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Air Fryer Pineapple

Easy air fryer pineapple recipe. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert, this pineapple is perfectly caramelized and sweet!

Easy air fryer pineapple recipe. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert, this pineapple is perfectly caramelized and sweet!

The air fryer is a magical appliance. It takes all of the mess and hassle out of frying food, and it cooks things evenly and perfectly.

This pineapple recipe is one of our favourites, because it’s easy to make, and it tastes delicious.

The pineapple gets that perfectly roasted flavour without having to hover over a grill. The outsides are perfectly caramelized, and the insides are perfectly warm and soft. It’s the best with a scoop of ice cream!

If you’re looking for a simple air fryer recipe that will impress your guests, this is the one for you!

Easy air fryer pineapple recipe. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert, this pineapple is perfectly caramelized and sweet!
Easy air fryer pineapple recipe. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert, this pineapple is perfectly caramelized and sweet!

Why You Will LOVE This Air Fried Pineapple

  • Easy. Combine the ingredients and let the air fryer go to work!
  • Perfectly caramelized every time! All the pineapple gets evenly cooked.
  • Just 4 simple ingredients.
  • Light and sweet dessert
Easy air fryer pineapple recipe. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert, this pineapple is perfectly caramelized and sweet!

How to Select a Ripe Pineapple

There are a few things you can do to make sure you select a ripe pineapple when you are at the store.

First, smell the pineapple. It should have a sweet, fragrant aroma. If it doesn’t smell like much, or if it smells sour, it is probably not ripe or has gone off.

Next, give the pineapple a little squeeze. It should be firm, but not too hard. If it is too soft, it is overripe and will not taste good.

Finally, take a look at the colour of the pineapple. Ripe pineapples will have a deep golden colour, and the leaves on top should be green. If the pineapple is more green than gold, it is not ripe yet.

Easy air fryer pineapple recipe. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert, this pineapple is perfectly caramelized and sweet!

How to Cut a Pineapple

Cutting a pineapple can be a bit tricky if you have never done it before. The first thing you want to do is cut off the top of the pineapple, as well as the bottom.

Next, stand the pineapple up on one of the flat ends, and slice down the sides, removing the tough outer skin. You will also want to cut out any dark eyes left behind.

Once the skin is removed, you can cut the pineapple into whatever shape you like. For air frying, I like to cut it into 1/4 inch thick slices and then into wedges.

To remove the core from the pineapple slices, you can use a small cookie cutter or a knife to cut it out.

Easy air fryer pineapple recipe. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert, this pineapple is perfectly caramelized and sweet!

Tips for the BEST Air Fryer Pineapple

  • Don’t overcrowd the pineapple. The air fryer relies on air circulation so it is important to cook small batches of the pineapple in a single layer.
  • Don’t just dump the pineapple in. Aside from air circulation, you also want to try and avoid dumping a ton of juice into the basket which will then burn and smoke.
  • Cut even sized pieces. You can go with thicker slices, or air fry whole rings if you like, just make sure all your pieces are evenly sized so they cook evenly.
  • Preheat the air fryer. Just like your oven, you should preheat your air fryer so that it’s hot and ready.
  • Make pineapple sauce. There will be a lot of the wet mixture left once you are done air frying. Make a delicious pineapple sauce by cooking it over medium-low heat in a small pot until reduced to a thick, tasty, sauce.
Easy air fryer pineapple recipe. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert, this pineapple is perfectly caramelized and sweet!

How to Store Leftover Air Fryer Pineapple

If you do end up with leftover air fried pineapple, you should let it completely cool before placing in an air tight container. You can store it in the fridge for up to three days.

When you are ready to reheat, simply throw the pineapple back in the air fryer for 1-2 minutes, or until warmed through. You can also reheat the pineapple in a regular oven or microwave.

Easy air fryer pineapple recipe. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert, this pineapple is perfectly caramelized and sweet!

Can I Freeze Air Fryer Pineapple

Yes, you can freeze air fryer pineapple! Simply place the pineapple slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze for 1-2 hours. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer safe bag or container and store for up to 3 months.

When you are ready to eat, there is no need to thaw the pineapple, use it straight from the freezer for smoothies, or warm in the microwave or in a skillet for an ice cream topping.

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Equipment Needed for Air Fryer Pineapple

All you really need for this side dish is an air fryer.

I have a COSORI Air Fryer Max XL which is 5.8 QT. It is larger air fryer, so it easily handles larger amounts of ingredients. For this recipe you can get away with a smaller air fryer, but if you are looking to buy, I would definitely recommend this model.

Ingredients for Air Fryer Pineapple.

About the Ingredients for Air Fryer Pineapple

Pineapple – Use fresh pineapple, not frozen or canned, for best results.

Brown sugar – I really like the results of brown sugar when caramelizing pineapple but feel free to substitute with the sweetener of your choice. If you go with a liquid sweetener such as honey or maple syrup you will want to reduce the amount used to about 2 tablespoons.

Butter – You can substitute with a neutral flavoured oil to make it vegan.

Cinnamon – A touch of ground cinnamon is all you need to warm up the flavour.

Easy air fryer pineapple recipe. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert, this pineapple is perfectly caramelized and sweet!

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Easy air fryer pineapple recipe. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert, this pineapple is perfectly caramelized and sweet!

How to Make Air Fryer Pineapple

Yields: 4 Servings | Prep time: 10 Minutes | Cook time: 12 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 Ripe pineapple
  • 1/4 Cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 Cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat air fryer to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Peel, cut, and core your pineapple into 1/4 inch thick rings. Cut into the rings into chunks or quarters, as desired.

In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, melted butter, and cinnamon.

Place the pineapple in a medium bowl, and pour the brown sugar mixture over it.

Gently toss to coat well.

Working in batches, add pineapple to air fryer basket in one even layer.

Air fry pineapple for 12-15 minutes, flipping half way through, until pineapple is caramelized.

Repeat until all the pineapple is “grilled”.

Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Air Fryer Pineapple
Yield: 4 Servings

Air Fryer Pineapple

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

Easy air fryer pineapple recipe. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert, this pineapple is perfectly caramelized and sweet!

Ingredients

  • 1 Ripe pineapple
  • 1/4 Cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 Cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat air fryer to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Peel, cut, and core your pineapple into 1/4 inch thick rings. Cut into the rings into chunks or quarters, as desired.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, melted butter, and cinnamon.
  4. Place the pineapple in a medium bowl, and pour the brown sugar mixture over it.
  5. Gently toss to coat well.
  6. Working in batches, add pineapple to air fryer basket in one even layer.
  7. Air fry pineapple for 12-15 minutes, flipping half way through, until pineapple is caramelized.
  8. Repeat until all the pineapple is “grilled”.
  9. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

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Easy air fryer pineapple recipe. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert, this pineapple is perfectly caramelized and sweet!

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