The Best Pineapple Casserole
A savory and sweet baked pineapple casserole that’s an easy recipe and a family favorite. Only 6 ingredients make it the perfect side dish for any special occasion. –Pineapple, butter, sugar, eggs, bread, and milk. Perfect for a side dish but could easily be a dessert. This is truly the Best Pineapple Casserole you will ever taste.
I’ve been making this casserole for at least 30 years now. This pineapple casserole recipe is really delicious, and after the first bite, you will be hooked. It’s easy, straightforward, and the perfect blend of sweetness, buttery flavor, and it’s savory. It’s an odd combination, but all of the flavors work nicely together.Jump to Recipe
I began making this casserole to serve with ham for Easter dinner. Pineapple and ham always go together and are a great combination. But honestly, it goes with just about anything and everything. I have served this at cookouts with hamburgers, at Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, and at Christmas with ham.
My family expects this pineapple bake to show up on the holiday table. It is a favorite side dish and is requested often.
Pineapple casserole is made to serve as a side dish, but with the sweetness of the pineapple, it could be eaten as a dessert.
I made this the other night–during the week– and served it with chicken crescent rolls and did not have the first complaint from my family.
Why This Pineapple Dish Is Fantastic
The combination of ingredients may sound strange, but I promise they all mesh together into one delicious casserole.
Pineapple casserole is made to serve as a side dish, but honestly, it could be eaten as a dessert. As a matter of fact, I reheated a small bowl for dessert last night.
With only a few simple ingredients, you can have this casserole mixed and in the oven in no time. Everything is mixed by hand–no need to drag out the mixer. Just mix everything together in one bowl, dump into a casserole dish, slide into the oven. Easy!!
I’ve made this casserole for church socials, holiday gatherings, and just as a side dish during the week. It will not disappoint you or your guests.
A simple dish that’s budget-friendly.
This dish tastes like a pineapple bread pudding.
Goes excellent with Easter ham.
The bread soaks up the buttery flavor and the sweet pineapple juices.
The first time you try this recipe, you will be hooked.
Ingredients Needed for Pineapple Bread Casserole
This baked pineapple casserole is made with simple ingredients and comes together fast.
Bread Cubes– I use white bread for this recipe. I like to cube or tear my bread by hand. The pieces don’t have to be perfect, and I leave the crust on the bread.
Milk– I only buy whole milk, which I use.
Eggs– Large eggs
Sugar– white sugar
Butter– One cup butter, softened
Pineapple– I use canned pineapple chunks (pineapple tidbits) with juice
How To Make Southern Pineapple Casserole
This casserole is so simple and with just a few minutes of prep, you can have this casserole made and in the oven. It’s perfect for the holidays or as a side dish during the week. This recipe can be mixed by hand; therefore, an electric mixer is unnecessary.
For complete instructions, see the recipe card below.
- Gather ingredients and cube the bread.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix milk, eggs, sugar, and butter.
- Add pineapple and pineapple juice. Mix well.
- Add cubed bread. Stir until all of the bread is coated.
- Pour the pineapple mixture into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 40-45 minutes.
- Serve warm. Enjoy!
Is Pineapple Casserole a Dessert?
I like to serve Pineapple Casserole as a side dish. But, I have also eaten leftovers as a dessert. 🙂 Basically, it depends on you!
How to Store Leftover Casserole
Store all leftovers in the refrigerator. Allow the pineapple casserole to cool to room temperature, wrap leftovers tightly in plastic wrap or place in a tightly covered bowl. Leftovers will usually last 4-5 days in the refrigerator. **They never last this long at my house.
What Do I Serve With Pineapple Casserole?
Honestly, in my opinion, it goes great with everything. I like to serve it best with ham. Ham and Pineapple Casserole equals a win every time! I have also served it with grilled foods during the summer, at Thanksgiving with turkey, with sticky chicken, and during the week with barbecued ribs.
Try this for your next holiday gathering or just for something different during the week. In my opinion, no holiday is complete without a Pineapple Casserole. For More Holiday Side Dishes, be sure to check out 27 Southern Thanksgiving Side Dishes. There is something there for everyone.
If you are looking for side dishes to serve at holiday gatherings or during the week, be sure to try my Sweet Potato Casserole with Brown Sugar Pecan Topping and Southern Cornbread Salad and Candied Sweet Potatoes. These always show up on my table for the holidays.
Some other great weeknight sides to try are– Southern Deviled Eggs, Crispy Fried Okra, and Fried Cabbage and Onions. My corn casserole is fabulous. Great recipes for holidays or weeknight meals.
Need a quick dessert for your holiday table? My No Bake Pumpkin Pie is a winner every time! It’s light, fluffy, and comes together in minutes. Delish!
For More Pineapple Dishes:
The Best Pineapple Casserole
- 5 cups cubed bread
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3 Eggs beaten
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1 20 ounce can pineapple tidbits with juice
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a bowl, mix milk, eggs, sugar, and butter.
- Add pineapple and juice. Mix well
- Add cubed bread. Stir until all of the bread is coated.
- Spray a 9″ x 13″ casserole dish with non stick spray. Pour the pineapple mixture into the dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
- Serve warm. Enjoy!
Yum! This looks really good and very easy to make. I like the idea of adding ham to it also. Thank you for sharing. I pinned it.
This is really good and really easy to make. Let me know if you try it!
This sounds sort of like bread pudding. It looks and sounds delicious!
Yes, it does sound similar to bread pudding. Soooo good!
I’ve never had pineapple casserole before. My youngest loves pineapple, so I’ll have to give this a try!
Let me know if you try it and what your family thinks about it!
My word this sounds delicious! Reminds me of my favorite cake, Pineapple Upside Down.
Thanks for stopping by to visit. I am also a fan of Pineapple Upside Down Cake.
That does sound like a great thing to pair with ham!
It is fabulous with ham. Hope you try it soon!
Wow, this sounds absolutely delicious! I’ve never thought to add pineapples into casseroles! Sounds like a good breakfast or dessert idea for the future!
It is great as a side dish but also as a dessert. I’ve enjoyed the left-overs as dessert many times. 🙂
My mother-in-law makes a pineapple stuffing, and I have never tried making it. Your recipe seems easy and looks tasty. Perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas!!!
Definitely need to try this during the holiday season. You will be so glad you did!
Ok so I’ve never heard of this before but I am definitely trying it! It looks so yummy and totally what my family will love!
This pineapple casserole is delicious! I grew up eating pineapple upside down cake and this is what it reminded me of!
I love that it’s so easy to make, I will have to try!
This is super easy to make and I absolutely love pineapple. Thanks for the great recipe!
This is like a pineapple bread pudding! My kids would go crazy for this! Can’t wait to try it next time I make ham 🙂
Made this last Sunday and it was perfect! My kids loved it too. It tasted even better the next day.
I’ve not tried pineapple casserole before, so might as well start with the best! 🙂 Really looking forward to this…
I love pineapple casserole – it is so tasty and such a delicious blend of flavors.
Wow, it’s like a British Bread and Butter pudding, but with pineapple. It’s quite unconventional to serve something sweet like this with savoury dishes where we live, but it makes me all the more excited to try this recipe! After all, I love ham and pineapple pizza, so I think I’d love this casserole with roast gammon!
This reminds me of a bread pudding recipe but way easier to make and with one of my favorite fruits – pineapple!! Can’t wait to make this for my family – they will love it!
My kids loved it! Can’t wait to make again. Adding it to my Sunday menu
Pineapple casserole is something new to me. SOunds amazingly delicious. Thanks for sharing.
Only 6 ingredients and incredibly tasty-sweet? Yes, please!
I love anything with pineapple and this was delicious. My kids loved it too.
Beautiful casserole to pair with salty meats, like ham or smoked gammon joint! Will definitely keep this recipe in mind for an upcoming special family meal!
I’ve never had a pineapple casserole before. Reminds me of a bread pudding. Can’t wait to try! Looks delicious.
This fabulous, savory and sweet pineapple casserole is going on my “must make” list right now! Can’t wait to dig into this deliciousness!
wow what a tasty casserole. it goes so well with fatty meat dishes and so easy to make tOO! I love Pineapples!
Love pineapple desserts! This one was perfectly sweet and easy to make. So good!
What kind of bread did you use?
I use just regular sandwich bread for this recipe. Day old bread works great. Thanks for the question. This is a great tasting recipe and is always requested at out holiday gatherings. Enjoy!
Saving for Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing.
This was so unique and flavorful! Will make again!
This looks incredible! The most indulgent casserole that was. Yum! We love pineapples, can’t wait to try this out.
I had never heard of pineapple casserole before but I love bread pudding and I love pineapple so I thought I would give it a try for a unique dessert for our dinner last night. I was blown away! So delicious and incredibly easy too.
Oh I love anything with pineapple and this looks incredible.
What a great dessert to have made with pineapples. This would go along with my honey baked ham!
What a fun idea to add pineapples to the casserole. It cuts the fat!
Huge fan of pineapple so I gave this a try. SO good!!
This is a southern classic! Perfect and my kids and family love it!
This looks so yummy! I love that it can be a breakfast or dessert food. YUM!
This casserole is a hit! Perfect for the holidays or even during the summer with grilled chicken or beef.
As a self-proclaimed pineapple addict, I thought I’d eaten pineapple in every way possible. This is a new one! It would definitely be a delicious dessert. I am so excited to try it!
This cake is so delicious! Love how easy it is to make and it’s so good!
I’ve been making this for YEARS and everyone loves it and asks for the recipe. I always make it with baked ham, scalloped potatoes and baked beans. It’s a winner!
oh ya this would be great with ribs! good idea
Oh wow! This looks and sounds absolutely fabulous! Love that it could be a side dish or a dessert.
Omg this is the best dessert ever! It’s sweet and satisfying, kind of like a dressed up bread pudding! Yum!
This is fantastic!! Everyone loved it. One of those recipes I’m tucking away for later use because I’ve already been asked to make this again, TWICE.