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How to Cut Up A Pineapple

FRESH PINEAPPLE IS THE BEST!!! Tangy, sweet, juicy PERFECT Pineapple is just moments away when you know how to cut up a pineapple. Never be a slave to highway robbery grocery store prices for cut fruit EVER AGAIN!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cutting a pineapple, how to cut up a pineapple
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 75kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker
Cost: $2


  • knife
  • cutting board


  • 1 Pineapple


  • Cut the top off of the pineapple and set it aside.
  • Cut the bottom off of the pineapple and set it aside.
  • Set the pineapple upright on its now flat bottom. Using a large sharp chef’s knife, cut down the sides of the pineapple to remove the bumpy exterior crust. Repeat all the way around.
  • Looking down at your pineapple, observe the round core in the center. Cut through the pineapple just to the right of the core. Slice all the way through the pineapple.
  • Turn the pineapple 45 degrees and repeat this cut. Repeat this until you have removed all of the pineapple meat from the core. Set the core aside.
  • Cut the pineapple pieces you have into long 1” strips and then cut into 1” chunks. A few pieces you may need to cut in half thickness-wise.



  • You’ll find that pineapple is QUITE SLIPPERY when you start cutting it. Be very careful with a slippery pineapple and a sharp knife.
  • You can also cut the bottom off of the pineapple to make it flat to start cutting.
  • Make sure you get all of the core out of the pineapple because it is tough and not edible.
  • Bamboo kabob sticks are usually available at the grocery store.
PRO TIP: Pineapple is TERRIFIC grilled on the grill! Just paint the pineapple kabob with butter, sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne. You won’t be sorry!


Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 164mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 87IU | Vitamin C: 72mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg