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Cut up a pineapple

The iconic spiky-topped tropical fruit sure is pretty to look at, but how to cut a pineapple to get from there to those neat little cubes or rings might feel like a mystery. Perhaps you’ve been tempted to just not deal with it and buy pre-cut pineapple at the store? It’s time to get over that—because when you cut it yourself, you can ensure that you are cutting up a pineapple that’s perfectly ripe, and you get to control exactly what shape it takes. Plus, it’ll be fresher and cheaper than anything you can get pre-sliced.

So next time you want to bake a pineapple cake, roast pineapples for dessert, make pineapple salsa, pan-roast some pineapple with some chicken (it’s amazing—trust me), or simply have a pineapple snack, don’t fear the spiky tropical fruit—tame it. Ready? Here’s how to cut a pineapple:

1. Cut off the Top and Bottom

Lay your ripe pineapple down on its side on a cutting board, and hold it firmly in place, then use a large sharp knife to slice off the top and bottom so you have a flat surface on each end. The sharper your knife, the easier this whole process will be—so don’t forget to hone your knife before you use it. Discard the top and bottom, or, why not, keep that cool-looking top around for tropical decoration for a day!

2. Slice off the Spiky Sides

Turn the trimmed pineapple upright on your cutting board. Hold it stable with one hand, and use the other hand to slide your knife carefully down the side, working top to bottom and following the contour of the fruit to cut off the skin and spikes. If you haven’t cut deep enough, you’ll see some pointy brown spikes on the surface of the fruit—to remove them, simply make another slice down along the side, and cut a little deeper on your next slice down. Keep working around the pineapple until all the skin and spikes are removed and it’s a nice round shape—it’s easier than it sounds, I promise.

Photo by Chelsea Kyle, Food Styling by Anna Stockwell

3. Cut Around the Core, and Cube

If you want to cube or dice your pineapple, keep it standing upright on your board and make four slices lengthwise down around the center core. That round paler core is too fibrous to eat, so you want to discard it after you slice around it. If you want pineapple rounds, don’t cut around the core—skip ahead to Step 4.

How to Cut a Pineapple: Step-by-Step

Easy tutorial showing how to cut a pineapple without waste or a corer! Cut in half or make it fancy, this hack makes cutting a whole pineapple quick & easy!

There is one thing that tends to eat up our grocery budgets more than anything else. Can you guess what it is?

Convenience.

Choosing to pay for almond milk (instead of making homemade almond milk) or yogurt (instead of homemade yogurt) or even tortillas (instead of homemade tortillas) can eat up a lot of your grocery budget without you even knowing it!

That’s why it’s important to learn a few basic kitchen skills, like how to cut a pineapple. Not only is pineapple DELICIOUS, but it’s incredibly affordable and convenient if you learn how to cut a fresh pineapple properly yourself!

Speaking of convenience, have you ever seen fresh pineapple at the grocery store, cut up in chunks or slices, ready to go?

Have you seen the price tag?!

One of those containers at my local grocery store costs $6.99. That’s nearly THREE TIMES as much as one pineapple costs.

Just wait – it gets worse.

The amount of pre-cut pineapple in those containers is roughly HALF the amount of fruit than you would if you cut a pineapple yourself… And that’s being generous!

That’s like paying $6 for ONE pineapple. Would you ever pay that? Heck no!

So then why would we spend our hard-earned grocery dollars on pre-cut pineapple at the grocery store when we can learn how to cut a pineapple ourselves?

If you’re thinking, “Well Tiff, that’s why I buy canned pineapple. It’s a lot cheaper than fresh pineapple!”

You might be right there – cans of pineapple are often just a $1, especially around the holiday season. And it’s hard to beat paying just one dollar for real food!

But so often, canned pineapple doesn’t fall in the “real food” category because of the other stuff companies add to it. From high fructose corn syrup to coloring agents to additives and preservatives, there can be a bunch of stuff in canned pineapple that you just don’t need. Especially when it’s so easy to cut a pineapple yourself!

And thankfully, you don’t need any fancy equipment to cut a pineapple. Pineapple corers are nice, but they’re not required. All you need to learn how to cut up a pineapple is a cutting board and a sharp knife.

I realize that there are a lot of ways you can do this, but I’m going to show you MY way. Which I also think is the best way to slice pineapple because it wastes the least amount of fruit (no bias whatsoever!) . Once you do it once or twice, it’s also really fast!

First, you need to cut off the top (where the green pokey leaves are) and the bottom (the flat-ish part where it’s harvested from the plant). You want to get as close as you can to the leaves and the bottom, so that you’re getting as much fruit as possible. Remember that you can always slice a little more off, but once you’ve chopped it off, it’s really hard to get that fruit back.

To do this, place the pineapple on its side. Use a very sharp knife (I have and recommend this set) to cut off each end. When you’re done, the pineapple should mostly be able to sit upright.

Next, you’re going to cut the pineapple in half from the top down. This will expose the core that runs down the center of the pineapple, and it’s the easiest way to remove both the core and the skin, without any special tools like this pineapple slicer (wouldn’t that be FUN to have?!).

Once the pineapple is cut in half from the top to the bottom, you’re going to remove the skin. You’re going to stand the pineapple upright and carefully cut the skin away from the flesh, working from the top down.

The key here is to cut enough off so that your pineapple flesh isn’t pitted with the hard remnants of the skin pocketed into the flesh, but not so much where you’re left with barely any fruit at all.

This simply takes practice. The more pineapple you cut, the better you’ll get and the easier it will be to find that sweet spot that’s just beyond the skin but not into the meat of the flesh.

Once you’ve cut all the skin off, you’re going to cut out the core next. The core is slightly darker and runs down the very center of the pineapple. It’s very tough and stringy and it doesn’t have a ton of flavor, so most people don’t eat it. You can though, use it in smoothies or boil it in water to make pineapple tea.

You can also dehydrate pineapple it if you’d like, and mix it in with homemade trail mix and there’s a good chance no one will even notice!

Using your knife, cut each half of the pineapple again from the top down through the center of the core. At this point you have four pieces of pineapple that sort of resemble a triangle shape.

To cut out the core, stand each piece upright and use your knife to slice downward. Similar to the skin, there’s a sweet spot where you’re cutting off the entire core but very little flesh. This takes practice, but if you do by chance cut off more flesh than you intended to, it’s easy to go back and cut the flesh off of the core.

At this point, you have pineapple that’s ready to eat! You can cut it into thin slices, into big chunks, into long strips… however you want!

When we visited Costa Rica a few years ago, pineapples were 25¢ each and we ate no less than 3 every day. Since then, it’s been one of our favorite fruits to eat year-round. And as you can imagine, I’ve cut up A LOT of pineapple over the years!

Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way about pineapple:

Can cut pineapple be frozen?

Yes! Use the flash freezing method I share in this post to freeze pineapple. If you make smoothie packets or freezer meals, there’s no need to freeze the pineapple separately. Just toss it all in together.

Use frozen pineapple in smoothies like the recipes I share in High Protein, No Powder.

Can cut pineapple be left out?

Ideally no, but there are times when I’m short on fridge space and something has to come out. Pineapple is naturally acidic, so it won’t go rancid very fast. Leaving it out overnight or for a few hours while the kids’ snack isn’t a big deal, but you generally want to store it in the fridge.

Will cut pineapple turn brown?

Eventually yes, but in my experience, freshly cut pineapple retains its color for several days!

When does cut pineapple go bad?

If kept in the refrigerator, freshly cut pineapple will last for a lot longer than you think. I’ve had pineapple the fridge for over a week without any issues. If you’re concerned about it going bad, use the smell or taste test. Soured pineapple will also have an “off” taste, almost like sour meets fermentation, and the sweetness will be gone. Trust me – you’ll know it when you taste it.

How do I cut pineapple rings?

Unfortunately, you need a pineapple corer in order to slice rings. You’ll still cut off the top and the bottom, but then you’ll use the corer to remove the outside skin and the inner core. At that point, you can place the pineapple on its side to cut slices.

How to pick out a ripe pineapple?

We learned in Costa Rica that pineapples are ripe when they are bright, dark green – NOT orange or yellow!

When they’re orange or yellow, they are past their prime. The pineapples are still delicious and definitely edible, but they just not going to be quite as sweet.

Pineapples tend to be a fixed price at the grocery store, like $1.99 each or 2 for $5. When I’m shopping for pineapple, I aim to get the biggest pineapple I can find that’s dark green. That means I’ll get as much fruit as I can, and cutting it within a day or will give me the sweetest fruit.

My rock bottom price for pineapples is $1.50. Anytime I see pineapples go that low, I stock up! I’ll cut them all up at one time, freeze some, dehydrate some and intentionally put pineapple on the meal plan for the week.

How do I store a pineapple?

Most people store pineapples standing up straight, as seen in the very first image of this post. This causes all the juices to flow to the bottom of the fruit (thank you gravity!).

The “solution” to this is to cut the top off the pineapple, put it on a plate and then turn it upside down in the fridge so the juices can flow back the other way. But I don’t like this because:

  1. My fridge isn’t big enough to hold a pineapple standing upside down
  2. It turns the pineapple cutting process into a multi-hour, two-step occasion.
  3. The juices can run down AND THEN OUT of the pineapple, leaving you with a dry pineapple and lots of pineapple juice (and a possibly messy fridge).
  4. With my luck, I’ll forget I put the pineapple in there until hours later!

So instead of doing this, we simply store our pineapples on their side. Yes, on their side!

Gravity will still pull the juices to whatever part of the pineapple is sitting on the surface, but the juices will be far more distributed. You can also make a point to turn the pineapples over each day (perhaps right after you pour coffee?) and the turning will help distribute the juices throughout the entire fruit.

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Learn how to cut a pineapple with this simple step-by-step guide. The sweet golden flesh can be sliced and diced for a tropical fruit snack or used in various recipes.

The thick prickly skin and pokey crown of a pineapple may seem like a challenge to cut, but the process is quite simple! Follow these easy steps on how to cut a pineapple so the delicious crowned royal fruit can be added to any recipe and enjoyed all year long.

The first step is figuring out how to pick a pineapple. The peak season is from March to July and most pineapples are harvested at its peak ripeness, so once they hit the store they should be ready to eat. The tricky part is that depending on the grower and variety, some pineapples may still have a slightly green flesh when ripe or a more golden hue.

The senses can be your best indicator for knowing when a pineapple is ripe. Pick it up and smell the bottom of the fruit for a sweet, and not fermented aroma. If it still smells very green, then it’s not very ripe. The outside skin and leaves should have some shine and not be dull. The outer skin should also feel firm with a slight give. Once you’ve selected the perfect fresh pineapple, it’s time to cut it up!

How to Cut a Pineapple

This guide for how to cut a pineapple is the easiest method that I’ve found after many delicious testing opportunities. The key here is to make sure to use a sharp chef’s knife and a stable cutting board before you get started.

STEP 1: Slice Off the Crown and Bottom

Place the fruit on a cutting board and lay the pineapple on its side. Secure the pineapple with one hand, and then slice off the top, about 1/2-inch down from where the green crown and flesh meet.

Turn the pineapple around and trim off about 1/2-inch from the bottom of the fruit.

STEP 2: Trim the Skin

Stand the pineapple up on the bottom side. Carefully trim the thick fibrous skin, starting from the top to the bottom, being careful to preserve as much of the sweet flesh as possible. Cut around the pineapple, following the natural curve of the fruit until all of the skin is removed.

Step 3: Remove the Eyes

There will be brown circular “eyes” left in the pineapple flesh which are inedible. It’s a little more work to remove them, but worthwhile if you’re cutting rings or thick slices. Use a small paring knife to make shallow diagonal V-shaped cuts in a spiral diagonal pattern to remove the eyes. Carefully cut the eyes out in a connected diagonal slope, turning the pineapple until all of the eyes are gone.

When cutting smaller slices or chunks of pineapple, I found it equally easy to trim off the eyes as I’m cutting the fruit into smaller pieces, which is what I did for this guide below.

Method 1: For Spears or Chunks

Cut the cleaned pineapple in half through the center.

To make slices or diced pineapples, cut the pineapple into 4 pieces lengthwise.

Cut the thick and fibrous core from the center of each wedge.

Method 2: For Rings of Chunks

If you’re making rings, then cut the rings into desired thickness. This works best when you have already removed the eyes using the spiral cut method.

Use a round cookie cutter or biscuit cutter to remove the core. I used a 1 1/2-inch round cutter.

Step 4: Cut into Pieces

Cut each quarter into spears, slices, chucks, or smaller bite-sized pieces.

If you made rings, cut the pineapple into chunks.

Add the pineapples to a colorful fruit salad, into a pineapple salsa, popsicles, or smoothies.

Storing

If you’ve selected a good pineapple, it’s best to eat it within the first few days to avoid deterioration. Store at room temperature on the counter for a few days, or prolong the shelf life by placing it in a plastic bag in the refrigerator and eat within 3 to 5 days.

Sliced or diced pineapple should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 5 days, disposing of them once they start to smell fermented. Cut pineapples can also be stored in a resealable plastic bag with as much air removed as possible for 12 months.

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Nutritional Benefits of Pineapples

This popular tropical fruit satisfies the body with it’s balanced sweet and tart flavor, combined with its nutrient dense profile of vitamins, phytonutrients, and fiber. The golden flesh is especially loaded with vitamin C, B vitamins, potassium, and manganese. The high amounts of dietary fiber help with satiety and regularity. The presence of the bromelain enzyme aids in the digestion of some proteins. In a one cup serving of diced pineapples, there are approximately 120 calories, 2 grams of fiber, 34 g carbohydrates, and 28 mg vitamin C, plus other nutrients (Source: USDA Nutrient Database).

4.25 from 4 votes Learn how to cut a pineapple with this simple step-by-step guide. The sweet golden yellow flesh can be sliced and diced for a fruity healthy tropical snack or used in different recipes. Prep Time10 mins Total Time10 mins Course: Snack Cuisine: Caribbean Servings: 4 servings Calories: 74kcal Author: Jessica Gavin

Ingredients

  • 1 pineapple

Instructions

  • Place the fruit on a cutting board and lay the pineapple on its side.
  • Secure the pineapple with one hand, and then slice off the top, about 1/2-inch down from where the green crown and flesh meet.
  • Turn the pineapple around, and trim off about 1/2-inch from the bottom of the fruit.
  • Stand the pineapple up on the bottom side.
  • Carefully trim the thick fibrous skin, starting from the top to the bottom, being careful to preserve as much of the sweet flesh as possible.
  • Cut around the pineapple, following the natural curve of the fruit until all of the skin is removed.
  • Remove the brown “eyes” left in the pineapple flesh by using a small paring knife to make shallow diagonal V-shaped cuts in a spiral pattern to remove the eyes.
  • Carefully cut the eyes out in a connected diagonal slope, turning the pineapple until all of the eyes are gone.
  • Alternatively, trim the eyes off fruit once cut into wedges and sliced into smaller pieces.
  • If making pineapple rings, cut the rings into desired thickness and then use a round cookie cutter or biscuit cutter to remove the core.
  • Alternatively, cut the cleaned pineapple in half through the center.
  • To make slices or diced pineapples, cut the pineapple into 4 pieces lengthwise.
  • Cut the thick and fibrous core from the center of each wedge.
  • Cut each quarter into spears, slices, chucks, or smaller bite-sized pieces.

Notes

  • 1 pineapple yields about 4 cups of diced fruit.
  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Store cut pineapple in an airtight container for up to 3 to 5 days, throwing away once the pineapple starts to smell fermented or tastes “fizzy”.
  • Cut pineapple can be frozen for up to 12 months in a resealable plastic bag.

Nutrition Facts How to Cut a Pineapple Amount Per Serving Calories 74 Calories from Fat 2 % Daily Value* Fat 0.2g0% Saturated Fat 0.01g0% Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g Monounsaturated Fat 0.02g Sodium 2mg0% Potassium 178mg5% Carbohydrates 20g7% Fiber 2g8% Sugar 14g16% Protein 1g2% Vitamin A 100IU2% Vitamin C 77.6mg94% Calcium 20mg2% Iron 0.4mg2% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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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

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.

Related: 20 Knife Skills Videos: How to Cut Everything!

How to cut a pineapple step by step

Step 1

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

Step 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.

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

Step 5

Slice the pineapple in half lengthwise.

Step 6

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

Step 7

Remove the core by cutting it out at an angle.

Step 8a

Slice each quarter in half lengthwise…

Step 8b

…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!

Video: Knife Skills, Gear, & How to Hold a Knife!

  • 7″ Chef’s Knife — our best knife recommendation; the one used in the video!
  • 10″ Chef’s Knife — our favorite large knife
  • 8″ Chef’s Knife — our favorite affordable knife
  • Paring Knife
  • Serrated Knife / Bread Knife
  • Non-Slip Wood Cutting Board (used in the video!) or Non-Slip Bamboo Cutting Board
  • Non-Slip Plastic Cutting Board
  • Knife Sharpener
  • Drawer Knife Organizer — this is how we store our knives, and it’s even slicker than a knife block

Looking for pineapple recipes?

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

  • BBQ Tacos with Pineapple Salsa
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  • Serve with Cinnamon Yogurt Fruit Dip or Pumpkin Yogurt Fruit Dip
  • Serve with Dark Chocolate Hummus
  • 27 Pineapple Recipes to Take You Straight to the Tropics

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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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  • 1 pineapple
  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.
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  • Method: Cutting
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I will show you how to cut a pineapple three ways: spears, bite-sized chunks and a pineapple garnish.

I am glad that y’all are enjoying my other simple fruit prep tutorials. See also how to cut a watermelon and how to cut a cantaloupe. Y’all be sure and check those out too!

We love pineapple at our house! You can save so much money buying whole pineapples and cutting them up yourself. It is such a sweet and refreshing treat anytime, but especially in this summer heat.

How to peel a pineapple

First, cut off both ends. This will give you a flat, steady base to work with.

Sit your pineapple up on one of those cut ends, and carefully start cutting the tough exterior off in large strips, using a downward motion.

Keep rotating the pineapple until you have gotten the skin off. You can go back around and clean up any spots you missed.

How to cut a pineapple garnish

Complete only step one in the “how to peel” section above, cutting off both ends. Next, cut in the same direction as you did when removing the ends, cut a slice about 1/2 inch thick (peel and all).

Lay that slice down flat on the board. Divide it into quarters by using your knife to cut a giant T, right don the middle.

Then you want to create a little slit to help your garnish sit on a glass. Do this as shown below.

I just cut into the pointed end, about halfway up the slice. Once your drink of choice is ready, just slide your garnish onto the glass. That slit will help it fit just right. Voila! So pretty and festive.😍

How to cut a pineapple into bite-sized chunks

Complete all of the “how to peel” instructions above. With your fruit still sitting on that flat base, slice into quarters by making a T cut right down the middle.

Next, you can remove the core. This doesn’t have to be perfect. In fact, some people prefer to eat the core. I prefer to remove it, though.

You are going to do this one section at a time. Leave the section sitting on that same flat base, and just cut off the pointed side (which was part of the center).

Repeat for the other three sections. Then, cut right down the middle of a section.

From there, I cut small slices in the opposite direction, making two rows of bite-sized chunks.

How to cut a pineapple into spears

Complete all “how to peel” steps above, plus the first two steps in the “how to cut bite-sized chunks” – cutting the T, and removing the core.

Take a section that has had the core removed, and put the flat side down, that is the side where the core was just removed. Cut it in half, lengthwise as shown below.

Next, divide each half in half again. It works best if you angle your knife toward the center, rather than cutting straight down.

Now you have pineapple spears, perfect for grilling, or serving as is.

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How to cut a pineapple (3 ways!)

I will show you how to cut a pineapple three ways: spears, bite-sized chunks and a pineapple garnish. (with step-by-step photos!)

Course Basics Cuisine American Keyword how to cut a pineapple Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 0 minutes Total Time 5 minutes Servings 8 servings Calories 57 kcal Author Marjorie @APinchOfHealthy

  • 1 pineapple whole
  1. First, cut off both ends. This will give you a flat, steady base to work with.

  2. Sit your pineapple up on one of those cut ends, and carefully start cutting the tough exterior off in large strips, using a downward motion.

  3. Keep rotating the pineapple and cutting strips in a downward motion until you have gotten the skin off.

  4. Go back around and clean up any spots you missed.

Cutting a pineapple garnish

  1. Complete only step one in the “how to peel” section above, cutting off both ends.

  2. Next, cut in the same direction as you did when removing the ends, cut a slice about 1/2 inch thick (peel and all).

  3. Lay that slice down flat on the board. Divide it into quarters by using your knife to cut a giant T, right don the middle.

  4. Then you want to create a little slit to help your garnish sit on a glass. Do this as shown in the photos above, cutting into the pointed end, about halfway up the slice..

  5. Slide the garnish onto a glass.

  1. Complete all of the “how to peel” instructions above.

  2. With your fruit still sitting on that flat base, slice into quarters by making a T cut right down the middle.

  3. To remove the core, leave one section sitting on that same flat base, and just cut off the pointed side (which was part of the center). Repeat for the other three sections.

  4. Then, cut right down the middle of a section, lengthwise.

  5. From there, I cut small slices in the opposite direction, making two rows of bite-sized chunks as shown in the photos above.

  1. Complete all “how to peel” steps above, plus the first two steps in the “how to cut bite-sized chunks” – cutting the T, and removing the core.

  2. Take a section that has had the core removed, and put the flat side down, that is the side where the core was just removed. Cut it in half, lengthwise as shown above.

  3. Next, divide each half in half again. It works best if you angle your knife toward the center, rather than cutting straight down. See photos above.

Nutrition Facts How to cut a pineapple (3 ways!) Amount Per Serving Calories 57 Calories from Fat 9 % Daily Value* Fat 1g2% Saturated Fat 1g6% Sodium 1mg0% Potassium 123mg4% Carbohydrates 15g5% Fiber 2g8% Sugar 11g12% Protein 1g2% Vitamin A 66IU1% Vitamin C 54mg65% Calcium 15mg2% Iron 1mg6% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. (Visited 1,003 times, 1 visits today) 22shares

Learn how to carve a pineapple bowl.

One of my favorite recipes is Chicken Pineapple Fried Rice, a Thai inspired dish also known as Khau Pad Sapparot. It’s usually served in a carved pineapple bowl and so spectacularly pretty and festive. I decided to try making Chicken Pineapple Fried Rice and serving it in a carved pineapple bowl, can’t be that hard right? Here’s a photo of my first attempt.

Tips for Pineapple Bowl Happiness

Selecting a pineapple:

Look for a nice fresh pineapple that feels firm, has vibrant color, and has fresh green leaves. It should smell fragrant. Be sure to check the bottom and avoid any pineapples that are brownish/orange, soft, have a little bit of moldiness around the core.

Storing a pineapple:

If you plan to eat the pineapple within a day or two, storing it at room temperature is fine otherwise refrigerate it so that it stays fresh longer.

Tools needed:

The first time I tried carving a pineapple bowl, I used an electric knife and it struggled to cut through the crown (the leafy top). I don’t recommend using an electric knife. I had an easier time using a chef’s knife to cut the pineapple in half and a paring knife to carve the fruit out. You will also need a sturdy spoon to help you scoop out the pineapple. A serrated grapefruit spoon will be even more effective if you have one (affiliate link: save this for when you need a low cost item to qualify for free shipping).

Preparation:

Rinse your pineapple thoroughly. Pat the pineapple dry with a towel.

Pineapple (left) cut in half through the crown. Pineapple (right) with 1/3 cut off to form a larger bowl.

First cut:

You have two choices depending on what purpose you have for the pineapple bowls:

1) If you want two smaller bowls either for personal use or in two locations, then cut the pineapple down the middle and through the crown. The cross section of the leaves is so pretty!

2) If you want one large bowl for serving or to use as a centerpiece, then lay the pineapple on it’s side and cut 1/3 of the pineapple off the side. You can cut that piece into 3 pieces lengthwise, use your knife to slide in between the flesh and the rind, and you’ll end up with spears, which you can chop into bite sized pieces.

Carving:

Switch to a paring knife and run it around the top of the pineapple, leaving about 1/2 inch rind. Cut lengthwise along the hard core. Cut across the pineapple, about 1 inch apart. You’ll end up with a pineapple with crisscrossed cuts.

Slide your paring knife along the core at a 30 degree angle on both sides. Use a spoon to scoop out the cut pineapple into a large bowl. Use a paring knife to go around the pineapple again cutting the flesh from the rind, slide the paring knife along the core again at a 60 degree angle and scoop out the cut pineapple. Use a paring knife to go around again to release the pineapple from the rind and the core, scoop it out.

You are now left with the hard core and a nice layer of delicious pineapple underneath it. Use your paring knife and cut off the top inch and discard the core pieces. Use the paring knife to cut out the remaining pineapple pieces from both sides.

You can avoid a soggy mess in your pineapple bowl by using a spoon to scrape any small chunks of pineapple remaining and turning the pineapple bowl upside down to drain in a bowl for 5-10 minutes. Drink or save the juice for other purposes.

Serving suggestions:

Now you can fill your pineapple bowl with cut pineapples, a fruit salad, Chicken Pineapple Fried Rice, or if your pineapple bowls are small enough, individual servings of rice, Broiled Chicken Teriyaki Thighs, and veggies. Mmmm, yummy food to fill tummies with a fun presentation to fill hearts.

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