How to cut up a Pineapple

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Pretty soon I am going to be blogging a recipe for quesadillas that involve grilled pineapple (just wait, you are gonna be in hard core love). And my original plan was to buy already cut pineapple since I had never cut up a pineapple before.

And that was my plan…until I saw that ready to go pineapple was $5.69 and a whole pineapple was $1.99.  So check it out! Grilled Pineapple in under 10 minutes!

Chop off the top.

Chop off the bottom.

Slice it in half.

Divide each half, in half. Giving you 4 pineapple triangles.

Divide each of those in half again. Leaving you with 8 pineapple triangles.

Slice off the tips of the triangles. They are tough and are not great for grilling.

But don’t throw them away! No save them! And add them to smoothies. Or use them to make Pineapple infused water! *nom*nom*

Next, slice off the prickly outside.

And skewer the pineapple slices.

And then grill it!

Grilled Pineapple in under 10 minutes? Works for me!


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13 Responses
  1. Sunit

    I saw this post and the first thing that I remembered was this video of a really swanky pineapple preparing technique that I saw not too long ago:

    Now you’ve reminded me of it I really, really have a huge craving for pineapples.

  2. ErinsFoodFiles

    I had a picnic at the park once where we invited a lot of friends, and asked them to contribute a side or dessert. My friend Travis kept saying “Just tell me what to bring!” So I asked him to bring fruit, like strawberries, pineapple, etc. He bought a pineapple, and spent 30 minutes cutting it with an electric knife. LOL

  3. Lori @ RecipeGirl

    Yep, good ass-friendly snack for sure! I worked for a caterer way back when… and we always shaved off the outside of the pineapple first thing before we commenced with cutting the rest. Kind of easy to get it all out of the way.

  4. Sharlene

    Prices like that often push me to try things I’ve never tried before just like you! I wish I had a grill so I could make this.

  5. Laura

    Thanks for the tutorial! I’ve never cut fresh pineapple before. I’ll give your cutting method a try next week, instead of buying the already cut up stuff at TJ’s like I usually do.

  6. Joanne

    I love pineapple. I love it raw. I love it grilled. I love it candied. I just love it.

    Unfortunately, the acid in it makes my stomach hurt. So I’m just going to live vicariously through these pictures and imagine that I’m on a tropical isle. Eating it.

  7. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    There are many things I love about this post (cheap pineapples, woohoo! Gotta check and see if my store has them, too), another excuse to use my grill, and a delicious and ass-friendly dessert! This is a winner on all counts. Thanks, Jessica!

  8. Samara Link

    Hi, Jessica. I’m new to your blog, and I am loving what I’ve seen so far. You’re a clever writer, your photos are beautiful and your kitchen creations are lovely! Anyway, just wanted to pop in and say hello. Thanks for the idea of keeping the core for smoothies. I had never thought of that! I actually have nine whole pineapples sitting on my counter waiting to be dealt with. I think I’ll grill some tomorrow for dessert. (I love that ass friendly is an actual label you use. Funny!)

  9. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean

    uhhhh, i want this now. genius method for grilling! now if it would just get warm out so i could consume this…

  10. Happy When Not Hungry

    You can’t beat fresh pineapple and grilling it is even better! Definitely a great idea for a healthy dessert. Thanks for sharing!

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