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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 a pineapple.

Video: How to cut a pineapple

Wondering how to cut a pineapple but not sure the best way? Here’s a great method for easily cutting a whole pineapple, which can be a daunting task! This method is great for cutting up pineapple to serve with a fruit dip or dicing it for 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
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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

Optional: 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.

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How to Cut a Pineapple

How to Cut a Pineapple (Easy & Quick!)


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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.


Ingredients

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  • 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

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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14 Comments

  1. patricia rebuck says:

    I bought the pineapple for colds and congestion How do you prepare it for this to get the juices. I always bought canned and never fresh

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Hi! You can just blend in a blender and then strain the pulp out.

  2. Jim campbell says:

    First pineapple I cut. Your instructions were perfect. thanks a bunch.

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      You’re welcome!

  3. Howard Quillin says:

    Ditto on great “how to”! Is it best to Store cut pieces refrigerated or room temp.?

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Once cut, store covered in the fridge :)

  4. HollyG says:

    Thank you for the concise, succinct video on how to cut a pineapple. There seems to be a lot of waste with this fruit, however. Just my observation which has nothing to do with your wonderful video.

  5. Eric says:

    Thank you for the concise video explanation. I love when recipe providers get right to the point (yes, I know this isn’t a recipe). I bookmarked this page because I know I’ll be coming back again in the future. Thanks again!

  6. Eric says:

    I’ve just completed the “cut off the top” stage and while I have 30 minutes to spare I just wanted to thank you for this brief, concise, and very helpful explanation.

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      You’re welcome!

  7. Gunner says:

    Hi guys, big fan. Could you also just cut around the core after you’ve skinned the pineapple instead of having to cut it four times? Not trying to be “that guy”, just curious. Love your stuff, thanks!

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      If you like! We find this method most efficient.

  8. Carolyn Day says:

    Can you freeze pineapple?

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Yes! Freeze pieces on a tray until frozen, and then transfer to a sealable bag.