The Best Pineapple Casserole [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Pineapple Casserole is a classic Southern casserole made with sugar, pineapple, cheese, and butter Ritz crackers. A sweet and savory side dish, that is always a huge hit. Check out the full recipe video below. 

This is the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving. You can also try our Instant Pot Ham, Scalloped Potatoes, and Corn Casserole.

Pineapple Casserole Recipe

Homemade Pineapple Casserole

Pineapple Casserole is such an unusual and delicious dish that I totally fell in love with after the first bite. If you like pineapple in savory recipes, you have to try this very easy vegetarian casserole. Sweet canned pineapple chunks are mixed with a bit of flour, sugar and lots of cheddar cheese.

Then, the mixture is topped with crushed Ritz crackers that have been mixed with melted butter. The end result is nothing short from amazing. Also, the sharp cheddar cheese compliments the juicy and sweet pineapple. Similarly, the brown sugar adds a deep caramel underdone, and the top gets buttery and crunchy.

My secret to making this easy casserole is to add a few simple ingredients that will take it up a notch. In addition, adding brown sugar works really well, as it caramelizes and it compliments the pineapple flavor. In addition, if you want to go all fancy, you can add just a little freshly grated nutmeg.

I like to add an extra layer of cheese, so there is cheese mixed with the pineapple, but also there is another top layer of cheese, on which the cracker crumb rest. Similarly, having that extra layer makes an outstanding casserole as the crackers baked into the melted cheese and create a cheesy, crunchy top that its impossible to resist. Adding more cracker topping is always a good idea as well.

Pineapple Casserole Recipe

What you need to make Pineapple Casserole:

What cheese should be used to make Pineapple Casserole?

The classic recipe is made with cheddar cheese, which I usually don’t substitute. However, if you would like to use something else, some great choices would be Tillamook, Longhorn, Double Glouster, Colby cheese. Also, you can even go for an agenda Gouda cheese.

Pineapple Casserole

How to store the Pineapple Casserole?

I like to wrap it in plastic wrap or to just cover it with foil and refrigerate. In addition, the casserole should only be kept at room temperature when served. It can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. Similarly, it can be served warm or cold, based on taste preference.

To reheat it, you can cover it with foil and put it in a hot oven for about 10 minutes. Also, you can microwave it in a microwave-safe bowl. I do not recommend freezing this casserole.

What do I serve the Pineapple Casserole with?

The casserole can be served on its own or as a side dish, I like to serve it alongside:

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The Best Pineapple Casserole Recipe
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 people
Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes Total time: 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup  white granulated sugar 
  • 1/3 cup  brown sugar  (packed)
  • 6 tablespoons  all-purpose flour 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  grated nutmeg  (optional)
  • 3 cups  sharp cheddar  (grated and divided)
  • 2 cans  (20 oz each) pineapple chunks  (drained)
  • 6 tablespoons  pineapple juice  (reserved from the can)
  • 1 1/2 cups  cracker crumbs  (I used Ritz crackers)
  • 8 tablespoons  (1 stick) unsalted butter  (melted)
  • 1 tablespoon  unsalted butter  (for greasing the pan)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Use the 1 tablespoon of butter to grease a medium-size casserole dish. My casserole dish is 12.25 x 2.5-inches.

  3. In a large bowl, stir together the white sugar, brown sugar, flour and nutmeg is using. Gradually stir in 2 cups of cheddar cheese.
  4. Add the well drained pineapple chunks, reserved pineapple juice and stir until well combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole dish.
  5. Top with the remaining 1 cup of grated cheddar cheese.
  6. In a medium bowl, combine cracker crumbs with melted butter, until well blended. Spread the crumb mixture on top of the casserole.
  7. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.
0 Calories: 512 Carbohydrates: 54 Protein: 13 Fat: 28 Saturated Fat: 16 Cholesterol: 74 Sodium: 369 Potassium: 276 Fiber: 2 Sugar: 39 Vitamin A: 860 Vitamin C: 14.4 Calcium: 370 Iron: 1.9
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Amber Myers

I haven't had this before, but now I'm intrigued. I just LOVE pineapples, so I'm sure I'd enjoy it. Must try!

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Stacie

AHHH! That looks amazing! I've never even heard of pineapple casserole, but I have to make it now! Om nom nom.

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Ricci

I have never heard of pineapple casserole before but it sounds amazing and I love pineapple so I will have to try this soon! It's perfect for summer!!

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Sarah Bailey

I have to admit I would never have thought of making a pineapple casserole! It sounds absolutely delicious though! I must try it.

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Dorothy at Shockinglydelish

I had this at a party once and never had the recipe! Can't wait to reintroduce myself to this !

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I Heart Naptime

What a cool combination! Savory and sweet :)

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Pam

I love pineapple casserole! I make it for pretty much every family holiday gathering that we have.

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Heather

I'd have to taste it to believe it. I just can't imagine combining cheese and pineapple, but it does look good.

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Lisa Favre

I never thought this could be a thing but you totally make it work! The ingredients are all tasty on their own but I could totally see how they would make a great casserole when combined.

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Leigh Anne Borders

I do not think I have ever heard of a pineapple casserole before. This sounds incredible!

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Up Run for Life Healthy Lifestyle Blog

This sounds like an interesting dessert to try. I love pineapple but not so sure that ut would be good with sharp cheddar cheese. I like pinapple on pizza so it might be ok.

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Sabrina

I love pineapple! I need this dessert in my life!

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Toni | Boulder Locavore

This looks really delish! Will definitely try this for summer!

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sara

I have never tried a pineapple casserole before! My son loves pineapple so I will have to try this for him.

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Demeter

I love the combination of sweet and savory. Such a creative dish!

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Jenn @ EngineerMommy

I never tried a pineapple casserole but I am totally intrigued. This looks and sounds so delicious. I gotta try your recipe.

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Kathy

I would have never thought to make a casserole like this before. It does sound good though. I do love pineapple. Can't wait to give it a try.

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Mary Edwards

I used to eat this a lot when I was a teenager. My sister in law made it. You reminded me about a dish I loved! Now..is it a side or a dessert? lol

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Abeer

This is brilliant! Love the freshness that the pineapple add!

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Trina

I have never thought of putting pineapple in casseroles, but this sounds delicious! I need to give it a try.

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Kita Bryant

I do not remember the last time I saw some pineapple casserole. This is just fabulous!

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Sara Welch

I have got to make this sometime. My family would gobble this one up!

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Shannon Gurnee

I love pineapple, but have never thought of making a recipe like this before. Looks and sounds like a yummy one! Thanks for sharing.

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Lauren @ Hall Nesting

My SIL makes this for Christmas and I love it

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Lynndee

I grew up eating fresh pineapple fruit, but I have never tried pineapple casserole. This is actually the first time that I've heard of this dish. Looks good though.

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Michelle

I've never heard of pineapple casserole before this...definitely intrigued!

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Kristen

My bff makes this all the time! No special occasion, no holiday, just because. I had never heard of this casserole combo either and I've lived in the south my entire life, 42 yrs., and luv to cook! So how was it i had never heard of this dish? 6 years ago I walked into my BFFs kitchen and asked her what smells so good in here, what are you cooking? And she replied pineapple casserole and listed the ingredients. I'll be honest with you, I think I may have actually turned my nose up! Not in a OMG that sounds awful kind of way, but in a OMG that is a combo I would have never thought to put together kind of way. I really didn't know what to think about it until I had my first bite... It was like heaven in my mouth! I haven't come across one person that didn't love this dish! My BFF said she has tweaked the recipe over the years to her liking. She uses cornstarch and cold water mix instead of flour, and she uses Colby and Jack instead of cheddar, and she uses one can of pineapple chunks and one can of pineapple tidbits. I've watched her make this recipe a hundred times and I've noticed that with every layer of cheese she always drizzles some of the hot, thickening pineapple/pineapple juice/ cornstarch mixture on top of the cheese. Which literally starts melting the cheese before she even puts it in the oven. Therefore has never had an issue with cheese not melting. No matter what recipe you use, if you've never had pineapple casserole, you've got to make it at least once. I swear you'll be hooked! Although I would recommend sticking to just holidays and special occasions, because it is a very rich dish. I don't even want to know the calorie count, it would ruin it for me! LOL

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Hi Kristen, you are so right, when you hear the ingredients it sounds weird at first, but OMG after the first bite its pure love!

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Damara Rogers

Amazing!!!

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