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Air Fryer Pineapple

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Air fryer pineapple only takes 3 ingredients and it turns out caramelized and delicious. It tastes like grilled pineapple, only better.

Chunk of air fried pineapple coated in butter and brown sugar on fork, ready to eat.

This easy air fryer pineapple recipe takes only a few simple ingredients to make. The brown sugar coated pineapple is perfect on its own as a side dish or healthy dessert.

You can serve it on top of pancakes, waffles or ice cream for an extra special treat. Or just sit down with a bowl and dig in!

Fresh pineapple, butter and brown sugar ready to be made into air fried pineapple.

The best part is it takes under 30 minutes to make. Just cut a fresh pineapple, toss it with a little melted butter and brown sugar and pop it in the air fryer.

The warm caramelly fruit is full of flavor, the pineapple is concentrated a bit in the same way roasting bring out the flavor of fruits and vegetables. It is super versatile and can be served as a snack, side dish or dessert.

Easy Substitutions and Additions

Use a couple of Tablespoons of maple syrup instead of brown sugar of you want to omit the refined sugar. The maple will add both sweetness and depth of flavor.

You can add cinnamon and/or vanilla if you would like. The pineapple is delicious either way, so flavor it according to your flavor preferences or baed on how you intend to serve it.

Fresh pineapple will yield the best texture and flavor, but you can try using canned pineapple rings or chunks. Pat them dry with a paper towel before coating them for the best results.

Tips and Tricks

Aur fryers are all a bit different, so watch the pineapple the first time you make it. Adjust the cook time as necessary to get it to your desired level of done.

The good thing is, there is a wide range of “doneness” that will taste good. For a more tender-crisp fruit, cook less. For a more caramelized soft result, add a few minutes to the cook time.

Bowl of glossy butter and brown sugar coated pineapple that has been cooked in an air fryer.

I used a basket style air fryer to test the recipe. With basket fryers, you will want to stop and shake the basket once or twice during the cook time to ensure even cooking.

It will also work in a toaster oven style air fryer. So use whatever you have.

How do you know a pineapple is ripe?

A ripe pineapple should have a firm shell but have a bit of give when you squeeze it. It should have a slight fruity and sweet smell.

Will a pineapple ripen on the counter?

Yes! If your pineapple is still hard and doesn’t smell sweet, leave it on the counter for a couple of days to ripen.

Storing Leftovers

Store leftover pineapple in an airtight container in the refrigerator for two to three days. You can warm up the leftovers in the microwave or put them back in the air fryer for a couple of minutes.

While technically it is safe to freeze the leftovers, I wouldn’t suggest it. The texture will change, so just eat it all now!

More Great Pineapple Recipes

Fresh pineapple casserole takes the king of fruit, butter crackers and cheddar cheese and turns them into something amazing. It is both sweet and savory and is a perfect side dish to go with a holiday ham.

Margie’s chicken salad is the perfect mix of sweet and savory, creamy and crunchy. The addition of fruit and the simple dressing bring it all together to make a versatile and delicious sandwich filling, cracker topper and more.

Cherry pineapple Jello salad is sure to be a hit with your family. It is a simple make ahead side dish or simple dessert that is festive for a holiday or fun for a BBQ.   

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Yield: 6 Servings

Air Fryer Pineapple

Chunk of air fried pineapple coated in butter and brown sugar on fork, ready to eat.

Air fryer pineapple is caramelized and delicious. It tastes like grilled pineapple, only better.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 fresh pineapple
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar


  1. Cut skin and core off pineapple and cut into bite sized chunks.
  2. Stir together brown sugar and melted butter. Add pineapple and toss to coat.
  3. Place pineapple in air fryer and cook at 375°F for 10-15 minutes. Be sure to shake halfway through if using a basket style air fryer.


Feel free to add a dash of vanilla or sprinkling of cinnamon to the butter and brown sugar mixture if desired.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 62Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 32mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 0g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Air fryer pineapple is caramelized and delicious. It tastes like grilled pineapple, only better.

Thanks for sharing!

Sandy ReesSandy

Wednesday 22nd of February 2023

Looks so good. Must try


Wednesday 22nd of February 2023

It really is very tasty! I have a pineapple now, I'm thinking about making more tonight.


Thursday 19th of May 2022

I love that I can use maple syrup. Bet this is really good


Thursday 19th of May 2022

You'll love it for sure!

Andrea Nine

Thursday 19th of May 2022

Why have I never thought of this before! Butter, brown sugar and pineapple are some of my favorite things that I will often do it in a skillet but the air fryer, total game changer!


Thursday 19th of May 2022

I hope you give it a try and love it!

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