How to Cut a Pineapple

Step by step instructions on how to cut a pineapple, so you keep the sweetest and juiciest parts.

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: One pineapple yields about 4 cups of cut pineapple chunks.


  • One ripe pineapple


1 Slice off the top: Place the pineapple on its side on a cutting board. With a sharp chef's knife, slice off the top green crown and about a half inch of the top of the pineapple.

lay pineapple on its side and cut off the top stand the pineapple upright after cutting off the top

Stand the pineapple upright on the cutting board.

2 Cut away the outer peel: Use a sharp knife to carefully cut away the outer peel, from top to bottom, following the contours of the pineapple.

cut off the outer skin of the pineapple close to the edge cut off the outer skin of the pineapple all the way around

Do not cut so deep as to cut away the eyes. The outer edge of the pineapple has the sweetest flesh, so you want to retain that if you can.

Cut off the bottom half inch or so of the pineapple.

slice off the bottom of the pineapple

3 Make diagonal cuts to carve out the pineapple eyes: Now you have a pineapple dotted with eyes which must be removed. You can use a small paring knife to carefully carve out each one, but there is an easier way.

pineapple with skin cut, eyes still need to be removed

Notice that the eyes all line up on a diagonal! Make a diagonal cut across the side of the pineapple, like a V-shaped trench, and more easily cut out all of the eyes that are on that diagonal.

make V trenches with your knife to cut out the eyes in spiral around the pineapple a cut pineapple with eyes removed, ready to slice

Continue to work your way around the pineapple. You do waste a little bit of good pineapple this way, but not much, and it is a lot faster than trying to carefully cut out each eye.

4 Make the final cuts: Now the pineapple is ready to cut further. There are several ways to make the final cuts of the pineapple, depending how you are serving it.

If you want rounds, just lay the pineapple on its side and cut it into 3/4 inch rounds. For rings, cut out the tough core.

spear pineapple round core with fork cut out pineapple core

When we were kids we preferred to keep the core in. We liked to spear the core in a solid pineapple round with our fork, and then hold up the pineapple round to eat the ripe edges.

If you just want chunks, cut the pineapple lengthwise into quarters.

Cut out the tough core, then cut each quarter lengthwise again. Then cut crosswise into chunks.