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Grilled Teriyaki Shrimp and Pineapple

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Grilled teriyaki shrimp pineapple bowl recipe. Pineapple boats stuffed with rice and bbq pineapple shrimp and teriyaki sauce.

This grilled teriyaki shrimp pineapple bowl is one of my favorite summer grilling recipes – and is great for winter grilling too! Pineapple boats are stuffed with rice and bbq pineapple shrimp and teriyaki sauce, creating a perfect blend of sweet and caramelized flavors. It’s also a great dish for entertaining, since in my experience everyone is delighted by the pure spectacle of being served a pineapple with rice and shrimp inside!

This teriyaki pineapple bowl with shrimp and rice is perfect served over rice in a pineapple boat! It’s an easy recipe that can be customized for everyone in your family!

Shrimp also grill very quickly, so these grilled teriyaki shrimp and pineapple kabobs are perfect for winter grilling! During the winter months, I like to serve them over rice because it’s a bit heavier of a meal and just feels like it warms us up.

Shrimp also grill very quickly, so these grilled teriyaki shrimp and pineapple kabobs are perfect for winter grilling! During the winter months, I like to serve them over rice because it’s a bit heavier of a meal and just feels like it warms us up.

Grilled teriyaki shrimp pineapple boat recipe

You could easily switch it up in the summer, though, for a lighter meal. Just make the recipe exactly as is and after grilling, serve over a salad. Or even serve the shrimp and pineapple in a tortilla for shrimp tacos. However you serve it, just make sure you grill it rather than cooking it indoors. You get such a nice caramelization and the flavor from the charcoal grill brings it over the top!

Why You’ll Love This Pineapple with Shrimp and Rice Inside Recipe

This is a favorite summer grilling recipe at our house, and we’ve been known to make it during winter grilling sessions as well!

While you could definitely transfer it all and make a standard pineapple shrimp rice bowl out of this recipe, I think the presentation is one of the coolest things about it. I mean seriously – who among us could resist cracking a smile when you get to eat your dinner out of a pineapple boat! Because of this, I really encourage you to serve it the way I’ve suggested below:

I absolutely love the presentation of this dish, too! Sitting down to eat straight out of a pineapple is such an unusual treat!

Grilled Teriyaki Shrimp and Pineapple Recipe

Ingredients for Grilled Teriyaki Shrimp Pineapple  Bowl in a Pineapple Boat on a wooden cutting board. A whole pineapple, shrimp, green onions, and teriyaki sauce

Cook the Rice to Fill Your Pineapple Boats

As a first step, cook 3 cups of white rice and set it aside to rest.

You can also chop up some green onions at this point, and put some sesame seeds in a small dish. Set aside the green onions and sesame seeds – you’ll use those as a garnish!

Prepare the Shrimp and Pineapple

This is a really easy recipe to make. However, the most time consuming part is actually threading the pineapple and shrimp onto skewers before grilling.

To start, you need to make your pineapple boat!

Cut a fresh pineapple in half vertically. Be sure to use a sharp chefs knife or cleaver for this step.

Now take one half of the pineapple, and cut around the edge, leaving about 1/2″ around the outer edge of the pineapple as a border. Now deal with the center of the pineapple half. Cut it into 3 vertical strips, then use a spoon to scoop it out of the shell.

a process shot showing how to grill a pineapple boat. A halved and scored pineapple on a wooden cutting board

Repeat with the other half of the pineapple, and then cut the scooped out strips into pineapple chunks for your skewers.

Finally, thread your skewers by alternating shrimp and pineapple chunks. I double up on the shrimp in some spots because SHRIMP!!

how to make shrimp kebabs. A process photo showing pineapple and shrimp on a skewer

Whip Up a Homemade Teriyaki Sauce for Your Grilled Shrimp and Pineapple

If you’re wondering how to make teriyaki shrimp, I really think this is the easiest and best way.

First you need to make your teriyaki shrimp marinade. You could buy a bottle teriyaki marinade, but why?? It’s so easy to make teriyaki sauce, and homemade tastes a lot better!

Before you get started, pre-heat your grill. This teriyaki sauce is mere minutes to make, so you won’t need much prep time at all.

Now for the teriyaki sauce.

In a small saucepan, heat up your ingredients for your teriyaki sauce. You’ll need to combine minced garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey and cornstarch in a saucepan, and heat while stirring for about 5 to 7 minutes.

Once you have made your own homemade teriyaki sauce, set a bit aside to drizzle on your completed pineapple boat at the end. With the rest of the teriyaki sauce, use a pastry brush to generously brush the sauce all over to create well coated pineapple and teriyaki shrimp skewers.

homemade teriyaki marinade brushed onto a shrimp and pineapple skewer

Get Grilling!

Another great thing about this recipe is that grilled shrimp and pineapple is super fast to cook.

You really only need to cook the skewers for about 4 minutes on each side, or until the shrimp are cooked through and the grilled pineapple has started to caramelize.

Grilled pineapple and shrimp skewers grilled with homemade teriyaki marinade

Prepare Your Pineapple Boats

While the skewers are cooking, fill your pineapple boats with cooked white rice.

Once the skewers are done, pull the contents off the skewer. Toss your teriyaki grilled shrimp and pineapple into the boat, and garnish with some chopped green onions and sesame seeds.

Use the teriyaki sauce you set aside earlier to drizzle over the final dish!

Totally not necessary, but it does make it look pretty!

Grilled teriyaki shrimp pineapple boat recipe with green onions-4

Grilled Teriyaki Shrimp Pineapple Bowl in a Pineapple Boat Recipe

Yield: 2 Servings

Grilled Teriyaki Shrimp Pineapple Bowl in a Pineapple Boat

Grilled teriyaki shrimp pineapple boat recipe

Grilled teriyaki shrimp and pineapple kabobs are perfect served over rice with a sprinkle of green onions and sesame seeds. You can also serve over a salad, as shrimp tacos or just enjoy plain for a healthy dinner!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. Garlic (minced)
  • 1/3 cup Soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1/2 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1 Pineapple (whole)
  • 1 lb. Raw Shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • 3 cups White rice (prepared)
  • Green onions (chopped for garnish)
  • Sesame Seeds

Instructions

    1. Preheat your charcoal grill. 
    2. Cook 3 cups of white rice.
    3. While rice is cooking, prepare teriyaki sauce. In a small saucepan, add garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey and cornstarch. Cook and stir over medium high heat for about 5-7 minutes or until it starts to thicken. Set aside.
    4. Slice pineapple vertically so that you have 2 halves. Use a knife to cut the center pineapple out leaving a 1/2" edge around the outside of the pineapple.  Once you have the outer rim cut, use a knife to cut 3 vertical rows and then use a spoon to remove the pineapple. Try to keep it intact as much as possible and then cut it into chunks for your kababs.
    5. Using shish kebab skewers, alternate shrimp and pineapple chunks. Brush on both sides with teriyaki sauce and place on preheated grill.
    6. Cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side until your shrimp are cooked through and your pineapple has started caramelizing. 
    7. While your shrimp is cooking. Fill your empty pineapple halves with the prepared rice. Add the cooked shrimp and pineapple and sprinkle with chopped green onions and sesame seeds. 

Notes

You do not need to use the pineapple halves as bowls if you don't want to. You can easily serve these in a bowl over rice too!

If you don't like shrimp, this recipe would also work well with thin strips of steak.

Feel free to add steamed broccoli or another veggie to yours if you like!

Final Thoughts About this Teriyaki Shrimp and Pineapple Bowl

I hope you love this recipe!

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