How To: Cut A Pineapple

You know, it might not seem that important to know how to cut a pineapple, but I assure you when the stakes are high and you’re required to bring pineapple wedges to your next potluck event, this tutorial will come in handy.

pineapple chunks

Okay, so you might not be asked to bring pineapple to a potluck, but you need to know how to cut a pineapple anyway.

It’s a rite of passage, a sign of adulthood and whatnot.

So, here you go.  A tutorial on how to cut pineapple in 10 steps or less.  I’m not counting the first two pictures because they’re pretty basic.

Here’s your pineapple.  Lay it on a cutting board and get a big, fat, huge knife.

fresh pineapple

Now this is your chance to really get out some pent up aggression.  Lop the top off the pineapple.  Give it a good whack.

stem of pineapple

I can hear you laughing already.  See?  Isn’t this fun, this pineapple cutting business?

how to cut pineapple

Okay, we’re officially to the steps now.

1. Slice the pineapple right down the middle

2. Slice the pineapple halves into fourths

3. Cut the core of the pineapple out of all the slices of pineapple

4. Until they look like this

This pineapple business is easy, breezy right?

how to skin a pineapple

5. This is a little tricky, but slice the skin off the pineapple.  It doesn’t have to be precise, you can clean it up later, but get most of the prickly stuff off

6. See?  This is where you clean up a little bit, slicing off the remnants

7.  Now cut the core out of the middle of each piece.  It’s tricky to find the middle, but this is where it was on mine, even though it looks off-center.  Throw this piece away, it’s tough and useless.  Maybe give it to the pigs or chickens if you have any

8. Face the remaining pineapple down on the cutting board and slice in even-ish vertical slices

Whee! We’re almost done.

pineapple slices

9. Now you’ve sliced the pineapple vertically, like so, it’s time to move on to the final step

10. Wherein you make a big, fat horizontal slice down the pineapple.

That’s it!  Now, you can cut the remaining pineapple at your discretion.  I chose to cut it into smaller chunks for consumption, but do what you feel is best for the situation.

I trust your judgment.

fresh pineapples

Serve it up, eat it plain, add to a main dish, use it for Frog Eye Salad, or garnish your favorite sparkling pineapple drink.

pineapple chunks

Aren’t you glad you stopped by today?  You walked away with a tidy little skill set you can whip out at fancy parties.

Well, maybe not, but I’ll bet you’re better for it.



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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Emily :

    I do something similar but cut the top off, then the skin off. Seems to be easier if you do the skin at the beginning rather than trying to hold on to slippery sections. Then I quarter it like you do, cut out the core and slice and dice. LOVE fresh pineapple!

    • Petit Elefant :

      This is why you’re a genius and I’m not.

    • Petit Elefant :

      Holy moly, I’m in love.

  2. Emily :

    I love your cutting board! I do what Emily does too- I cut the skin off before halving or quartering it. Learning to cut pineapple is very useful. I wish I had some to grill right now.

    • Petit Elefant :

      It’s from Cambria Cove. It’s recycled lumber from the 1800’s and it smells SO good. I love it.

      And now I want grilled pineapple.

  3. Shari (fruitloopgirl) :

    Ditto what the Emily’s said.

    love, LoVe, LOVE fresh pineapple.

    • Petit Elefant :

      You guys are smarter than I am.


  4. Cathy :

    I just cut a pineapple this morning! I like your knife better than mine though. I need to make that frog eye salad now. It’s my favorite.

    • Petit Elefant :

      You did?

      Great minds think alike.

      The knife{s} were a gift, and I love them to death.

  5. Dina :

    Double ditto on the Emily’s comments. Beautiful cutting board. Love reclaimed lumber products. Our wood floor is reclaimed Douglas fir in 10 to 12 inch planks that was salvaged from a 1940’s warehouse in San Diego. Face nailed with square top monster nails.

    • Petit Elefant :

      Dina, you’re killing me a little here. I’d DIE for reclaimed wood floors. Seriously, I die.

    • Allison :

      Amanda, that has everything to do with pineapple.

      I’m kidding. But seriously, thanks so much for the link. I’ve been following the trials of this drug for a few years and am anxiously and very hopefully awaiting it’s arrival.

  6. AE Jones :

    Pineapple is my favorite fruit – holy cow. I could eat so much of it – but it has to be fresh. Thanks for the refresher on how to cut one.

    • Allison :

      It’s my favorite too! I can only eat so much before I get a mouthful of canker sores, but yum!

    • Allison :

      Nice. Seriously, nice!

  7. mskaz :

    Okay this was good, but help me with a mango and I’ll love you forever.

    • Allison :

      Those things are ridiculous. You have to slice them sideways and the pit is all fuzzy.

    • Allison :

      That thing seriously looks like the greatest thing ever.