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Fryer Pineapple (Easy Caramelized Recipe): A Sweet and Simple Treat

I’ve included some videos below for those who prefer to watch rather than read. If you’re looking for a simple yet delicious way to enjoy pineapple, you’re in for a treat.

Using an air fryer to caramelize pineapple is a game-changer. It’s quick, easy, and yields perfectly golden slices that taste just like they’re fresh off the grill.

Whether you’re preparing a sweet side dish or a mouthwatering dessert, caramelized pineapple pairs well with everything. The combination of melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon elevates the natural sweetness of the fruit, creating an irresistible treat. Plus, it only takes a few minutes in the air fryer to achieve that perfect caramelization.

So, if you love pineapple and want to try something new, get your air fryer ready and let’s dive into this fantastic recipe. Your taste buds will thank you!

Exact Ingredients (Plus Possible Substitutes)

Here’s what you’ll need to make delicious caramelized pineapple in your air fryer:

Main Ingredients:

  • Pineapple: Fresh is best! Cut into bite-sized pieces or slices.

Sugar Mix (Choose One):

  • Brown Sugar: Adds a rich caramel flavor.
    • Substitute: Coconut sugar or granulated sugar if preferred.
  • Maple Syrup: For a natural sweetness.
    • Substitute: Honey or agave syrup.


  • Cinnamon: Gives a warm, spicy touch.
    • Substitute: Nutmeg or allspice.

Optional Extras:

  • Melted Butter: Helps the sugar stick and caramelize.
    • Substitute: Coconut oil or a butter-flavored alternative.
  • Non-Stick Spray: To prepare the air fryer basket.
    • Substitute: Rub a thin layer of oil instead.

Preparation Tips:

  • Non-Stick Foil: Line your air fryer tray for easy cleanup.
  • Tossing Method: Mix pineapple with sugar and spices in a bowl to coat evenly.

Always ensure the pineapple is in a single layer in your air fryer for even cooking. Enjoy your sweet and caramelized treat!



  • 1 pineapple
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat Air Fryer
    Start by preheating your air fryer to 380°F (190°C).

  2. Prepare Pineapple
    Cut the pineapple into bite-sized pieces. Place them in a large bowl.

  3. Mix Sugar Coating
    In a small bowl, combine the melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Stir until the mixture has a sandy texture.

  4. Coat Pineapple
    Pour the sugar mixture over the pineapple pieces. Gently toss them until they are well-coated.

  5. Arrange in Air Fryer
    Place the pineapple pieces in a single layer in the air fryer basket. This helps them cook evenly.

  6. Cooking
    Cook for 12-15 minutes. Flip the pineapple halfway through to ensure even caramelization.

Enjoy your delicious caramelized pineapple once they are golden and slightly browned!

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Tip 1: Use ripe pineapple for the best results. It will be sweeter and caramelize more beautifully.

Tip 2: Preheat your air fryer. This helps ensure even cooking and better caramelization. Set it to around 380-390 degrees Fahrenheit.

Tip 3: Arrange the pineapple in a single layer. Overlapping pieces can lead to uneven cooking.

Trick: To add a twist to your caramelized pineapples, try sprinkling coconut sugar or using maple syrup instead of brown sugar.

Storage: Once the pineapple is cool, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh for up to 3 days.

Reheating: For best results, warm the pineapples in the air fryer for a few minutes. This helps maintain their caramelized texture.

  • Don’t let the pineapples sit in the air fryer after cooking as this can cause them to overcook.
  • Always monitor the pineapple while cooking to prevent burning.

Follow these tips and tricks to enjoy perfectly caramelized air fryer pineapple every time!

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions


  • Maple Syrup: Swap brown sugar for a tablespoon of maple syrup.
  • Coconut Sugar: Use coconut sugar for a different sweetness.
  • Spices: Add a pinch of nutmeg or allspice for extra flavor.
  • Honey: Drizzle honey instead of using brown sugar.

Serving Suggestions

  • Ice Cream: Serve caramelized pineapple with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  • Yogurt: Top Greek yogurt with the pineapple pieces.
  • Pancakes: Add on top of pancakes for a tropical twist.
  • Cottage Cheese: Mix caramelized pineapple into cottage cheese for a light snack.


  • Keep an eye on the pineapple: Ensure it doesn’t burn.
  • Single layer: Arrange pineapple in a single layer for even cooking.
  • Flip halfway: Flip the pineapple halfway through cooking for best results.
Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.