Are you ready for the easiest, tastiest, most tropical recipe ever?! It’s amazing. And so simple I shouldn’t even call it a recipe. But I will. Because this is my website and I make the rules.
Here it is: cut up a pineapple. Throw it in the air fryer at 135 degrees for 7.5 hours. Repeat until all your pineapple is dehydrated and chewy and delicious.
I know, I’m basically Melissa Clark.
But seriously, this is an amazing snack for the coming hottest months of the year. And while I ADORE fresh pineapple, sometimes I really want something chewy and more intensely flavored. Dehydrating the pineapple really amps up the flavor and makes it the perfect beach or hike snack.
Even though this is the easiest recipe ever, I do have a couple tips:
- When slicing the whole pineapple into rings, cut the slices pretty thick. Like, 5 or 6 big rings per pineapple. That makes the whole process easier and helps you slice the individual chunks into thinner, more easily-dehydratable slices.
- I don’t own a pineapple corer (shameful for someone who lives in Hawai’i, I know), so I just slice off the rind, make a straight cut on either side of the core, then cut cubes off the ends. I prefer a minimalist kitchen. But if you have a corer and want your dehydrated pineapple to be even prettier, I support you 100%.
- Feel free to set a batch to dehydrate overnight, even if you need to start it in the later afternoon or early evening. They hold up fine in a turned-off air fryer for an extra couple hours.
- I store my dehydrated pineapple in the refrigerator, because I’m not sure how long dehydrated pineapple lasts at room temp. But I’m almost 100% sure it will last at room temp as long as it would be able to last around snackers, which is about 3 days based on my sample house of 1.
I hope you enjoy!
Air Fryer Dehydrated Pineapple
Ingredient: Fresh pineapple, whole
- Lay the pineapple on its side, slice off the ends, and slice into thick rings.
- Cut the rinds off the rings until you have polygons.
- Take a polygon slice and cut straight down on either side of the core.
- Slice off cubes around the core on the remaining strip.
- Take each polygon or cube and slice thin (from the rind side in).
- Put all slices in a container. Refrigerate while waiting to be dehydrated.
- Preheat air fryer to 135 degrees.
- Lay as many slices as can fit in one layer of the air fryer.
- Dehydrate for 7 – 7.5 hours.
- Store in a separate container in the refrigerator.
- Repeat with remaining slices until you get through the whole pineapple!
It took me about 2 days of constant rotating in of fresh pineapple slices and out of dehydrated slices, so it’s a little bit time-intensive, even if not labor-intensive. And of course, it was all eaten within a week of the last slice coming out of the air fryer. (I may have eaten many slices when I was supposed to be “storing” them…) These make great working-from-home snacks, excellent chewy toppings for granola, perfectly grabby hiking and beach eats, and delicious desserts for those trying to cut out processed sugar. (I applaud you and cannot aspire to your level.) Go forth and dehydrate!