How to Cut a Pineapple

How to cut a pineapple

A step by step how-to guide for cutting a pineapple, includes pictures for each step!

Did you know that the pineapple was named after pine cones? I didn’t learn this until recently, but it completely makes sense given the similarities between the two! I buy pineapple quite often, whether it be for this Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie, these Rainbow Fruit Kabobs, or for Grilled Pineapple with Brown Sugar and Cinnamon!

If you’ve never bought a whole pineapple before with the intent to cut it up, it can be a little intimidating. Today I thought I’d share a step-by-step guide on how to cut a pineapple, complete with pictures so that you have no problems cutting your own pineapple at home. I’ve known so many people that buy pre-cut pineapple at the grocery store in the produce department. While that option is convenient, it is SO expensive compared to just buying your own pineapple and prepping it at home.

You’ll want to start with a beautiful pineapple like this one! I got this guy at Costco for $2.50 which seemed really reasonable. It’s a Dole pineapple, and for whatever reason, I have the best luck with their fruit (no, they aren’t paying me to say that!).You will want a pineapple that has a golden yellow color to it, and the base of it should smell sweet. Those are both signs of a good pineapple. Aside from the pineapple, another key aspect to cutting a pineapple is a good knife. Make sure you have a trusty, sharp knife on hand.

*Note: There are numerous ways to cut a pineapple. This is the method that works best for me. 

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Step 1: Cut off the top and bottom off of the pineapple.

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Step 2: Cut the pineapple in half.

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Step 3: Cut each half into half again so that you are left with quarters.

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Step 4: There is a hard core that runs down the center of the pineapple. Stand each quarter up and cut straight down to remove the core. You will easily be able to see where the core is to know how much to cut off.

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Step 5: Cut each quarter in half again so that you are left with 8 spears of pineapple. I do this so that it is easier to cut the outside skin off, it also makes it easier to cut the pineapple into chunks.

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Step 6: Cut away the outside skin of the pineapple and discard it. Repeat this step for all 8 spears of pineapple.

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Step 7: If you’re making Grilled Pineapple with Brown Sugar and Cinnamon, you need the pineapple cut into spears, so you’re done at this point. If you’re using the pineapple for smoothies, you’ll want to cut the spears into bite sized chunks like what is shown below.

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That’s all there is to it! I freeze pineapple for smoothies, and it’ll stay good in the freezer for about 10-12 months. If you’re just refrigerating the pineapple, you will want to eat it within 5 days.

To sum it all up:

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How to Cut a Pineapple

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Prep Time: 5mn
Cook Time: N/A
Total Time: 5mn


  • 1 Pineapple
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  1. Cut the top and bottom off the pineapple.
  2. Cut the pineapple in half.
  3. Cut each half into half again so that you are left with quarters.
  4. Cut away the core from each piece.
  5. Cut each quarter into half again so that you are left with 8 spears. Cut the skin away from each spear.
  6. If you need the pineapple cut into spears, at this point you’re done. If you want your pineapple cut into chunks, begin cutting each spear into bite-sized chunks.
  7. Store in an air-tight container. Pineapple will stay good in the refrigerator for 3-5 days, and will freeze well for 10-12 months.

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  1. No Elle

    A pineapple corer is so much easier! You have to buy one

    • I’m sure it is much easier!

    • Cynthia Addis

      It may be easier w/a corer, but you don’t waste any by cutting it this way. Thanks for posting your pictures and great tip.

    • You’re welcome! I like to have as few kitchen gadgets as possible because of lack of space, so I tend to just use a knife for just about everything.

  2. No Elle

    I do agree with you there Cynthia! I actually just recently got a corer and only used it once and you are so right! :-)

  3. DeBorah Young

    For plant lovers the top part you cut off. Put it in soil. And it grows very nice and in due time will get a little pineapple on it. I live in Fl and a friend has some in her yard she has had for years.

  4. Alan George

    Great way to cut up a pineapple thanks.
    One thing I do every now and then.. IF I am having company over (in a few weeks) I’ll take the cut up slices of pineapple and soak them in a container with Vodka. Just before the party I’ll put the Vodka mix in the freezer.. Makes for a great drink in the summer. By the way you can use just about any fruit, but I prefer Pineapple.

  5. Jen

    Some people claim to be allergic to pineapple because they get an itchy tongue after they eat fresh pineapple. It’s actually just the acidity of the pineapple. You can fix that by soaking the cut pineapple in salt water for a few hours, or over night. Pour out the water or rinse it(you won’t taste the salt either way) it will be much less acidic and it will taste much much sweeter. Best trick my moms taught me.

  6. Sounds great Doug Phillips – thanks for the pic!

  7. Julianne Fitzgerald

    That’s how I have always cut it but I cut the skin off first…

  8. Irene Rose

    I bought this pineapple cutter from bed bath and beyond its the best. All you do is cut the top off and turn away. There is not much left but the core and the juice you can drink. I love it!!

  9. Love Abounds

    this is awesome, if you spiral cut it though (no special tool, just a knife) you get more pineapple

    • I’ve never tried doing a spiral cut- any tips or tricks on how to do it?

  10. Linda Coyne

    Thanks for posting. We just bought 2 pineapples at Costco and have to cut them up. I put the pieces in my freezer and use them in my smoothies. Yummy.

    • I love pineapple in my smoothies! I always seem to have the best luck with pineapple from Costco – always perfectly ripe.

    • Linda Coyne

      I agree, the ones from Costco are really good. They were giving out samples this past weekend and they were delicious.

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