Pineapple Chow

March 20, 2015
Trinidad and Tobago Pineapple Chow

It's Friday!! The one day you don't want to have to cook. On Friday's I rather just grab something from somewhere, go out to eat or eat leftovers. Anything but having to turn my burner on.

On this day I think something quick needs to be done. So for this Friday quick hit, I decided to go with something a bit more in the snack category: Pineapple Chow.

You're probably wondering what is chow? Chow is one of the top street foods in Trinidad and Tobago. It's basically chopped up fruits with salt, pepper and other options of seasoning depending on your taste.

It's one of those snacks you can grab in a bag and walk and eat. We will "chow" just about anything we can find that is a fruit. Mango, cherries, pineapple, watermelon, chennet, mandarin, five fingers (Starfruit) ... if it's a fruit, it can be chopped and seasoned. Cucumber chow is also a thing.  

This is such an easy recipe all you need is some pineapple, chadon beni (or cilantro for a substitute), pepper, lime juice and salt & pepper to taste. Some people also add garlic to theirs so that can be optional.

Pineapple chow ingredients

The most work you are probably going to do is the cutting up of the pineapple if you are using a whole one. If your store sells pre cubed fresh pineapple you can grab a container of those. 

Chop everything else up (except the lime) as fine as possible. You can use the seeds of your hot pepper if you want it to be extremely hot. I don't really like that much heat, so I took my seeds out. 

How to make pineapple chow

Now go ahead and squeeze the lime juice into everything else and mix. And voila

You just made your first chow. Or second or third

Sometimes leaving the chow to sit in the juices for a little while makes it so much more a great treat

Some people even prefer eating it cold.

However you choose, just dive in!!

Trinidad Chow, Trinidad and Tobago Chow
Snacks, Appetizers, Fruits
Yield: Serves 2Pin it

Pineapple Chow

A recipe for making a favorite Trinidad street snack called chow of chopped pineapples with seasonings
prep time: 10 minscook time: total time: 10 mins


  • 1 pineapple,  peeled, cored and cubed
  • 3 sprigs shado beni aka culantro, thinly sliced
  • 1 hot pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 lime
  • Black pepper and salt to taste


  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl
  2. Stir
  3. Serve
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Renz HomeMadeZagat
Renz HomeMadeZagat

Hi guys, I’m Renz. I am the chief cook and bottle washer here at HomeMadeZagat. I am here sharing Caribbean recipes that I grew up eating and new ones I’ve fallen in love with over the years. I just want to showcase the amazing diversity of Caribbean food and that everyone can recreate these dishes.


  1. This dish looks amazing and Thanks for the great recipe!

    1. Hi Deidre,

      You are very welcome. It's something we fight over in our house whenever it's made.. lol

  2. I'm living in Grenada right now, and I wish we had something like this here! Looks like I'll have to grab some fresh pineapple soon. :D

  3. What exactly is a Chadon Beni? Never heard of it

    1. Hey, chadon beni (or shado beni) is also called culantro (not cilantro). I usually find it at caribbean/spanish markets.


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