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.

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Pineapple Prep

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 Thin

Slice the sides into long strips.

Cut Smaller Pieces

And then cut into chunks.

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