Pineapple Fried Rice Recipe

Pineapple Fried Rice: a quick and easy lunch. Great way to use your leftover rice! @natashaskitchen

Here’s an easy and yummy lunch idea: pineapple fried rice. It is a great way to put some sparkle in your leftover rice. I’m a big fan of fried rice. Cooking over higher heat seals in all the natural flavors of the pineapple and leaves your rice with a subtle crispness.

This stir-fry is a great meatless choice and everyone in my family loved it! Once your food hits the stove, it’s done in under 10 minutes. Quick and easy!

Ingredients for Pineapple Fried Rice:

1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple, cut into 1/2″ pieces
1/2 sweet red bell pepper, diced
1/2 small onion, finely diced
1 Tbsp ginger, grated
1 garlic clove, pressed or finely diced
1 1/2 to 2 Tbsp soy sauce, or to taste
2 cups cooked white rice, cold (=1 cup uncooked white rice with 1 Tbsp butter & 1/4 tsp salt)
1 tsp sesame oil, optional (but highly recommended)

Garnish:

2 Tbsp green onions, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp sesame seeds, optional

Pineapple Fried Rice: a quick and easy lunch. Great way to use your leftover rice! @NatashasKitchen

How to Make Fried Rice:

1. Rinse rice thoroughly and cook according to package instructions. We used a ricemaker and added 1 Tbsp butter and 1/4 tsp salt then let it cool completely. This works best with cooled, leftover rice. Don’t use warm or hot rice or it will get sticky.

2. Prep your vegetables before you fire up the stove. You won’t have time to chop in between cooking steps.

3. Heat a heavy-bottomed skillet or wok over medium heat, then swirl in 2 Tbsp oil. Add diced onion and cook about 1 minute or until softened. Next toss in pressed garlic and grated ginger and saute another minute, stirring constantly.

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4. Increase heat to med/high and add diced bell pepper with pineapple and continue to saute everything for 3-5 minutes or until golden, stirring frequently.

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5. Add 2 cups cooked rice and 1 1/2 to 2 Tbsp of soy sauce, or to taste. Continue to stir over the heat another minute or until soy sauce is well blended in. Turn off the heat stir in 1 tsp sesame oil, or to taste. I love how sesame oil. It gives Asian-inspired meals authentic flavor.

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Plate the rice and sprinkle each bowl with some chopped green onions and sesame seeds if desired and serve warm.

Pineapple Fried Rice: a quick and easy lunch. Great way to use your leftover rice! @natashaskitchen

Pineapple Fried Rice

5 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Pineapple Fried Rice: a quick and easy lunch. Great way to use your leftover rice! @natashaskitchen
Here's an easy and yummy lunch idea: pineapple fried rice. It is a great way to put some sparkle in your leftover rice. I'm a big fan of fried rice. Cooking over higher heat seals in all the natural flavors of the pineapple and leaves your rice with a subtle crispness. This stir-fry is a great meatless choice and everyone in my family loved it! Once your food hits the stove, it's done in under 10 minutes. Quick and easy!
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $5-$6
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 sweet red bell pepper
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 Tbsp ginger
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce or to taste
  • 2 cups cooked white rice cold (=1 cup uncooked white rice with 1 Tbsp butter & 1/4 tsp salt)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil optional (but highly recommended)

Garnish:

  • 2 Tbsp green onions
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds optional

Instructions

  1. Rinse rice thoroughly and cook according to package instructions. We used a rice maker and added 1 Tbsp butter and 1/4 tsp salt then let it cool completely. This works best with cooled, leftover rice. Don't use warm or hot rice or it will get sticky.
  2. Prep your vegetables before firing up the stove. You won't have time to chop between steps.
  3. Heat a heavy-bottomed skillet or wok over medium heat, then swirl in 2 Tbsp oil. Add diced onion and cook about 1 minute or until softened. Next toss in pressed garlic and grated ginger and saute another minute, stirring constantly.
  4. Increase heat to med/high and add diced bell pepper with pineapple and continue to saute everything for 3-5 minutes or until golden, stirring frequently.
  5. Add 2 cups cooked rice and 2 Tbsp of soy sauce, or to taste. Continue to stir over the heat another minute or until soy sauce is well blended in. Turn off the heat stir in 1 tsp sesame oil, or to taste. I love how sesame oil. It gives Asian-inspired meals authentic flavor. Plate the rice and sprinkle each bowl with some chopped green onions and sesame seeds if desired and serve warm.

Final Final Picmonkey Hashtag bannerPineapple Fried Rice: a quick and easy lunch. Great way to use your leftover rice! @natashaskitchen

More Asian-Inspired Recipes that make my heart go pitter-pat:

Shrimp Fried Rice[Shrimp-fried Rice]

Chicken Lettuce Wraps[Chicken Lettuce Wraps]

Shrimp Wraps TH[Shrimp Lettuce Wraps]

Sushi Rice & California Rolls Recipe TH[California Rolls]

Beef Stir Fry TH[Beef Stir-Fry]

I bet this fried rice would be nice with a brown rice too. Have any of you tried it that way?

P.S. Have a great weekend! Have any fun plans?

Love  -Natasha 🙂

natashaskitchen

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Sarah
    April 3, 2016

    What is the best way to reheat the
    Pineapple rice dish, I have to take it to a pot luck dinner. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 3, 2016

      I like reheating fried rice on a very hot pan or wok so the rice gets a teensy bit crispy. I think that’s the best way to make the dish come alive again 🙂 Reply

  • April Blades
    April 8, 2015

    What a wonderful recipe! I’m always looking for simple recipes as I’m not able to spend much time on my feet due to a back injury. I purchased a fresh pineapple this week and was so excited to come across this recipe. Absolutely perfect combination of ingredients and the serving size was just right for two. Definitely a keeper! Thank you, I look forward to making, and eating, this one again. As does my husband!
    Aloha! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 8, 2015

      Thank you so much for the great review! 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe. Sorry to hear about your back injury :(. Was it recent? Reply

      • April
        April 23, 2015

        Aloha Natasha! You’re very welcome. I made this again tonight and added peas & carrots, we didn’t think it could get any better but the added vegetables made it even better! No, my back injury was in December 2011. I’ll be having surgery in June then rehabilitation. I look forward to getting back to cooking and life in general. Thank you again for sharing this great recipe. Aloha Reply

  • March 31, 2015

    I always love fried rice. Use red chili instead of red bell peppers in your recipe and it turns out well. (I stay in Asia and love hot and spicy food). Thanks for the recipe. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 1, 2015

      That’s brilliant! My husband and I love spicy foods and the red chili sounds delicious! Reply

  • Becky S.
    January 4, 2015

    Made this tonight with a few modifications (added chickpeas tossed in 1 tsp curry powder, green pepper instead of sweet pepper, basmati brown rice instead of jasmine). Great recipe made vegan! Thanks for the post! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 4, 2015

      Thanks so much for sharing your modifications! 🙂 Reply

  • Jeanne
    September 3, 2014

    This was excellent! Very easy to prepare and tasted awesome. I used canned pineapple (tidbits) and also added a handful +/- of unsalted cashews for some crunch. It was very yummy! I will be making this again and again. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 3, 2014

      Oh my goodness that sounds so so good especially with the cashews. Wow! YUM!! Reply

  • Jennifer
    July 19, 2014

    I made this with quick cooking brown rice and it was fantastic! The pineapple added such great flavour! I will definitely be making this again. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 19, 2014

      Thanks so much for sharing! It’s great to now that brown rice works. I’m so happy you enjoyed it! 🙂 Reply

  • Tina
    June 7, 2014

    I can’t wait to try this! I’m going to add shrimp. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 7, 2014

      Ooh you should try the shrimp fried rice that I posted. It’s so good too!! Reply

  • Christina
    June 6, 2014

    I stumbled across this recipe while browsing pinterest. I’d seen tons of fried rice recipes but this one really caught my eye because it contained sweet juicy chunks of pineapple in it. I was sold. I finally got around to making it tonight and let me just say, I was not let down. I unfortunately didn’t have ginger on hand and the small grocery in my town didn’t gave any either (every flavor of ice cream and every cut of frozen French fries, but no ginger -_-). I’ll have to try it with the ginger next time as I’m sure it’ll make it that much more delicious. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe. I’ll be saving this one. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 6, 2014

      Thank you so much for a great review and yes, you should definitely try it with ginger. 🙂 welcome to the blog! Reply

  • Nicole
    April 28, 2014

    We cooked this with brown rice, preserved baby ginger (instead of fresh), baby corn and 1/4 cup pineapple juice. It was amazing! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 28, 2014

      I love your variations! I’ll have to try it. Thanks so much for sharing!! 🙂 Reply

  • Julie
    April 18, 2014

    Would it make a difference if i added chicken? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 19, 2014

      I think chicken would taste good in this dish. Reply

  • Diana
    April 16, 2014

    Yummy!!! I also added some grilled chicken and bacon, the best. Thanks Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 16, 2014

      Oh those sound like some mighty tasty additions! Thanks for the tip! 🙂 Reply

  • Julie
    April 15, 2014

    Hey great recipe! What can you use as a substitute for the red bell pepper? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 15, 2014

      Green Peas would be a good substitute 🙂 Fresh or frozen. Reply

  • You are too cute! Who else says “put some sparkle in your leftover rice”? Seriously adorable!

    This fried rice dish looks delectable! Can’t wait to try this out! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 13, 2014

      Ha ha thanks Lindsey 🙂 You’re so sweet. It does bring leftover rice back to life though. I hope you love it! 😉 Reply

  • Anna
    April 13, 2014

    I never made fried rice with pineapple but I always use brown rice and it tastes pretty good. Thank you for the recipe! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 13, 2014

      Now I’m definitely going to try the brown rice. Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂 Reply

  • Julie
    April 12, 2014

    So got to try this! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 12, 2014

      Hi Julie! I hope you love it! 🙂 It’s so simple and quick and the pineapple is a treat! Reply

  • Inna
    April 12, 2014

    Natasha, will caned pineapple work? I so wanna try this tomorrow but don’t have any fresh pineapple. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 12, 2014

      I think it would work with canned if it’s drained really well. My only concern with canned pineapple is that it’s kind of wet and might make the rice a little mushier. Also, the pieces of pineapple probably won’t be as pronounced as fresh. Reply

  • Alla
    April 11, 2014

    Sounds like it’d be great with some diced ham 🙂 (And I’m not a ham person at all …..) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 11, 2014

      That makes me think of Hawaiian pizza! Yum! Reply

      • Alla
        April 13, 2014

        Me too, I guess pineapple in savory dishes makese thibk of the ham Reply

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