10 Sweet-Tart Passion Fruit Recipes

Lemon-Passion Fruit Meringue Pie
Photo: © Anna Williams

Known also as parcha, liliko'i, granadilla, or maracuya, tangy passion fruit works well in fruity desserts, drinks, and even some savory dishes from all over the world. These are some of our favorite passion fruit recipes, from pavlovas with passion fruit curd to sautéed jumbo shrimp with passion fruit dressing.

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Kiwi, Banana, and Passion Fruit Salad

Kiwi, Banana and Passion Fruit Salad
© Cedric Angeles

In the dead of winter, even the humblest grocery stores on St. Bart's stock fresh tropical fruits of astonishing sweetness. Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten selected a few of his favorites for this salad.

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Rio-Style Ginger Beer Floats

Rio-Style Ginger Beer Floats
© John Kernick

Chef Eric Ripert's sweet, fizzy drink — made with orange juice, passion fruit, and mango sorbet — is his Brazilian take on a typical American root beer float.

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Six-Layer Coconut Cake with Passion Fruit Filling

Six-Layer Coconut Cake with Passion Fruit Filling
Con Poulos

This towering dessert has layers of super-moist, almost pudding-like coconut cake spread with tangy passion fruit curd, then topped with whipped cream and crispy flakes of toasted coconut. The recipe is from pastry chef Cynthia Wong. The cake may look intimidating, but it's easy to make: "Just pop the layers out of the baking pans and slap them together," Wong says.

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Pavlovas with Passion Fruit Curd

Pavlovas with Passion Fruit Curd
© Con Poulos

Farmstead eggs are at their best in late summer, when the chickens are "on pasture," eating grass. Here, egg whites form a sweet meringue holding passion fruit curd.

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Passion Fruit Batida

© Maura McEvoy

Passion fruit juice, sweetened condensed milk, cachaça or rum, and crushed ice come together for this creamy quencher.

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Passion Fruit and Coconut Cream Parfaits

Passion Fruit and Coconut Parfaits
© Ngoc Minh Ngo

Pastry chef Koa Duncan's fantastic passion fruit and coconut parfait is layered with crunchy bits of cashew praline, making for an exquisite combination of tropical textures and flavors.

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Lemon-Passion Fruit Meringue Pie

Lemon-Passion Fruit Meringue Pie
© Anna Williams

This recipe is similar to a lemon chiffon pie, which was popular in the early 1900s and called "sissy pie" or "fairy tart." Classic chiffon is made with uncooked egg whites, whereas our version is prepared with cooked egg whites.

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Passion Fruit Caipiroskas

Passion Fruit Caipiroskas
© Quentin Bacon

Brazil is famous for the caipirinha, but less well known for the classic caipiroska cocktail that combines vodka, lime juice, and sugar. Chef Michelle Bernstein doesn't love the taste of alcohol so she throws passion fruit puree into the mix, creating a deliciously fruity sweet-tart drink.

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Sautéed Jumbo Shrimp with Passion Fruit Dressing

Sautéed Jumbo Shrimp with Passion Fruit Dressing
© Akiko & Pierre

Jumbo shrimp are a fine substitute for the beautiful, bright red Spanish shrimp chef Adolfo Muñoz adds to this salad.

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© Wendell T. Webber

Smoothies that star mixologist Julie Reiner made when she lived on Oahu inspired this tangy mocktail, which would be a terrific mimosa stand-in at brunch.

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