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Air Fryer Pineapple Rings Recipe

These easy air fryer pineapple rings came about after I chatted with someone who said she grilled pineapple. Based on my experience, anything you can grill can be cooked in an air fryer.

plate of air fried pineapple rings

So that’s what I did, and I came out with a delicious treat that’s perfect for snack time or even dessert. My husband and I managed to eat an entire fresh pineapple. 

Yes, that’s right. Two of us ate a whole pineapple. It was super good all by itself, but with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, it turned into a yummy dessert 

It’s delicious for a special occasion or simply when you want a great sweet treat that’s also nutritious.

Pineapple Air Fryer Recipe

After the first time you make this, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner. It’s super easy to make, and the payoff is amazing!

So next time you want a yummy treat or a delicious dessert, give it a try. You’ll probably want to add this to your list of must-haves for special family dinners or your next get-together with friends.

Ingredients for Air Fryer Pineapple Rings

You don’t need much to have this delicious air fryer caramelized pineapple. 

In fact, you only need one ingredient:

  • Pineapple.
plate of freshly cut pineapple rings

Of course, as is the case with many of the things I make, you can add other ingredients to suit your tastebuds. 

Here are some things you can sprinkle on before putting the pineapple slices in the air fryer. These are all simple ingredients, some of them things you probably have in your pantry.

  • Brown sugar
  • Mixture of brown sugar and butter (melt butter in a small saucepan and then add the brown sugar)
  • Regular white sugar
  • Maple syrup
  • Cinnamon
  • Chili powder
  • Coconut sugar
  • Coconut flakes

White sugar will caramelize and make it sweeter. Or you can get a nice brown sugar caramel glaze for a richer, deeper flavor.

For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.

How to Make Air Fryer Pineapple Rings

This recipe requires minimal prep. Simply peel, core, and slice it. You can get a gadget for removing the outside skin and core.

You can also cut off the peeling with a sharp knife and use a pineapple corer for the tough middle section. Or you can carefully follow these instructions: How to Core a Pineapple.

Cut off the top of the pineapple and cut off the outer skin. Leaving the pineapple intact while getting the core out is a bit more of a challenge.

Another option is to find a grocery store that sells it already peeled and cored in the produce section. Publix often has whole cored and peeled pineapple on sale.

I sliced mine into rings, but you can cut it into smaller sections. In fact, next time I’ll probably make air fryer pineapple chunks for something a little different. 

Next, place pineapple in a single layer in the air fryer basket. For the best results, use parchment paper or a silicone liner that has holes punched in it to line the air fryer basket. 

pineapple rings on a silicone liner in the air fryer basket

This makes cleanup much easier. After cooking the pineapple, you can toss the parchment paper or stick the silicone liner in the dishwasher. So easy!

In fact, this is such an easy recipe all the way around. And if you know me, you know I’m all about doing things the easy way.

Set the air fryer on 400 degrees F and the cooking time on 12 minutes.

If you have a shake reminder on your air fryer, set it to flip the pineapple about halfway through the cooking cycle. If not, set a timer.

flipping the pineapple halfway through the cooking cycle

How to Serve Air Fryer Pineapple

You can put the pineapple chunks on wooden skewers before putting it in the air fryer basket and serve them as kabobs.

Serve this delicious pineapple when you need an easy dessert or for a tasty mid-afternoon snack. It’s also a delicious addition to any holiday table.

We like it plain, but it’s also good with a dollop of vanilla ice cream on top. 

hot air fried pineapple topped with vanilla ice cream

You can add other tropical fruit and create your own dessert combos. Don’t be afraid to try something that sounds good. It’s probably wonderful!

I haven’t made this air fryer pineapple recipe with canned pineapple, but I’m sure it’ll be good.

Just make sure you drain the pineapple and blot the excess moisture so you can get the nice, golden brown edges.

Whichever form of pineapple you choose to use—either fresh or canned, this is a delicious way to turn a ripe pineapple into a dessert that requires minimal effort.

What to Do with Leftover Air Fryer Pineapple

If you have leftovers, place them in an airtight container and refrigerate them. They’ll still be delicious for several days. 

You can either heat them up in your air fryer for about a minute or eat them cold. 

air fryer pineapple rings on a plate and in an air fryer basket

See this recipe shared at Full Plate Thursday and Weekend Potluck.

More Delicious Tasty Treats

Chocolate Chip Fluff Dip – Dip fruit or cookies in this delicious cloud of flavor to take your treats to a new level. Or you can top your air fried pineapple rings in it for an even more delicious desser. So yummy!

Homemade Salsa – Once you see how easy it is to make salsa you may never want to get store-bought salsa again!

Air Fryer Blueberry Muffins – If you like muffins, you’ll love the way they taste when you cook them in your air fryer!

Easy Chocolate Covered Pecans – Pecans coated in chocolate—such a delicious treat that’s so easy to make!

Mint Chocolate Brownies – Here is the perfect blend of warm chocolate with cool mint for a flavor sensation you can’t get enough of!

Chex Party Mix – Take a traditional recipe and tweak it a bit for this yummy gluten-free party mix that starts with one of your favorite cereals.

Yield: 6 servings

Easy Air Fryer Pineapple Rings Recipe

air fried pineapple rings

This easy air fryer pineapple rings recipe is perfect for those times when you need another side dish, something to add to your salad, or simply when you want a delicious treat!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 whole fresh pineapple

Instructions

  1. Peel and core the pineapple.
  2. Cut the pineapple into thin slices, about 1/2 inch thick.
  3. Place the pineapple in a single layer in the bottom of your air fryer basket. I used a silicone liner, but you can use parchment paper instead.
  4. Air fry the pineapple on 400˚ F for 12 minutes. Halfway through the cooking cycle, flip them to get the golden brown deliciousness on both sides.
  5. Serve alone, in a salad, as a side dish, or for dessert with a scoop of ice cream on top!

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 14Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 0mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 0gSugar 3gProtein 0g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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