How to Cut a Pineapple
Why pay extra for pre-cut pineapple at the salad bar? Follow Food Network Kitchen's step-by-step guide to break down the tropical fruit into perfect rings or chunks.
To start, use a large chef's or serrated knife to cut off the top and bottom.
Remove the Rind
Stand the trimmed pineapple upright and, starting from the top, slice off a section of the rind, following the contour of the fruit. Repeat until all the rind has been removed.
There should be minimal spots of brown "eyes." Use a paring knife to remove any large ones.
Cut into Rounds
For pineapple rings: Lay the pineapple on its side and slice into rounds.
Core the Pineapple Rings
Use a 1 1/2- to 2-inch round cookie cutter to cut out the core from the center of each slice.
Cut Around the Core
For pineapple chunks: Stand the pineapple upright and cut off the sides, working around the core.
Slice the sides into long strips.
Cut Smaller Pieces
And then cut into chunks.