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Pineapple Fried Rice

Dive into the flavors of the tropics with our easy and delicious Pineapple Fried Rice recipe. Perfect for a quick dinner or festive side dish!

June 20, 2024
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Difficulty Easy
Servings 2 people
Preparation 10 mins
Cooking 15 mins
Total 25 mins



  1. Ensure all ingredients are prepped before you start cooking. This includes cooking and cooling the rice, chopping vegetables, and measuring out sauces.
  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant.
  3. Incorporate carrots, peas, and bell peppers into the skillet. Stir-fry for about 3-5 minutes until they are just tender.
  4. Add the cold rice and pineapple chunks to the skillet. Break apart any clumps of rice and mix thoroughly with the vegetables.
  5. Pour in soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sesame oil. Stir well to combine all the ingredients evenly. Continue to cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until everything is heated through and combined.
  6. Add the sliced green onions and roasted cashews, if using. Give everything a final stir.
  7. Transfer the fried rice to a serving dish. Garnish with fresh cilantro and lime wedges. Serve hot.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Pineapple Fried Rice
Serves 2
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10 g12.8%
Protein 5 g10%
Protein 5 g10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • For the best texture in fried rice, use jasmine rice that has been cooked and then chilled in the refrigerator overnight. This helps the grains firm up and separate easily when stir-fried.
  • Feel free to swap in or add other vegetables according to your taste or what you have on hand, such as diced zucchini or shredded cabbage.
  • For a protein boost, consider adding cooked shrimp, chicken, or tofu to the dish at the same time you add the rice.
  • If you like a little heat, drizzle some Sriracha or add a chopped chili pepper while cooking the vegetables.
  • This dish is best served hot and can be topped with extra green onions or sesame seeds for added texture and flavor.
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Transform your mealtime into a tropical feast with Pineapple Fried Rice, a perfect blend of sweet and savory flavors. This dish combines juicy pineapple chunks with hearty rice and a medley of vegetables, all stir-fried to perfection. It's a versatile recipe that can be served as a main course or a vibrant side dish, ideal for bringing a touch of exotic flair to your dining table.

Origins of The Pineapple Fried Rice

Pineapple fried rice, a dish that beautifully melds the savory flavors of traditional fried rice with the sweet, tropical taste of pineapple, has become a popular variant in Thai cuisine, known for its bold flavors and colorful presentation. This dish often includes ingredients like chicken, which adds a savory depth to the sweet and tangy pineapple, creating a balanced and satisfying meal.

The origin of pineapple fried rice is somewhat debated, but it is widely believed to have been inspired by the Chinese influence on Thai cuisine, adapting the classic fried rice to include local flavors like pineapple and sometimes curry powder. This adaptation has not only made it a favorite in Thai restaurants globally but has also spurred numerous variations, including the popular pineapple chicken fried rice.

Home cooks and chefs alike enjoy experimenting with this dish due to its versatility and the joy of serving it in a hollowed-out pineapple for an extra-special presentation. The combination of juicy pineapple chunks, flavorful chicken, and a mix of vegetables with rice makes it a festive and flavorful option that's perfect for both casual and special occasions. The vibrant colors and sweet-savory flavors of pineapple fried rice continue to delight diners around the world.


Here are some delicious variations of pineapple fried rice that you can explore to keep your meals exciting:

Vegetarian Pineapple Fried Rice: Swap the chicken for tofu or just increase the variety of vegetables like bell peppers, peas, and carrots to cater to vegetarian preferences.

Seafood Pineapple Fried Rice: Incorporate shrimp or a mix of seafood to add a different flavor profile that complements the sweetness of the pineapple.

Spicy Pineapple Fried Rice: Add a kick to the dish with some chopped jalapeños or a dash of red chili flakes to balance the sweetness of the pineapple.

Curry Pineapple Fried Rice: Mix in some curry powder for a Thai-inspired version that adds depth with its rich, aromatic spices.

Ham and Pineapple Fried Rice: For a twist on the classic Hawaiian pizza flavors, include chunks of ham, which pair beautifully with the sweet pineapple.

What To Serve with Pineapple Fried Rice?

Pineapple fried rice is a delicious and versatile dish that pairs well with a variety of sides and main dishes to create a balanced and flavorful meal.

Here are our delicious recipes that you can serve with Pineapple Fried Rice:

How To Store Pineapple Fried Rice?

To store pineapple fried rice effectively, follow these guidelines:

  • Cool Down: Allow the fried rice to cool to room temperature before storing to prevent condensation and bacterial growth.
  • Airtight Containers: Use airtight containers to store the fried rice. This helps to keep the rice fresh and prevents it from absorbing odors from other foods in the refrigerator.
  • Refrigeration: Store the pineapple fried rice in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  • Freezing: For longer storage, you can freeze the fried rice in freezer-safe containers or bags for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.
  • Reheating: Reheat only the portion you plan to eat. Use a microwave or skillet to warm it up, adding a little water or oil to prevent drying out.

These steps will help ensure that your pineapple fried rice remains delicious and safe to eat when you're ready to enjoy it again.

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