Grilled Fruit Skewers

June 21st, 2010 by katie

This year mrChaos chose to make ribs for Father’s Day.  I made coleslaw and family brought corn salad, but I wanted another light side dish that would be fun and make good use of the hot grill.  Originally I planned on grilling up some thick pineapple rings but why stop there?  These fruit skewers make a great side, fruit salad, or dessert.  If you don’t want to use rum, you can use all fruit juice or simply omit the rum mixture.  You can also omit the spices, or add a little cayenne or cumin, but do not omit the powdered sugar.  It helps the fruit caramelize quickly on the grill. 

Rum Soaked Grilled Fruit Skewers

makes approx 15 large skewers, prep 20 min, cook 10 min, adapted from Fine Cooking, September, 2000
  • 1 pineapple, peeled, cored
  • 5 kiwis, peeled
  • 3 mangoes, peeled, pitted
  • 16 oz strawberries, hulled
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/8 tsp ginger
  • pinch nutmeg
  • pinch cloves
  • 1/4 cup dark rum
  • 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tbsp pineapple juice
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  1. Chop pineapple and mango into 1 to 1/2 inch cubes, slice kiwis into 1 inch rounds, leave strawberries whole.
  2. Combine spices in a small dish.
  3. Combine rum, sugar, honey, and juices in a small bowl or measuring cup.
  4. Thread fruit onto skewers, lightly sprinkling each skewer with spice mixture.
  5. Just before grilling, brush fruit skewers all over with rum mixture then dust liberally with powdered sugar on all sides.
  6. Grill fruit just until grill marks appear then rotate and grill other side.
  7. Remove to a serving platter, pour over any remaining rum mixture.

These skewers are meant to be served on their own, but I also made some marshmallow fruit dip for the kids to dip their non-rum soaked fruit in.

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8 Responses

  1. DailyChef

    I’m drooling just thinking about eating this…looks so good!

  2. alexandra

    Looks delish. I’ve been enlisted to bring a “super summery side dish” to a Fourth of July party. This might just be it!
    Thanks!

  3. angela

    Great pictures and recipe! I did a blog about skewer meals and linked one of your pictures to this recipe! here’s the entry – http://reluctantwwfoodie.wordpress.com/2010/12/08/skewer-your-meat-scallywags/

    thanks again!

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  5. Liv

    Why non-rum soaked for the kids? Wouldn’t the actual alcohol burn out while grilling? I was going to make these thinking it would burn off….but if not, do you have a suggestion for an alternative brushing sauce?

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