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Air Fryer Pineapple – A Perfectly Sweet Air Fryer Treat!

If you love the sweet and sticky flavours of caramelised pineapple but don’t want to fry it, using an air fryer is the way to go.

The air fryer heat helps create a delicious, crisp exterior while keeping the inside soft and juicy.

This easy air fryer pineapple recipe takes less than 15 minutes and is the perfect tasty side dish or sweet snack.

air fried pineapple chunks in a bowl next to an air fryer

What You Need

The ingredients listed below are enough for about two servings. Feel free to scale up or down accordingly.

For more concise instructions and to print out the recipe card, please head to the bottom of the post.

  • 425g tin of pineapple chunks (drained if using canned) or fresh pineapple, skin removed and cut into chunks
  • 2 tbsp. butter (melted)
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Air fryer
ingredients for air fryer pineapple

Making It

Drain the pineapple chunks if using canned. If using fresh, peel, core, and chop into chunks.

Then, add the melted butter, cinnamon, and maple syrup to a bowl and mix together.

maple syrup butter and cinnamon

Pour the butter mixture over the chopped pineapple, ensuring all the chunks are covered.

pineapple butter maple syrup and cinnamon in a bowl

Transfer the pineapple chunks to the air fryer basket. They can be close together, but try not to overfill the basket, or they won’t caramelise as much.

pineapple chunks in air fryer basket

Set the air fryer off at 190°C/380°F and air fry for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the edges of the pineapple chunks start to brown and change colour.

air fryer pineapple chunks

Tips For Making Air Fryer Pineapple Chunks

  • If you are using canned pineapple, drain it first.
  • If you are using a fresh pineapple, cut it into even-sized chunks for consistent cooking.
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket, or the pineapple won’t get crispy.
  • Shake the air fryer basket halfway through for even browning.
  • You might need to adjust the cooking time as needed for your particular air fryer model.

Can I Use Something Else Instead Of Maple Syrup?

Here are some alternative sweeteners you could use instead of maple syrup in this air fryer pineapple recipe:

Honey: With its sweet flavour, honey makes a great maple syrup substitute. Use the same amount of honey as you would maple syrup.
Agave nectar: This liquid sweetener has a mild flavour that won’t overpower the pineapple. Use 2 tbsp agave nectar in place of the maple syrup.
Fruit juice: Pineapple, orange, apple, or other fruit juices will provide sweetness. Use 2 tablespoons of juice in place of the maple syrup. If you are using canned pineapple chunks in juice, you can use that.

I’d recommend adjusting the amount of alternative sweetener to taste depending on how sweet you want it to be.

air fried pineapple chunks on a plate next to air fryer

What To Serve With Air-Fried Pineapple Chunks

Air fryer pineapple chunks can be served as a side, snack, or topping for cakes, yoghurt, or ice cream.

More Air Fryer Recipes

If you’re looking for more air fryer sweet treat inspiration, check out some of the following:

I hope you enjoyed this air fryer pineapple recipe. Let me know in the comments if you end up making it!

air fryer pineapple

Air Fryer Pineapple

Yield: 2 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

Pineapple cooked in an air fryer is quick and easy to prepare and tastes amazing - soak it in some maple syrup, melted butter and cinnamon and you'll soon be enjoying some yummy air fryer pineapple chunks!


  • 425g tin pineapple chunks*
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  1. If you are using a fresh pineapple, remove the skin and chop the pineapple up into even sized chunks.
  2. Mix the melted butter, maple syrup and cinnamon together.
  3. Pour the above mixture over the pineapple chunks ensuring they are all covered.
  4. Transfer the pineapple chunks to the air fryer basket.
  5. Set the air fryer off on 190°C/380°F and air fryer for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the edges of the pineapple chunks start to brown and change colour.


*you can also use fresh pineapple.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 285Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 96mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 2gSugar: 43gProtein: 1g

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