Pineapple Fried Rice
I kind of have a small obsession with fried rice. It’s my favorite. Chinese, Thai, Japanese, you name it….I’ve tried it…and I love it. :)
But it wasn’t until a few years ago that I learned how uber-easy fried rice is to make at home! All it takes is some leftover rice, sauteed with whatever fresh veggies, meats/seafood (optional), sauces and other favorite toppings you have on hand. And voila – within 15 minutes, you can have a fabulously delicious meal on the table ready to enjoy. Can’t beat that!
Since fresh pineapple happens to be in abundance at my local market this week, decided to do a vegetarian twist and make some pineapple fried rice. Tossed in some of my favorite ingredients, sauces, and of course, some sesame oil. And is usually the case with fried rice — it turned out amazing! The sweet, fresh pineapple constrasted perfectly with the ginger-soy-sesame sauce. And of course, I loved how bright and colorful it was as well!
So if you’re looking for a delicious 15-minute meal that can please just about any crowd, put your leftover rice to use and give this a try!
Pineapple Fried Rice
- 2 cups leftover cooked white rice (refrigerated)
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 3 scallions, white parts and green parts thinly sliced
- 1/2 large red bell pepper, diced
- 2 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger
- 1 small red or green chili (the more the seeds the hotter the flavor)
- 1 cup diced pineapple, preferably fresh
- 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp. fish sauce (or oyster sauce)
- 1/2 tsp. sesame oil
In a wok or a large skillet over high heat, warm 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the scallions (the white parts), red bell pepper, ginger, and chili. Saute 1-2 minutes, or until lightly sizzling and fragrant.
Add cooked rice, stirring frequently, for 3-5 minutes. Add pineapple, soy sauce and fish sauce; stir until well coated and heated through, about 2-3 minutes.
Sprinkle with the scallion greens, and drizzle with sesame oil. Serve immediately.
Other fun ingredients in this might be:
- Cooked chicken, beef, pork, and/or shrimp
- Scrambled eggs
- Toasted sesame seeds
- Any other stir-fried veggies