Pineapple fried rice is one of my favorite dishes at any Thai restaurant. The staple dish is the perfect mix of sweet, spicy, and savory and is a must have in your cooking repertoire. For the perfect, satisfying dish when you don’t really know what you want to eat, try pineapple fried rice!
Today, of all days, I REALLY wanted Thai food. Nick and I had been out running errands all morning and planned on picking up some amazing food at our favorite Thai restaurant. But, as luck would have it, our go-to Thai place WAS CLOSED for the day! Whyyyy?! Of course, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to mess around in the kitchen – and of course, we had all the ingredients… so there you have it. Pineapple Fried Rice.
Pineapple Fried Rice is deceptively easy to make – and you likely have many of the ingredients right in your fridge / pantry! The rice gives it substance, the spice warms you up, and the pineapple? Pineapple, it’s underrated. Caramelized pineapple is one of the most versatile flavors. It can take both sweet and savory dishes to the next level. Try it on ice cream, in a cake, on a pizza, on your fried rice… it’s a great little flavor for your cooking tool kit. Caramelized pineapple is so versatile that I like to keep some canned pineapple tidbits on hand. Of course, you can and should use the fresh fruit when available, but living in Colorado – fresh pineapple isn’t really very practical. Here are my tips for getting the perfect Pineapple Fired Rice:
- If you’re using canned pineapple, make sure to drain it well so it can caramelize in the pan rather than just boil and cook down in the juice.
- I like to use coconut oil to cook Asian inspired dishes. It has a higher smoke point so it’s safer to use at higher heat and the mild flavor also melds in well with the spices.
- Cook the rice before starting any other cooking process. The vegetables cook quickly so too much time on the stove and they’re likely to lose their bright color and textures. Use this cooking time to chop and prep the veggies.
- When working with green chilis (or any chili peppers in general), be careful to wash your hand throughly with soap and water before touching your face or eyes. Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself… it won’t be fun.
- Speaking of green chilis – the little seeds inside the peppers are what give the pepper it’s heat. For those who may enjoy less spicy foods, cut the peppers in half, scrape out and discard the seeds before adding to the pot.
- Finish off the dish by piling it high on a serving platter or bowl and garnishing with some cashews, fresh scallions, some cilantro, and a lime! Bon Appétit!
How to make Pineapple Fried Rice:
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Pineapple Fried Rice
Pineapple fried rice is the perfect mix of sweet, spicy, and savory and is a must have in your cooking repertoire. For the perfect, satisfying dish when you don't really know what you want to eat, try pineapple fried rice!
- 2 cups Rice Cooked, white or brown.
- 1.5 cups Pineapple Chunks, drained. Canned is fine.
- 1 Red Bell Pepper
- 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 2 large eggs
- .25 cups Green Onions Chopped
- 2 tsp Ginger Grated or finely chopped
- 2 cloves Garlic Finely chopped
- 3 Green Chilis
- 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
- 2 tbsp Cashews (optional)
- 1 tsp Curry Powder (optional)
- Cilantro (Optional)
- 1 wedge Lime (Optional)
Cook rice per package instructions or using a rice cooker. Set aside and cool.
While the rice cooks, prep the veggies.
Heat up a pan and add the coconut oil.
Immediately add in the pineapple, garlic, ginger, and chiles.
Let the pineapple caramelize, stirring occasionally.
Once the pineapple is golden brown, add in the cashews (optional), curry powder (optional), and bell peppers. Sautée for 30 seconds. The peppers don't take long to cook and will continue cooking with the other ingredients.
Add in the rice. Stir well.
Add in the soy sauce. Stir well.
Create a little well, or open space in the pan. Add in eggs to this "space". Let the eggs cook for about 30 seconds, then stir and combine with the rice. Let cook, stirring constantly for another minute.
Add in the green onion, stir and remove from heat.
Pile up high on a serving dish or in a bowl. Garnish with some fresh green onions, cilantro, a lime, and some more cashews. Bon Appétit!
Did you try the Pineapple Fried Rice? Let me know how it turned out in the comments below!