How To Cut Up A Pineapple

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Everything you need to know about how to cut up a pineapple! Ripe, juicy, pineapples are delicious, available year-round, and they’re easy to slice with a few simple steps. 

plate of pineapple cut into equal cubes

The year I got married, my husband and I were lucky enough to win a trip to Hawaii! One of the places we visited was the Dole Plantation. They gave us a demonstration on how to cut up a pineapple in a few easy steps. Ever since, I’ve been cutting my tropical fruit like a professional. 

Update: There’s a lot of info out there about how to cut pineapples, but this is the way that I’ve been doing it for years, and it works every time! I’ve updated this post with helpful step-by-step photos and instructions and a video so you can follow along with your own fruit. 

How to Choose the Best Pineapple

Before you get to cutting, you want to select the best-tasting, ripest pineapple at the store. 

When you’re shopping, choose a pineapple that’s firm and fresh looking. It shouldn’t have much give when pressed. The fruit should be mostly yellow, with a vibrant, fruity smell. However, avoid pineapples that smell too strongly, as these might be overripe. Dark spots are another sign that a fruit is too old. 

cut up pineapple chunks in a white bowl with a whole pineapple on a cutting board in the background

How To Cut Up a Pineapple

Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Easy step-by-step instructions to cut up a pineapple into perfect chunks for grilling, adding to salsas or baking!

Materials

  • 1 Pineapple

Tools

  • Knife
  • Cutting board

Instructions

twisting the top off of a whole pineappleStep 1: Gently twist off the top.

slicing the top and bottom off of a whole pineappleStep 2: Slice off the top and bottom. This allows you to stand the pineapple up on your cutting board, which makes it easier to cut into equal pieces.

slicing a whole pineapple into four quartersStep 3: Cut the pineapple into quarters lengthwise.

cutting each quarter of pineapple in half so there are 8 equal wedgesStep 4: Cut each quarter in half, so you have eight sections. Cutting it into eighths makes it easier to remove the skin without removing too much pineapple or leaving many eyes.

slicing the core and the skin of the pineapple wedges offStep 5: Slice off the core in the center and cut off the skin.

slicing pineapple into cubes without any skinStep 6: Cut into cubes. And dig in!

The Best Way To Store Fresh Pineapple

Pineapples are picked ripe so if you’re not eating it right away you should refrigerate it. Otherwise, uncut pineapple can be stored on the counter. 

After it’s sliced, cover the fruit and store in the refrigerator. 

cut up pineapple chunks in a white bowl with a whole pineapple on a cutting board in the background

How to Grill Pineapple

We like to eat pineapple as an appetizer before dinner or as a refreshing side dish. We also love to toss it on the grill. Caramelized grilled pineapple is so sweet and juicy, plus there’s something so summery about fruit with grill lines. 

To grill pineapple, slice it into cubes as shown above and thread the cubes onto metal skewers. Preheat a grill and brush the grates to ensure they’re clean (ash will cling to the pineapple otherwise). 

Place the skewers on the grill on medium heat and don’t move them for 3 to 4 minutes to get nice char marks. Then flip and repeat on the other side. Remember to keep a close eye on the fruit to avoid burning. 

Also, I’ll often grill the pineapple before cutting it into cubes, so I can skip using skewers. Just cut the pineapple into eighths and put it on the grill. 

cubed pineapple cut without the skin on a white plate

Favorite Fresh Pineapple Recipes

Pineapple is such a diverse fruit. It brings natural sweetness and tropical flare to both savory and sweet dishes. And since it’s available all year long, you’re never far from a festive and fruity dish. 

Here are some of the best recipes to serve with pineapple:

Savory Pineapple Recipes

Sweet Pineapple Recipes

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cutting each quarter of pineapple in half so there are 8 equal wedges
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