How to Core a Pineapple Like a Pro: Easy Step-by-Step Guide

There's nothing quite like the sweet and tangy taste of fresh pineapple. Whether you're enjoying it on its own, in a fruit salad, or as part of a tropical recipe, learning how to core a pineapple properly can make all the difference. While it may seem daunting at first, with the right technique, coring a pineapple is actually quite simple. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the easy step-by-step process to core a pineapple like a pro.

Step 1: Gather Your Tools

Before you begin, you'll need a few essential tools:

  • A sharp chef's knife
  • A sturdy cutting board
  • A pineapple corer (optional but recommended)

Step 2: Prepare the Pineapple

  1. Place the pineapple on a cutting board and use a sharp chef's knife to slice off the top and bottom.
  2. Stand the pineapple upright on one of the flat ends.

Step 3: Remove the Peel

  1. Starting at the top of the pineapple, carefully slice downward, following the natural curve of the fruit and removing the peel.
  2. Continue slicing until all the peel has been removed, rotating the pineapple as needed.

Step 4: Remove the Eyes

  1. Once the peel has been removed, you'll notice small, round "eyes" scattered across the surface of the pineapple.
  2. To remove these eyes, angle your knife at a 45-degree angle and make shallow diagonal cuts, following the spiral pattern of the eyes.
  3. Continue around the pineapple until all the eyes have been removed.

Step 5: Core the Pineapple

Option 1: Using a Pineapple Corer (Recommended)

  1. Place the pineapple corer over the core of the pineapple.
  2. Press down firmly and twist the corer clockwise until it reaches the bottom of the pineapple.
  3. Pull the corer back up, removing the core along with it.

Option 2: Using a Chef's Knife

  1. Lay the pineapple on its side and use a sharp chef's knife to slice off the core in a circular motion.
  2. Make a diagonal cut to remove any remaining core from the slices.

Step 6: Slice or Dice the Pineapple

  1. Once the pineapple has been cored, you can slice it into rings or dice it into chunks, depending on your preference.
  2. Use a sharp knife to slice or dice the pineapple to your desired size.

Step 7: Enjoy!

Now that you've cored your pineapple, it's ready to enjoy! Whether you're snacking on it fresh, adding it to a recipe, or using it as a garnish, freshly cored pineapple is sure to add a burst of tropical flavor to any dish.


Learning how to core a pineapple is a simple skill that can save you time and effort in the kitchen. With just a few easy steps, you can enjoy the sweet and tangy taste of fresh pineapple whenever you like. So grab your pineapple and your chef's knife, and get ready to enjoy this delicious tropical fruit like never before!


Items to help you with this

Gibson Wildcraft Carving Set

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