Pineapple Fried Rice

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Pineapple fried rice is a quick stir-fry with Thai-inspired ingredients like jasmine rice, curry, fish sauce, red bell pepper, pineapple, peas, and shrimp. This side dish is served up in an easy to make pineapple boat for an exotic touch.

Pineapple fried rice

Take your taste buds on a southeast Asian adventure with this tasty Thai pineapple fried rice recipe. Fragrant jasmine rice is cooked until tender and makes an excellent base for the dish. A combination of curry powder, fish sauce, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic coats and infuses into each rice grain. To balance the savory flavor, fresh diced pineapple adds a touch of sweetness.

Crunchy bell peppers and peas add crunch and color to the dish. Succulent shrimp gets quickly cooked with the rice for an easy way to incorporate protein. All of the ingredients are quickly stir-fried together for a fast meal. Your guests will be pleasantly surprised to be served from the pineapple bowl!

stir fry pineapple fried rice in a wok

How to make pineapple fried rice

This pineapple fried rice recipe features authentic Thai flavors that perfectly balance the characteristic umami, sweet, and spiced flavors of this Asian cuisine. I use a combination of:

  • Jasmine rice
  • Fresh pineapple (canned chunks also work)
  • Sauce: Soy sauce, fish sauce, palm sugar, curry powder
  • Vegetables: Fresh or frozen peas, red bell pepper, red onion, green onion, garlic

Jasmin rice cooking in a pot

Leftover rice is traditionally used to make this dish mainly because it’s convenient and doesn’t break down when stir-fried. Fresh rice can still be used, but allow it to cool before making this recipe. For a low carb alternative, you can also try cauliflower rice.

How to cook rice

This recipe uses long grain, Thai jasmine rice. To make steamed rice, use the simple boil and simmer method. Add a ratio of 1:2 rice to water to the pot. Bring the water to a boil over high heat, cover and reduce to a simmer. Let the rice cook until it absorbs all of the water. Do not remove the lid or stir the rice until it’s done cooking!

The rice should have a tender bite and be easy to separate the grains with a fork. Allow the rice to cool down a bit while you gather and prepare the rest of the ingredients.

Person carving out a pineapple bowl to serve food in

Cut a pineapple for the rice and bowls

It’s time to have a little fun! What makes this side dish so attractive is how it’s presented, in a beautiful pineapple boat. Don’t be afraid to learn how to cut a pineapple, it’s really simple!

  1. Cut the pineapple in half lengthwise.
  2. Use a knife to create a bowl shape inside each half.
  3. Cut out long pineapple spears adjacent to the core.
  4. Cut out the pineapple core.
  5. Scoop out any excess fruit.
  6. Lightly dry the inside.
  7. Dice the spears into smaller chunks for the fried rice.

shrimp, peas, and red bell peppers cooking in a wok

A simple stir-fry technique is used to make this pineapple fried rice. To elevate the taste of the dish, aromatics like red onions, garlic and ginger are briefly cooked. The shrimp is then sauteed until they turn translucent, followed by the peas and red bell pepper.

pouring stir fry sauce into a wok with rice and shrimp

In traditional Chinese fried rice recipes, the darkening of the rice is from the Maillard browning when the rice is heated in the hot pan.

For this Thai-inspired version, curry powder, soy sauce, and palm sugar are incorporated. Stir in the ripe pineapple and green onions, and it’s ready to be filled into the hollowed-out pineapples.

Beautiful Thai fried rice served in a pineapple boat

This fried rice recipe yields enough to fill two pineapple bowls, perfect for feeding a hungry crowd. I like to serve it alongside a hot plate of pad thai noodles for a festive feast. I know once you make this recipe at home, you’ll have the confidence and inspiration to try more exotic dishes.

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Choosing the right variety of rice

For this pineapple fried rice recipe, I recommend using Jasmine rice which originates from Thailand. This long grain rice variety cooks up to be soft and plump with a tender chew with a subtle floral aroma. It’s not very starchy on the outside, so it does not require additional washing and rinsing before making a stir-fry. The grains stay separate and are robust enough to hold up to the more vigorous movement in a wok.

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Pineapple Fried Rice

Pineapple fried rice is a quick stir-fry with Thai-inspired ingredients like jasmine rice, curry, fish sauce, red bell pepper, pineapple, peas, and shrimp.
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4.74 from 26 votes
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings 4 servings
Course Side
Cuisine Thai

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked jasmine rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 pineapple
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons palm sugar
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup minced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 4 ounces shrimp, 31/40 count, peeled and deveined
  • ½ cup diced red bell pepper, ¼-inch dice
  • ½ cup green peas, fresh or frozen, defrosted
  • ¼ cup sliced green onions
  • black pepper, as needed for seasoning
  • cilantro leaves, for garnish

Instructions 

  • In a 3-quart sized saucepan, add rice and water. Bring to a boil and then turn down heat to a simmer and cover with a lid.
  • Simmer rice for 10 to 12 minutes, or until all of the water is absorbed and rice is tender.
  • Remove rice from the heat and allow to sit covered for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Fluff rice with a fork and allow to cool while preparing the pineapple fried rice ingredients.
  • Cut the pineapple in half lengthwise and carve out wedges from both sides of the core.
  • Carefully cut out the core, to create a hollow bowl. Scrape the inside flesh with a spoon if needed after removing the core.
  • Cut the removed pineapple flesh into ½-inch pieces, reserving about 1 cup (7 ounces, 200g).
  • In a small bowl mix together fish sauce, soy sauce, sugar, and curry powder.
  • Heat a wok or large saute pan over high heat.
  • Add the vegetable oil, once hot add the onions, ginger, and garlic, stir-fry for 30 seconds.
  • Add the shrimp and cook until it turns pink in color, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the bell pepper and peas, cook 1 minute.
  • Add the rice, constantly stir to combine and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the fish sauce mixture and stir to combine.
  • Add the diced pineapple and green onions, stir to combine.
  • Season rice with black pepper as desired.
  • Transfer rice into pineapple bowl and garnish with cilantro leaves.

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Nutrition Facts
Pineapple Fried Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 375 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 71mg24%
Sodium 840mg35%
Potassium 357mg10%
Carbohydrates 65g22%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 795IU16%
Vitamin C 45.5mg55%
Calcium 85mg9%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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14 Comments Leave a comment or review

  1. Sarah says

    Have made many of your recipes. This sounds like it will be another favorite. Wonton soup, ahi tuna, cucumber salad is among our other favorite recipes

  2. Elaine says

    This is my first time making this, and it’s mind blowingly delicious! It’s inexpensive and I have a lot of leftovers so I can heat it up during lunch. I’d definitely be making this again!!

  3. Angie says

    Love love love this recipe! I am super excited to dish this out at a dinner party 😋 … a straight forward but incredibly delicious recipe .. a must try 👍. Thanks Jessica for positing.

  4. Dawnell Wilson says

    This recipe is fantastic! Because I can’t eat rice and my husband is allergic to shrimp, I used cauliflower and ham instead and it came out beautiful! Nice balanced flavors of sweet and savory! I think next time I might add a touch of something with a little heat just for fun but it really is pretty perfect as is!

  5. Pam kinkema says

    Have made this twice now–to raving reviews! So tasty and filling. And makes a lot! This is now “my” signature dish for company.

  6. Geneviève Joachim says

    Loved this dish so much! I want every meal to be eaten out of a pineapple dish haha. Made a few slight modifications; used coconut oil and added some coconut to the rice while cooking which added a tropical flavour, added toasted cashews and some currents that I soaked in boiling water for ten minutes to plump. Amazing!

  7. SimonKoa says

    First time I am cooking pineapple fried rice. Everything turned out pretty perfect, thank you very much for the recipe. If only I can post the photos of my rice.

  8. Kimberly Castro says

    What a delightful and amazing dish.👏

    I had the leftover rice from the night before and the PINEAPPLE; it was just meant to be.

    The taste was perfect, although I had to substitute some ingredients because well walmart lines were crazy but it was like putting a little bit of my self based on the recipe, I loved it.
    Thank you so much for sharing.
    I will be trying some more recipes

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Palm sugar is a sweetener often used in Thai cuisine. It comes from the sap in the flower buds in a coconut palm tree. You can use packed dark brown sugar as a substitute.

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