Fresh Fruit Skewers

LAST UPDATED: Jul 03, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Jun 29, 2020 | By: Julie Blanner

These darling fruit skewers are the ultimate EASY way to serve festive fruit for every occasion! Perfectly bite-sized and oh-so-charming, you’ll have guests oohing and aahing over your clever display of fruit kabobs.

Marble surface with a white canister filled with fresh fruit skewers.

Fruit is one of my favorite foods to serve for every occasion! It’s the perfect appetizer that doubles as a dessert for showers, birthdays, barbecues, game day and so much more!

Whether you offer a creative fruit platter, fruit salad or fruit skewers, they will be loved by kids and adults alike!

I like serving everything on a stick, truthfully. I just makes it more fun! Check out my Lemon Garlic Shrimp Kabobs, Steak Kabobs, Chicken Kabobs, Pineapple Shrimp Skewers, Tequila Lime Shrimp Skewers and so many more!

A round white platter on a marble surface, bamboo fruit skewers filled with berries on top.

Skewering foods together is a traditional way to serve hors d’oeuvres that is beautiful and easy to eat, which makes them perfect for entertaining a crowd.

As a former wedding and event planner and caterer I recommended them to all my clients. Now, I serve them at just about every party because they’re so convenient and offer personal servings.

If you’re making these for the Fourth of July, don’t forget to check out my Fourth of July Recipe Guide! 65+ of the BEST summertime party recipes! I’ve also got the cutest 4th of July dessert cheeseball you’re going to LOVE!

Close up of fourth of july inspired fresh fruit kabobs made of summer berries.

You can use smaller metal, wood or bamboo sticks that are known as cocktail sticks or olive picks (you’ll often find them hanging in aisles of your grocer and near the liquor section) or larger skewers located in the grilling section of your grocer.

While you don’t need a recipe to make fruit kabobs, it’s helpful to have all my tips and tricks to make them amazing and memorable.

Marble surface with a white canister filled with fresh fruit skewers.

You can have so much fun with it, too! You can whip them up using fruit you have on hand or get creative in arranging them to make rainbows (perfect for St. Patty’s Day) or creating a theme using cookie cutters like 4th of July Fruit Skewers, Christmas Fruit Skewers or Valentine’s Fruit Skewers!

It’s an easy “recipe” that kids can help with, too! They love threading sticks and helping make the dips to serve them with!

Close up of fourth of july inspired fresh fruit kabobs made of summer berries.
Close up of fourth of july inspired fresh fruit kabobs made of summer berries.

Take them over the top by adding a chocolate drizzle or serving them with fruit dip, peanut butter fruit dip, raspberry sauce, strawberry sauce or chocolate sauce! You can also dip into yogurt, whipped cream, fondue!

A round white platter on a marble surface, bamboo fruit skewers filled with berries on top.

Fruits that Work Well for Fruit Skewers

Just about any fruit works well.

  • Berries – Raspberries, Blackberries, Strawberries, Blueberries
  • Grapes – Green, Red or Black Seedless (slice in half if serving small children.)
  • Melons – Honeydew, Cantaloupe, Watermelon. Use a melon baller to make them round. Close up of colorful fruit kebobs.
  • Bananas – If soaked in citrus and serving same day. Bananas are a delicious addition, but they brown quickly. To use bananas, chill with the peel, then peel, and cut into chunks and thread just before serving.
  • Apples – Any variety, if soaked in citrus and serving same day.
  • Pears – Any variety, if soaked in citrus and serving same day.
  • Peaches – Great for grilling, only use if soaked in citrus and serving same day to prevent browning.
  • Pineapple – Also great for grilling and holds up so well to slicing and dicing. Close up of colorful fruit kebobs.
  • Mandarin Oranges – loved by kids and adults alike, holds up beautifully when served this way.
  • Kiwi – best if served the same day but I find that it holds up well for a a couple days after slicing.
  • Mango – Mango slices are great for grilling and they also hold well when sliced.
  • Dragon Fruit – so cute when cubed! It’s a gorgeous white or red color with tiny black seeds. Holds up well to slicing.
  • Starfruit – A beautiful yellow color, this tropical fruit is gorgeous when sliced into the signature star shape. Holds up well to slicing but best eaten same day.
Colorful fruit skewers on a white oval platter.
Colorful fruit skewers on a white oval platter, covered in a drizzle of chocolate.

Variations

  • Add Herbs – Herbs like mint or basil go incredibly well with fruit and are not only a delicious addition, but so beautiful, too!
  • Add Cheese – Mozzarella or Burrata is a delicious addition. Add on sliced or use a melon baller. Cheddar cubes also work well.
  • Drizzle with Chocolate – Melt chocolate chips or melting wafers and use a spoon to drizzle over a platter of kabobs! White chocolate, milk chocolate, semi-sweet or dark chocolate all work well. Colorful fruit skewers on a white oval platter, covered in a drizzle of chocolate.
  • Grill – Fruits like peaches, watermelon and pineapple grill beautifully, releasing their juices and flavor with every bite!
  • Make them Boozy – Soak them in vodka for 1+ hour. Dry and freeze.
  • Freeze Them – It makes them the perfect summer treat to cool off!
Marble surface with a white canister filled with fresh fruit skewers.

How to Make Fruit Skewers

  1. Prep – Wash your fruit thoroughly.
  2. Slice and Dice – Slice and dice your fruits into consistent cubes.
  3. Soak – Soak apples, pears and bananas in citrus juice.
  4. Thread – One by one thread your fruits onto skewers leaving room to hold them.
Colorful fruit skewers on a white platter.

How to Grill Fruit Kabobs

  1. Thread – Thread clean, cubed fruit onto skewers.
  2. Prep – Soak wooden skewers 15+ minutes to prevent burning. Preheat grill to medium-low. Brush grate with melted butter.
  3. Grill – Grill each side 2-3 minutes until you achieve grill marks. Watch closely so you don’t burn the fruit.
  4. Drizzle – Drizzle with a touch of honey. Optional garnish thyme, mint or basil.
Marble surface with a white canister filled with fresh fruit skewers.

How to Display Fruit Skewers

On a Platter

  1. Stack – Simply stack on a platter.
  2. Stagger – I like to stagger them for a little visual interest. If you’re mixing up types of fruit on each skewer make sure they’re mixed up on the platter so that guests can select the skewer they would like to enjoy.

Create an Arrangement

  1. Find a Vessel – Any vase, large glass, basket, solid fruit (pineapples and melons cut in half work well).
  2. Fill with Foam (unless using fruit) – Floral foam or repurposed styrofoam a shipping package work well. Cut to the size of your vessel and insert so it’s tight. A marble surface with a wooden basket, sheet of white foam inside.
  3. Add Skewers – To make it look the fruit skewers like fireworks for the 4th of July I inserted them in different directions from a central area. A marble surface with a wooden basket, sheet of white foam inside, fruit skewers shooting out.
  4. Optional: Cover – Wrap a linen napkin (checkered would be darling for a barbecue) around your skewers to conceal.
A marble surface with fruit skewers sticking out of the inside.

Displayed Out of Whole Fruit

  1. Half a Fruit – Solid fruit like pineapples and melons cut in half or whole work well. Pineapples are darling because they’re green top sticks out the top!
  2. Add Skewers – Insert them consistently to fill the entire fruit.

Upright

  1. Use Squares of Fruit – Thread large squares of fruit like watermelon at the base of the skewer.
  2. Position – Place upright on a platter in rows tightly to prevent tipping.
What are Fruit Skewers?

Pieces of fruit threaded on a stick.

Can I Make Fruit Skewers the Night Before?

Most fruits will keep well up to 12 hours. Refrigerate before serving so they’re chilled. Avoid fruits like bananas that brown and soak fruits like apples in lemon juice to prevent browning. You can also place skewers in an airtight container filled with cold water to maintain freshness.

Do Wooden Skewers Need to Be Wet?

If you’re grilling your fruit kabobs using wooden skewers, soak them 15 minutes to prevent burning. This works especially well with pineapple and peaches!

What Kind of Sticks Should I use?

Metal or wooden sticks or appetizer picks. Any size will do!

How Many Skewers to Serve Per Person

One large skewer or two cocktail picks.

Marble surface with a white canister filled with fresh fruit skewers.

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Marble surface with a white canister filled with fresh fruit skewers.

Tips

  • Oxidation – Bananas, apples and pears oxidize. Soak them in citrus juice (lemon, orange or lime juice) prior to threading on your skewers.
  • Use a variety of shapes and styles of fruit! This gives guests an opportunity to choose what fits them best and it makes your display so festive and fun!
  • Be sure to cut your fruit thick enough that it stays on the skewer.
  • For the Christmas tree effect shown in the green and red skewers, cut three triangles for the top of your kabobs.

How to Store Fruit Kabobs

  • Refrigerate – Refrigerate in an airtight container up to 24 hours.
  • Freeze – Only freeze if you plan to enjoy frozen. Otherwise the moisture content in fruit makes them mushy when they defrost. Freeze in an airtight container up to 30 days.

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Colorful fruit skewers on a white oval platter, covered in a drizzle of chocolate.

Fresh Fruit Skewers

Julie Blanner
These darling fruit skewers are the ultimate way to serve festive fruit for every occasion! Perfectly bite-sized and oh-so-charming, you'll have your guests oohing and aahing over your clever display.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 34 kcal

Equipment

  • Bamboo Skewers or Cocktail Picks

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup strawberries sliced
  • 1 cup grapes
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup watermelon sliced
  • 1 cup blackberries

Instructions
 

  • Wash your fruit thoroughly.
  • Slice and dice your fruits into consistent cubes.
  • Soak apples, pears and bananas in citrus juice.
  • One by one thread your fruits onto skewers leaving room to hold them.

Notes

Best Fruit for Kabobs

  • Berries – Raspberries, Blackberries, Strawberries, Blueberries
  • Grapes – Green, Red or Black Seedless (slice in half if serving small children.)
  • Melons – Honeydew, Cantaloupe, Watermelon. Use a melon baller to make them round. 
  • Bananas – If soaked in citrus and serving same day. Bananas are a delicious addition, but they brown quickly. To use bananas, chill with the peel, then peel, and cut into chunks and thread just before serving.
  • Apples – Any variety, if soaked in citrus and serving same day.
  • Pears – Any variety, if soaked in citrus and serving same day.
  • Peaches – Great for grilling, only use if soaked in citrus and serving same day to prevent browning.
  • Pineapple – Also great for grilling and holds up so well to slicing and dicing. 
  • Mandarin Oranges – loved by kids and adults alike, holds up beautifully when served this way.
  • Kiwi – best if served the same day but I find that it holds up well for a a couple days after slicing.
  • Mango – Mango slices are great for grilling and they also hold well when sliced.
  • Dragon Fruit – so cute when cubed! It’s a gorgeous white or red color with tiny black seeds. Holds up well to slicing.
  • Starfruit – A beautiful yellow color, this tropical fruit is gorgeous when sliced into the signature star shape. Holds up well to slicing but best eaten same day.

Variations

  • Add Herbs – Herbs like mint or basil go incredibly well with fruit and are not only a delicious addition, but so beautiful, too!
  • Add Cheese – Mozzarella or Burrata is a delicious addition. Add on sliced or use a melon baller. Cheddar cubes also work well.
  • Drizzle with Chocolate – Melt chocolate chips or melting wafers and use a spoon to drizzle over a platter of kabobs! White chocolate, milk chocolate, semi-sweet or dark chocolate all work well. 
  • Grill – Fruits like peaches, watermelon and pineapple grill beautifully, releasing their juices and flavor with every bite!
  • Make them Boozy – Soak them in vodka for 1+ hour. Dry and freeze.
  • Freeze Them – It makes them the perfect summer treat to cool off!

Tips

  • Oxidation – Bananas, apples and pears oxidize. Soak them in citrus juice (lemon, orange or lime juice) prior to threading on your skewers.
  • Use a variety of shapes and styles of fruit! This gives guests an opportunity to choose what fits them best and it makes your display so festive and fun!
  • Be sure to cut your fruit thick enough that it stays on the skewer.
  • For the Christmas tree effect shown in the green and red skewers, cut three triangles for the top of your kabobs.

How to Store Fruit Kabobs

  • Refrigerate – Refrigerate in an airtight container up to 24 hours.
  • Freeze – Only freeze if you plan to enjoy frozen. Otherwise the moisture content in fruit makes them mushy when they defrost. Freeze in an airtight container up to 30 days.

Grilling Instructions

  1. Thread clean, cubed fruit onto skewers.
  2. Soak wooden skewers 15+ minutes to prevent burning. Preheat grill to medium-low. Brush grate with melted butter.
  3. Grill each side 2-3 minutes until you achieve grill marks. Watch closely so you don’t burn the fruit.
  4. Drizzle with a touch of honey. Optional garnish thyme, mint or basil.

Nutrition

Calories:34kcalCarbohydrates:9gProtein:1gFat:1gSaturated Fat:1gSodium:1mgPotassium:103mgFiber:2gSugar:6gVitamin A:135IUVitamin C:15mgCalcium:9mgIron:1mg
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