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Can You Grill Plums? How?

Plums hanging from their branch, close up shot.

Fruits are typically consumed in their natural state. Cooking various types of fruits, on the other hand, can be delicious at times. Grilling plums and using them in both savory and sweet dishes is certainly possible. Plums and other fruits such as pears, peaches, and pineapples taste fantastic when cooked! A little grill heat brings out the already sweet nature of plums, caramelizing the sugars on the cut surface to a wonderfully yummy effect. And, because these luscious summer and early fall delights tend to arrive all at once, new ways to serve them are especially welcome.

Grilled plums go well with grilled pork or sausages, but they’re even better with ice cream or frozen yogurt for dessert.

Grilled to Perfection

So, before you decide what to do with your cooked plums, they must be grilled to perfection. You will need to take the following steps to accomplish this.

First, make sure the grill’s cooking grate is clean and well oiled, then heat a charcoal or gas grill to medium heat: For 3 to 4 seconds, you should be able to hold your hand about 1 inch above the cooking grate.

While the grill is heating up, clean the plums, pat them dry, cut them in half around the pits, and remove and discard the pits. You can peel them first if you want, but it’s not required. After all is said and done, I believe they look much more attractive (and hold their shape better) with their skins on.

Place the plums on a baking sheet or tray. Brush the oil over them, paying special attention to the cut sides.

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Place the plums on the hot grill, cut side down. Cook, covered, for 5 minutes, or until they’re grill-marked and heated through.

Grilled plums can be served hot or warm as a side dish or with ice cream for dessert. If serving as a savory side dish, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. A little sugar or whipped cream isn’t a bad idea when added to ice cream or served alongside cake.

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Serve with something sweet

You can prepare your grilled plums for use in sweet dishes by following these steps:

After the plums have cooked on their cut side, turn them over and sprinkle each half with about 1 teaspoon brown sugar and a pinch of cinnamon; cover and grill until the sugar melts and begins to bubble, 3 to 5 minutes.

Fill a small bowl halfway with granulated sugar and roll the plums in it to coat before grilling.

Before grilling the plums, sprinkle them with 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom (total, not per plum!) on the cut side.

Savory variant

After brushing the plums with oil and taking them off the grill, sprinkle with minced rosemary.

Brush the plums with 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger mixed into the oil.

A pinch of chili powder or red chili flakes can add a hint of spiciness that pairs well with the sweetness of the plums.

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Should the Skin Be Left on or removed?

Some fruits have a debate about whether the skin should be left on or removed before grilling. Skins can sometimes taste good or can mask the flavor of the fruit. The skin of some fruits is also too thick, preventing the fruit from fully cooking. However, this is not the case with plums. Plums have thin skin that cooks well when grilled, so leaving the skins on is perfectly acceptable! In fact, because the skin contains chlorogenic acid, it is recommended that the skin be left on. Chlorogenic acid is an excellent antioxidant and contains Vitamin C.

Tips for Buying the Best Plums

Plums are a simple fruit to find while grocery shopping. Simply look for plums with tight skins and little to no wrinkling or blemishes – bruises quickly rot and affect the other fruit stored with it. You’ll also want to look for skin with a white waxy appearance, which indicates a ripe plum – the other way is to gently press on them. A ripe plum will be firm but with some give. Finally, give the plums a sniff; they should have a gentle, sweet scent – if there is no scent at all, they aren’t ripe yet, and if the scent is too sweet, they are likely overripe.


So, using the method outlined above, you can easily grill plums. Grilled plums go well with both savory and sweet dishes. Choosing the right recipe aids in creating the ideal dish with grilled plums as the main ingredient.

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