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Easy Pineapple Stuffing Recipe

Up your side dish game with pineapple stuffing. It’s fruity, sweet, and versatile enough to accompany sweet and savory dishes. You have to try this one!

The great thing about pineapple stuffing is its versatility. Essentially, it’s a bread pudding, but the stuffing is more like a side dish than a dessert. That primarily has to do with not overdoing it on the sugar and, of course, the power of pineapple. Pineapple has this magical ability to work with anything from meat, vegetables, and herbs to desserts. Pineapple stuffing will become a favorite at your table, whether served alongside holiday feasts or weeknight dinners.

Pineapple Stuffing Recipe

Why You’ll Love Pineapple Stuffing

Great use of day-old bread – Who doesn’t like a recipe that helps clear the fridge or pantry? If you baked (or bought) cornbread or white bread the previous day and don’t know what to do with it, use it in pineapple stuffing.

Fruity tang – The sweet, fruity, bright, acidic tang of pineapple is present in every bite. In addition to being enjoyable, pineapple is an excellent palate cleanser.

Fragrant aroma – The pineapple, sugar, warm spices, and vanilla create a mouthwatering aroma that wafts from the oven.

Easy preparation – Combine the wet ingredients, fold in the bread and pineapple, bake, and you’re done! This recipe is very straightforward and won’t require you to dirty several dishes to prepare it. If that’s not a win, I don’t know what is.

Pineapple Stuffing Ingredients Notes

To make pineapple stuffing, you’ll need a few key ingredients:

  • Bread: Leftover cornbread is highly suggested because of the flavor it offers. Corn and pineapple play well together, plus the cornmeal-based quick bread is quite hearty, which works well here.
  • Pineapple: Canned is fine, but fresh is used in this recipe because it has so much more to offer in terms of flavor. With canned pineapple, you primarily get the sweetness of the fruit, whereas fresh pineapple is more nuanced.
  • Spices: Cinnamon and nutmeg warm up the flavor profile a bit. Furthermore, the spice duo enhances the aroma of the dish.
  • Sugar: This recipe calls for a combination of brown and granulated sugar. Brown sugar adds a more complex sweetness and moisture, while granulated contributes to the sweet, slightly crunchy top.
  • Eggs: They give the dish some rise, resulting in a light, fluffy center.
  • Coconut oil: The oil adds richness and flavor to pineapple stuffing and stays true to the tropical vibe.

Scroll down to the bottom for the printable recipe card with exact measurements and stuffing recipe instructions.

Pineapple Stuffing Ingredients

How To Make Pineapple Stuffing

  1. Cream the sugar and fat: Add both types of sugar to the coconut oil and use a rubber spatula to cream until smooth and lightly fluffy.
  2. Add the remaining wet ingredients: These include the eggs and vanilla extract. Once done, sprinkle in the spices and salt. They should go in at this stage so that they are evenly distributed. I noticed that if you add these ingredients later in the recipe, you could get pockets of spices or areas of stuffing where you can taste more salt.
  3. Toss in the pineapple and bread: Mix the pineapple and any of the fruit’s juices into the wet ingredients, so both are evenly distributed, then fold in the cubed bread. Ensure the bread is evenly coated.
  4. Bake: Transfer the stuffing mixture to a prepared baking dish (ensure it is spread evenly) and bake until golden brown and cooked through. You can test this by inserting a tester in the center. When it is done, the tester will come out clean.
  5. Cool: Leave pineapple stuffing to cool a bit before serving. Although tempting to serve piping hot, the flavors improve when you let the stuffing cool, plus the stuffing sets a bit, making it easier to serve.
Homemade Pineapple Stuffing

Variations, Substitutions, and Cooking Tips

Use canned pineapple – Canned pineapple can be used instead of fresh if desired.

Try Hawaiian sweet bread instead – Hawaiian sweet bread rolls can be used instead of cornbread or regular bread cubes.

Add chopped nuts – Try pecans, walnuts, or almonds for extra crunch.

Experiment with different spices – Ground ginger or cloves would work well.

Use butter – If you don’t have or don’t use coconut oil, feel free to use unsalted butter.

Storage and Freezer Tips

To store leftover pineapple stuffing, allow it to cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container. Refrigerate for 3-4 days. For more extended storage, pineapple stuffing can be frozen. Place cooled stuffing in a freezer-safe container or resealable bag, removing as much air as possible before sealing. Freeze for up to 3 months.

How To Reheat

To reheat refrigerated pineapple stuffing, preheat your oven to 325°F, transfer the stuffing to a baking dish, and cover it with foil. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until heated through. If reheating from frozen, increase the time to 25-30 minutes.

Pineapple Stuffing Recipe

Easy Pineapple Stuffing Recipe

Yield: 4-6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Up your side dish game with pineapple stuffing. It’s fruity, sweet, and versatile enough to accompany sweet and savory dishes. You have to try this one!


  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 ¼ cups crushed fresh pineapple with residual juices
  • 3 cups cubed leftover cornbread


    1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F and oil an 8x8 baking dish with a tablespoon of the coconut oil.
    2. Using a rubber spatula, cream the remaining 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and both types of sugar until smooth and creamy.
    3. Add the eggs one at a time and mix until well incorporated. Then, add the vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
    4. Add the crushed pineapple and juice to the oil, sugar, and egg mixture. Fold in the cubed cornbread.
    5. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish and bake for 45-50 minutes or until brown on top and a tester comes out clean when inserted in the center.
    6. Remove from the oven, set aside to cool for 5 minutes, then serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 476Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 838mgCarbohydrates: 67gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 10g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.

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