How to cut a pineapple

Timothy Hales By Timothy Hales
Updated: February 16, 2018

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  How to cut a pineapple

 How to cut a pineapple

Pineapple is a tropical fruit that is low in calories. 81 per cup of pineapple chunks to be exact. It is also good to boost the immune system with its antioxidants, enzymes, and vitamins. In this guide, I go into the details of How to cut a pineapple.

The pineapple is part of the bromeliad family. It is actually many berries that have been fused together around the core. Each scale represents one berry. Its name comes from how the fruit looks like a pinecone on the outside.

When choosing a pineapple from the store, your nose is your best tool. Smell the bottom (the butt) of the pineapple. The pineapple should have a strong, sweet smell like pineapple juice. If it smells fermented, then the fruit is overripe. If the fruit does not have a smell, then it is not ripe. Pineapples are harvested when they are fully ripped. If it is not ripe when harvested, it will ripen very little. The pineapple should have fresh green leaves which can be easily removed when fully ripe. The skin will have a green or yellow-gold color.  


What you need

  • Chef Knife
  • Paring Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Pineapple
Items needed for cutting a pineapple

Items needed for cutting a pineapple

How to cut a pineapple


Step 1

Start by laying the pineapple on its side and cutting the top off. Remove about 1 inch from the top. Be sure not to cut too much of as to not lose some of the fruit.


Remove the top of the pineapple.


Step 2

Turn the pineapple around to the bottom. Remove about 1″ from the bottom. This will give you a steady base as you remove the scales from the sides.

Cut bottom of pineapple off

Cut bottom of pineapple off


Step 3

Stand the pineapple up on its end. Begin carving the scales off of the sides. Depending upon the shape of the pineapple, you may curve your cut to minimalize the loss of the fruit.

Cut pineapple down the side

Cut pineapple scales down the side


Step 4

Use a pairing knife to remove the eyes of the pineapple and any extra skin that may remian.  If you removed a thicker portion of the skin in step 3, then you may have fewer eyes to remove.

If there are a large number of eyes to remove, you can use the pairing knife to cut the eyes out by making diagonal cuts. 

Remove eyes of pineapple

Use paring knife to remove remaining eyes of the skin

Cut pineapple diagonally

Cut diagonally along row of eyes


Step 5

Stand the pineapple back up and cut it down the middle making two equal pieces.

Cutt pineapple down the middle

Cut pineapple down the middle


Step 6

Lay the pineapple halves down lengthwise and cut them it into quarters. 

Cut pineapple into quarters

Cut pineapple halves into quarters


Step 7

Stand each pineapple quarter up and cut the core off. Be sure to remove the entire core. Leaving part of the core will make each pineapple chunk have a hard spot.

Cut off pineapple core

Cut pineapple core off


Step 8

Cut each pineapple quarter into smaller strips lengthwise. The side of the strips will depend on how big of pineapple chunks you want.

Cut pineapple strips

Cut pineapple quarters into smaller strips


Step 9

Group two or three of the pineapple strips and cut into chunks of the desired size.

Cut pineapple down the side

Cut pineapple into chunks


  • Choose a pineapple that has a golden-yellow color at the base and more green as you get to the top.
  • Remove pineapple eyes by cutting diagonal strips along the edge. The eye line up in perfect diagonal lines.

Substitutes for pineapple

  • Papaya
  • Guava
  • Mango

Orange juice and grapefruit juice can be substituted for pineapple juice.

How to store pineapple

Cut Pineapple

Put cut pineapple in a sealable container and place in the refrigerator. Cut pineapple will last 2-4 days in the refrigerator.

Spread cut pineapple chunks on a cookie sheet and place into freezer. Once frozen, put frozen pineapple in a sealable container. This will prevent the pineapple from freezing together. You may freeze them together without freezing first if you plan to use the pineapple in a recipe that does not require them to remain separate. Store up to 6 months.

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