How to Cut a Pineapple

Wondering how to cut a pineapple? Here’s a step by step guide and video that shows you the best way to cut a pineapple.

Video: How to cut a pineapple

Are you wondering how to cut a pineapple but not sure the best way? Alex and I have a great method for easily cutting a whole pineapple, which can be a daunting task! This method is great for cutting up pineapple to use with a dip like our cinnamon yogurt fruit dip or chocolate hummus, or as part of our BBQ tacos with pineapple salsa. Here’s our step by step guide for the best way to cut a pineapple, including a video of me cutting pineapple in our kitchen.

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How to cut a pineapple step by step

Step 1

How to Cut a Pineapple | Cut off the top

Use a large chef’s knife to cut off the top of the pineapple.

Step 2

How to Cut a Pineapple | Rest for 30 minutes upside down

Turn the pineapple upside down and place it on a plate; allow it to rest 30 minutes. Since pineapples are stored stem side up, gravity makes the juices run to the bottom. Resting the pineapple upside down for 30 minutes helps the juices to run back down and distribute for evenly juicy pieces.

Step 3

How to Cut a Pineapple | Cut off end

After 30 minutes, cut off the other end of the pineapple.

Step 4

How to Cut a Pineapple | Remove skin

Remove the skin of the pineapple by slicing it off, following the shape of the pineapple.

Step 5

How to Cut a Pineapple | Cut in half

Slice the pineapple in half lengthwise.

Step 6

How to Cut a Pineapple | Cut in half again

Lay down each pineapple half on the flat cut side, and cut it in half lengthwise again.

Step 7

How to Cut a Pineapple | Remove core at an angle

Remove the core by cutting it out at an angle.

Step 8a

How to Cut a Pineapple | Slice lengthwise

Slice each quarter in half lengthwise…

Step 8b

How to Cut a Pineapple | Slice into pieces

…then turn it and slice in the other direction to create pineapple chunks.

And there you have it: how to cut pineapple in 8 steps!

Let us know if you try our method for how to cut pineapple and how it goes in the comments below.

Best chef knife & cutting boards

Alex and I are often asked about the best kitchen tools. And every time we answer, “A good sharp chef’s knife!” A good knife can drastically improve your time in the kitchen, and lasts for years (we’ve had our chef knives for 10 plus years). Here are some of the knives we recommend, as well as cutting boards and the best knife sharpener. These recommendations are perfect for outfitting your own kitchen, or great gifts for a wedding registry or someone who loves to cook!

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Looking for pineapple recipes?

Now that you know how to cut pineapple, here are some of our favorite pineapple recipes for you to try:

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How to Cut a Pineapple

How to Cut a Pineapple


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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: About 5 cups 1x

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Wondering how to cut a pineapple? Here’s a step by step guide and video that shows you the best way to cut up a pineapple.


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Ingredients

  • 1 pineapple

Instructions

  1. Use a large chef’s knife to cut off the top of the pineapple.
  2. Turn the pineapple upside down and place it on a plate; allow it to rest 30 minutes. Since pineapples are stored stem side up, gravity makes the juices run to the bottom. Resting the pineapple upside down for 30 minutes helps the juices to run back down and distribute for evenly juicy pieces. 
  3. After 30 minutes, cut off the other end of the pineapple.
  4. Remove the skin of the pineapple by slicing it off, following the shape of the pineapple. 
  5. Slice the pineapple in half lengthwise. 
  6. Lay down each pineapple half on the flat cut side, and cut it in half lengthwise again. 
  7. Remove the core by cutting it out at an angle. 
  8. Slice each quarter in half lengthwise, then turn it and slice in the other direction to create pineapple chunks.
  • Category: Knife Skills
  • Method: Cutting
  • Cuisine: N/A

Keywords: How to cut a pineapple, Best way to cut a pineapple, How to cut up a pineapple

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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