Cayenne-Fried Pineapple

Originally posted 3/21/19

Ingredients (Yield: 10-12 pieces)

1 fresh, ripe pineapple

A few tablespoons canola oil or another flavorless cooking oil

Salt, sugar, and cayenne, to taste


Step 1: Slice your pineapple into long spears. There are lots of tutorials for slicing up pineapple online, and I’m never really sure if I’m doing it right. I get between 10-12 strips per pineapple.

Step 2: Heat up enough oil over medium-high in the bottom of a pan to just cover the bottom.

Step 3: Lay your pineapple spears into the bottom of the pan on one side. Sprinkle with salt, sugar, and a little bit of a cayenne.

Step 4: Cook for ~4 minutes per side, or until a golden brown color starts to develop. As you flip, you can choose to sprinkle with more sugar, salt, and cayenne if you wish. I use a set of tongs to turn my pineapples, but a fork or spatula would work too.

Step 5: Remove your pineapples from the heat. These are great served hot, warm, or cold! Store in the fridge for up to one week. I like mine hot with a scoop of vanilla greek yogurt on top.

Minnesota-based grad student, future RD, educator, content creator, and mac and cheese expert! Natalie is currently a Masters of Public Health student and dietetic intern at the University of Minnesota, and is on-track to becoming a registered dietitian-nutritionist. She earned her bachelor's degree in Dietetics in 2019 from St. Catherine University.