thai pineapple fried rice

There are many, many versions of fried rice depending on what country its origins are from, the protein, fillings, and sauce. I’m a huge fan of Chinese fried rice with potherbs, but today I’m being adventurous and making Thai pineapple fried rice. Are you ready for a flavor explosion?

thai pineapple fried rice

thai pineapple fried rice

thai pineapple fried rice


Serves 4


Thai pineapple fried rice

30 minTotal Time

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  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple chunks
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 Thai red chili, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup peas, carrots, green beans (frozen vegetable mix)
  • 3-4 cups cooked rice
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup roasted cashews
  • 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • juice of 1 lime
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro


  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large wok over medium heat. Add the pineapple and cook until caramelized, about 3-5 minutes. Add shallots, garlic, green onion, and Thai chile and saute until aromatic, about 30 seconds.
  2. Add the frozen vegetable mix and rice, stirring to mix and break up the rice. Make a well in the center and add the eggs. Scramble the eggs, cooking until no longer runny, about 2 minutes. Mix all together and add raisins and cashews. Season rice with soy sauce, fish sauce, curry powder, and juice of 1 lime. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with chopped cilantro. Serve with extra lime wedges.


**Helpful tips and common mistakes

This Thai pineapple fried rice recipe is vegetarian; however, you can choose to add shrimp, chicken, pork, beef, or even tofu for more substance. Fried rice is always best with day-old rice since it is not as wet as freshly cooked rice.

If you don’t have any old rice on hand, spread your freshly cooked rice out on a tray. Cut lines through the rice with your rice paddle to let it cool and chill the rice, uncovered, in the refrigerator. This will dry out the rice so it ready for fried rice.

For the sauce, I used half soy sauce and half fish sauce, mixed with the curry powder and sugar. The sugar is needed since the soy sauce and fish sauce is salty. Add a squeeze of lime for some zest.

I loved the outcome of this dish! The sweetness of the pineapple wonderfully complements the strong curry flavors of the rice. Not only was it delicious, but it was also a beautiful looking dish with vibrant colors. Serve in a pineapple for extra presentation points.

thai pineapple fried rice



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