Here is a collection of Hawaii’s most popular and unique pineapple recipes. Passed from friend to friend these are the recipes created by local families using the Island’s most popular fruit. Gone is the reconception that pineapple is only for garnishing ham or pizza – these recipes show that the pineapple is more than versatile – it makes cooking fun again. Let the flavors and your imagination soar; pineapple is refreshing, juicy, tart, and when combined with other ingredients, turns an ordinary meal into a memorable one.

The pineapple was likely introduced by Spanish sailors in the sixteenth century. Hawaiians called it hala kahiki—hala after the prickly fruit of the hala tree; kahiki meaning “foreign country.”

In 1882, the “Father of the Pineapple,” James Kidwell, began experimenting with several varieties. In 1901, James Dole formed the Hawaiian Pineapple Company. By 1950, more than half of the world’s pineapple came from Hawaii.

While pineapple export is no longer a major business in the Aloha State, this honorary native of Hawaii has left a strong mark on local cuisine and will forever be thought of as a symbol of Hawaii.

So go on, spice up special gatherings with frosty pineapple margaritas and homemade pineapple sorbet. Impress your friends with a pineapple-mango salsa or curried-pineapple turkey salad. 

All of these recipes have an island flavor, and many are so easy to make, even the busiest person can throw them together.

Rediscover the juicy taste of pineapple and see the many ways it can liven your everyday meals. Create exciitng salsas and chutneys as well as varieties of sweet and sour sauces; discover how delicious a pairing pineapple and fish make and cool off with a wide variety of tropical drinks.

Whether you like pineapples or just plain love them, these recipes will liven your senses and make cooking fun again.


Thirst Quenchers • Non-Alcoholic

Simply Pineapple Punch

Hawaiian Sunrise

Tropical Fruit Punch

Pineapple Cooler

Pineapple Ice Cream Shake

Hawaiian Fruit Punch

Pinapple Berry Yogurt Shake

Soft Piña Colada

Hot Wassail

Thirst Quenchers • Non-Alcoholic

Blue Hawaii

Piña Colada

Hawaiian Wine Cooler

Sangria Fruit Punch

Frosty Pineapple Margarita

Pineapple Punch

Simple Syrup

Simple Sweet and Sour Mix

Sweet and Sour Margarita Mix

Salads & Dips

Pineapple Honeydew Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

Classic Lime Pineapple Mold

Tropical Mixed Fruit Salad

Pineapple Cabbage Salad

Warm Pineapple Spinach Salad

Pineapple Carrot Salad

Poppyseed Dressing

Pineapple Slaw with Feta Cheese

Pineapple Chicken Salad

Curried Pineapple Turkey Salad

Pineapple Crab Salad

Southern Pineapple Bean Salad

Savory Pineapple Dip

Hot Pineapple Dipping Sauce


Roasted Pineapple Mango Salad

Simple Pineapple Mango Salsa

Totally Tropical Fruit Salsa

Pineapple Grapefruit Salsa

Confetti Pineapple Salsa

Pineapple Ginger Salsa

Sweet, Sour and Savory

Tropical Sweet and Sour Marinade

Basic Sweet and Sour Sauces

Basic Sweet and Sour Pineapple Sauce

Basic Sweet and Sour Pineapple Sauce (Take 2)

Basic Sweet and Sour Pineapple Sauce (Take 3)

Vietnamese Sweet and Sour Sauce

Sweet & Sour Dipping Sauces

Cold Sweet and Sour Soup

Sooo Simple Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken Kebabs

Sweet and Sour ‘Ahi Tuna

Sweet and Sour Tofu Stir-Fry

Sweet and Sour Shrimp

Sweet and Sour Pork

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Simply Savory

Sesame Chicken in Pineapple Sauce

Crunchy Pineapple Chicken

Curried Pineapple-Mango Chicken

Pineapple-Honey Mustard-Glazed Pork Chops

Hot and Spicy Pineapple Pork

Slow-Cooking Pepper Pineapple Turkey Stew

Grill Pineapple-Glazed Beef Short Ribs

Beef Kebabs with a Tropical Flair

Pineapple Raisin Pot Roast

Honey Lamb Kebabs

Simply Salmon and Pineapple Papaya Salsa

Cashew Tofu

On the Side

Pineapple-Cranberry Relish

Whipped Pineapple Yams

Pineapple Pecan Stuffing

Pineapple-Mint Tabbouleh

Crock-Pot Pineapple Cornbread Stuffing

Pineapple Fried Rice

Coconut Thai Rice

Curried Pineapple Rice

Apricot-Pineapple Couscous

Tropical Mixed Beans


Candied Pineapple and Ginger

Chocolat Tropical Fruit Fondue

Slow-Baking Chewy Pineapple Cookies

Pineapple Meringue Surprise Kisses

Pineapple Cake

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Grace’s Baked Pineapple Cheesecake

Pineapple Cheesecake with Pineapple Mango Sauce

Ambrosia Cobler

Pineapple Rhubarb Cobbler

Pineapple Cherry Cream Cheese Pie

Pineapple Bread Pudding

Rum-Grilled Pineapple A lá Mode

Pineapple Haupia

Microwave Tapioca Pudding with Pineapple Jam Sauce