Source: Chef Alfredo Oropeza | Category: Dessert

Grilled Pineapple with Ginger and Star Anise Marinade

Fresh ginger and whole star anise perfume this healthy, low-fat dessert. Canola oil is used to coat the pineapple before grilling because of both its high heat tolerance and mild flavor.

Grilled Pineapple with Ginger and Star Anise Marinade


  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated 15 mL
  • 2 whole star anise, ground by mortar and pestle
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped 125 mL
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar 15 mL
  • 1 small pineapple, cored and cut in 1/2-thick (1-cm) slices
  • canola oil cooking spray 
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon 15 mL
  • 2 cups frozen yogurt 500 mL 
  • fresh basil leaves for garnish


  • 1. In medium bowl, combine ginger, anise, basil and sugar.
  • 2. Add pineapple slices and stir to coat pineapple. Set aside to allow flavors to develop.
  • 3. Spray canola oil on grill and cook pineapples until they are marked on both sides and they appear slightly caramelized.
  • 4. Sprinkle pineapple slices with ground cinnamon and serve with 1/2 cup (125 mL) frozen yogurt. Garnish with fresh basil leaves.


4 servings

serving size

2 slices pineapple and 1/2 cup (125 mL) frozen yogurt

nutritional analysis

Per Serving

Total Fat3.5 g
Saturated Fat2 g
Cholesterol10 mg
Carbohydrates32 g
Fiber2 g
Sugars27 g
Protein4 g
Sodium60 mg
Potassium182 mg