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Pineapple Fried Rice

I love pineapple- fresh, frozen, blended, cooked. Please put it on my pizza, or in this case, in my fried rice. This blend of savory and sweet flavors delivers the perfect balance for a standalone meal in a bowl, or as a side to complement your Thai dinner. It's been a favorite of mine for years and is a quick, one pot dish.


2 T toasted sesame oil, or use 1 T sesame and 1 T peanut, or olive oil

1 shallot, peeled and finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

¼ cup chopped red bell pepper

1 carrot, chopped

½ cup frozen peas

¼ cup raisins or currants (I used golden raisins)

½ cup whole cashews (if using salted, reduce additional salt)

1 cup fresh pineapple, chopped

3 T vegetarian fish sauce, or soy sauce, or tamari if gluten free

2 t curry powder

2 green onions finely sliced, separating whites from greens

3 cups cooked long grain rice, preferably several days old (I use basmati)

1/3 cup cilantro, loosely chopped

1 egg, optional

¼ cup chopped jalapeno, optional


  1. Heat oil in a wok on medium, add in shallots, garlic, bell pepper, carrot, mix and allow to sauté for a few minutes to soften (add jalapeno here if using)

  2. Stir frequently to avoid burning, and reduce heat if necessary

  3. Sprinkle in curry powder and mix to combine

  4. Stir in peas, cashews, pineapple, raisins, and whites of green onions

  5. Pour in soy, or fish sauce

  6. Continue to cook for a minute or two until bubbling

  7. If adding egg, make space by pushing veggies aside and crack one egg in the space, allow to cook for one minute and then mix

  8. Stir in rice, break up clumps with spatula, ensuring it is mixed well with veggies and sauce and allow to crisp slightly

  9. Add additional seasoning- curry, salt and pepper, to taste

  10. Serve with greens of green onions and cilantro

Note #1: If you prefer a spicier rice, add 1/2 t chili powder and serve with sriracha

Note #2: You can add crispy tofu, in small pieces, right before adding rice, and mix well, may want to add a little more soy sauce to cover


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