How to Cut a Pineapple

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Want to know How to Cut a Pineapple the easy way? This quick, hassle-free tutorial will have you munching perfect pineapple spears, chunks, or rings in just a few minutes!

Easy Tutorial: How to Cut a Pineapple

Ah, the sweet and tangy taste of pineapple! We love some juicy pineapple around here, and I use it for quite a few recipes on the blog, from Pineapple Banana Bread to Pineapple Coconut Bars. But for the longest time, I just bought pre-cut pineapple from the produce section. Yes, it’s a time-saver, but the real issue was that I just didn’t know how to cut up my own!

Eventually (when my grocery store had fresh whole pineapple for $1.99, while the ready-to-go kind was $5.69 – ouch) I bit the bullet and decided to learn how to cut pineapple myself. And guess what? It was super easy! So I made this quick tutorial, showing the steps in order and answering some common questions about this bold and flavorful fruit. Let’s dive in!

Bite-sized pieces of pineapple in a white bowl.

Is Canned Pineapple as Healthy as Fresh?

Before we delve into cutting a fresh pineapple, let’s talk about fresh pineapple’s more easy-to-work-with cousin, canned pineapple. You might wonder about the health benefits of canned pineapple vs. fresh. Truth is, while canned pineapple can be convenient, fresh pineapple is generally considered more nutritious.

Why? The canning process can affect pineapple’s nutrient density – for example, canned pineapple does contain vitamin C, but only about 60% of the vitamin C in fresh pineapple. It may also have added sugar, so keep that in mind, as well. Opting for fresh pineapple ensures you enjoy all its natural goodness, including essential vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. (However, I’m no hater! Canned pineapple is still a great ingredient with a lot of fruity benefits and flavor. I use it for One-Bowl Pineapple Upside Down Cakes!)

Close-up shot of fresh pineapple chunks.

Who Should Not Eat Pineapple?

This headline might surprise you a bit, since most of us tend to think of fresh fruit as healthy, full stop. But actually, for some people, it may not be a good fruit option. People with certain medical conditions or sensitivities should eat pineapple sparingly, or avoid eating it altogether. 

This includes folks who might be allergic to pineapple, those who are negatively affected by its acidity, and people taking certain antibiotics, blood thinners, insomnia medications, and other prescriptions. The main issue is bromelain, a natural substance in pineapple that can trigger allergic reactions and interact with medications. If you are concerned that you may fall into one of these groups, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before adding pineapple to our menu! 

Two fresh pineapples laying side by side on a work surface.

How to Cut Up a Pineapple

Okay, let’s get into the tutorial. Here’s my totally-easy, no-frills method for cutting up a pineapple quickly. This only takes about 5 – 10 minutes. Be sure you have a good sharp knife, and let’s do this!

Step 1: Chop Off the Top and Bottom.

To begin, lay the pineapple sideways on a fruit-and-veggie cutting board (not a cutting board reserved for meats). Slice off the leafy top and the woody bottom, creating a stable base for the fruit.

Cutting the top off of a pineapple.

Step 2: Remove the Rind.

Next, stand the pineapple upright, and carefully cut away the spiky outer rind.  

Step 3: Cut the Pineapple in Half.

Once the rind is removed, cut it in half from top to bottom.

Cutting the pineapple in half from top to bottom.

Step 4: Cut the Pineapple into Wedges.

Take one half of the pineapple at a time, and lay it flat on the cutting board. Slice the pineapple into wedges, similar to potato wedges. 

Step 5: Remove the Core from Each Wedge.

Each pineapple wedge will have a fat side that is soft, and a pointy edge that’s tough. This tough, pointed edge is the core. Just cut it off, leaving the fat side of the wedge. (You can throw away the core, or you can save it and puree it in smoothies. Some recipes recommend boiling the core to soften it before using it in smoothies or other dishes.)

Cutting away the tough core from each piece.

Step 6: Cut the Pineapple Into Chunks.

You can use the pineapple wedges or spears as-is, or you can go a step further and cut each pineapple wedge into smaller, bite-sized chunks. 

Cutting each piece into chunks.

Bonus: How to Slice a Pineapple into Rings

If you need pineapple rings instead of spears or chunks, here’s a quick bonus tip. After removing the rind in Step 2, lay the pineapple on its side and cut it into rounds, sort of like slicing a carrot into coins. To remove the core from each round, use a small knife, or even better, a small cookie cutter!

Pineapple chunks on a wooden board.

How to Pick a Ripe Pineapple

If you are wondering how to choose the best pineapple, be sure to look over these tips before you head to the store! 

  • Firmness: A good pineapple should feel firm and plump. Avoid any that feel soft or mushy.
  • Color: The color of the pineapple’s rind is a major factor in picking a good, ripe fruit. Ripe pineapples typically have a vibrant golden-yellow color, with or without some green. If your pineapple seems green all over, it’s probably not ready. If it is yellow turning to a discolored brown, it may be over-ripe. Be sure to check the base for mold! 
  • Fragrance: Another good tip is to see if the base of the pineapple is fragrant. Under-ripe pineapples will not smell like much of anything, while a ripe pineapple will be noticeably sweet and fruity-smelling. 
  • Leaves: The best pineapples have leaves that are still fresh-looking. Avoid pineapples with dry, wilted leaves.
A bowl of fresh pineapple.

How to Store Fresh Pineapple

Fresh-cut pineapple should be stored in your refrigerator. Cover it or wrap it with plastic wrap, pop it into a zip-top bag, or just put it in an airtight container. Use it within 3-4 days for the best flavor and texture.

Can You Freeze Pineapple?

Absolutely! Freezing pineapple is a fantastic way to preserve its freshness and enjoy it anytime, even when it’s not in season. To freeze pineapple, first, cut it into whatever shape you prefer, and then place the shapes on a baking sheet. Freeze them until frozen solid, and then place the frozen pieces in a freezer bag. You can store this in your freezer for several months.

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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.

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

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.

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.

This is a great photo tutorial! Especially for someone like me who could use the extra help 🙂 I’d love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight at

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.

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.

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!

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!)

thnks for the pictorial

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

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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