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The top and bottom of a fresh pineapple have been chopped off. A hand holds a knife, cutting down the outer edge of the pineapple to remove the outer layer.

How to Cut a Pineapple

Use this recipe to cut a fresh pineapple into chunks or slices. Then you can use them fresh or freeze them. Adding pineapple to your recipes is so easy and it tastes best coming from fresh!
Course Snack
Cuisine Caribbean
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 5 cups
Calories 91kcal
Cost $3


  • 1 pineapple


  • Cut off the top of the pineapple. Flip the pineapple so the cut-side is down and place it on a plate. Place the plate in a fridge and let it sit for 30 minutes (to allow the juices to distribute throughout the pineapple).
  • After 30 minutes, place the pineapple on its side on a cutting board and cut off the bottom of the pineapple.
  • Remove the fibrous skin. Cut down, vertically, around the edges of the pineapple, creating thin slivers Cutt off any eyes that remain.

For Pineapple Chunks

  • Quarter the pineapple. Cut the pineapple in half starting at one cut-end cutting down through the other cut-end. Then cut each half in half.
  • Remove the inedible core. Stand each pineapple quarter up on the cutting board and cutting down just behind the core. Start cutting from the top of the pineapple down to the bottom. Repeat this with each of the quarters.
  • Create pineapple chunks. Cut each quarter in half. Line them up and then cut horizontal slices, creating even chunks.

For Pineapple Rings

  • Place the skinned pineapple on its side on a cutting board. Cut equal slices and then use a cookie or biscuit cutter to cut out the core on each slice.

Storing Cut Pineapple

  • Freeze pineapple. You can freeze pineapple chunks by placing them on a thin baking sheet lined with parchment or waxed paper. Place the tray in the freezer and freeze for at least 30 minutes. Then transfer frozen chunks to a freezer bag. They will keep for up to 6 months, so be sure to label your bags.
  • Refrigerate pineapple: Store cut pineapple in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 to 5 days.


Selecting Pineapples

Choose a pineapple with golden color on the bottom and/or sides. You should be able to gently press the skin and it gives a little.

Preparing Pineapples for Cutting

I recommend turning the pineapple over before chopping it to send its juices throughout the flesh.

Freezing Tips:

I like to freeze pineapple on a try lined with waxed or parchment paper. Once it's frozen, transfer it to a freezer bag, label it, and it should keep up to 2 to 3 months.


Calories: 91kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 197mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 87mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg