This gorgeous, luscious Thai Pineapple Fried Rice will knock your socks off!

Your guests will be pleasantly surprised when you serve the fried rice in the beautifully crafted pineapple bowl.

In this article, I will share with you my method to fried the authentic Thai style pineapple fried rice, and how to make the pineapple boat in just a few simple steps.

Let’s kick off with a few important tips.

Your guests will be pleasantly surprised to see the pineapple fried rice served in the pineapple bowl. Pineapple fried rice is different from other fried rice because it is the only one cooked with fruits and curry powder. The sweetness of the diced pineapple provides a balance to the savory taste of shrimp and chicken.

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Five tips to cook the best pineapple fried rice

Pineapple fried rice is different from other fried rice because it is the only fried rice cooked with fruits and curry powder.  The addition of raisin and cashew nuts convince me that it will taste completely different from the yang chow fried rice that I have posted earlier.

This Thai fried rice recipe is modified by adding some small dices of capsicum to improve the color and applying the traditional Chinese stir-fry technique. The result is a complex integration of the pineapple, curry and augmented with the wok aroma as a result of cooking over high heat.  The sweetness of the diced pineapple provides a balance to the savory taste of the shrimps and chicken.

Read the following notes before jumping to the recipe section.  There are lots more valuable information here to get the best out of the recipe.

1. Cook the rice

I recommend using Thai long grain rice for this recipe. Since it is not very starchy on the outside, the fried rice will not turn out very sticky, which is what is intended to be.

Needless to mention, the first step to prepare pineapple fried rice is to cook the rice. You have two options.

Use the leftover rice to cook.

Leftover rice is ideal for frying because it has lost moisture over time and has a dryer surface. Therefore, it is less likely to stick to the wok and can be stir-fry freely over high heat to generate the wok aroma.

Use fresh rice to cook

If you do not have leftover rice, cook some fresh rice specifically for the fried rice. Here is my recommendation on how to achieve the optimum result.

  1. Rinse the raw rice several times until the water runs clear even though it is clean. The water of the first rinse looks murky due to the presence of starch from the rice. Less sticky Rice is easy to fry because it will not form lumps easily.
  2. Discard the water from the rice as much as you can. Add 1.5x of water to the rice. (For instance, if you start by using one cup of uncooked rice, then add 1.5 cups of water.). Cover and cook in a rice cooker. Keep the lid on for at least fifteen minutes after the rice cooker turns off automatically because the rice might not fully cook in most cases. Keep it cover to let the rice absorb the water.
  3. Open the lid and fluff the rice so that it will not forms large lumps.
  4. Transfer it to a shallow pan to let the moisture escape. You can put it under the fan to speed things up. The rice is now as good as the leftover rice for frying.

2. Prepare the shrimps

Clean, remove the shell and devein the shrimps. Cut half of the shrimps into small pieces and stir-fry with the rice. Keep the remaining uncut shrimps to place on top of the fried rice as a garnish.

3. Marinate the chicken

Cut the chicken breast meat into slices. Marinate with some salt and water for fifteen minutes or longer. You can cook chicken pineapple fried rice without the shrimps.

4. The seasoning

The combination of the distinctive Thai seasoning sauce, fish sauce and curry powder makes the pineapple fried rice taste entirety different from any other fried rice.

The Golden Mountain brand of Thai seasoning and the Squid brand of fish sauce are available online. The recipe does not specify which type of curry powder. I am using the Baba brand of meat curry powder, but you can choose any other brands.

5. Making the pineapple bowl

Serving the pineapple fried rice in the pineapple bowl is very appealing.

Here are the steps to make the pineapple bowl. (also called pineapple boat).

  1. Place the pineapple steadily on the chopping board or on the table.
  2. Cut it lengthwise, If you want the bowl to be slightly bigger, cut it slightly off the center and use the larger side.
  3. Run a sharp knife along the sides, then slice crisscross to cut the flesh into cubes, approximately one inch wide. Be careful not to cut through the skin.
  4. Use a knife or spoon to scoop out the pineapple cubes.
  5. Remove any remaining flesh. Clean and keep the pineapple bowl dry.
  6. Remove the core that might still attach to the flesh of the cubes. Cut the flesh into smaller cubes if they are too large. Set aside for later use.
Pineapple fried rice is the only fried rice cooked with fruits and curry powder. The sweetness of the diced pineapple provides a balance to the savory taste of shrimp and chicken. Your guests will be pleasantly surprised to see this Thai fried rice served in the pineapple bowl.

How to fry the pineapple fried rice (in detail)

Before you begin, get everything ready and within reach to keep things flowing at stir-fry time.

Stir-fry the ingredients

  1. Heat some vegetable oil in a well-seasoned cast iron wok. You can use a stainless steel wok or a large pan to stir-fry. However, the cast iron wok is the best for stir-frying since it has a high heat capacity, non-stick and withstands high heat.
  2. Stir-fry the shrimps over medium heat until they turn pinkish. Remove.
  3. Add the chicken meat to the remaining oil and stir-fry the same way as the shrimps. I like to cook the shrimps and chicken separately as shrimps cook faster than chicken.
  4. Remove the chicken, add the onion. Saute the onion until tender and slightly translucent. You can also cook it further until it caramelized. You can do it either way. Remove.
  5. Crack one egg to the remaining oil.
  6. Add some oil if required. Scramble the egg until it is half cooked over low heat.

Fry the rice

  1. Pour the cooked rice to the half cooked egg mixture. Stir and flip quickly to combine with the egg. The rice should not have lumps. The grains should be well separated, preferably air under the fan or kept overnight. You will break the rice grains if you try to break up all the lumps with the spatula in the wok.
  2. Stir-fry the rice started from low heat, then turn up the heat gradually as the rice become dryer. The rice will stick to the wok (especially if it is not well-seasoned) if you use high temperature at the beginning.
  3. When the grains start to dry up, the starch on the surface will no longer react with the wok surface. That’s when you can turn up your high power stove even resemble a towering inferno, and your rice will remain free-flowing and will not stick to the wok.
  4. Add the seasonings. Combine well.
  5. Return the shrimps (only those small pieces, keep the whole shrimps to garnish later), chicken and onion to the wok.  Add the pineapple cubes.

High heat to generate the wok aroma

  1. Add the capsicum. Gradually turn the heat up to the highest level you can muster. That’s the stage you see the chefs tossing the wok over the blazing flame in the restaurant! (Note: Since the home stove will not produce as much heat as the one in the restaurant, stir-fry one plate at a time is the best option.)
  2. Once you smell the wok aroma generated by the high heat, add the cashew nuts, raisins, and chopped scallion. Turn off the heat immediately. Prolonged cooking will not create more aroma. It will only dry up the rice further which is undesirable. The best fried rice should be lightly charred on the surface and but still chewy inside.
  3. Scoop the rice into the pineapple bowl. Place the shrimps on top and garnish with more chopped scallion. Serve.

The Pineapple Frid Rice Recipe

Yield: 1 large serving

Pineapple Fried Rice

Pineapple Fried Rice

Pineapple fried rice is different from other fried rice because it is the only one cooked with fruits and curry powder. The sweetness of the diced pineapple provides a balance to the savory taste of shrimp and chicken.

The addition of raisin and cashew nuts convince me that it will taste completely different from other fried rice.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 Shrimps (leave 4 whole, and 4 cut into small pieces)
  • 50 g chicken breast meat (marinated with 1 tsp oil and 1/4 tsp salt)
  • Half cup fresh pineapple cubes
  • 1 egg
  • 250g of cooked rice
  • half onion (about 50g) diced
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Seasoning:

Others:

Instructions

  1. Heat some vegetable oil in a wok. Stir-fry the shrimps over medium heat until they turn color. Remove. 
  2. Saute the chicken meat. Once it is cooked, remove.
  3. Saute the onion until tender and slightly translucent. Remove. 
  4. Scramble the egg until it is half cooked over low heat. Add the cooked rice and combine with the egg. 
  5. Add the seasonings. Combine well. 
  6. Return the shrimps (only those small pieces), chicken and onion to the wok. Add the pineapple cubes and the capsicum. 
  7. Turn to high heat. Once you smell the wok aroma, add the cashew nuts, raisins, and chopped scallion. 
  8. Scoop the rice into the pineapple bowl. Place the shrimps on top and garnish with more chopped scallion. Serve. 

Notes

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 1226 Total Fat: 64g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 52g Cholesterol: 316mg Sodium: 6683mg Carbohydrates: 119g Fiber: 9g Sugar: 29g Protein: 45g
This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 3/16/2019

    1 Response to "Pineapple Fried Rice- How to cook to get the best result"

    • KP Kwan

      Hi, this is KP Kwan. I am happy to see you in this comment area, as you have read through my recipe. I am glad to reply to any questions and comments as soon as possible.

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