This homemade Pineapple Sauce is a delicious accompaniment that is made using pantry staples and comes together in under 10 minutes. Drizzle it on a scoop of ice-cream, crushed ice, or smother it on ham for the main course, it is going to make your holiday table shine.
About This Recipe
I love Pineapple in all forms! Be it the fruit itself, beverages, desserts, or even in Indian Curries and Pulao, it tastes delicious in almost everything. And thus today, I am back with a refreshing homemade spicy Pineapple Sauce for you.
This warm, syrupy sauce is addictive and can be used as a dessert topping or slathering on the main course. Made using a handful of basic ingredients, it comes together in under 10 minutes. This recipe can be easily halved, doubled, or tripled too.
Tangy, spicy, and sweet, all in one, this homemade pineapple topping is the bomb and adds a delicious flavor to anything you add it to, be it ice cream, frozen yogurt, pancakes, waffles, or your main course like baked ham.
This Pineapple Sauce is,
- Sweet + Tangy + Spicy
- Easy to make
- A Summer favorite
Pineapple – Both chopped fresh pineapple and pineapple juice are used in this sauce.
To make pineapple juice, just blend ¼ cup pineapple in a blender along with ¼ cup of water until smooth and use it in the recipe.
Lemon Juice and Zest – Lemon juice and zest adds to the tanginess and make it even more flavourful.
Garlic – Garlic is one of those ingredients, that instantly adds so much flavor to a simple recipe. You can peel the garlic beforehand and store it in the fridge so that it comes in handy whenever you want to use it in everyday cooking.
Red Chilli Flakes – To compensate for the sweet and tangy taste, add in some spicy flavor with red chili flakes. Adjust the quantity depending upon how spicy you want it to be.
Rice Vinegar – You will easily find rice vinegar in your nearby shops, which is used to add a little more tanginess to the sauce. If it’s not available, feel free to use regular white vinegar.
Sugar – Add in some brown sugar, that will add sweetness along with a nice brown colour.
Cornflour – Cornflour is used to make the sauce nice and thick. Just add in a little cornflour in the water, mix and then add in the sauce.
How to make Pineapple Sauce?
Peel the pineapple using a sharp knife and chop the flesh into small cubes. To save time, you can buy already peeled and chopped pineapple. Add 2 cups of cubed pineapple and 1 teaspoon chopped garlic in the medium jar of a blender and blend to make a coarse mixture.
Do not blend the pineapple too much. We are looking for a coarse texture here.
Add the pineapple mixture in a heavy bottom pan along with ½ cup pineapple juice (fresh or canned), ¼ cup vinegar, ¼ cup lemon juice, 1 teaspoon lemon zest, 1 cup brown sugar, 2 teaspoon red chili flakes, and 1 teaspoon salt. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 5-6 minutes on medium heat. Cover the pan with a lid of the mixture is spluttering too much. Keep stirring frequently.
Mix 3 tablespoon cornflour in ¼ cup water to make a thin slurry and add it to the pan.
Cook on medium heat until the sauce thickens. Remove the pan from heat and let the sauce cool down. Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator and use as desired.
Frequently Asked Questions
Asian Pineapple Sauce uses two more ingredients, that is Soy Sauce and Teriyaki sauce which gives it that perfect Asian touch and taste. Add 1 teaspoon of soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of teriyaki to teh existing recipe to give it an Asian twist.
Use crushed pineapple in the juice to make this recipe. Replace 1 can (20 oz) for the chopped pineapple and pineapple juice in the existing recipe.
You can add the following ingredients and give a twist to this delicious Pineapple Sauce
- Cranberry – Add fresh or frozen cranberries while cooking the sauce to give it a very unique tangy taste. This Pineapple Cranberry Sauce is one of my fav variations of the classic recipe
- Habanero – Add some finely chopped habanero peppers in the sauce to give it a very nice spicy kick. Pineapple Habanero sauce can be used in desserts as well as savory stuff.
- Jalapeno – You can replace habanero with Jalapeno peppers as well.
- Mango – Pineapple Mango Sauce is a great variation of this classic recipe. Add a few cubed ripe mangoes along with pineapple to make this sauce.
- Rum – Adding rum to my sauces is one of my fav things to do. It changes the taste a lot and gives a very earthy taste to the resultant sauces. Do try.
You can use it as:
- Dipping Sauce
- Glaze for chicken, pork, fish, ham, and shrimps
- Salad Dressing
- Dessert Topping
- Hotdog Topping
- Meatball Sauce
- Drizzle over Tacos
- Drizzle over pancakes, waffles, and biscuits
You can make this sauce in advance and store in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week. So whenever you make any grilled veggie or meat dish, just top it with this sauce and enjoy it.
If after refrigerating the sauce thickens, you can warm it in the microwave.
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Pineapple Sauce Recipe
- 2 cups peeled and chopped fresh pineapple
- 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
- ½ cup pineapple juice (fresh or canned)
- ¼ cup rice vinegar
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoon red chili flakes
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoon cornflour
- ¼ cup water
- Peel the pineapple using a sharp knife and chop the flesh into small cubes. To save time, you can buy already peeled and chopped pineapple. Add 2 cups of cubed pineapple and 1 teaspoon chopped garlic in the medium jar of a blender and blend to make a coarse mixture.
- Do not blend the pineapple too much. We are looking for a coarse texture here.
- Add the pineapple mixture in a heavy bottom pan along with ½ cup pineapple juice, ¼ cup vinegar, ¼ cup lemon juice, 1 teaspoon lemon zest, 1 cup brown sugar, 2 teaspoon red chili flakes, and 1 teaspoon salt. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 5-6 minutes on medium heat. Cover the pan with a lid of the mixture is spluttering too much. Keep stirring frequently.
- Mix 3 tablespoon cornflour in ¼ cup water in a small bowl to make a thin slurry and add it to the pan.
- Cook on medium heat until the sauce thickens. Remove the pan from heat and let the sauce cool down. Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator and use as desired.