Pineapple Casserole - The Southern Lady Cooks

This recipe for Pineapple Casserole is a family favorite.  This southern classic is a dish that you must try, it is a wonderful side dish.

How Delicious is Pineapple Casserole?

This dish is very different, some may say unique, but that is what makes it delicious. The ingredients are an odd combination but they work and I assure you this is a dish you need to add to your recipe list. First lets get to the ingredients:

  • Can of crushed pineapple in pineapple juice
  • Can of mandarin oranges (see more below)
  • White granulated sugar
  • All purpose flour
  • Shredded sweetened coconut
  • Shredded cheddar cheese – yes.. CHEESE
  • Pineapple juice from canned pineapple
  • Butter
  • Ritz Crackers

So a few things about our casserole that is different than most is the addition of the coconut and the mandarin oranges. We love these additions but you could always substitute the oranges for another fruit, such as cherries or you can just add another can of pineapple. We love the combination of the oranges, pineapple and coconut.

It really goes so well with ham and is a wonderful side dish for Easter or Christmas. This southern pineapple casserole is so easy to make and the buttery cracker topping is so good. Now.. some people don’t add the pecans either, but I think they add to the casserole.

Pineapple Casserole - The Southern Lady Cooks

Is this casserole a side dish or a dessert? 

This dish can be a side dish or a dessert because it is sweet! I can honestly just eat it by itself, that is how delicious this dish is.. but we usually serve it as a side for the holidays. If we have new guests at the table, and they have never had this dish, they always ask for the recipe. They are blown away at how easy it is and how it goes with just about everything.

“I served this at a barbecue supper and it was a big hit with everyone. This will become one of my favorite dishes for family and friends.” – Georgeanne

Tips and Recipe Notes:

  • I suggest using the crushed pineapple but you can use the chunks, we just prefer the crushed.
  • Canned pineapple works best in this recipe as the sweetness from fresh can vary.
  • Add the cheese you will be happy you did.
  • You can leave out the coconut if you don’t like it.
  • This casserole keeps for a few days in the fridge and can easily be reheated in the microwave or the stove. Just cover with foil and heat on 350 for 10-15 minutes.

If you get asked to bring a dish to a holiday gathering this is a great one to take! It’s unique and delicious. You may also love these dishes too:

Pineapple Casserole - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Pineapple Casserole

This recipe for Pineapple Casserole is so good. We love it for the holidays.
4.89 from 18 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • 1 20 ounce can crushed pineapple, drained (save 1/4 cup juice)
  • 1 15 ounce can mandarin oranges, drained (You can substitute another 20 ounce can of pineapple chunks or cherries, peaches or whatever fruit you like)
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup shredded coconut Optional
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice from the crushed pineapple above
  • 1 stick butter or margarine or 8 tablespoons or 1/2 cup melted
  • 40 to 50 Ritz crackers crushed
  • 1 cup pecans or walnuts Optional


  • In a large mixing bowl combine the crushed pineapple, mandarin oranges, sugar, flour, coconut, shredded cheese and pineapple juice. Mix well
  • Spray a 2 quart baking dish with cooking spray and spread pineapple mixture into the dish.
  • Melt the butter and mix with the crushed Ritz crackers. Sprinkle on top of the pineapple. Add pecans on top. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 30 to 35 minutes until brown on top.
Keyword Pineapple Casserole
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  1. Fay Jackson says:

    Really enjoyed your pineapple casserole.I’m a Canadian.I would love a recipe for southern fried chicken.5 stars

  2. What can I use in place of the coconut?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Nothing, just leave it out 🙂

  3. Judy Meyer says:

    I can’t quite convince myself that I would like pineapple with cheese. I’ve never had apple pie with cheese either. I LIKE cheese, but combined with pineapple……

  4. I’ve made this for several years and fed it to many people. It always gets rave reviews.5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      That’s wonderful! Thank you so much for letting me know. Have a wonder week 🙂

  5. Catherine says:

    For anyone who doesn’t like pineapple I think sliced peaches would be good too.

  6. Could this be made in a slow cooker? DOn’t always have a lot of oven space.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I have not tried this in the slow cooker, Beckiy, but think you could do it ok. You might add the ritz crackers in the last 30 minutes or so. I don’t know how they would do cooking really long in the slow cooker. They may just cook away.

  7. susy jenkins says:

    My daughter is allergic to pineapple. What can I substitute and make this dish. It looks so yummy.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      It is a pineapple casserole, Susy. I don’t know what you would substitute. Sorry.

  8. Georgeann Helton says:

    I served this at a barbecue supper and it was a big hit with everyone. This will become one of my favorite dishes for family and friends.5 stars

  9. I will have to have my daughter make it to go with Easter Dinner,it looks & sounds so good.

  10. I made this last night & it was really good love the ritz on it. I have some left over & had more this morning & fits not as crunchy. Idea how I can keep it crunchy still when it’s left over? I did put left over in fridge

  11. Henny (aka Granma) says:

    A lady at our church makes something similar, but yours sounds so much more delicious…can’t wait to try it.

  12. Bonnie Hardick says:

    This dish is divine…and as you said, can be enjoyed any time. I am so happy that I found your site. So many delightful recipes!5 stars