If you're looking for a simple, fast, sweet treat that is relatively healthy, try Air Fryer Pineapple. Enjoy these caramelized fruit slices on their own, or use the pineapple as part of other desserts and snacks!
Pineapples are one of nature's tastiest snacks. Sweet and tropical, they make fruit salads sing and add some pizazz to pasta salads.
One of the BEST ways to enjoy fresh pineapple is this recipe for Air Fryer Pineapple.
🌟 Why air fry pineapple?
Air frying pineapple brings out the rich flavors of pineapple. Whereas fresh pineapple has a light, one-note delicious flavor, cooked pineapple contains layers of flavor that are even more delicious!
I love air frying because you don't have to babysit the food in a pan over the stove. It's so fast, too.
🍍 3 ingredient recipe
Gotta love recipes that are fast, easy, AND only require 3 ingredients!
Pineapple - Use fresh pineapple and be sure to peel, core, and slice the pineapple. If you're in a pinch, you can use canned slices of pineapple, but the taste is definitely not the same as fresh.
Brown sugar - I prefer light brown sugar but you can use dark brown sugar if that's what you have.
Cinnamon - Mixed with the light brown sugar, ground cinnamon goes so well with the sweetness of the pineapple!
✅ Easy step-by-step instructions
Making air fryer pineapple is SO easy!
In a small bowl, whisk together the light brown sugar and the ground cinnamon.
Sprinkle and then rub in the cinnamon sugar mixture on both sides of all of the pineapple slices.
Place the pineapple slices into your air fryer basket or trays in a single layer. It's okay if the sides overlap a bit, but not too much. You may need to work in batches, and/or use a rack to accommodate more pineapple in each batch.
Air fry at 375°F for 7 minutes on each side, flipping with tongs halfway through.
❓ Recipe FAQs
Yes! Fresh pineapple that is newly peeled, cored, and sliced will have the best flavor. But if all you have is canned pineapple slices, you can definitely use them here.
Absolutely. Instead of light brown sugar, feel free to use granulated sugar or dark brown sugar. Just be aware that the final taste and caramelization will be different if you use either substitution.
Store leftover pineapple slices in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
🍽 How to serve air fryer pineapple
Air fried pineapple is a delicious snack or dessert on its own. But try serving it one of these ways for an enhanced dessert experience:
- Serve each slice on top of or alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
- Keep the sunshine vibes going by serving it with this Tropical Sorbet.
- Top Pineapple Bread with slices of air fried pineapple.
- To add some sweetness to your barbecue, serve slices with Grilled Pineapple Chicken.
- Or top your Teriyaki Turkey Burgers with air fryer pineapple slices.
🥘 Kitchen tools and equipment
To make pineapple in the air fryer, you just need a few basic kitchen tools:
You can use any standard size air fryer to make this recipe. I use my Ninja Foodi 10-quart Dual Zone Air Fryer, which I LOVE because it's so easy to clean and air fries quickly. But you can use any 6-quart or 8-quart basket-style air fryer or tray-style air fryer.
Tongs - Use a sturdy set of tongs to place the pineapple slices into the air fryer, and also to flip the slices over halfway through cooking.
Mixing bowl - You'll need a mixing bowl and a whisk to make the cinnamon sugar.
🥂 Best wine pairings for pineapple
Depending on how you decide to serve these sweet slices of pineapple, they generally pair well with an equally sweet Sauterne. Or, try an off-dry Riesling.
🍍 More recipes using pineapple
I love cooking and baking with pineapple!
If you're looking for main dishes using pineapple, try this recipe for Shrimp Pineapple Skewers or Pineapple Fried Rice with Chicken.
Pineapple also plays a delicious role in side dishes like Filipino Macaroni Salad, Mango Pineapple Salsa, and appetizers like Pineapple Pork Sliders.
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Air Fryer Pineapple
- 1 pineapple, peeled, cored, and sliced
- ¼ cup light brown sugar, packed
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar and the cinnamon.
- Coat the pineapple slices with the cinnamon sugar mixture.
- Working in batches so that you air fry the slices in single layers (they can overlap slightly, but do not stack them), air fry at 375°F for 7 minutes, flip the pineapple slices over, then air fry for another 7 minutes.
Nutrition information is a general estimate. Actual nutrition details may vary depending on the exact foods & brands you use to make this recipe. It does not take into account any substitutions, toppings, or optional ingredients.
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