A couple of weeks ago, I tried pineapple fried rice for the first time at a nearby sushi restaurant. Now, if you have not noticed from my Pineapple Banana Muffins or Mango Pineapple Yogurt Parfaits, I love pineapples. I do not know what it is about this fruit but it seems to taste amazing with just about everything. Yes, I’m that person that even eats pineapple on my pizza! I had never heard of pineapple fried rice before I ate it a few weeks ago. Of course, my love for pineapple motivated me to order it anyway, and I was not disappointed. I loved my pineapple fried rice so much that I decided to make a recipe of my own adapted from another fried rice recipe that I created. Today, I’m going to share it with you.
Now doesn’t that look delicious? I’m already thinking about when I can make this again – it was so good!! We ate it every night for 4 days after I made it.
Here is everything you need for this recipe:
Before beginning the recipe, pre-cook 4 cups of rice, scramble 4 eggs, dice all of the vegetables, mince the cloves of garlic and chop the pineapple.
It is best to use cold, few-day old rice when making fried rice recipes. I have done this before when making fried rice and there definitely is a difference when you use older rice since it is more dry and less sticky. Whereas when you use freshly cooked rice, you might find that your fried rice turns out a bit mushy. However, I do not mind the mush that much! So, if you forget to cook your rice in advanced, don’t sweat it.
I also used low sodium soy sauce for this recipe. This is just my preference.
Before scrambling the eggs, add a bit of sesame oil to the frying pan. Then, when the eggs are almost fully cooked, add a small amount of soy sauce to the pan. You should not add more than 1/4 tsp of each. After the eggs are done cooking, place them on a plate to cool. When they are fully cooled, break them into tiny pieces. Think of how you normally see eggs in fried rice – that is how they should look.
Now it’s time to brown the onions and heat the garlic. The onions and garlic should be cooked the same way as the eggs. Add a bit of sesame oil to the pan before placing the onions and garlic in it. After a few minutes, add a bit of soy sauce and let them cook until they are browned. Since the soy sauce will discolor the onions quite a bit, wait until they are almost fully browned to add it. Once they are done cooking, set them aside to cool.
As I’m sure you were able to guess, the vegetables will be cooked just like the eggs and onions. Start by adding a bit of sesame oil and cooking the carrots, broccoli, and mushrooms in it. After about 2 minutes, add a splash of soy sauce. Wait 2 more minutes before removing the vegetables from the pan and placing them to cool.
You’re probably wondering why I cook all of these ingredients separate – I have found that my fried rice tastes much more flavorful when I do! Though it might take longer, there is definitely a better sesame oil / soy sauce flavor when I take the extra time to cook the ingredients in smaller portions rather than just bunching them all together.
Finally, a break in the routine! Mmm this pineapple was so juicy and fresh.
I do not suggest adding sesame oil or soy sauce to the pan when cooking the pineapple. Instead, just add a bit of non-stick cooking spray if you need it. Allow the pineapple chunks to cook for about 3 minutes before removing them from the pan to cool.
Now it’s time to put everything together. Start by pouring a bit of sesame oil in the pan (about 1 tsp.) then add the rice. You will slowly begin adding all of the other ingredients to the pan. Add a bit of soy sauce and butter each time you add an ingredient. Make sure you continue to stir the recipe each time you add something to it. The sequence should go something like this:
- 1/2 Tbsp. butter
- Soy sauce
- 1/2 Tbsp. butter
- Soy sauce
- And so forth…
There is no set amount of soy sauce or butter that you need to add, as this all depends on personal preference. Overall, I used about 3 tablespoons of butter and 3/4 cup of soy sauce for this recipe. I recommend doing a taste after adding all of the ingredients to the pan. If you need more soy sauce or butter, add a little more until you reach your desired taste. Feel free to add salt and pepper for flavoring! I love adding black pepper to my fried rice recipe.
Have you ever had pineapple fried rice? What is your favorite rice dish? Let me know in the comments down below.
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