Pineapple Fried Rice

by Amy on 24 May 2015

Pineapple Fried Rice www.FearlessHomemaker.comToday, I’m participating in a fun blogger event — the Secret Recipe Club. How does it work? Every blogger is secretly assigned another blog + chooses a recipe from that blog to make. On reveal day (today!), all of our posts go up at the same time, + everyone gets to see who was assigned to their blog, which recipe they chose, + how it turned out. Fun, huh?

This month I was assigned Sew You Think You Can Cook, a fantastic blog full of  SO many tasty-looking recipes. One recipe particularly jumped out at me — this Pineapple Fried Rice — because I had fresh pineapple that needed using up, and I *always* seem to have leftover cooked rice in the fridge. I gathered up the rest of the ingredients + got cookin’. And y’all, this might be the most delicious fried rice I’ve ever eaten. The combination of flavors + textures is truly perfect. The sweet, juicy, caramelized pineapple contrasts beautifully with the salty soy, the spicy ginger, and the slightly-crunchy savory veggies. While I usually think of fried rice as a side dish, this is hearty, filling, and well-rounded enough to stand alone as a (meat-free) main dish. If you do prefer it as a side dish, it would work wonderfully alongside Asian-inspired chicken, pork, or fish.

Thank you to Lauren for introducing me to this truly fabulous fried rice + to the Secret Recipe Club for connecting me, yet again, with fantastic bloggers + amazing recipes! For all my previous Secret Recipe Club recipes, click here – there are TONS of awesome ones!

Pineapple Fried Rice www.FearlessHomemaker.comPineapple Fried Rice www.FearlessHomemaker.com

Pineapple Fried Rice

serves 2 as a main dish or 4 as a side dish, adapted from Sew You Can Cook

Ingredients

3 Tbsp canola or vegetable oil, divided
2″ fresh ginger, peeled + grated
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, diced
3 scallions, white + light green parts sliced, and dark green parts reserved for garnish
1 carrot, peeled + diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup peas
1 1/4 cup fresh pineapple, cubed
2 eggs
3 cups cooked rice
2 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp pepper
sesame oil, to taste (optional)

Directions

In a wok or large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Add the ginger and garlic, and saute for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant. Add the onion and white/light green scallions, and cook for 5-7 minutes, until translucent and tender.

Turn the heat up to high, and add in the carrot, pepper, and peas. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently – the veggies should still have some crunch left to them. Add in the pineapple, and cook for 2-3 minutes more — pineapple should just be starting to caramelize.

Transfer all the cooked veggies to a bowl, and set aside. In the empty skillet, turn the heat down to medium, add the eggs, and scramble. When they’re scrambled, add them to the bowl with the veggies.

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the empty skillet, and heat up to medium-high. Add the cooked rice to the pan, and let cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Rice will begin to brown and get a little crispy. Add in the soy sauce, pepper, and all the cooked veggies and eggs, and cook on high for 2 minutes or so, stirring frequently, until everything is well-combined and hot.

Serve immediately, garnished with the sliced dark green scallions and a drop or two of sesame oil, if desired.

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1 Marina @ Parental Journey May 25, 2015 at 6:04 am

This is perfect for summer time :)

2 Melissa May 25, 2015 at 7:42 am

I have every single one of these ingredients just hanging around right now in my fridge, freezer, and pantry. I think that is a sign that I must make this rice asap! Excellent choice this month!! :)

3 Amy May 25, 2015 at 7:50 am

You MUST, Melissa! It was so wonderfully delicious + I think you would love it!

4 Karen May 25, 2015 at 7:58 am

That will do very nicely for my supper tonight thanks Amy! LOVE all the ingredients and such a colourful dish too, Karen

5 SallyBR May 25, 2015 at 8:04 am

Scrumptious! Never had pineapple in a fried rice, sounds great…

hope you are enjoying your Reveal Day!

6 Christine May 25, 2015 at 8:35 am

Yum! I never would have thought to add pineapple to fried rice, but it looks amazing! I also now realize why my fried rice usually is a bit soggy: because I leave everything in the pan instead of cooking everything separately.
Happy reveal day!

7 Amy May 25, 2015 at 8:37 am

Christine, that’s a trick I learned from one of my friends who always makes really amazing fried rice – to cook the different vegetables / meats / eggs / etc. in stages – and it turns out SO fantastic that way!

8 JJ - 84thand3rd May 25, 2015 at 8:59 am

Pineapple and soy are so perfect together – this sounds great! Fab pick this month!

9 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie May 25, 2015 at 10:25 am

Oh my goodness that looks good! I love pineapple in my meals.

10 Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories May 25, 2015 at 11:41 am

I am in love with wok cooking! This looks so tasty with so many ingredients and flavors melding together.

11 Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm May 25, 2015 at 6:18 pm

Wow, what a great idea adding pineapple to the fried rice. Thanks for sharing it this month.

12 Luv What You Do May 25, 2015 at 7:37 pm

Oh yum!!! We have been loving basil fried rice from the Thai place but we will definitely save some money (and calories) if I can make my own : )

13 Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook May 25, 2015 at 11:00 pm

Love love LOVE your photo of the ingredients laid out. And your final photo – much prettier than mine. So glad you enjoyed the Pineapple Fried Rice. I have some rice in the fridge right now – I might need to make this for lunch tomorrow!

14 Traci May 25, 2015 at 11:06 pm

This looks amazing. I make a healthy ham fried rice but will be putting this on my list for summer. Great spin on a classic dish! Happy SRC day and hope you had a happy Memorial Day.

15 sarah k @ the pajama chef May 26, 2015 at 11:07 am

looks like a fab version of fried rice! i love it!

16 Emily @ Life on Food May 27, 2015 at 7:17 am

I am always ready for a good fried rice. This looks delicious. I tend to have rice in the fridge all the time too.

17 Sammie May 27, 2015 at 12:02 pm

I love pineapple fried rice! I always order this whenever I’m in a Thai restaurant!

18 Rebekah @ Making Miracles May 27, 2015 at 2:49 pm

Oh my gosh that looks Ah-maaazzz-ing!! I am so making this soon… yumm!! :) I was so glad to get to stalk you this past month – I adore your blog! :)

19 Tara May 27, 2015 at 9:40 pm

Looks delicious! Love the bright colors! Great pick from Lauren’s blog this month.

20 Kelly May 28, 2015 at 3:51 am

Yum! We love pineapple fried rice and yours looks so delicious and perfect! Makes such an easy and wonderful weeknight meal too and I can’t wait to try this version next time :)

21 Karen (Back Road Journal) May 28, 2015 at 5:40 am

I think this fried rice would go perfect with roasted pork, it sounds great.

22 Agness May 28, 2015 at 7:55 am

Looks really delicious! This dish definitely reminds me of Thailand and the wonderful time I spent there! Yum, yum!

23 Jess @ whatjessicabakednext May 28, 2015 at 10:35 am

This rice looks divine! I really love the flavours! 😀

24 Lynsey @ Lynsey Lou's May 28, 2015 at 11:38 am

I love the addition of pineapple to this rice. It sounds fabulous. Must try soon!

25 Beth May 29, 2015 at 5:46 am

This sounds terrific! I often wind up with leftover pineapple too, and this dish would be a great way to use it.

26 Dedy@Dentist Chef May 29, 2015 at 12:15 pm

Sounds delish!!! my mom gonna lovin this…
unfortunately i’m gonna pass because i’m allergic with pinneaple……

27 nicole @ i am a honey bee May 29, 2015 at 8:24 pm

OMG It’s been so long since I’ve had rice. I might just have to give in and have some to have this. I love fried rice! The pineapple in there looks and sounds awesome.

Great pick!

28 Rebekah @ Making Miracles June 1, 2015 at 9:35 pm

We made this tonight – it was FANTASTIC!! Awesome recipe, thanks for inspiring. :)

29 Amy June 1, 2015 at 10:02 pm

Oh, I am so thrilled to hear that, Rebekah! We LOVED it – glad your family did, too!

30 Sue Lau June 1, 2015 at 10:15 pm

Looks very colorful and delicious! Great choice for reveal day!

31 Amy (Savory Moments) June 2, 2015 at 5:50 am

I like the idea of adding pineapple to fried rice. It looks so flavorful and colorful and I bet it’s super tasty, too!

32 Cailee June 2, 2015 at 11:18 am

Wow!! This looks so yummy!! I love that u added pineapple!! So fun! :)

33 danielle June 2, 2015 at 3:22 pm

This would make everyone in my house happy!

34 Laura June 14, 2015 at 6:03 pm

I made this last week and it was great! I’ve tried a few other fried rice dishes and this may be my new go to. I swapped in brown rice and added bbok choy since I had some from my CSA. Thanks for the great recipe!

35 Amy June 14, 2015 at 9:41 pm

I am SO thrilled to hear that, Laura! This is definitely my favorite fried rice that I’ve made at home, so I love that it now is yours, too. And your adaptations sound wonderful. Thanks for letting me know!

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