15 Sweet and Savory Ways to Use Canned Pineapple
Sunshine in a can — that's what we're calling canned pineapple in all its forms, from rings to chunks, tidbits to crushed pineapple. While you might think of upside down cake or ambrosia salad (both included here), canned pineapple is actually fantastic in so many savory dishes. Thai-style curries, fried rice, and Caribbean-style chicken all benefit from this sweet fruit. Back to baking, canned pineapple keeps quick breads, cakes, and muffins so moist and tender. And don't forget to save the juices from the can for cocktails, fruit salad, or a sweet glaze.
Carrot Pineapple Cake
Who knew that the one thing carrot cake was missing was pineapple? A can of the crushed fruit makes this cake even more moist and delicious. "Absolutely scrumptious!" says reviewer Deitrich81.
Pineapple Pretzel Salad
This potluck classic isn't really a salad, and that's pretty much why we love it. A pretzel crust is topped in a baking dish with whipped topping and crushed pineapple. Salty, crunchy, creamy, tangy... this dessert has it all.
Hawaiian-Style Sausage and Rice
Make this flavor-packed dish early in the week and you'll thank yourself all week long. Smoked sausage cooks together with pineapple, tomatoes, bell pepper, and a touch of brown sugar.
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Thai Pineapple Chicken Curry
Recipe creator NellyDesign wanted to recreate a favorite dish from a local Thai restaurant — we're pretty sure this nails it. The pineapple is the perfect sweet, tangy, juicy compliment to the red curry and coconut milk.
Tres Leches Piña Colada Cake
Milk, coconut milk, and heavy cream make up the three forms of dairy in this tropical spin on tres leches cake. Stir crushed pineapple right into the cake batter before baking, then top off with toasted coconut.
Caribbean Chicken with Pineapple-Cilantro Rice
Feel the island vibes any night of the week with this Caribbean-inspired dish. Spice-rubbed chicken thighs are served with a pineapple- and cilantro-flecked rice — a fun twist on a budget-friendly dinner.
A buttery streusel bakes on top of crushed pineapple in this easy dessert. The only thing missing is a dollop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on top. "The whole family loved it!" says user KTLadybug.
Simple Piña Colada Muffins
No, these adorable muffins aren't made with alcohol. Instead, canned pineapple chunks, shredded coconut, and rum-flavored extract give them a fantastic tiki-inspired flavor.
Pineapple Fried Quinoa
Quick Hawaiian Haystacks
Haystacks traditionally start with rice as a base, then pile on the fun toppings. While this kid-approved version didn't originate in Hawaii, it includes island ingredients like pineapple and coconut.
Hawaiian Banana Nut Bread
Take banana bread, turn the volume way up, and you'll get this irresistible quick bread. It's loaded with crushed pineapple, walnuts, coconut, and maraschino cherries. "Absolutely wonderful," says user Special K.
This southern specialty is the kind of mile-high slice of heaven everyone will love. The banana, pineapple, and walnut cake is layered with tangy cream cheese frosting. "Red velvet, move over," says reviewer Teri Marino.
Island-Style Fried Rice
Hawaiian natives would approve of this local favorite, including beloved ingredients like sweet pineapple, Spam, and Chinese sausage. "This dish was the hit of the Luau party," says user Denise.
Sarah's Ambrosia Fruit Salad
Ambrosia salad is one of passed-down-through-generations salads that never goes out of style. This version keeps it classic with pineapple tidbits, mandarin oranges, and mini marshmallows.