How to Cut a Pineapple (Plus Create a Pineapple "Boat")

  • 01 of 06

    Choose the Best Side of your Pineapple.

    Man choosing pineapple at the grocery store
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  • 02 of 06

    Slice Off the Top Side of the Pineapple

    Slicing Off the Top Side of the Pineapple. D.Schmidt
    • Completely slice off the first side (skin) of the pineapple. Discard this side. If you are planning to create a pineapple "boat" out of your pineapple: continue on to the next step (step # 3).
    • If you are planning to simply enjoy the fruit (without making anything of the pineapple shell): Continue slicing off the skin in the same way. Rotate the pineapple after each slice and continue cutting until all the skin is gone. OR, hold the pineapple vertically (leaves uppermost) and slice...MORE downward, whatever is easiest for you.
    • When you have sliced all the way around the pineapple, check the fruit for any remaining skin (some "pockets" of the skin may still remain) - slice these off too.
    • The pineapple is now ready to be cut up and eaten. Place the fruit on its side and slice it into approximately 1/2 to 1 inch thick slices.
    • Once you have these pineapple "rounds", you can either slice each round into quarters or cut each round several times to create chunks. If desired, you can remove the fibrous center as you cut (to create pineapple "rings"), although I like to eat this part too, as the fiber is good for you and also very delicious.
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  • 03 of 06

    Cut Around the Inside of the Pineapple.

    Cutting Around the Inside. D.Schmidt
    • To continue carving the pineapple to create a "boat": Cut around the inside of the pineapple, following the "rim". Cut deeply, but try not to let your knife go through the skin to the other side.
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    Cut the Pineapple Flesh into Cubes.

    Cutting the Fruit into Cubes. D.Schmidt
    • Now cut the flesh inside the pineapple into cubes, first by making long slices down the length of the pineapple, then cross cross-cuts approximately 1 inch wide. Again, be careful not to cut through to the other side.
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  • 05 of 06

    Scoop Out the Fresh Pineapple.

    Spooning Out the Fruit. D.Schmidt
    • Using a large spoon (preferably one that has a fairly "sharp" edge), scoop out the flesh and set aside. When you get to the bottom, you may have to use some muscle to scrape out the last of the fruit.
    • Use the fresh pineapple cubes you just scooped out to create a fruit salad or other recipes, or simply to eat on its own. Store extra fruit in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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  • 06 of 06

    Fill Your Pineapple "Boat" with Fruit Salad or Pineapple Fried Rice.

    Tropical Thai Fruit Salad
    Tropical Thai Fruit Salad. D.Schmidt

    Your pineapple boat is now ready to be filled with a tropical fruit salad, like my: Easy Tropical Thai Fruit Salad OR my Heavenly Pineapple Fruit Rice. Both of these recipes make for crowd-pleasing party dishes. ENJOY!