Delightful Grilled Oranges are brushed with butter, cinnamon and ginger, then grilled until caramelized! Top these oranges with a scoop of ice cream for the perfect summer dessert!
Please consider the following a public service announcement: Grill your oranges, friends! I really love crisps and cobblers–They are my favorite desserts. There is just something about warm fruit and spices topped with ice cream. It is delicious.
So I wondered how oranges would do, but I kind of worried about how they would bake. So, I decided to take a different approach: Grill them!
I actually stood in front of the grill holding two sliced oranges debating on if I should continue with my experiment. I really hate wasting food and I couldn’t decide if I was about to char up a perfectly good orange for no reason.
But of course, I caved.
I’m SO glad I did! This magical thing happens when you add cold ice cream laced with buttery pecans to piping hot citrus, just try it! You will see! This is absolutely the easiest dessert ever.
Ingredients for Grilled Fruit:
This recipe only requires five ingredients (six if you include the ice cream)! Here’s a quick overview of the ingredients for these tasty grilled oranges. For precise measurements, keep scrolling!
- Oranges (you could also try other citrus fruits!)
- Vanilla Extract
- Spices (I used cinnamon and ground ginger)
How do I make Ginger Grilled Oranges?
First, I cut each orange in half. Then I melted the butter and added the vanilla, ground ginger, and cinnamon. The spices are not enough to be the star of the dish, but it gives just a hint of added spice to really enhance the flavor of the orange.
Brush the cut sides of each orange with the butter and spice mixture, then put them directly onto the grill (cut side down)! For even cooking and nice grill marks, I let them cook for one minute, then I turned them 90 degrees clockwise and cooked another minute.
After I tasted this, I am totally clueless as to why this isn’t already a thing. It is so good! To take it from really good to totally excellent, I added a scoop of butter pecan ice cream on top and sprinkled a few extra pecans for good measure.
Tips & Tricks for the BEST Grilled Fruit
- Most importantly, you need to make sure your grill grates are clean before trying this recipe. If your grates have residue from previous foods, this will definitely affect the taste of your oranges.
- Brush the oranges with butter, not oil. This is really just a preference, but the butter really does mesh so much better with the taste of the orange. If you are looking to make this vegan or dairy-free, I would try a plant-based butter.
- Don’t overcook! The oranges don’t need to be “cooked” at all; we really just want them on the grill long enough to crystalize the sugar inside the fruit.
What should I serve with Grilled Oranges?
This is the easiest dessert ever with basically no prep work, no cleanup, and no dirty dishes! So what kind of meal would preface this tasty dessert best? More grilled dishes!
If you really want to try something different, how about grilled pizza? This Grilled Pesto Chicken Pizza is packed full of flavor. If you don’t have a ton of time, this Veggie Pizza with Crispy Prosciutto is an excellent way to spruce up a frozen pizza while saving you time and effort!
More Perfect Summer Fruit Desserts:
- Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries (Keto, as are these Key Lime Pie Stuffed Strawberries!)
- Fruit Sorbet and Sparkling Wine Float (perfect for bridal showers!)
- Lemon and Raspberry Bread (Keto)
- Low-Carb Blueberry Bars (Keto)
- Easy Blackberry Crisp (go over the top and add ice cream!)
- No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Lush (the layers are SO pretty!)
- Strawberry Limeade Fruit Pizza (Keto)
- Icebox Cakes (try it in Lemon or even this Mocha version!)
- Vanilla Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce (Keto)
- Raspberry Green Tea Key Lime Popsicles (or these Strawberry and Vanilla Pudding Pops)
- Chocolate Cheesecake with Chocolate Covered Strawberries (Keto + Super cute individual sizes!)
- The BEST Lemon Bars (Keto!)
- 3 Navel oranges, sliced in half
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 0.5 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
- Butter Pecan Ice Cream for scooping
- Slice the oranges. Be sure to slice them flat so they will sit on the grill.
- Melt the butter, then add the butter and cinnamon, ginger and vanilla together. Brush this mixture onto the cut side of the oranges.
- Place oranges directly on grill, let cook for one minute. Turn 90 degrees and let it cook for one more minute.
- Remove from grill and top with ice cream and additional pecans if desired.
*Make sure your grill grates are clean! If you have residue, it will end up on your oranges and alter the taste.
*Nutritional information does not include the Butter Pecan ice cream. Feel free to add whatever ice cream you prefer, then add its nutritional information for more accuracy.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 3 Serving Size: 2 Orange Halves
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 87Total Fat: 4.3gCholesterol: 10.2mgSodium: 0.6mgCarbohydrates: 15.2gNet Carbohydrates: 12.1gFiber: 3.1gSugar: 12.1gProtein: 1.1g