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

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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.

Pineapple Fried Rice 1

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.

Pineapple Fried Rice 2

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.

Pineapple Fried Rice 3

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

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Pineapple Fried Rice

5 from 14 votes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
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!
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 4
  • 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:

Instructions

  • 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.
  • Prep your vegetables before firing up the stove. You won't have time to chop between steps.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Pineapple Fried Rice
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $

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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 🙂

Natasha Kravchuk

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 and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Julie
    May 14, 2024

    I had some leftover coconut rice (cooked with coconut milk) that I used with this. That was amazing!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 14, 2024

      Glad you liked it!

      Reply

  • John Little
    April 15, 2024

    This is a simple but tasty recipe that my wife loves.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 15, 2024

      I’m so glad she enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Susan
    September 29, 2023

    My family loves this pineapple fried rice. I substituted the soy sauce with coconut aminos because my son prefers them but otherwise followed the recipe. Delicious!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      September 29, 2023

      That’s great, Susan!

      Reply

  • Susanna
    March 16, 2023

    Hi Natasha.
    This looks delicious. I will be making this recipe soon. But I need clarification, please:)
    Sesame oil. Your link to sesame oil is to Toasted sesame oil. Normally, I wouldn’t use it for frying, since it tastes burned to me. Can I use regular sesame oil?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 16, 2023

      Hi Susanna, it worked really well in this recipe. If you try regular sesame oil, I’d love to know how you like it.

      Reply

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