This pickled pineapple has a hint of spice from sliced jalapeños and is the perfect sandwich and salad topper with it’s tangy sweet bite.

In case you haven’t heard, it’s like beyond cold in the Northeast lately.

We decided to run our wood stove out the other day because the alternative required restocking the wood pile about 50 feet from the house and in these temps neither of us wanted to do that.

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The result, however, was a boiler that literally ran non-stop the entire day.

Pretty sure we went through about 20 gallons of oil in one day.

So, while it’s so ridiculously cold the dog won’t even go outside in the morning (after holding it for over 12 hours), instead of complaining like everyone else (like I really want to) about the insanity of this winter, we took off for a mini-vacation in Vermont deciding to embrace the cold by snowmobiling and skiing for a few days.

The funny thing is, when you’re wearing 10 layers and have lovely heated hand grips and the engine exhaust blasting on your feet (which have 3 socks on them) driving through the picturesque forest from ski resort to ski resort, the cold actually isn’t so bad despire the car saying it was -9 degrees outside.

Until you need to pee and your exposed ass almost freezes off in the process that is.

You’re welcome for that visual.

Pickled Pineapple is a great tangy addition to salads or sandwiches and so easy to make at home!

All that being said, I’m very much looking forward to the Dominican Republic in 8 days and shedding about 9 of those layers for its warm temps, beaches, water and..tropical fruit.

Like pineapple.

A quick jaunt into BJs the other day resulted in a pineapple purchase because Ulysses is king of not knowing what fruit is actually in season and will buy things like pineapple in February.

Usually this drives me crazy (like when watermelon that tastes like nothing but water and tomatoes that are so mealy and tasteless I can’t even swallow them end up in my kitchen) but, this time I decided to give him half and do something that I’ve been thinking about for awhile now with the other half.

Pickle it.

While given the time of year it would’ve been more appropriate to pickle cranberries, I can’t say I was too upset about this momentary reprieve from the seasonal cold.

I love all the pickled things. Fruits, vegetables, all of it!

A while back I wrote about how to ferment vegetables and since that time, I’ve made things like simple homemade pickles and pickled garlic scapes.

Jalapeno Pickled Pineapple is simple to make using rice vinegar and a few other simple ingredients.

I’ve never tasted anything pickled I didn’t like.

In my book, anything soaked in vinegar is bound to be delicious.

As the person who used to drink the balsamic salad dressing out of the bottom of the bowl as a kid, the more tangy, the better.

Pickled Pineapple

Pineapple might actually be one of my most favorite pickled ingredients ever.

The play between the sweetness of the pineapple and the tart tang of the Nakano citrus seasoned vinegar is just awesome.

I chose the citrus seasoned rice vinegar for this pickle because I love how it goes with the spiciness of the jalapeño and the fresh cilantro.

It’s the perfect vinegar for the job.

Honestly, I could just eat these straight out of the jar (I suggest a wide mouth mason jar for this or something like the jar shown if you have it) as a snack but they also make an incredible addition to any salad or sandwich.

I highly suggest making these and then making these pickled pineapple BBQ pork sandwiches with the pickled pineapple.

They’re also great as a taco topping. Try some finely chopped on these lamb tacos!

And then maybe some tepache to go with it for the full pineapple experience!

That said, if you don’t have citrus rice vinegar on hand, I’d recommend the following substitution:

  • white vinegar
  • a couple tablespoons of fresh citrus juice

More recipes for the pickled food lover:
Pickled blueberry panzanella salad
Balsamic Pickled Shiitake Crostini
Pickled Fennel Citrus Salad

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Spicy Pickled Pineapple

Servings: 8 servings
Prep: 20 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
This pickled pineapple has a hint of spice from sliced jalapenos and is the perfect sandwich and salad topper with it’s tangy sweet bite.


  • 1/2 pineapple cut into half circles
  • 1 1/2 cup Nakano citrus seasoned rice vinegar, or regular rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 large jalapeno, sliced into circles
  • 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro


  • Place the vinegar, sugar, jalapeno, salt and lime juice in a small sauce pot. Bring to a simmer stir until sugar dissolves, remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
  • Place the pineapple and cilantro into a large jar.
  • Pour the vinegar mixture over the pineapple, it should just cover the top slice.
  • Seal and refrigerate at least 1 day before eating.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Pineapple will become more tangy with time.


Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 31kcalCarbohydrates: 7gSodium: 204mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: American

More recipes using Nakano vinegar:
Cilantro mango wild rice salad
Sea salt and vinegar beet chips
Grilled scallop citrus ceviche
Spicy rosemary tomato peach chutney
Turkey and sage stuffed apples
Brussels sprouts pumpkin and apple hash
Winter chopped kale salad
Beef and mushroom bolognese
Citrus braised lamb shanks with green harissa

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  1. I’m thinking of making this — thank you for the good and clear instructions — but just one worry. Won’t the cilantro get extra-slimy when kept wet in the mixture in the refrigerator? It seems to decompose with ease.

    1. Depends how long you leave it for. If more than 3-4 days, I’d probably remove it from the mixture. Honestly, we eat this so quickly it never lasts that long!

  2. I just had to comment to send you a few laughs 😂😂😂😂 your humor sold me on this recipe. Exposed ass 😂😂😂I can relate! Thanks

  3. I unfortunately have the ability to taste soap with my Cilantro. I soooo want to make this, and was wondering of you would suggest a substitute for it. This not only looks amazing to me, it sounds amazing !

    1. Oh man, I’m sorry you’ve been cursed with that! ;) Mint is a great replacement!

  4. Have leftover coconut vinegar in have been looking for a recipe to use. Think this is the one! Will try this weekend. Shared the idea with my foodie friends…every one is liking this!

  5. The recipe sounds amazing! I’m just wondering if there’s a shelf stable way to preserve it rather than storing in the fridge?

    1. You’d have to can it after fermenting and having not canned or preserved things before, I really can’t speak to the process.

  6. I’d like to try this, but my partner and I both hate cilantro. Would you suggest substituting for something (maybe mint?) or just omit it? I feel like mint would go just fine with the pineapple, but I’m not sure how it would play with the jalapeno. Thoughts?

  7. Hi Mam,

    Do I have to use the kale jalapeño? Can I substitute that with some regular chili. I like my kids to taste it too

  8. I can’t find the citrus seasoned vinegar in my area and Amazon seems to have every variety of Nakano but that one. Is there something I can do to regular rice vinegar to make it work?

    1. Regular rice vinegar will work just as well! If you can find the mango flavored one, that’s also a good option.