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How To Make Pineapple Bowls

Step-by-step instructions to make Pineapple Bowls (pineapple boats), use to serve pineapple chunks, tropical coconut rice, teriyaki or huli huli chicken.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Side Dishes & Vegetables
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make a pineapple bowl, pineapple boat, pineapple bowl
Yield: 4 pineapple bowls
Calories: 226kcal
Cost: $5


Pineapple Bowls

  • 1 large fresh pineapple


How To Make Pineapple Bowls

  • Using a large knife cut the pineapple lengthwise and through the leaves into 2 halves.
  • Next, use a small serrated paring knife, cut around the edge of the pineapple leaving about ¾” of the outside of the pineapple.
  • Remove the center core by cutting down both sides of the core at a slight angle inward in a "V" shape.
  • Remove the center core of the pineapple.
  • Slice the pineapple into chunks in a grid pattern about 1" pieces.
  • Use a large serving spoon, scoop out the pineapple chunks, save the juice ~ drink it or make a smoothie!
  • Place pineapple chunks back into the bowl.

How To Store Pineapple Bowls

  • Keep chilled in the fridge covered with plastic wrap.
  • Serve within a day.


TIP: First, smell the bottom for sweetness.  This is the first tell-tale sign to determine how sweet and ripe your pineapple will be.  Sugar comes from the bottom of the fruit, where it migrates to the top as it ripens.  The bottom of the pineapple is where it should be most fragrant, so put your nose there (not on the crown).
TIP: If it smells sweet, like pineapple juice, it is ripe.  If you smell nothing, that means there is insufficient sugar and the fruit will not be sweet ( it has been harvested too early).  Pineapples ripen very little after they have been harvested, so you don't want to pick one that is underripe, hoping it will get ripen later. Unfortunately, it won't.
TIP: Next, Look for a yellow golden color. As the fruit starts to ripen, starting from the bottom, the higher the yellow rises toward the crown, the more sugar (and sweetness) it will have!  Yellow on the bottom and green on the top will yield inconsistency in sweetness (i.e., some parts sweet, other parts not).  Ideally, you want the yellow color to rise all the way to the crown, which means the sugar is distributed evenly through the fruit.
TIP: The greener the pineapple, the earlier they were picked.
TIP: Use the "Press Test."  A sweet (and ripe) pineapple will yield slightly to pressure.
TIP: Make sure to avoid overripe pineapples. they usually have reddish-brownish skins and dark dried leaves that crumble when you touch them and have a fermented smell. Pass on that pineapple, it will taste off, and be mushy and overripe inside.


Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 493mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 265IU | Vitamin C: 216.3mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 1.3mg