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A knife is used to cut off the bottom of the pineapple.
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How to Cut a Pineapple

This quick and easy step-by-step guide will show you How to Cut Pineapple in only five minutes! Enjoy this tropical fruit as a snack on its own, or in smoothies, savory dishes, desserts, salsa, sauces and more!

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 57 kcal


  • 1 pineapple


  1. Using a sharp chef’s knife, cut and remove both the crown and the bottom of the pineapple.
  2. Place the pineapple flat side down on a cutting board. Starting from the top, place the knife into a piece of the pineapple flesh right next to the skin. Trim a piece of skin from the pineapple by cutting in a downward motion along the curvature of the fruit, making sure to keep your knife completely in the flesh.
  3. Rotate the pineapple and then repeat this around the entire circumference until all of the skin is removed.
  4. Remove any remaining dark eyes of skin by using a paring knife.

Remove the Core - For Rings:

  1. Cut the pineapple into ¾-1-inch slices.
  2. Using a 1-inch round cookie cutter, cut and remove the core from each slice. You can also cut this out by using a smaller paring knife.

Remove the Core - For Wedges and Cubes:

  1. With the pineapple still flat side down, cut the pineapple in half. Cut each half down the middle lengthwise again to get 4 wedges of pineapple.
  2. Locate the core in each wedge and cut it at an angle about 1 inch into the pineapple.
  3. Cut the pineapple into wedges or cubes. Enjoy!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  • One serving is ½ cup of pineapple.
  • A fresh pineapple that has been peeled and cored generally yields 4 cups of diced fruit.
  • Storage 

  • Cut fresh pineapple will last for five to seven days in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
  • You can also freeze it for longer storage. Place on a wax paper-lined sheet pan for 3-4 hours to pre-freeze. Then transfer to a freezer-safe gallon bag for up to four to six months.

Expert Tips and Tricks

  • Select a ripe one. Pineapples are best in season. Look for a golden yellow skin, and a sweet smelling fruit that has a little give when squeezed.
  • Trim a little extra skin. Try to remove all of the eyes when you're trimming away the skin the first time. You'll only lose out on a little bit of pineapple and will save a TON of time.
  • Freeze it fresh. When pineapple is in season it's the most flavorful. Freeze it and then save to add into your favorite recipes all year round.
  • Use a cookie cutter. If you're cutting pineapple into slices it's worth it to get a small cookie cutter to remove the core.
  • Reduce waste. The core is edible and nutritious, but unappetizing as it's hard and not very sweet. Save it to add to smoothies!

Nutrition Facts
How to Cut a Pineapple
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.