Pineapple Sorbet

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With Father’s Day in mind, I was thinking of what to post for this special day.  My parents as well as my husband’s parents are both oversea in Japan and Taiwan, so we typically celebrate Father’s Day with just the four of us.  I wanted to dedicate this post for my husband, who’s a great father to our children and the sweetest man for me.

Pineapple Sorbet

He works hard at a cooperate office during the day, and helps me at night working behind the scene for this blog.  Without him, this blog doesn’t exist.  While I’m busy cooking, taking pictures, and responding to readers, my husband makes sure this blog is up and running dealing with the IT stuff as well as research what camera gears we need.  He does restaruant reviews once in a while so you might have read his posts, but mostly he works behind the scene.  Our shared love for food was what brought us together as well as the source of inspiration for this blog.  Thanks baby!

Pineapple is one of my husband’s favorite fruits since he was growing up in Taiwan.  I’ve also tried pineapples in Taiwan and they are ridiculously sweet.  With the limited dessert that I know how to make, he really enjoyed the Pineapple Upside Down Cake since it contains one of his favorite fruits.  Whenever he picks up pineapples while grocery shopping, I understand that’s the signal that he wants to eat the cake.  When I saw a pineapple sorbet post on my friend Jean’s blog, Lemons and Anchovies, I knew he would be excited to eat this.

And he did.  Indeed he loved it very much.  When you eat a spoonful of this sorbet, the tiny hint of sweet banana perfectly balance the tartness of pineapple.  Please don’t omit the banana in this recipe because it is amazing at mellowing out the strong pineapple taste and provides a really smooth finish.  Another thing to keep in mind is that although you might enjoy the fragrance and flavor of Cointereau, too much alcohol makes the sorbet hard to freeze so use sparingly.

All the ingredients in this sorbet does an amazing job to create one splendid harmony, also did I mention it is SUPER easy to make!  This sorbet was a instant hit among our family and it is a perfect refreshing dessert after a meal or on a hot summer day.

Happy Father’s Day to all Dads in the world!

Pineapple Sorbet

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Pineapple Sorbet
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Serves: 1½ quart
  • 1 pineapple (4 cups fresh pineapple chunks)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 fresh lime (1½ to 2 Tbsp of juice)
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Cointreau
  1. Cut pineapple into chunks (I use a pineapple corer then cut into chunks).
  2. In a blender, add the pineapple, banana, sugar and lime juice. Blend everything until very smooth. I did not have to do in batches, but you may need to depending on the size of your blender or amount of pineapple. Adjust the amount of sugar if needed.
  3. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl.
  4. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 3-4 hours before churning in your ice cream maker.
  5. Before processing in your ice cream maker, stir in the Cointreau.
  6. Transfer the chilled mixture into the chilled container of your ice cream maker and process according to the manufacture’s instruction.
  7. Chill until frozen and serve.
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Slightly adapted from Lemons and Anchovies


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    • Yes, but you will miss some great flavor… I debated too, but I’m glad I added. I bought the bottle you see in the picture at Trader Joe’s for $15 (hope you can find something similar in AU). If you don’t put alcohol, it will be more frozen/icy I think…

  1. What a sweet post to delicate to your hubby for Father’s Day. And I have to say, your Pineapple sorbet looks wonderful. Unfortunately, my husband doesn’t eat pineapple…but I’ll still try this as my kids and myself are fans for pineapple. I just have to make sure I have a batch of chocolate ice cream in the freezer before I make this sorbet. LOL

  2. Lovely post for all Dads especially Mr JustOneCookBook :) accompanied by wonderful sorbet.
    I am surprised that banana doesn’t turn brown, lime juice could be the secret hehehe.
    2 of my fave fruits… But I hv to omit cointreau as I dont take any alcohol, anything I can substitute cointreau with?
    Gorgeous photos… :)

  3. Wow, what a gorgeous sorbet. I just got back from Hawaii, and when I hear “pineapple” I get a wave of nostalgia… Wonderful recipe for your husband. Happy Father’s day!

  4. Happy father’s day to Shen, then! In Italy we celebrate Father’s day on March 17th, actually (St. Joseph)… who knows why we have different Father’s days? 😉

    I love this sorbet.. I’m bookmarking it for this upcoming summer! Today I’m going to buy an ice-cream maker, so I’ll definitely try it :)

  5. What a lovely tribute to your husband! It feels like Husband’s Day :-)
    The sorbet looks fabulous. Whenever I go to buy some ice cream, I choose maybe a bit of the bitter dark chocolate one, but the rest of my cup is filled with different sorbets because sorbet is what I dream of when someone says “ice-cream”. I have already had Cointreau in different combinations (more often in drinks than in desserts 😉 ) but I don’t think I have ever tried with pineapple. It gives me some ideas… (No sorbet though; I still haven’t bought ice-cream maker, not to mention a big freezer).

  6. Nami, that is such a wonderful treat for your husband indeed. I’ve read some of this restaurant reviews and the fact he helps you on the blog is such a blessing. What a great team you make! Interesting comment on the banana addition: I recently ‘followed’ a recipe for roasted pineapple but left out the banana – perhaps I should have kept it in after all. Enjoy a relaxing family weekend together!

  7. I wish I can have it now because the weather here is really hot! Need something icy to cool me down. I bet this sorbet must be real full of pineapple flavours, yum yum!

  8. Oh Nami! One of the sweetest posts I’ve ever read! Incredible sweet of you to dedicate it to your husband on father’s day!

    Your sorbet looks so refreshing. Love the color and flavor!

  9. Aww waht a sweet post Nami, how thoughtful to make your husbands favorite fruit. This recipe does sound fantastic and so refreshing. Something cooling on these hot summery days. I will definitely have to try making this. Have a lovely weekend.

  10. I think the pineapple and banana are an awesome combination. I also think this post is a beautiful tribute to your husband. Looking forward to sharing this treat with my family.

  11. I wish my dad liked pineapple so I could make this for him! It’s one of MY favorite fruits though so I’ll certainly be making it for myself!

  12. Natalie

    This pineapple sorbet is awesome for Father’s Day especially in Miami! It is so hot over here Nami it is unbearable. I made for Father’s Day an Oreo Cookie Pound Cake ;0)
    By the way wanted to thank you for the website you sent me to of your favorite photographer. Amazing work!

  13. I have been wanting to try Jean’s recipe too. It really seems delicious. It’s so summery & refreshing. I can’t wait! And I love your picture Nami! If you check out my blog now, you will see what I did as a frozen treat. :-)

  14. Eri

    I love it Nami, actually yesterday I was just watching my pineapple on the table and thought this will make a good sorbet! Now I have the recipe! It looks amazing.
    Happy Father;s day!

  15. I do love a good sorbet, and this looks pretty cool! Happy Father’s day to your husband, dad and father in-law. Great men in our live make us who we are, right?

  16. This is such a nice story about your and your husband. It’s funny how we learn to read between the lines of what our husbands want – like picking up the pineapple to know he wants that cake.

    Your recipe for Pineapple Sorbet sounds delicious and I like that hint of banana added to it to help smooth out the flavor as well as the texture I’m sure.

    I will definitely try this. Thank you for sharing!

  17. Nami, what a sweet post and I’m not even referring to the sorbet yet. What a nice tribute to your hubs for Father’s Day. You two really sound like a team–on the blog and away from it–so nice to hear. :)

    I’m so flattered you tried my recipe and am very happy that you both liked it–thank you! I love how you styled your shots and those little spoons are cute! Thanks again!!

  18. Yum, I’ve never tried a pineapple sorbet before! I was thinking I need some sorbets to lighten up the ice cream routine around here. :) Happy Father’s Day to your husband!

  19. Wow! what a great recipe for father’s day. I love sorbet because of the fact that they are easy to make. It looks so refreshing with mint leaves on top.

  20. Awesome pics Nami!!I’m loving this pineapple and banana combo!!Looks terrific and I can only imagine how delicious it tasted :)Perfect for summer :)

  21. Both of u seem to be a perfect match; both are just as sweet! Sadly, I’m the ‘IT’ person in the home. When pc crashes, both hubby & son will run to me. Lol! Lucky u!!

    I love sorbet & made Lemon Sorbet for X’mas last year. Pineapple is a good alternative & I shall try it next time. Lovely presentation, Nami! Have a great day with your family :)

  22. My kids and I were talking last night about our favorite fruits and pineapple was high on the the list… this would be fantastic sweet treat. :) Great sorbet, perfect for the holiday. :)

  23. Happy Father’s Day to your husband, lovely story.
    This is a great dessert specially here, summer in Florida. I like the touch of Cointreau specially for all the fathers.

  24. Its 100F outside and I m literally salivating at the sight of those perfect sorbet balls. Tropical fruits make it so better for me. Wish you could send me some. What a great way to celebrate father’s day.

  25. Happy Father’s day to your husband then, and how wonderful that he helps you with the blog! The pineapple orbit is yummy I usually do it with vodka, but I should try Cointreau! And hey: I have the same pineapple corer, is great isn’t it??? And you can put the sorbet back into the shell! Or at least I used to do it years ago, but I don’t now because in NZ they only import pineapples without the leaves on top (biosecurity) and it doesn’t look so good to take to the table a pineapple without the leafy top!


  26. donna mikasa

    This looks so refreshing, Nami! And the photo looks so yummy, too! Thanks for sharing what I’m sure will be a “keeper”! Happy Father’s Day to your hubby!

  27. They look so refreshing! It is quite hot in Denver right now and I could do with some of this. Pineapple is also one of my husbands favourite fruits too! Bananas and pineapples in an ice cream form…he’ll be in heaven with all his faves. Happy Father’s Day to your hubby!

  28. Oh…so your husband has the same job as my husband…!!! Mine helps me a lot with the blog, and sometimes with my kids when I have to start writing.
    I like sorbet, I found it more soft that ice cream, talking about fat of course, and it’s more fresh. Pineapple is delicious…and I remember your upside down cake…!!

  29. I made a pineapple dessert for my husband last Father’s Day too. Pineapple is also one f his favorites. This sorbet is beautiful and looks so refreshing. The perfect dessert! :)

  30. Oh, I saw this one and yours looks just as delicious! I’m not a frozen treat fan, but since sorbets are mostly fruit, I always like to nibble on the bits off my hubby’s spoon! We finally got sun today in San Diego, so I think we are due for a cold dessert!

  31. Candice

    Oooo..I love pineapple. This looks absolutely refreshing. Too bad I don’t have an ice cream maker machine at home. It’s so sweet of you to dedicate this post to your hubby.

    I hope your husband has a wonderful father’s day!

  32. What a wonderful post about your hubby! Love that he is your wing man for the blog -that is true love. I too was in awe of this recipe from Jean’s blog and your photo styling is stunning. Now I really need to make this. Delish!!! Wish your hubby a happy father’s day!!

  33. When I saw this on Foodbuzz, I came over as soon I can. This is perfect for KL weather right now. I love pineapple and banana in my smoothies. Come to think of it, I pretty much enjoy all types of fruits. Being in a tropical country, means I get an abundance of them and is a blessing ;). Means I get to whip this delicious recipe of yours anytime. Plus every spoon I take will remind me of the hang out session we had. Can’t believe time is flying by so quickly.. Take care now, and have blast this summer season!! Huggss, Jo

  34. Eha

    Not being a dessert gal I nearly said ‘nice’ and filed the post! Then I saw that fantastically elegant photo and then I read the so easy recipe . . . Nami, not only am I going to make this the moment I find THE right pineapple, but am sure we’ll truly enjoy it! My Mom’s fave liqueur was Cointreau, so it and I go a long way back :) !

  35. I can’t think of a better way to use fresh pineapple! It’s all about the pineapple! Bobby and I love sorbets and I know this is one we would both love!!!

  36. I miss my daddy! I think my brother will like this sorbet a lot. My dad is more of an ice cream kinda guy. I remember him always buying a Drumstick cone during our family road trips. :)

    Sweet post dedicated to your husband!

  37. Such a sweet tribute to your husband! With my husband I would have no blog either, he is such a huge help with all the IT stuff! I can just imagine how much your husband enjoyed this sorbet. It sounds so amazing and refreshing. I love pineapples and the ones in Israel are the sweetest I have ever had but are super tiny and SO expensive!!!

  38. Hi Nami, Its always fun to see ur lovely recipes. And this one is looking amazing. I am so tempted to make it on my isle some day pretty soon. An awesome tribute…..! Enjoy your weekend. Best Regards, Sonia

  39. What a wonderful recipe..I knew that this month gonna be party, drooling delicious frozen party for our eyes. Love this combination…and I am gonna stare at you pics just a little bit longer :)))
    Have a beautiful weekend with your family!

  40. While I’m not really a frozen dessert fan, I can see myself sitting down to a bowl of this sorbet and being a very happy girl. Love the addition of the banana, and for mine I think I’d swap the Cointreau for my beloved Grand Marnier!!

  41. Nami, I had my eye on this sorbet too when Jean made and even bought a pineapple and I need to just get it out and do it. Your food styling looks fabulous such pretty props. Have a wonderful weekend.

  42. Ann

    Nami this looks DELISH and what a lovely tribute to your hubby. He’s quite hand to have around, isn’t he?! I’ve never seen pineapple sorbet, so I’m thrilled you posted! I hope you are well!

    ~Ann (of the old Cooking Healthy For Me)

  43. This sounds too lovely, and what a sweet tribute to your husband. Made me smile. We’ve been walking along Hadrian’s Wall this week, quite something! And despite all our storms, we had great weather. Could have done with your delicious sorbet at the end of it!

  44. A sweet post in honor of your husband and all he does for you, the blog and your family. :)

    Just had some pineapple upside-down cake a couple of days ago. My Mom’s favorite and we were just out visiting her for her birthday (so guess what we had for birthday cake!) I will have to make this sorbet for me Mom…she LOVE it. 😀

    Beautiful images, Nami!

  45. Hi Nami, I am finally back :)! So sorry for missing your posts for quite some time – I really have missed quite some deliciousness, I see ;). The sorbet looks great and refreshing, I have never made sorbet or ice cream myself – but it’s probably good that I don’t know how to make them, or I would overindulge myself…;)!

  46. What an amazing partnership you two have. Behind a successful spouse there’s always a strong, supporting partner. It’s wonderful to see you recognizing him and celebrating him with such flavorful food. This sorbet looks refreshing and fun!

  47. I love pineapples! I like to soak the pineapples in a slightly salted water and then drained. Delicious. :) This sounds like a great recipe for summer! Just wished it was warmer here. I’ve got the heater on at home and craving for sorbet now. 😛

    By the way, is that an Ikea mini vase in the background? I was at Ikea just then and contemplated buying it but didn’t because it was too expensive!

  48. What a great dessert. I love pineapple sorbet especially if it’s made using a very sweet pineapple like the ones your husband grew up with in Taiwan. Happy Father’s Day to your husband, I hope you all had a great day xx

  49. Malaysia is famous for its Sarawak Pineapple and Thailand is planting it too. I use it specially to make my pineapple rolls which were my hubby’s favourite. Great to have such a nice guy like your hubby to support you in your blogging. Happy Father’s Day to him and all the daddies out there! 😉

  50. I hope you have a great Father’s Day! I’m sure your husband went crazy for that sorbet, its looks so good! I can’t have much dairy either so sorbet is my best friend in the summer :) Looks so pretty and SO good!

  51. Happy Father’s Day to your hubby, Nami!!! I’m certain I would love this pineapple sorbet as much as he did…it looks amazing! And perfect for this heat wave :)

  52. Such a wonderful tribute to your hubby, Nami for Father’s Day! Your pineapple sorbet is superb, so fresh, and super yummy. Love that cute little pineapple “corer” gadget. Sure makes it easier to core the fruit!
    Beautiful presentation, and photo of it!
    Happy Father’s Day to your hubby:DDD

  53. Happy Father’s day to your Husband :) so sweet of you to make a pineapple recipe for him! I really like his occasional restaurant reviews and I love how he’s so supportive of your blog and always helping you! Gosh i wish my man was that supportive lol

    LOVE this recipe and best part is Mr bao is allergic to Pineapple meaning it’s ALL mine! I really have to go get some Contriue though!

  54. Happy Fathers Day to your Hubby! I love that you used fresh pineapples in that sorbet it looks good and I think I wanna have one even its cold in here

  55. You`re so sweet, Nami san! Reading your post, I imagine that you two are so lovey dovey all the time :))) Happy Father`s Day to your husband and your fathers!
    Now I have two things to report to you. One, thanks to you and your strawberry cheesecake ice cream, I finally got my own ice cream maker and am so happy about it! Thank you so much for giving me the inspiration! Two, I happened to made a quite similar dessert with yours here, only I used yogurt instead of Cointreau, and just realized that after finishing everything. See? I got inspired by you even before I read your post 😀

  56. Oh, pineapple has such great flavor! I’ve used it in lots of things (it’s great in a salsa) but never in a sorbet. I should really dust off my ice cream maker! Love the addition of the Cointreau – such a nice touch. Good recipe – thanks.

  57. Hi Nami,

    Your husband sounds like a wonderful man:) Happy Father’s Day to him. I remember seeing this recipe on Jean’s blog, I book marked it too. I love your photos and it’s making me crave some right now:)

  58. I love the elegant simplicity of this recipe. Sorbet is one of my absolute favorite desserts. I hope your husband had a wonderful father’s day!

  59. It’s lovely to read about Shen, the man behind-the-scene and how you both work together as a team. Please send my belated wishes to him! I bet he had the best Father’s day after being treated with his favorite fruit in dessert form. This sorbet looks like a fantastic combination. Yum…i’d go for a dash of cointreau with the lovely tropical fruits anytime.

  60. I love the pictures, and of course with this heat, I appreciate you for sharing this recipe. I love Pineapple and bananas but never had them together, I’m sure it’ll taste great :)

  61. I wonder I could make this sorbet without contreau? Is it liqueur right? I like to buy the pineapple core gadget. It ‘s so neat. Pictures are wonderful!

  62. Something fun about me, pineapple ice cream is my favorite! As a child I would go to a local ice cream shop with my Grandma, they had the BEST pineapple ice cream:-) Soooooo, I am loving this beautiful sorbet, and I love your addition of the banana! I need to make this for sure:-) Hugs, Terra

  63. So easy?!?!?! I have a juicer which makes it even easier I don’t even have to strain it! And I happen to have cointreau, my favourite liquor!! I could add more to make it a cocktail sorbet 😉

    Why core the pineapple though? I’ve always juiced pineapples with the core. Is it bitter or anything?

    I actually made nama chocolate with cointreau and it tasted the same but it splintered more when I cut it.


    • Hi Catt! If you have a powerful blender like Vitamix etc, the core part will be used nicely. Otherwise, I think the core is too hard and not as sweet as the rest of pineapple, so most people don’t eat it.

      Do you think the alcohol (the cointreau) didn’t work well for the nama chocolate?

      • Hi Nami!

        Thanks for the feedback! I usually juice pineapples with the core so I’m probably going to do that then blend the banana I’ll let you know how it goes!
        Maybe I didn’t add enough cointreau for the nama chocolate? (I added 1tbsp.) I didn’t taste anything different, but nothing tasted wrong either! :)