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How to Cut a Pineapple

By: Jordan Sward, Editor,

The sweet, juicy flavor of fresh pineapple simply can't be beat, but its pokey skin and large green top can be intimidating to cut! That is, until you learn how. With this easy step-by-step tutorial for How to Cut a Pineapple, you'll learn how to easily cut up a pineapple so you're left with beautiful, sweet chunks that are ready to serve, toss in a fruit salad, or include in any recipe. Once you learn how to cut pineapple, you'll never want to buy the canned stuff again.


You want to start with a pineapple that has a golden yellow color to it and smells sweet at the base. If it's not yet ripe, there is a trick to speed up the process! Turn the pineapple upside-down and let it sit on your countertop that way. You can prop it up against an appliance so it's secure. This allows the sugars to flow from bottom to top, ripening the fruit.


How to Cut a Pineapple


Once you're ready to cut, follow the steps below for how to cut a pineapple the right way! Plus, don't forget to watch our video tutorial!



How to Cut a Pineapple


1. Start by placing the pineapple on its side on your cutting board. Using a sharp knife, slice off about a half inch of the top, as well as a half inch of the bottom.


How to Cut a Pineapple


2. Stand the pineapple upright and carefully cut away the skin, from top to bottom, in sections. Cut off just enough so that you no longer see the brown eyes. Once you're done, use your knife or a peeler to carve out any remaining pieces of skin.


How to Cut a Pineapple


3. Once the skin is removed, cut the pineapple straight down the center lengthwise.


How to Cut a Pineapple


4. Slice each half in half again, so you're left with quarters.


How to Cut a Pineapple


5. Next, remove the hard core that runs down the center of the pineapple. Stand each quarter up and cut straight down to remove the hard core. Discard the core pieces.


How to Cut a Pineapple


6. Now, you're ready to slice the pineapple in any way you choose. Cut lengthwise first, then in chunks.


How to Cut a Pineapple


That's it! Just a few easy steps and you'll have a perfectly cut pineapple in minutes.


How to Cut a Pineapple



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I've always cut my pineapple in rings, but this way is so much easier and more versatile for eating and recipes!

I love fresh pineapple and the tip about turning it upside down is great! I always feel like I have to get off every brown spot on it though which feels wasteful. I can see in the photos though that it perhaps isn't necessary. Does anyone find the little spots to be hard when you eat it? My family likes to dip the pineapple chunks in caramel sauce. It's delicious!

After reading this, I will never buy canned pineapple again. The tip about turning it upside down so the sweet juices can flow back into the flesh of the pineapple is genius. The slicing technique made so much sense once I gave it a try. Fun tip - if you save the top of the pineapple, you can root it in some water, like you would a potato or an avocado pit, and then pop it in some soil. Then you can have your very own pineapple plant from some kitchen waste!

This is how I've always cut up a pineapple, and you are right! Once you know how, you will never go back to the canned again!

I always thought I needed a pineapple cutter or special tool to do this! Thanks for such an easy how-to! I've cut two pineapples since I watched your video!


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