Pineapple Fried Rice

by elyn_ryn

Pineapple fried rice is such a versatile dish.  It is so easy to change it to make it just the way you like it.  This recipe has shrimp in it but could easily be made with chicken (or both) or even changed into a vegetarian dish by omitting the shrimp.  You can also change the vegetables to those you like.  If you don’t eat cashews or cilantro, leave those out of the recipe and the dish will still be tasty. (Click here to jump ahead to the recipe.)

One of the keys to this dish is cooked and chilled rice.  I used white rice but you could easily substitute brown rice.  If the rice is cooked and chilled, it will not be so sticky, nor need as much cooking oil. Another key to this dish is fresh pineapple. You can use canned pineapple, but the flavor is so much better with fresh pineapple.

This recipe cooks the rice in chicken broth for added flavor. For a vegetarian dish, just use vegetable broth or plain water.  I incorporated a little sesame oil which gives the dish more flavor.  Hope you enjoy!

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Pineapple Fried Rice
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Ingredients
Votes: 2
Rating: 5
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Instructions
  1. Cook rice according to package directions but substitute chicken broth for the entire water amount. Chill rice in the refrigerator, preferably overnight.
  2. Place sesame oil and vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok and heat on medium-high heat. Add shrimp and stir-fry until no longer translucent. Remove shrimp from pan to keep it from overcooking and set aside covered to keep warm.
  3. Add sweet or purple onion to the pan and stir-fry a couple of minutes until translucent Add minced garlic to the onions and stir fry until fragrant. Push the onions to the side of the pan and add the beaten eggs. (You may need to add extra vegetable oil to cook the eggs.) Scramble eggs until solidified.
  4. Add the chilled rice to the pan and break up any clumps. Add a little extra vegetable oil as needed to keep the rice from sticking.
  5. Add the fish sauce and soy sauce and stir well to distribute over the rice.
  6. Add the peas, carrots, tomatoes, and green onions and stir well for a couple of minutes to heat the vegetables.
  7. Add the cashews, pineapple, and cooked shrimp and stir. After the shrimp is reheated add the cilantro and stir.
  8. Remove rice from heat and squeeze the juice from 1/2 a lime over the rice. Stir to distribute. Serve immediately.

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