Learn how to easily cut a pineapple in just a few steps. Fresh pineapple is great to use in cooking, grilling, desserts, or just have it as a snack.
Course Dessert, Main Course
Keyword how to, pineapple
Prep Time 15minutes
Total Time 15minutes
Servings 10(10-12 servings)
Large cutting board
Large sharp knife
Food storage container with an air-tight lid
1whole ripe pineapple
Step 1 - Cut Off Top and Bottom:
Lay the pineapple on its side and use a large, sharp knife to cut the top and the bottom off. Make a cut about 1/2 an inch or a little less off away from the the top and the bottom.
Step 2 - Cut Off The Skin:
Stand it up on the bottom cut side and slice the outer skin layer off. Start at the top and cut down along the shape of the pineapple. Try not to cut too deep so you can save as much of the sweet flesh as possible. Slice off the “eyes” that are deep and brown. Tiny lighter ones are fine to leave.
Step 3 - Cut Pineapple In Half and Quarters:
Keep the pineapple standing and slice it lengthwise down the middle to create two halves. Cut each half lengthwise down the middle to create quarters.
Step 4 - Cut Off The Core:
Locate the thick core at the center corner of each quarter and slice it off.
Step 5 - Chop
Chop the pineapple quarters into 1-inch chunks. You can make them thicker or thinner as you wish. If planning on making salsa or fruit salad, dice it into small pieces.
Cut Into Rings:
If you want to make ring slices of pineapple, then the cutting method is a little different. Follow step 1 and 2 but instead of cutting in half, slice it width-wise, into circles.
Use a cookie cuter that is about 1 or 1 1/2 inches in diameter to cut out the core from each slice.
Sliced pineapple should be stored in the refrigerator right away. Place slices or chunks of freshly cut fruit into an air-tight food storage container and refrigerate for 3 to 5 days.