Pineapple Fried Rice is a flavorsome, quick vegetarian fried rice. How quick if you ask me? With cooked rice and diced pineapple sitting in the fridge, the final dish is on the table in 20 minutes. It is a perfect gluten-free, vegan dinner idea for the busy weeknights.
When it comes to planning a dinner menu, for busy weeknights I stick to easy, fulfilling, and most important, comforting dishes.
Pineapple Fried Rice checks all the criteria of a perfect summer dinner that is ready in 20 minutes.
During the spring and summer season, we all look forward to such light and refreshing meals.
This pineapple fried rice recipe would be a perfect addition to your summer meal planning.
If you thinking whether to pack pineapple fried rice in the lunchbox or not? It tastes fantastic in the lunchbox too. I have tried that personally for the husband’s lunchbox and he absolutely loves it.
Reasons To LOVE Pineapple Fried Rice…
– vegan and gluten-free
– takes only 20 minutes
– easy to pack and reheat
– meal-prep friendly
– highly customisable
– kid approved
Rice: You can use any variety of long to medium grain rice for this fried rice recipe. Usually, I prefer aromatic basmati or Jasmine rice for making fried rice.
The aroma and sweetness of basmati/jasmine rice blend perfectly with the fruitiness of pineapple.
Pineapple: A fresh, ripe, and juicy pineapple is always a good choice for making the fried rice and pineapple chicken curry.
You can use the tinned or the canned pineapple slices as well. Make sure to taste canned pineapple beforehand and adjust the seasoning accordingly.
Herbs & Spices: Garlic, Spring Onion, Red Chilli, Black Pepper
Sauce: Light Soy Sauce, Rice Vinegar
Other Ingredients: salt, sesame oil
As I said in the beginning that pineapple fried rice is a highly customizable recipe.
To make it more delicious, you can add shrimps, shredded chicken (like I did in my chicken fried rice), bacon, or even pork to your fried rice.
Or you can make fried rice more nourishing by adding greens such as kale, baby spinach, bok choy, or Asian stir fry greens.
Pineapple Fried Rice is a one-pot meal in itself.
To make it more fulfilling I serve it with a half-fried egg. That is the best combination! If you haven’t tried it yet, now is the time.
Or you can make a takeaway style Thai dinner at home by serving pineapple fried rice with – Thai Red Chicken Curry.
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Pineapple Fried Rice Recipe
- 2 Cup cooked white rice
- 1 Cup diced pineapple
- 2 white stalk of spring onion, fine chopped
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped red chilli
- Salt to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 4 tablespoon sesame oil or any cooking oil
- Heat oil in a wok. Add the chopped garlic and stir fry over high heat for 10 – 20 seconds.
- Next, add the onion and red chilli. Quickly stir fry till the onion turn soft. No need to brown the garlic or onion.
- Add the pineapple cubes along with salt, pepper, vinegar and soy sauce. Stir-fry for a minute.
- Next add the cooked rice. Stir to combine nicely. Cook for 1 – 2 minutes for rice to absorb flavor.
- Garnish pineapple fried rice with spring onion greens.
- Serve Pineapple Fried Rice warm.
- Make sure that the pineapple is not bitter or too sour in taste. The pineapple with a balanced sweet and sourness is perfect for this recipe.
- You can use the tinned or the canned pineapple slices as well.
- Do not cook the pineapple for too long. The moment it starts releasing juices add the cooked rice.
- Any long or medium grain rice is good enough for this fried rice recipe.
- You can use the leftover cooked rice for making fried rice.
- You can add shrimps, shredded chicken, bacon, or even pork to your fried rice. Or you can make fried rice more nourishing by adding greens such as kale, baby spinach, bok choy, or Asian stir fry greens.