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Easy Pisang Bakar - Indonesian Grilled Banana Sundae Recipe. How to Make Simple Grilled Banana!

Updated on December 2, 2014

Pisang bakar (grilled banana)

Good hot summer weather brings abundance of fresh fruits. Bringing back my childhood memories, We use to eat countless varieties of tropical fruits such as banana, mango, durian, etc. Mostly we consume it as desserts. But some creative culinary adventures create a very unique method to diversify the simplest fruit into easy and flavorful desserts. One of it is pisang bakar or grilled banana. Of course Indonesian style with little bit western fusion. Thank goodness, banana is easily to find in North America and summer is perfect time for grilling, my favorite activities.

Here is my quick easy to fix grilled banana sundae recipe. Smoky grilled banana, savory cheese, candy sweet condensed milk, sweet bitter chocolate sprinkles and vanilla ice cream make this summer dessert is a star !. Give it a try to you will not disappointed.

Grilled banana on skewers.
Grilled banana on skewers. | Source

How to make Indonesian grilled banana


ripe but still firm plantains or just regular banana

grated cheddar cheese

chocolate sprinkle

sweetened condensed milk

unsalted sweet butter

vanilla ice cream


Cut off the top and bottom of plantains, then peel the skin back. Next step is cut peeled plaintains in half lengthwise and cut each pieces in half crosswise. Brush each pieces with butter. Preheat your grill/BBQ. I prefer charcoal grill to bring plantains/banana aroma and flavor out. Grill banana until it's majesty golden brown.

Serve your grilled banana/plaintains with grated cheese, chocolate sprinkle and sweetened condensed milk. Add your favorite crepes and vanilla ice cream to cheer your day up!. Enjoy.

Pisang bakar - Indonesian grilled banana

Pisang bakar Medan
Pisang bakar Medan | Source

How to choose plantains

For grilling, I prefer semi- ripe plantains since it's firm but you if your prefer softer plantains , choose fully ripe one. Fully ripe plantains will have completely black skin and you can feel it soft to touch whilst semi-ripe one has some black spotted on it's skin. Grilling will release plantains natural sugar, resulting good smoky, sweet and intense flavor.

Why you will love grilled banana sundae

It's easy and fun to make, yet flavorful and delicious. Perfect for summer grilling activities. Besides, banana has some important health benefits such as source of potassium, natural remedies for constipation and diarrhea, sleep aid and mental health, source of calorie.

Here are some key nutritional values per 4 oz of banana (with skin):

Calories 62

Niacin (mg) 0.5

Potassium (mg) 270

Vitamin B6 (mg) 0.19

Vitamin C (mg) 7

Street hawker grilled banana

Char-Griller 1515 Patio Pro Charcoal Grill
Char-Griller 1515 Patio Pro Charcoal Grill

This protable char-griller is excellent for grilling any type of food including pisang bakar/grilled banana. Made of high quality cast iron, a very good heat retention. Easy to assemble and good size grilling area (about 250-300 in grill area). Perfect for cooking 2-4 peoples.



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    • jojokaya profile image

      jojokaya 7 years ago from USA

      You are welcome. Enjoy

    • toknowinfo profile image

      toknowinfo 7 years ago

      This sounds really good. I have looking for a recipe to make plaintains. When I tried one previously, it wasn't a big hit. This one sounds good. Thanks for sharing.

    • jojokaya profile image

      jojokaya 7 years ago from USA

      Thanks ..

    • prasetio30 profile image

      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love Grilled Banana or pisang bakar. This is Indonesian traditional food. Thanks for promoting this food. God job, my friend. Take care!