Banana Grill Recipe

Because of their thick and firm texture, bananas are a great fruit to grill when barely ripe; therefore, for this recipe, choose firm yellow bananas and not too mature ones, as the heat will cook them to mush. Grilled bananas are a delicious side dish to accompany savory foods, and they make an excellent and easy dessert.

Although not often served as a side dish in some parts of the world, don’t miss out on these bananas and serve them with your favorite meats. Caribbean cuisines rely on bananas to balance out the flavor in spicy dishes or in heavily seasoned meats or fish. These grilled bananas are a great accompaniment to jerk chicken, spicy pulled pork, or even firm white fishes like cod or halibut.

The bananas will hold up better on the grill if you leave the peel on, so be sure to oil the grate before adding the banana pieces for a successful recipe.

Too bad I didn’t know about this when I was raising my children; I’m thrilled to have leftovers for my morning oatmeal. “I actually had never considered grilling bananas, and I am pleasantly surprised with how magnificent they are. Using firm bananas, they held up to grilling and were not too sweet.

Tips on how to grill bananas
  1. Preheat a grill to medium high heat: that’s 375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut the bananas in half with the peel on. …
  3. Brush the tops with the maple syrup and spices.
  4. Grill cut side down for 3 to 4 minutes, until you get those lovely char marks.
  5. Flip and grill cut side up for 4 to 5 minutes.


Easy Grilled Bananas 🔗
Easy, healthy, & delicious grilled banana dessert recipe.  Serve grilled bananas with ice cream and top with any variations of chopped nuts, chocolate sauce, or coconut flakes.

Prep: 10min

Total: 20min

Serving Size: 1/2 Banana Each

Nutrition Facts: servingSize 1/2 Banana Each, calories 112 calories, Sugar 10.5 g, Sodium 2 mg, Fat 5 g, Saturated Fat 3.1 g, Trans Fat 0 g, Carbohydrate 17.8 g, Fiber 1.8 g, Protein 0.8 g, Cholesterol 12.7 mg


  • 3 large bananas, halved lengthwise with peel still on
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat grill to medium (~350F).
  2. Cut 3 large Bananas in half lengthwise (keep the peel on) and baste 1 Tbsp melted butter on each half of the unpeeled portion.  
  3. Place on hot grill, cut side down.  Cook covered ~ 2-3 minutes or until you see grill marks.  
  4. Flip over (you may need both tongs and a spatula) and grill another 4-6 minutes covered or until the banana is soft and pulling away from the peel.  How long you leave it on the grill will depend on the bananas size and ripeness.
  5. Mix 1 1/2 Tbsp hot melted butter with brown sugar and cinnamon.  Baste warm mixture on warm bananas.  Happy Eating!  Beckie

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