How to Cut a Pineapple

Updated on June 6, 2018

Getting to the Good Stuff in the Pineapple

I tested and researched various cutting methods and came to the conclusion that the easiest way to cut a pineapple is to cut the top and bottom off and take the skin off first. There are other methods that involve taking the skin off last, but these methods I find more wasteful and tedious.

When the skin is taken off at the beginning, you are able to save more of the good fruit parts of the pineapple by making a thinner cut below the skin. Also, removing skin from smaller pieces increases your likelihood of running the knife into your hand and ending up with an injury.

Below are several pictures in step by step format showing you the best way to cut a pineapple, then you'll find some videos with other methods. It's up to you to try these methods are your own discretion and choose the best for yourself.

Steps for Cutting a Pineapple

No special gadgets needed, only a pineapple, large sharp knife, and a cutting board.
No special gadgets needed, only a pineapple, large sharp knife, and a cutting board.
The goal is to get all of the good edible stuff between the outside "skin" and the inner fibrous core.
The goal is to get all of the good edible stuff between the outside "skin" and the inner fibrous core.
Step One: Cut the top off
Step One: Cut the top off
Step Two: Set the pineapple upside down in the fridge.
Step Two: Set the pineapple upside down in the fridge.
Step Three: Wait 20 minutes before getting the pineapple out of the fridge.  This lets the sugars spread evenly through the pineapple
Step Three: Wait 20 minutes before getting the pineapple out of the fridge. This lets the sugars spread evenly through the pineapple
Step Four: Cut off the bottom of the pineapple, leaving you with a cylinder shape that can easily stand on end.
Step Four: Cut off the bottom of the pineapple, leaving you with a cylinder shape that can easily stand on end.
Step Five: De-skin the Pineapple by slicing thinly under the skin to the light yellow yummy part.
Step Five: De-skin the Pineapple by slicing thinly under the skin to the light yellow yummy part.
Step Six: De-skin the pineapple all the way around, until it is a soft, slimy, yellow cylinder.
Step Six: De-skin the pineapple all the way around, until it is a soft, slimy, yellow cylinder.
Step Seven: cut the pineapple into quarters, the long way.  Then slice the inner fibrous part off.
Step Seven: cut the pineapple into quarters, the long way. Then slice the inner fibrous part off.
Final Step: Cut the long quarters in half long ways, and then cut short ways for delicious bite-size pieces.
Final Step: Cut the long quarters in half long ways, and then cut short ways for delicious bite-size pieces.

It is a fairly simple process, but if you've never cut a pineapple you probably won't do it the easiest way the first time. Use these tips about how to cut a pineapple the easy way.

Be as efficient as possible, meaning you will cut the pineapple quickly, not wasting any of the great parts you want to eat. I also included some personal advice about how to actually make your pineapple taste better. So, if you have a pineapple that you can easily pull a top leaf from, a sharp knife, and a cutting board, you are ready to learn how to cut a pineapple.

Least Wasteful Way

You won't need any special gadgets, only a pineapple, large sharp knife, and a cutting board. The goal is to get all of the good edible stuff between the outside "skin" and the inner fibrous core.

  1. Step One: Cut the top off
  2. Step Two: Set the pineapple upside down in the fridge.
  3. Step Three: Wait 20 minutes before getting the pineapple out of the fridge. This lets the sugars spread evenly through the pineapple
  4. Step Four: Cut off the bottom of the pineapple, leaving you with a cylinder shape that can easily stand on end.
  5. Step Five: De-skin the Pineapple by slicing thinly under the skin to the light yellow yummy part.
  6. Step Six: De-skin the pineapple all the way around, until it is a soft, slimy, yellow cylinder.
  7. Step Seven: cut the pineapple into quarters, the long way. Then slice the inner fibrous part off.
  8. Final Step: Cut the long quarters in half long ways, and then cut short ways for delicious bite-size pieces.

The Best Video I Could Find

An Example of a Slow but Cool Method

Questions & Answers

  • How do you know when the pineapple is ready to be cut?

    One way to know when the pineapple is ripe and ready to be cut is by pulling on the leaves. If the innermost leaves easily come out, the pineapple is ready to be cut.

    Another thing to look for is the color. Pineapples that have mostly yellow some green and some brown are ready to be cut. The unripened pineapples will be mostly green with a little yellow. The over ripened pineapple will be mostly brown with some yellow and almost no green.

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      Lena Durante 

      19 months ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      Having a sharp knife makes all the difference. Whenever I cook in a friend's kitchen, I'm reminded that most home cooks don't pay much attention to their blades. Some have never sharpened their knives at all! I try to gently point out to them that cooking is a whole lot more enjoyable when you're not struggling to chop a tough ingredient.

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      Sinea Pies 

      6 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Except for letting the pineapple sit upside down for 20 minutes, I am pleased to say that I have been cutting them correctly! :)

    • Bldg an Architect profile image

      Bldg an Architect 

      6 years ago

      This is great! I always waste so much pineapple when I cut one. Now I know how to do it :)

    • Sarah Fleming profile image

      Sarah Fleming 

      6 years ago from Santa Barbara

      Really nice hub. Great tips :)

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      gary calton 

      8 years ago

      I always found the most troublesome part of cutting a pineapple was removing the center core. I did the knife thing but being a little crazy in the kitchen I finally settled on using a hole cutting tool that you attach to your drill. Just the little round cutter with the teeth on of the appropriate size. Press it down through the slice and a quick twist on the cutting board and it is done.

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