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Classic Ham pineapple pizza uses ham, pineapple slices and mozzarella cheese. Otherwise known as Hawaiian pizza, it has a definite tropical flare to this special pizza!


Ok, here we go, I will probably be disowned by many of my Italian blogger friends for this one, but I swear, it is so good! 🙂

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Pizza-gate, that is what it is called in culinary circles! The Italians are incensed! Pineapple should NEVER go on pizza!!!

I would heartily agree with my Italian friends, if it is made with marinara sauce! There is just something not right about the acidity of the tomato based marinara sauce and the acidity in the pineapple! They just clash, as far as their flavor profiles go. I answered that question in 2014 with a coconut based sauce.

Ham and pineapple pizza with antique pizza cutter.Pin

Origins of Pineapple on Pizza

The person who is accredited for inventing Hawaiian pizza was a Greek who had emigrated to Canada. In 1962, he and his brothers were experimenting with different pizzas and tried it, just for fun, pairing it with ham.

I’ve been experimenting with coconut milk lately and thought I could make a great sauce with it. This coconut sauce is not sweet, but savory, thanks to the aid of a lot of garlic.

Tasted coconut, pineapple, ham and mozzarella on pizza on wooden peel.Pin

What you need for sauce

  • coconut milk
  • pineapple juice
  • lime juice
  • garlic
  • cornstarch
  • salt
  • sugar (not pictured)
  • hot sauce (not pictured)
Ingredients for sauce - garlic, cornstarch, pineapple juice, lime juice, coconut milk, saltPin

What you need for pizza

  • pizza dough
  • ham
  • coconut
  • mozzarella
  • pineapple slices
  • chives
Ingredients for pizza- pizza dough, ham, coconut, mozzarella, pineapple, chives.Pin

How to Make Ham Pineapple Pizza

How to make sauce

  1. Mince garlic
  2. Saute garlic in a splash of olive oil until toasted.
  3. Add pineapple juice, lime juice, coconut milk, salt, sugar and hot sauce. Let cook for 15-20 minutes. Add cornstarch slurry to thicken to desired thickness. Set aside.
For sauce; saute garlic in olive oil. add coconut milk and remaining ingredients.Pin

To assemble pizza

  • Grill pineapple on grill or grill pan, to allow sugars to caramelize.
  • Place coconut on baking sheet.
  • Toast in 350°F oven until lightly toasted.
  • Roll out dough.
  • Spread thin layer of sauce on pizza. Top with ham strips and pineapple.
  • Sprinkle with half of the coconut and half of the chives. Top with sliced or shredded mozzarella
For pizza; grill pineapple. place coconut on baking sheet. Toast in oven. Roll dough. Top with sauce, ham and pineapple,  Top with coconut and mozzarella.Pin

Place on preheated pizza stone, if using, or cookie sheet or pizza pan. Bake at 450°F for 15-18 minutes, until crust is golden and cheese is slightly browned.

This pizza is great cooked on the grill too! For instructions on grilling pizza see my Thin Crust Grilled Chicken Pizza

Voila! A delicious meal for a weeknight in less than hour, including baking time. Furthermore it has a fraction of the fat and calories of taken- out pizza!

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Ham pineapple pizza on wooden pizza peel.

Ham Pineapple Pizza with Coconut Sauce

Classic Ham pineapple pizza uses ham, pineapple slices and mozzarella cheese. Otherwise known as Hawaiian pizza, it has a definite Hawaiian flare to this special pizza!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 16 slices
Calories: 119kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $4


For Coconut Sauce

For Ham Pineapple Pizza

  • 2/3 c Pizza dough homemade or store bought
  • 1 can pineapple (about 10 slices) sliced pineapple, either canned (reserve juice) or fresh
  • 1 c toasted coconut
  • 1/2 c sliced chives or scallions
  • 2 c grated mozzarella
  • 1 roasted red bell pepper sliced **optional


For Toasted Coconut

  • Preheat oven to 350° F / 177° C. Place Coconut on cookie sheet and spread to a single layer. Toast 5 – 8 minutes, do not over brown as it will brown again on top of pizza. Remove and set aside.

For Coconut Sauce

  • Saute garlic until lightly browned.
  • Add 1 1/4 c. coconut milk, the pineapple juice (use juice from can of pineapple), lime juice, sugar, hot sauce, to taste and salt.
  • Mix the other 1/4 c. coconut milk with corn starch. Whisk together.
  • Heat Coconut/ Juice mixture on low heat until almost boiling. Whisk Coconut/ Corn Starch mixture into the sauce. (If cornstarch falls to the bottom after a few minutes, just whisk it again.) Heat on low heat, stirring occasionally until thickened.

To Assemble Pizza

  • Chop ham.
  • Halve Pepper, if using.
  • Grill Pineapple and Pepper, until lightly charred, set aside.
  • Grate Mozzarella. Chop Chives
  • Halve Pizza Dough. Roll out pizza dough into 2 6″ rounds. top with about 1/4 c. of Coconut Sauce
  • Add Ham, pineapple, pepper, toasted coconut, chives and mozzarella to top of crust.
  • Bake at 450° F / 235° C. for 15-18 minutes until desired brownness. Let rest 5 minutes before cutting into slices.
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Homemade Pizza Dough
Adjust taste of sauce with more or less hot sauce and sugar, to taste.
Pizza crust can be cooked directly on the grill, on a pizza stone or a grill mat.
Leftovers last 3-4 days.
Do not freeze.


Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 276mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 161IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 1mg
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Originally Published 11/15/2014 Republished 6/2/2020

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  1. 5 stars
    Yum! My friend introduced me to this pizza and I have to say that I didn’t think I would like it but I LOVED it. I need to try it with the coconut, I bet it’s scrumptious.

  2. 5 stars
    This pizza speaks all tropical for me and I can absolutely enjoy a pie in my backyard to bring the tropical vacation feel. The coconut sauce is so new to me and I am absolutely going to give it a try soon.

  3. 5 stars
    Brillant!!! I personally love cooked pineapple but on a pizza with marinara, no thank you. Your sauce is the perfect solution for a pineapple pizza.

  4. 5 stars
    I never liked Ham and Pineapple Pizza because I thought the marinara sauce didn’t go well! I guess you’ve solved that dilemma!

    1. I know what you mean. The coconut sauce really blends so well the flavors of the ham and pineapple! Thanks, Donna

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