This easy pineapple fritters recipe is a keeper to make an all-year-round treat. Choose a delicious way to start your day with these crispy deep-fried pineapple fritter rings accompanied by a cup of coffee. Or use them as a tasty snack anytime!
These French-style pineapple fritters (Beignets d'ananas in French) are my latest (and greatest!) dessert love.
They have a crispy coconut-based layer outside with a juicy pineapple slice inside.
Once you bite into them, you get that irresistible taste that makes you wanting more.
The recipe calls for sliced canned pineapple rings, but you can also use a fresh pineapple for the realization of this recipe.
What are fritters?
Fritters are food (fruit, vegetables, seafood, etc.) coated in batter and then deep-fried.
Almost every cuisine has its fritters: beignets in France, frittelle in Italy, loukoumades in Greece, tempura in Japan, whitebait fritters in New Zealand.
This list can be continued. In the United States, fritters are doughnuts made with the batter, which is pan-fried or deep-fried.
If the batter is made with cornmeal instead of wheat flour, such doughnuts are called "corn fritters."
Are fritters healthy for you?
Since pineapple fritters are a deep-fried treat, you might think that they are not good for your health.
However, let us look at this dessert from the view of the nutritional content.
One serving is one pineapple fritter that contains only 77 calories. Considering a 2,000-calorie daily value, you eat only 3.85 percent of your day’s calories with each fritter.
Each pineapple fritter contains about 3.3 grams of fat, which is 5.5 percent of a 60-gram fat daily value.
What is about cholesterol? Each pineapple deep-fried ring is about 15 milligrams of cholesterol, which is 5 percent of a 300-milligram daily limit.
Do you worry about carbohydrates? A pineapple fritter is about 9.9 grams of carbohydrates, which is only 3.3 percent of a 300-gram daily value.
Plus, do not forget about the benefits of the pineapple itself. It looks that pineapple fritters are safe to pamper yourself!
Pineapple contains high amounts of fiber, the enzyme bromelain, vitamin C as an antioxidant, and manganese.
Pineapple provides immune system support due to vitamin C, prevent osteoporosis in postmenopausal women due to manganese.
Moreover, pineapple helps digestion due to fiber and reduces inflammation due to bromelain.
What is interesting is that studies report that pineapple might play some role in blood clot reduction.
Indeed, fresh pineapple contains more vitamins and minerals. If you use canned pineapple, try to get it with a minimal amount or no added sugar.
What oil to use for frying
The best oil for frying while making fritters is vegetable oil, a blend of different plant-derived oils.
The smoke point (the temperature when the oil starts to burn and create smoke) of vegetable oil is between 440 F/226 C and 450 F/232 C. It means that this kind of oil has a very high smoke point.
Moreover, vegetable oil is neutral (or flavorless) oil to fry. Plus, it is cheap enough.
You can also use other neutral, high-heat oils such as canola, sunflower, or peanut oil, but they are more expensive.
How to serve pineapple fritters
They are best served warm. Serve these pineapple fritters on their own or with chocolate sauce.
Or add a drizzle of warm caramel sauce or your favorite syrup. You can also sprinkle fritters with icing (powdered) or cinnamon sugar (mix of 1 cup (225 g) granulated sugar and one teaspoon ground cinnamon).
Why you should try this recipe
- This pineapple fritters recipe is easy and loved by kids and adults.
- Using canned or fresh fruit makes this no-bake dessert an all-year-round favorite.
- The fritter batter recipe is the only one you need to make fruit fritters: apples, bananas, etc. Coat fruit in the batter, then in the grated coconut, and deep-fry.
- These fritters are a great breakfast or snack idea.
Here is a quick overview of what ingredients you will need. Follow the full recipe below for detailed amounts and instructions. I recommend making this recipe as written for the best results.
Canned pineapple: use canned pineapple slices (you will need 1 can) or replace them with the pineapple cored and cut into rings.
Milk: use whole milk for the recipe. You can replace milk with the same amount of coconut cream if desired.
Egg: you will need one large egg.
Flour: the recipe calls for all-purpose flour.
Shredded coconut: use organic unsweetened shredded coconut.
Icing sugar: make it yourself with a coffee grinder or use powdered sugar.
Salt: a pinch of salt is what you need here.
Oil: to make the pineapple fitter butter, use olive oil or any other kind of oil.
Frying oil: use vegetable, canola, sunflower, or peanut oil.
How to make pineapple fritters
To make the pineapple fritter batter, sift flour and icing sugar into a bowl. Make a fountain in the center of dry ingredients, pour in the egg and olive oil (photo 1), and mix with a rubber spatula.
Then pour cold milk little by little and mix: the dough will be smooth and thick enough (photo 2). Cover the bowl with plastic film and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Dip two pineapple slices coated in the batter and coconut in hot frying oil.
Cook them for about 1 to 3 minutes per side, turning over with two forks or tongs until the fritters become golden brown.
Continue with the rest of the pineapple slices, cooking them two by two (photo 4). Drain pineapple fritters on paper towels and serve immediately.
- Be sure the pineapple slices are well-drained and patted dry; otherwise, the fritter batter will not stick.
- If you do not have a cooking thermometer, put 3 to 4 raw, dry corn kernels in the oil. Once they burst, the oil is at the right temperature.
- Do not overcrowd the saucepan while frying: fry two pineapple rings at once. Cooking more than two rings at once can result in a drop in frying oil temperature and greasy fritters instead of the crispy ones.
- To keep the finished fritters warm, set the oven on low heat and place rings on a baking sheet lined with a paper towel. Keep fritters in the oven until ready to serve.
Frequently asked questions
Once you make the pineapple fritter batter, cover it with plastic film and refrigerate for 2 hours. You can store it overnight.
No, you do not need a deep fat fryer to make pineapple fritters; you can use a saucepan with frying oil and forks or tongs.
I have never tried making these fritters in an air fryer, so I cannot predict the result.
These fritters are best served warm and eaten on the same day. You cannot store them in the fridge. These pineapple fritters cannot be frozen either.
Love no-bake desserts? Try these next!
- French Dark Chocolate Mousse
- No-bake Banoffee Pie Cups
- Pink Praline (French Pink Pralines)
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Please, note that the recipe was primarily developed using gram measurements for high precision and then converted to the US volume and weight measurements. I recommend using a kitchen scale for accuracy and the best results.
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Pineapple Fritters Recipe (Beignets d'ananas)
This easy pineapple coconut fritters recipe is a keeper to make an all-year-round treat. Choose a delicious way to start your day with these crispy deep-fried pineapple rings accompanied by a cup of coffee. Or use them as a tasty snack anytime!
- Total Time: 1 hour (plus resting time)
- Yield: 10 - 12 1x
- Category: No-Bake Desserts
- Method: No Bake
- Cuisine: French
To make the pineapple fritter batter, sift flour and icing sugar into a bowl. Make a fountain in the center of dry ingredients, pour in the egg and olive oil, and mix with a rubber spatula. Then pour cold milk little by little and mix: the dough will be smooth and thick enough. Cover the bowl with plastic film and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Meanwhile, drain pineapple slices using a paper towel.
Heat frying oil in a large saucepan to 350 F/175 C (use a cooking thermometer). Pour shredded coconut on a shallow plate. Dip pineapple slices in the batter to coat them thoroughly, and then put them in shredded coconut. Dip two pineapple slices coated in the batter and coconut in hot frying oil. Cook them for about 1 to 3 minutes per side, turning over with two forks or tongs until the fritters become golden brown. Continue with the rest of the pineapple slices, cooking them two by two. Drain pineapple fritters on paper towels and serve immediately.
- ; otherwise, the fritter batter will not stick.
- put 3 to 4 raw, dry corn kernels in the oil. Once they burst, the oil is at the right temperature.
- Don’t overcrowd the saucepan while frying: fry two pineapple rings at once. Cooking more than two rings at once can result in a drop in frying oil temperature and greasy fritters instead of the crispy ones.
- To keep the finished fritters warm, set the oven on low heat and place rings on a baking sheet lined with a paper towel. Keep fritters in the oven until ready to serve
- The calorie count is calculated per pineapple ring and does not include the frying oil since its amount will vary depending on the type of oil used, cooking time, and temperature.
- Serving Size: 1 pineapple fritter
- Calories: 77
- Sugar: 3 g
- Sodium: 26 mg
- Fat: 3.3 g
- Saturated Fat: 1.7 g
- Carbohydrates: 9.9 g
- Fiber: 0.6 g
- Protein: 2 g
- Cholesterol: 15 mg
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The recipe was adapted from https://gourmand.viepratique.fr/. It was originally published on April 19, 2019. The recipe has been revised to include improved content and photos. All posted pictures are mine.