Looking for a way to add a little extra sweetness to your fruit platter? Why not try pineapple rings! They’re not only pretty to look at, but they’re also a delicious and healthy option. Here’s how to cut them perfectly every time.
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Cutting the Pineapple
One of the most important steps in cutting the perfect pineapple rings is to cut off the top of the pineapple. You will want to cut off the top of the pineapple so that you have a flat surface to work with. After you have cut off the top of the pineapple, you will then want to cut the pineapple in half. After you have cut the pineapple in half, you will then want to cut each half of the pineapple into thirds.
Cut off the crown of the pineapple
If you’re cutting a whole pineapple, the first step is to cut off the crown. You can do this by slicing about 1 inch from the top of the pineapple.
Cut off the bottom of the pineapple
First, cut off the bottom of the pineapple so it can sit flat on your cutting board. Then, cut off the crown (top) of the pineapple. Some people will also peel the pineapple at this point, but you don’t have to.
Next, cut the pineapple in half length-wise. If your pineapple is particularly wide, you may want to cut it into thirds. Once you have two or three long pieces of pineapple, it’s time to start cutting into rings.
To do this, simply slice downwards with your knife, angling it towards the center of the pineapple as you go. You want your slices to be about 1-inch thick, but this is really a personal preference. Once you’ve cut all the way through the pineapple, carefully twist each ring off of the core. If any slices are still attached to the core, simply use your knife to cut them off.
Cut the pineapple in half
Start by cutting the pineapple in half, length-wise. You want to make sure that you cut it evenly so that each half has an equal amount of fruit. Next, cut off the top of the pineapple. You can either discard this or save it for another use.
Now, take one of the halves and cut it length-wise into quarters. Once again, try to make sure that each quarter is even so that you end up with equal-sized slices. You can now either discard the core or save it for another use.
Take one of the quarters and slice it crosswise into thick or thin slices, depending on your preference. Repeat this with the remaining quarters. You should now have a bunch of pineapple rings!
Cut each half of the pineapple into thirds
Cut off the crown of the pineapple with a large, sharp knife. Cut each half of the pineapple lengthwise into thirds. The center third will contain the core, which is harder to eat. Discard the crown and the core, or save them for another use.
For perfectly round rings, cut each pineapple segment crosswise into 1-inch-thick slices. If your pineapple is ripe, the slicing will be easy. If it’s not quite ripe, slicing it might be more difficult and you might end up with curved slices instead of perfectly round rings.
If you’re not worried about perfection, simply cut each pineapple half lengthwise into 1-inch-thick slices. You’ll end up with long strips of pineapple instead of rings, but they’ll be just as delicious.
Slicing the Pineapple Rings
A ripe pineapple is the perfect sweet and tart addition to any dish, whether you’re grilling, sautéing, or baking. But cutting a pineapple into perfect rings can be tricky—unless you follow this guide. Here’s how to cut pineapple rings, no matter what size or shape your pineapple is.
Place one pineapple quarter on the cutting board
Before cutting the pineapple, you need to remove the crown. Cut off about 1 inch from the top of the pineapple. Using a sharp knife, remove the skin by slicing it downwards in a spin around the entire fruit. Next, cut the pineapple in half length-wise and then slice each half into quarters. You should now have 4 long pineapple quarters.
Slice the pineapple quarter into 1-inch thick slices
Cut off the top of the pineapple about 1/2 inch below the crown, revealing the pineapple’s cylindrical shape. Stand the pineapple on one of its flat ends, then slice it evenly into quarters from top to bottom.
Next, cut away the tough outer skin of each pineapple quarter. To do this, work your knife vertically down the sides of each quarter, following the contours of the fruit. Once the skin is removed, use a small paring knife to remove any remaining “eyes” from the pineapple flesh.
Now it’s time to slice each quarter into 1-inch thick rings. To do this, simply cut through each quarter horizontally at 1-inch intervals. As you cut, you can also trim off any particularly hard or fibrous pieces from the outside edge of each ring.
Repeat with the remaining pineapple quarters
With the remaining pineapple quarters, slice them as you did the first one. Make sure to cut off the bottom part of the pineapple where the core is attached. Once you have cut that off, cut the pineapple into 8 pieces and then slice those pieces into thick rings.
Enjoy your pineapple rings!
Now that you know how to cut perfect pineapple rings, enjoy them in one of these delicious recipes:
-Pineapple Upside Down Cake
-Pineapple Fried Rice