapple into the appropriate size for your fish ( or chicken) 












2) Season your fish with salt and pepper.  Sandwich your fish between two pieces of pineapple bark. 

3) Tie it all together with kitchen twine. 











4) Grill on each side for at least 12 minutes.  Maybe longer.  Because your fish is on the pineapple, it will take much longer than your usual fish cook time. 


I made a ” Brown Sugar Soy Sauce” by adding a 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar to 2 tablespoons of soy sauce.  I drizzled it over my fish for maximum flavor.

All I can say is Yummmmmm!  I will be making this again!  Thanks, Jim!! ( my father in law). This reminds me of our honeymoon in Hawaii almost 6 years ago.  Both Greg and I ate lots of Pineapple and a great amount of mahi-mahi when we were there.




  1. GREAT IDEA and a great way to use up the pineapple LOVE IT

  2. And then you eat the pineapple bark??? Wow. I've never heard of this. I will have to try it.

    • Betsy, as far as I know you do not eat the bark of the pineapple. It is only for taste. You could grill it between 2 thick slices of pineapple and then eat it. We grill pineapple all the time , and when we do we make a brown sugar sauce with brown sugar, vanilla , and butter and brush on the pineapple when grilling. Yummy. Oh I cant wait till summer , then again, there is always the garage….. (we live in chi town).
      Thank you Mr Jim and Kristen for sharing.. (and our daughter Melinda for sharing with us)

  3. Looks delicious! Megan

  4. Saw this on Melt in Your Mouth Monday. Oh, wow!!!! This looks delicious.
    Your pineapple looks really green. You must get a different variety than we get here in the south.

  5. Great post. I found this through Turning the Clock Back's What's Cooking Wednesday. I have linked in a post about a salmon pizza I did. I have now signed on to follow you. Please do pop over to Carole's Chatter to check it out. I have a series called Food on Friday that you might be interested in. If you enjoy the blog, it would be great if you followed me back. Have a lovely week.

  6. Oh My! My husband loves fish so I am always finding new ways to cook it. Next time I buy a Fresh pineapple I am definitely trying this. I'd love it if you stopped by my link party to share.

  7. wow, what a great idea! I usually grill up pineapple slices as well, this is awesome for using up the skin. thanks!!

  8. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your recipe has been chosen to be Today's Feature Post from Cast Party Wednesday! Thank You for sharing your recipe with us!
    —Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain—

  9. This is certainly going on my menu! Great idea! Thanks for sharing. Tonya 🙂

  10. Great idea! You are featured this week on Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy! I hope you will stop by and grab a Featured Button from the Button Box on the sidebar this afternoon. Pinned. Thanks for sharing on Busy Monday!

  11. thanks for sharing..

  12. THIS s genius!!!! Cedar planks are expensive! Can’t wait to try this!

  13. Whaaaat?! I’ve never seen this, great idea!

  14. Hi Kristen..
    Your father in law really is a grilling genius. I don’t know if you realize this but pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelin that breaks down proteins. Thats why its often used to meat, why you cook ham with it, and why you can’t put chunks of it in jello.

    Not sure what effect if any this would have on fish besides making it tast awesome, but I’m guessing it would make it even more tender and succulent….you can read more about it here

    Unfortunately we don’t really get the weather here in dublin for many bbq’s, but I can’t wait to give this a try in the summer.

  15. I tried this with Walleye and did no like the way the texture came out. Maybe it was the type of fish but it had a texture like paste. Maybe I will try the chicken.

    • Chicken breasts, cut to an even thickness, work very well with pineapple planks. Use a meat thermometer to ensure chicken is done to the correct temperature.

  16. I would love to try this with a light and flaky fish. I was also thinking it would be good with a salsa made from pineapple, red bell pepper, onion, and cilantro. My mother-in-law and I are dying to try this soon!

  17. It was AWESOME on Steelhead Trout, with Old Bay added. The pineapple still made a presence.

  18. William Parker

    Thanks for sharing. Now, you know I’m doing this and will post on my “I did it board” with your name on the recipe and regards to you.

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  24. How would you do it in the oven ?

  25. Such a creative idea!!!


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