How to Cut Pineapple

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Don’t be scared at the thought of learning How to Cut Pineapple, I’ve got you covered! With my guide here, you’ll learn how to efficiently remove the tough outer skin and core, leaving you with juicy pieces ready for snacking, grilling, or adding to various recipes. Whether you enjoy it chilled, in savory recipes, or as part of a fruit salad, fresh pineapple adds a burst of ☀️ sunshine to your table. This method guarantees you get the most out of your pineapple with minimal waste and maximum flavor.

Why You’ll Love How to Cut Pineapple

You’ll love learning How to Cut Pineapple 🍍 so that you don’t have to rely on pre-packaged or canned pineapple anymore! I love a good shortcut as much as the next gal, but fresh pineapple tastes better and it’s 💸 cheaper. Plus, pineapple works in so many recipes! You can easily incorporate your cut pineapple into a variety of dishes, from healthy breakfasts and fresh salads to desserts and 🌴 tropical cocktails. Plus, my step-by-step process is straightforward, making learning How to Cut Pineapple so accessible, even for newbies.

How to Prepare How to Cut Pineapple

🔪 With a sharp chef’s knife, cut off and discard both ends of the pineapple.

🍍 Place the pineapple bottom side down and remove the outer skin by slicing from top to bottom and then trim any remaining skin.

✨ Cut the fruit away from the core by slicing it down on all four sides, close to the core.

🌿 Discard or compost the core.

🧊 Slice or dice the remaining pineapple pieces, then serve or refrigerate what’s left.

Nonna’s Tip 🍍

Chill the pineapple in the refrigerator before cutting it. Cold pineapple is firmer and easier to handle when learning how to cut pineapple, reducing the risk of the knife slipping.

How To Cut Pineapple

Pineapple Tips

  1. When choosing a 🍍 pineapple, look for one with some yellow at the base, firm but with a slight give when squeezed, and a sweet, tropical aroma at the stem. Heavier pineapples are generally juicier and more flavorful.
  2. Pineapple skin is relatively easy to cut through, but using a sharp knife is essential. A dull knife can make learning How to Cut Pineapple harder and less safe.
  3. Whole pineapples are 💸 cheaper and fresher than pre-cut, canned or frozen ones, offering better flavor and value.
  4. Despite its intimidating appearance, a pineapple is straightforward to 🔪 cut with the right technique, making it the perfect addition to your recipes.

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Common Questions

How do I choose a ripe pineapple?

Look for a pineapple with a firm shell, a sweet aroma at the base, and leaves that are easy to pull out. The skin should have a golden-yellow color.

How do I store the cut pineapple?

Store cut pineapple in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh for about 3-5 days.

What type of cutting board should I use?

Be sure to use a steady cutting board when you are learning How to Cut Pineapple; make sure the board doesn’t move on the counter. You can do this by using a damp paper towel under the board or a non-slip mat or a cutting board that has grips on the bottom. The paper towel method is my favorite.

How should I hold the knife when cutting?

Have a sturdy hold on the knife and never put your pointer finger on top of the knife. Wrap your entire hand around the handle closer to the bottom. Your hand shouldn’t be near the top of the handle where you have no control.

How can I make sure I am cutting safely?

When learning How to Cut Pineapple or when cutting anything, always make a ‘claw’ with your non-cutting hand and place your knuckles down on the vegetable you are cutting. Your knuckles will protect you from cutting yourself and guide you. Then, always move the guiding hand back as you cut and pay attention. Go as slow as you need to! Have patience and enjoy the process. This should be relaxing and therapeutic.

How To Cut Pineapple

How To Cut Pineapple

Don't be scared at the thought of learning How to Cut Pineapple, I've got you covered! With my guide here, you’ll learn how to efficiently remove the tough outer skin and core, leaving you with juicy pieces ready for snacking, grilling, or adding to various recipes.
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Course: Tutorials and Hacks
Servings: 4
Author: The Modern Nonna
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes


  • 1 whole pineapple


  • Cut a little bit off of each end of the pineapple and discard.
  • Place it bottom side down and with a sharp knife start cutting the outer skin starting from the top gliding the knife all the way to the bottom. You are going to do this all around the pineapple.
  • If there’s any skin left once you are done cutting off the majority, you can fix it and clean it up at the end.
  • Now cut the fruit from the core cutting it down on all 4 sides make sure the knife slides down closest to the core.
  • You will need to discard the core and compost it.
  • You should be left with 4 pieces of beautiful fruit which you can slice or dice. Serve it or refrigerate it and enjoy.



Calories: 113kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 0.3g, Saturated Fat: 0.02g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g, Sodium: 2mg, Potassium: 247mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 22g, Vitamin A: 131IU, Vitamin C: 108mg, Calcium: 29mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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