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Spicy Pickled Pineapple

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.

Spicy Pickled Pineapple

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

Spicy Pickled Pineapple

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.
4.4 from 77 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings


  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1SERVING | Calories: 31kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Sodium: 204mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

Cuisine American
Course Side Dishes
Keyword pickled pineapple, spicy pickled pineapple

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

Gina Matsoukas is the writer, founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients as much as possible. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

Recipe Rating


Wednesday 21st of December 2022

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

Jairis Jackson

Wednesday 4th of May 2022

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 !


Friday 2nd of September 2022

@Jairis Jackson,

You can substitute parsley for it.

Gina Matsoukas

Wednesday 4th of May 2022

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


Tuesday 10th of August 2021

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!


Wednesday 14th of April 2021

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

Gina Matsoukas

Thursday 15th of April 2021

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


Friday 26th of February 2021

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?

Gina Matsoukas

Friday 26th of February 2021

I think mint would be great!