What Goes With Pineapple

24 Amazing Pineapple Pairings For You To Try

· September 14, 2022

Pineapple Pairings

After spending hours scouring recipe books and conducting tasting experiments, I've found the following flavor pairings all go well with Pineapple. Click on any match to view its flavor matches.

  • Anchovy

    E.g. Mam Nem Dipping Sauce.I was going to demonstrate this pairing with pineapple and anchovy pizza but I didn't want to start a riot. Mentioning pineapple and pizza seems to bring the worst out of some people. So instead I'll use this Vietnamese dip as an example of these two ingredients at work.

    The dip consists of fermented anchovy, pineapple, sugar, lemon juice, chilli pepper, lemongrass and garlic. It is then used either as a baste on grilled meats and fish or as a simple dip.

    Vicky Pham-Le has shared her version of the recipe on her Vietnamese home cooking blog.

    Psst... if you do like pineapple on pizza then try adding anchovies to it.

  • Avocado

    Why this pairing works:Like mango and apple, pineapple also makes an amazing partner for avocado. Its tropical caramel-like sweetness punctuates avocado’s grassy flavors. Great for salsas and salads.

    E.g. Grilled gammon and pineapple salsa.For a tropical surprise try making salsa out of pineapple and avocado and serve with salty grilled meat. The deep charred flavors of the meat will contrast nicely with the refreshing sweet flavors of the salsa. For a great example of this check out Nigel Slater's recipe serving grilled gammon with such a salsa

  • Pork

    E.g. Hawaii toast.In the beginning, the French invented the Croque Monsieur, a fried sandwich of ham and cheese. Then they took it one step further with the Croque Madame, the same sandwich but topped with a fried, slightly runny fried egg. Neighbouring Germany, not wanting to be outdone, came up with the Toast Hawaii, a toasted sandwich consisting of salty ham, sweet and sour pineapple, creamy melted cheese and topped with a maraschino cherry. Now this is cheat day food!

  • Prawn

    E.g. Thai pineapple and shrimp fried rice.Pineapple and shrimp are a popular combination in south-east Asian cuisine. Two notable examples are Thailand's classic "Gang Kue Sapparod" red curry, and its fried rice dish "Kaeng Khua Saparot". The latter is so popular it's been adopted by other countries in the region and for that reason, I'll focus on it here.

    The dish requires you to halve a whole fresh pineapple lengthways and to excavate the flesh from both centers. Then you stir fry the sweet flesh along with juicy shrimp, cashew nuts, egg, curry powder, scallions, and rice. Finally, you use the two pineapple halves as bowls and place the fried rice in their recesses and serve. You can watch an authentic recipe being made here

  • Sage

    E.g. Pineapple and sage martini.A simple way to try these flavours together is to make this simple cocktail comprised of pineapple juice mixed with vodka and served in a glass with crushed sage leaves at the bottom.

    If gin is more your thing then you will probably like Yotam Ottolenghi's cocktail which uses gin, pineapple juice, sage leaves, cardamon pods and clove syrup.