The Best Pineapple Casserole [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 10 reviews

Casseroles Side Dishes Thanksgiving Recipes

Cook time Cook time: 25 minutes

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. Also, for a quick step by step tutorial, 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.

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 of 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. Similarly, 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.

What you need to make Pineapple Casserole:

For exact measures please see the recipe card below. Also, I have attached a step-by-step video instruction on how to prepare this dish. 

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.

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:

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.

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5 from 10 reviews

The Best Pineapple Casserole Recipe

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.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 people
Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes Total time: 30 mins



Nutrition information

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


Kita Bryant

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


Sara Welch

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


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.


Lauren @ Hall Nesting

My SIL makes this for Christmas and I love it



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.



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



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


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!


Damara Rogers



Valinda Peoples

It's a great casserole and is perfect with ham any time of the year. Some ppl eat it for dessert. 🍨


Carla Young

I’m making this NOW!!!! I’ve had it at church and it was DELICIOUS!!! I’ll check back when it’s done!!


Carla Young

I made this and it is DELICIOUS! My daughter actually thought having Cool Whip on top made it EVEN better! Thank you for posting this recipe!!! This will definitely be added to my list of FAVORITES!!!


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It's the best!!!... I make it every holiday for thanksgiving and christmas or anytime I have ham. They go so good together. I use mild cheddar though because the sharp cheddar doesnt break down and it tends to make the texture lumpy to me. Mild cheddar is much better. I made a rhyme, lol


Thanks Melissa for your review. Happy you loved it!


Kristal Ofeiffet



Yes, its a delicious side dish :)


Judy howell

I have lived in the south all my life this re7 is awesome we have it often especially in the summer can't believe lots of people never heard of it in the south its served often along with another southern favorite great iced tea thanks for publishing it everyone will love you for this.


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