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How to Cut a Pineapple (3 Ways)

Cutting a pineapple is a (tropical) breeze! Follow this easy step-by-step to learn How to Cut a Pineapple into rings, spears, and cubes. Once you’ve mastered how to cut a pineapple, put it to use with 41 of the Best Pineapple Recipes

A bunch of pineapples in a pile

If you’ve been left pining for fresh-cut pineapple on more than one occasion, you’ve wound up in the right place! Here you’ll find a step-by-step guide to how to cut a pineapple three ways: into pineapple rings, cubes, and spears. Plus, we’re sharing a lightning round of everything you’d want to know about pineapples, from useful facts to spotting a ripe pineapple in the store.

These tropical wonders are literally the crown jewel of the produce aisle (just look at that crown of fronds!). Yet what is a pineapple? How do you separate true royalty from the joking jesters? And how do you lop off their heads? Ok, maybe that’s taking the analogy too far.

In any case, let’s dig into the nitty-gritty of the alluring, sweet and spikey pineapple.

Is Pineapple Good for You?

Yes! Pineapple is jam-packed with nutrients as well as being high in minerals and vitamins. Just one cup of pineapple packs ⅓ of your daily value of vitamin C. Vitamin C is cancer-fighting, helps prevent heart disease, and aids in tissue repair. Plus, pineapple is a great source of fiber while being low in calories.

Is Pineapple a Fruit?

Despite its name, a pineapple isn’t a pine or an apple at all – but it is a fruit. In fact, a pineapple is a group of berries that have grown together. This is often referred to as a “collective fruit”. Like other fruits, you’ll find sweet pineapple used in recipes like desserts to smoothies. Meanwhile, its acidity makes pineapple great to incorporate into savory recipes, too!

How to Tell if a Pineapple Is Ripe

Before you can cut a pineapple, you’ll need to learn to spot a winning specimen. Here are some quick tips for picking the best pineapple of the bunch at your local supermarket:

  • Have a look at the color. Fresh, ripe pineapples will be brighter yellow-green, with perky, vibrant green fronds (the spikey leaves at the top). 
  • Give it a sniff. Oftentimes, one whiff of a pineapple can tell you if it’s ripe for eating! A ripe pineapple will have a sweet smell at the base of the fruit.
  • Check the feel. Give the pineapple a squeeze – a ripe pineapple will be firm on the outside, but with a little give.
  • Note the weight. Pineapples that are ripe and juicy will feel heavy for their size.
  • Pull out a frond. If a pineapple is ripe, a gentle tug on one of its green leaves should be enough to pull the frond out from the top of the fruit.

How to Cut a Pineapple

Follow the easy guides below for easy-peasy pineapple rings, spears, and pieces to use in all the best pineapple recipes!


Here’s how to cut a pineapple into rings:

  • Step 1: Cut off the top and bottom. Lay the pineapple on its side on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, cut off the crown with the fronds as well as the base of the pineapple.
  • Step 2: Cut away the outer shell. Next, stand the pineapple up on one of the cut ends. Working from top to bottom, carefully trim away the spiny outer skin.
  • Step 3: Slice. Place your trimmed pineapple on its side, then use the knife to cut it into 1 ½ to 1-inch rings, or your desired thickness.
  • Step 4: Remove the core. Using a small sharp knife, cut out the hard centers of the pineapple rings and discard. 

Rings are a great way to prepare pineapple for grilling, baking over ham, or to use in recipes for pineapple upside down cake!


Cutting a pineapple into spears is quick and easy, too:

  • Step 1: Clean the pineapple. Repeat steps 1 and 2 above.
  • Step 2: Cut in half lengthwise. Hold the clean pineapple upright on one of its cut ends. Use a knife to cut the pineapple down the center.
  • Step 3: Cut into spears. Lay each of the pineapple halves cut side-down on the cutting board, and cut each half lengthwise into 4 even spears.
  • Step 4: Trim away the core. Cut the hard core away from the center of each spear.

Pineapple spears are the perfect size for snacking and dipping. Plus, you’re just one step away from cubes if you need ‘em!


Use both of the methods above to prepare your pineapple for cutting into cubes.

  • Cut rings into cubes. Lay each ring flat and cut the pineapple into chunks.
  • Cut the spears into cubes. Lay the spears on their sides and cut them into your desired size chunks or larger cubes.

Pineapple cubes are great to use in recipes for grilled kebabs, pineapple chicken, and fruit salads.

Be sure to check out the recipe finder for even more fabulous fruit ideas!

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