Bell bottoms and pineapple boats may have defined the 1970s, but the golden, vibrant taste of pineapple is timeless.
12 Jan 2018 - 2:49 PM  UPDATED 16 Dec 2017 - 9:44 AM

Add it to desserts and savory dishes to bring sweet refreshment in steamy months. 

1. Grilled pineapple, chili, mint and chimichurri

Chimichurri is a punchy herb dressing usually paired with meat in Argentinan cuisine. It's the perfect savory pairing for juicy pineapple fresh off the BBQ. 

2. Roasted pineapple pina coladas

Pure poolside pleasure. 

3. Pineapple and passionfruit cheesecake

This cheesecake gets a tropical makeover with the addition of pineapple and passionfruit puree. An Anzac biscuit base adds a nutty crunch. 

4. Chargrilled pork and pineapple tacos (tacos al pastor)

A rich and vibrant mix of slow-cooked pork and sweet pineapple, with refreshing Mexican staples lime and coriander. 

5. Pineapple and banana fritters

Crowd-pleasing and kitsch.

Pineapple and banana fritters

6. Pork souvlaki with pineapple and cucumber salsa

These juicy skewers are a Tex-Mex and Greek flavour-bomb of pork, smoked paprika, coriander, lime and pineapple. 

7. Pulled pork rolls with tangy pineapple slaw

The taste of a summer BBQ in a roll. Serve these for friends and you are sure to win hearts. 

8. Shortbread biscuits with pineapple jam

Pineapple may better less common the jam world than other fruits, but is a great way to make the most of a glut of summer pineapples. The jam works well also with plain yoghurt for a quick and refreshing dessert. 

9. Rice noodles with pineapple, prawns and coconut sauce

Light, fresh and zingy, this Thai salad could be your new summer staple. 

10. Sand whiting fillet with pineapple chutney

A batter infused with Indian spices and the homemade pineapple chutney brings the warmth of summer to this dish, and is a creative change from the usually battered fish formula. 

11. Pineapple and orange upside-down cake

No pineapple list is complete without a pineapple upside-down cake. This version includes orange juice and zest in the cake batter, for extra brightness.

12. Pineapple pastels

These adorable little buns come from the tropical paradise of the Philippines. The combination of buttery brioche dough and a creamy pineapple-flavoured custard will have you reaching for more.

13. Coconut and rum granita with fresh pineapple

Whether it's in a beverage or a dessert, the coconut-rum-pineapple combo is the taste of the tropics (and holidays).  

Coconut and rum granita with fresh pineapple

More pineapple picks
Pineapple, lime & coconut delicious pudding

This tropical take on Australia’s much loved lemon delicious pudding sees finely diced pineapple, coconut and zesty lime take centre stage. #BringBackTheClassics

Pineapple fritters with pepperberry sugar

There is much debate about the merits of hot pineapple but I remain firmly in the positive camp. These are a grown-up version of pineapple fritters that I used to eat on the beach, a treat after fish ’n’ chips. 

Salt cod fritters with pineapple salsa

“Who knew? Street food is banned in Madrid! The one city you would bet your hat on to have amazing street food. I never quite got to the bottom of why this is the case but in truth the Madrileños do eat in the streets, or very close to it, as I discovered in a wonderful old wood-and-brass establishment that served salt cod croquettes and fritters. Every morning from about 11am this place fills with people who come for a plate of fritters and a glass of vermouth or a small beer. I loved it; it was just one of those eating moments that only really exist in Madrid. I met a guy there called Fabio who was really into fusion cooking and I grabbed the opportunity to try a bit of Mexican salsa with some traditional Spanish cooking.” Ainsley Harriott, Ainsley Harriott’s Street Food

Caramelised pineapple salad with spicy peanut dressing

A salad unlike any other, this pineapple, chilli and mint extravaganza is perfect for a summer's eve.

Fried rice with cuttlefish, pineapple and dill

Fried rice is an excellent way to use up old rice. When steaming rice, I always add extra for the next day's breakfast or lunch. Store leftover rice, covered, in the refrigerator.

For something a little different, try Luke Nguyen's pagoda rice steamed in lotus leaf recipe, or a fast-and-simple Thai-style fried rice recipe.