There’s various versions of Pineapple Fried Rice around, but I think the best is Thai. The sweet, juicy pieces of pineapple goes so well with the savoury flavoured jasmine rice! Terrific side dish for tropical dishes, summer BBQ’s and of course, with all things Thai.
Pineapple Fried Rice
Pineapple Fried Rice is of Thai origin, though there’s iterations of it all around the world. While some recipes use little more than a dash of soy sauce, this is a recipe that stays true to the Thai way and will evoke memories of warm balmy evenings in Thailand, eating at beach shack diners with your toes squidging in the sand, sipping on fruit cocktails.
Or – at rickety tables at your cheerful local Thai restaurant.
This is the rice dish that was spied on the side of the Honey Soy Chicken recipe I shared on Monday. Noticed and requested by a number of readers!
Here is the photo in question:
And here’s a nice close up of the pineapple rice so you can see it in all its glory! Fluffy grains of jasmine rice, colourful veggies, sweet juicy pieces of pineapple all tossed in a savoury, slightly sweet Thai fried rice sauce.
What goes in Pineapple Fried Rice
Here’s what you need to make Pineapple Fried Rice – the Thai way (the best way!). While it is of course best to make this with fresh pineapple when they’re ripe and at their prime, canned is perfectly acceptable (and a heck of a lot faster to prep!).
3 Thai Sauce Options
The right sauce is key to making a really tasty pineapple fried rice and this recipe offers 3 options, all of which are very tasty:
- Fish sauce + oyster sauce – truly authentic Thai, terrific caramelisation / depth of flavour. In fact, purists say it’s “illegal” to use soy sauce in Thai cooking. That if you do, it’s Chinese food not Thai!
- Soy sauce + oyster sauce – typically thought of as Thai homestyle.
- Soy sauce + Maggi seasoning* – commonly used by Thai restaurants outside of Thailand
* Thai Seasoning Sauce is a sauce with more flavour than soy sauce. Gold Mountain is the most common one in Australia. It is available in Asian stores and some grocery stores, and costs around $2 for a large bottle.
Feel free to use any cookable vegetables you want. I like using colourful veggies – on theme with this tropical dish!
How to make Pineapple Fried Rice
It’s nice and quick to make – everything is just fried up in a skillet or wok. Use a large one so you can toss enthusiastically because that’s the key to reducing the sauce down and making it almost “caramelise” the rice grains which = flavour!
What to serve it with
Though this is a Thai side dish, it would be criminal to limit this it to only when serving Thai foods – or even just Asian foods!! In fact, as mentioned above, this is the very side that was depicted in Monday’s grilled Honey Soy Chicken which, despite having soy sauce in it, is the only Asian thing about it.
It’s practically a mandatory side for tropical themed menus, it will pair beautifully with Caribbean foods (like Jerk Chicken), or use it to elevate simple mains such as pan seared fish.
I’d weep with happiness if I saw it alongside a pile of sticky BBQ Pork Ribs, slices of ultra tender Beef Brisket, Sticky Chicken or any seared, grilled or baked salmon, shrimp/prawns or fish.
Here’s a little preview of some of the above mentioned – plus a few extras:
Ideas for things that go with pineapple fried rice
And one last thing – as with all fried rice dishes, while it’s best served straight out of the wok, this isn’t usually practical if you’re making multiple things on the stove or it’s part of a spread. So you’ll be pleased to know that it reheats very well in the microwave – or even covered in the oven! – Nagi x
Watch how to make it
Pineapple Fried Rice (Thai)
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 garlic cloves , finely minced
- 1/2 onion , finely chopped
- 1/2 red capsicum / bell peppers , diced (~ 3/4 cup)
- 1/2 cup peas , frozen
- 3 cups day old jasmine rice , cooked (Note 1)
- 1 1/2 cups pineapple pieces , fresh or canned drained (~ 220g) (Note 2)
- 1/2 cup green onion , sliced
Sauce Option 1 (Base version, recommended):
- 1 tbsp oyster sauce
- 1 1/2 tbsp fish sauce
- 1/2 tsp sugar
Sauce Option 2:
- 1 tbsp oyster sauce
- 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce , light or all purpose (not dark soy)
Sauce Option 3:
- 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp Thai Seasoning (Gold Mountain)
Heat oil in a wok or large non stick skillet over high heat.
Add garlic and onion, cook for 1 minute.
Add capsicum, cook for 1 minute.
Add peas, stir for 30 seconds.
Add rice and Sauce ingredients of choice. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes or until rice grains goes from being wet with sauce to sort of caramelised.
Add pineapple, stir for just 30 seconds to warm through.
Stir through green onions then serve!
Pineapple Fried Rice Emergency?? Cook rice, spread out on tray and let it cool. Freeze 1 hour, then thaw = “day old rice” ready to make fried rice!
Handy tip – keep bags of cooked rice in the freezer. It’s perfect for making fried rice (defrost from frozen in microwave about 3 minutes on high per 2 cups of cooked rice).
2. Pineapple – of course this is best made with fresh pineapple but canned will do in a pinch. You’ll need a 440g/14oz can of pineapple pieces (or slices, then chop), drain then use about 3/4 of the can (can weight includes the juice).
3. Sauce Options:
- Fish sauce + Oyster Sauce (base recipe) – the version that purists say is “real” Thai fried rice because if you use soy sauce, it makes it Chinese (or other Asian)
- Soy Sauce + Oyster Sauce – more akin to Thai home cooking
- Sauce with Thai Seasoning Sauce is commonly used by Thai restaurants in Australia.
All are delicious, that I promise you!
4. Nutrition per serving, assuming 6 servings.
Life of Dozer
The local Pet-O is like Disneyland for dogs – they hoon around the warehouse in a tizzy of excitement over the smell of treats and dog food, not to mention toys, toys, everywhere…
But Dozer? He’s figured out the best place to be is behind the counter. That’s where the shop assistants reside who dole out the seemingly endless supply of dog treats. “It’s his payment for helping!” they declare.
Hmmph. He seems to be getting “paid” a LOT more than he’s helping (negative contribution, it seems to me!).
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