30 Pineapple Recipes That Will Make You Fall for the Sweet, Juicy Fruit


Don't be deterred by this fruit's prickly exterior; fresh pineapple is the perfect sweet, sunny treat to brighten up any day. Once rare in the United States, pineapple was served only on special occasions, so it became a symbol of hospitality.

Because pineapple doesn't ripen further after being picked, select a ready-to-eat one. Look for fruit that's heavy for its size, with a rich, sweet fragrance. The leaves should be green and fresh-looking. If you can pull one from the center of the stem with only slight resistance, you'll know it's ripe.

Ripe pineapple will keep at room temperature for about two days and in the refrigerator (either in a plastic bag or in the crisper) for about four days. The flesh could develop dark spots from temperature changes, so refrigerate pineapple that was bought chilled.

To prepare, slice away the spiky skin to reveal the juicy golden flesh, and cut it into chunks or rounds. Use raw pineapple in smoothies or spritzes, like a Pineapple Highball or Crushed Pineapple-Rosemary Limeade. Bake it into desserts like an old-fashioned Pineapple Upside-Down Cake or a gorgeous presentation of Caramelized Pineapple with Vanilla Ice Cream. It's also wonderful for savory fare: An enzyme in pineapple breaks down protein molecules, making it a great meat tenderizer in marinades. It's delicious when grilled for Pork-and-Pineapple Tacos, or served alongside these tropical Mexican inspired Spicy Shrimp Fajitas with Grilled Pineapple Pico. Plus, it pairs well with fresh herbs, soy sauce, or chile peppers.

Here are our best recipes highlighting the tropical fruit, so go ahead and start cooking.

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Baked Pineapple

baked pineapple recipe
Kirsten Francis

All you need are a handful of ingredients to make this showstopping dessert; it's guaranteed to transport you to the tropics. Sliced pineapple is baked in a brown sugar-butter glaze and served with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream for the ultimate summer treat.

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Hummingbird Carrot Cake

Hummingbird Carrot Cake Recipe
Chris Simpson

Inspired by the Southern special made with banana, pineapple, pecan, and coconut, our recipe takes this cake to new heights—and new levels of sweetness—with carrots and canned diced pineapple for even more texture.

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Spicy Pork-and-Pineapple Stir-Fry

pork and pineapple stir fry
Justin Walker

Pineapple is the not-so-secret sweet ingredient in this takeout-inspired dinner. It's tossed along with pork tenderloin, red bell peppers, onions, and green beans, then coated with a thickened Sriracha sauce.

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Spicy Pineapple-Peanut Salad

Spicy Pineapple & Peanut Salad recipe
Lennart Weibull

This is no ordinary side salad. Inspired by the flavors of south Asia, pineapple is topped with shallots, peanuts, Thai chile pepper, and fresh mint leaves. All of the ingredients are then drizzled with a simple rice-vinegar-and-olive-oil dressing.

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Tropical-Fruit Salad with Coconut Crunch

Tropical-Fruit Salad With Coconut Crunch
Petrina Tinslay

We eat with our eyes first—and this salad looks stunning and tastes spectacular. Fresh, juicy fruit including pineapple, strawberries, mangoes, and papayas are arranged on a platter and garnished with a coconut-poppy seed crunch sweetened with vanilla and honey.

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Pineapple Highball

three cocktails a coffee coquito, pineapple highball, and tangerine-rum sidecar
Kana Okada

Making a homemade vanilla syrup is the sweet, special touch this tropical cocktail needs. When it's time to serve, just mix all the ingredients together for one drink in a glass and sip, sip, hooray!

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Grilled-Pork-and-Pineapple Tacos

grilled pork and pineapple tacos
Sidney Bensimon

The combination of tender, smoky pork and pineapple marries a classic Mexican bite with warm weather flavors. The ingredients list is short and sweet, too, which makes this great for weeknight dinners or easy backyard barbecues.

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Old-Fashioned Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Good Old-Fashioned Double Upside-Down Cake
Bryan Gardner

Perhaps the first dessert that comes to mind when you think of the succulent yellow fruit, pineapple upside-down cake is a classic for good reason. We bake it in a cast-iron skillet for an extra crispy exterior and exciting presentation.

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Crushed Pineapple-Rosemary Limeade

Crushed Pineapple-Rosemary Limeade
Marcus Nilsson

Call it a juice, refresher, or mocktail—no matter what name you give it, it's just plain delicious. A giant pitcher of finely chopped pineapple, lime juice, and club comes together for a fizzy, fruity drink. Rosemary is an unexpected garnish that adds subtle earthiness.

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Pineapple-Raspberry Bellini

pineapple raspberry bellini
Armando Rafael

A French martini is traditionally made with vodka, Chambord (raspberry liqueur), and pineapple juice. Here, we're keeping the same flavors but with a bubbly fresh twist thanks to sparkling white wine, seltzer, fresh strawberries, and fresh pineapple juice. Serve in a giant pitcher for crowd-friendly pouring.

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Spicy Shrimp Fajitas with Grilled Pineapple Pico

spicy shrimp fajitas with grilled pineapple pico
Armando Rafael

We love shrimp for their versatility and quick-cooking nature. Here, we toss them with chipotle-in-adobo sauce, which combines dried jalapeños in a smoky, sweet red sauce.

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Pineapple-Cucumber Spritz

Christopher Testani

On a hot day, there's nothing better than a non-alcoholic spritz. This bright green stunner is a breath of fresh air thanks to ribbons of cucumbers, mint leaves, pineapple juice, and a splash of seltzer.

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Pineapple-Coconut Smoothie

smoothie with chia
Linda Pugliese

Skip the long flight and sunburn and enjoy the taste of paradise right in your own home. Whip up this good-for-you smoothie instead, which has all the sweet flavors you love with health benefits to boot.

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Caramelized Pineapple with Vanilla Ice Cream

Caramelized Pineapple with Vanilla Ice Cream
David Sawyer

It's time to play with fire! Caramelized pineapples, with their sticky sweet syrup and subtly warm notes of rum and brown sugar, are delicious atop vanilla ice cream, pancakes, or pound cake. This gorgeous topping all comes together in 20 minutes.

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Yogurt with Caramelized Pineapple and Hazelnuts

Marcus Nilsson

This recipe is much more exciting than the usual granola. Pineapple chunks and rolled oats are cooked in butter and sugar until golden, then amped up with lime zest and toasted hazelnuts. It makes a heavenly topping for morning yogurt.

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Spicy Pineapple Slaw

linda xaio

Turn up the volume on ordinary cabbage slaw by adding pineapple, jalapeños, red onion, lime juice, and plenty of fresh cilantro and mint.

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Hawaiian Meatballs

Mike Krautter

The sweet-and-sour pineapple glaze goes well with the cilantro-flecked pork meatballs in this Hawaiian-inspired dish.

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Lattice-Topped Vanilla Bean Pineapple Tart


Poach fresh pineapple slices in rum with brown sugar and vanilla bean to create the tropical filling for this tart. To form the perfect lattice crust, weave the strips of dough together on a parchment-lined pan and freeze before transferring to the top of the tart.

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Thai Coconut Chicken with Pineapple Salsa


Ginger, garlic, coconut milk, and a splash of fish sauce create layers of flavor in this quick and easy Thai-inspired supper. You'll want to spoon the spicy pineapple salsa on everything!

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Pineapple-Mint Daiquiris

Marcus Nilsson

The fresh pineapple juice used in this spin on a classic cocktail is made by simmering the fruit with sugar and water until tender, puréeing, and straining. It takes some time to prepare, but it pays off with big flavor.

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Pineapple-Mustard-Glazed Ham


A DIY glaze made with fresh pineapple and country mustard sets this Easter ham apart.

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Ceviche with Tropical Fruit and Habanero

Johnny Miller

Diced red snapper is "cooked" in fresh orange and lime juice, then tossed with mango, pineapple, tomatoes, habanero, red onion, cilantro, and olive oil in this light, refreshing appetizer.

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Broiled Spicy Pork and Pineapple

pork pineapple plate
Joseph De Leo

It doesn't get much easier than this one-pan broiler dinner. The high heat turns pork chops nice and juicy and gives pineapple and scallions the perfect amount of char. Serve over sticky rice with thinly sliced Thai chiles.

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Whipped Yogurt with Pineapple and Dried Fruit

Linda Pugliese

Whisking Greek yogurt with cream, honey, and lime zest until soft and fluffy makes it special enough for brunch entertaining, especially when topped with fresh pineapple, toasted coconut, and dried fruits.

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Jerk Pineapple Pork Chops


Bring some island flavor to your standard pork chops. Puréed pineapple chunks and traditional jerk flavorings act as the marinade. The chops are then seared along with some pineapple slices until golden brown.

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Light Pineapple Upside-Down Cake


Vegetable oil subs in for butter in this fruit-topped, vanilla-scented cake, reducing the saturated fat; whole-wheat flour boosts the fiber and lends a nutty flavor.

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Pineapple Express

Sylvie Becquet

Fresh pineapple and ginger are puréed with coconut water and oil, then frozen into a granita for this cool cocktail. Scrape and pour rum on top when you're ready to serve.

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Broiled Sweet-and-Spicy Salmon with Pineapple


Put your broiler to good use with this 20-minute recipe, featuring salmon and pineapple pieces brushed with a maple syrup and cayenne glaze. Round out the meal with simple white rice brightened by the addition of chopped cilantro.

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Spiced Pineapple Cocktail

Anders Schønnemann

The classic combo of spicy and sweet takes this slushy drink beyond the basic margarita.

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Pineapple and Ginger Smoothie


Drink up! The fresh ginger in this tropical pineapple smoothie has cancer-fighting powers. Enjoy it as a healthy snack, breakfast, or dessert.

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