Say YES to strawberry season! These Grilled Balsamic Strawberries are a great way to showcase fresh berries.
Grilled strawberries bring out their natural sweetness. Espresso balsamic mixed with a bit of chocolate syrup is drizzled on top. Easy summer entertaining.
Do you like grilled fruit? If you have never tried it you really (and I mean REALLY) need to. Grilling brings the natural sweetness of the fruit, really kicking it up a notch.
Roasted fruit is great (and one I do during the winter). It works perfectly in my Roasted Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast Bowls. When grilling season is here, it’s all about cooking outdoors. This is the time for fruit on the grill instead.
It’s always a bonus when food is nutritious too. Strawberries are super healthy, and it is so easy to incorporate them into recipes from breakfast to dessert. Getting them during strawberry season is best, although we enjoy them in our house all year long. Have you ever tried Strawberry Bruschetta?
GRILLED STRAWBERRY TIPS
YES, you can grill strawberries (and they are so delicious). Here are a few tips to help you grill strawberries like a pro.
- I like to use *double pronged stainless steel skewers. I find the fruit it less likely to fall off and doesn’t slip around when you are turning them over on the grill.
- If you are using wooden skewers, be sure to soak them in water for about 15 minutes before placing on the berries.
- Try to place similar size berries together on the same skewer. This makes it a little easier for even cooking (the larger the berry, the longer time on the grill).
- Strawberries should be room temperature (at least I find it works better).
- Cook on medium, and always preheat the grill before cooking.
- Be sure to oil the grill to prevent the berries from sticking.
- Turn the berries a few times during cooking to get nice grill marks.
- Cooking times will vary depending on the size of the strawberries and the heat of the grill. Usually about 5 minutes for side for nice big berries.
SERVING GRILLED BALSAMIC STRAWBERRIES
Once the grilled strawberries were ready, I simply drizzled the glaze over the berries and called it dessert. The combination of the sweet berries, a hint of chocolate and a nice hit of espresso balsamic (along with the perfect glass of white wine) was the perfect end to our bbq party.
Strawberries and balsamic go hand in hand, but it doesn’t have to stop there. You could also serve these grilled strawberries with some vanilla ice cream if you prefer. Desserts with strawberries in the summer are always a hit.
Another way to serve them is simply giving them a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a light dusting of icing sugar. What a great topping for pancakes these would be.
Have you tried Cold Smoked Cheese? These strawberries would pair perfectly, and totally delicious.
Strawberries and basil are a winning combination. How does a Strawberry Basil Tequila Cocktail sound?
Since we are on the topic of grilled fruit, have you ever tried a grilled fruit cocktail? Try your bbq bartending skills making a Grilled Nectarine & Bourbon Patio Punch. The perfect drink for a sunny afternoon. A hit at bbq parties too.
Need some great ways to use fresh strawberries? 18 Fresh Strawberry Recipes has lots of delicious recipes!
FRUITS TO GRILL
Grilled fruit kebabs are fun, but you can also just grill fruit on its own. Try fruit like:
- watermelon (have you tried grilled Watermelon Pizza)
Speaking of apples, Grilled Smoked Apples will knock your socks off. Topped with vanilla ice cream, this is the ultimate BBQ party dessert.
Looking for a GREAT summer salsa that is PERFECT for fish tacos (chicken and pork too)? Fresh Pineapple Mango Tropical Salsa is it!! With a splash of rum, you will think you are on an island vacation.
Have I got your tastebuds salivating yet? Believe me, once you taste grilled strawberries, you will want to eat them all year long. Healthy, gluten-free, super easy to make. Great for brunch, afternoons on the patio, and dessert too.
Simple, delicious Grilled Balsamic Strawberries make summer eating fun.
What is your favourite dessert to grill?
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Grilled Balsamic Strawberries
- 16 ounces fresh strawberries
- 1 tsp espresso balsamic
- 1 tsp chocolate syrup
- 1 tsp oil (for coating the grill)
- Wash the berries, leaving them WHOLE with the stems intact. Let dry.
- Combine the chocolate syrup and espresso balsamic in a bowl and set aside.
- Heat the grill to a medium heat.
- Place the washed strawberries on skewers, but do not crowd them. Try to group the same size berries together.
- Brush the grill grates with oil.
- Place the skewers on the oiled grill. Cook about 8-9 minutes (depending on the size of the berries). Be sure to turn several times, so all sides get nice grill marks.
- Berries are done when they are warm and nicely charred.
- Remove from grill and place on a serving tray.
- Drizzle with the balsamic glaze mixture.