Thai Vegetarian Pineapple Fried Rice

Thai Pineapple Fried Rice

The Spruce

Ratings (65)
  • Total: 38 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 8 mins
  • Yield: 5 to 6 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
622 Calories
6g Fat
129g Carbs
15g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This classic Thai pineapple fried rice is truly heavenly. Golden grains of rice jeweled with chunks of juicy pineapple, cashews, and currents create a taste that will send you straight to heaven! Make it as the main course or as a beautiful side dish to any meal. You can serve it in a carved-out pineapple like they do in Thailand, which is quite easy and fun.

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons oil
  • 3 to 4 cups cooked rice (preferably several days old)
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce (substitute fish sauce if non-vegetarian)
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 2 shallots (finely chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1 red or green chili (thinly sliced, or 1/4 to 3/4 teaspoon dried crushed chili (chili flakes))
  • 1/4 cup vegetable stock (or faux chicken stock or regular chicken stock if non-vegetarian)
  • 1 egg (vegans can omit)
  • Optional: 1 small carrot (grated, about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 small can pineapple chunks (drained, or 1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple chunks)
  • 1/4 cup currants or raisins
  • 1/2 cup roasted unsalted whole cashews
  • Optional: freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3 spring onions (finely sliced)
  • 1/3 cup fresh coriander (cilantro) leaves

Steps to Make It

  1. Mix 1 tablespoon oil with the rice, using your fingers to separate any chunks into grains. Set aside.

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  2. In a cup, stir the soy sauce or fish sauce together with the curry powder.

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  3. Drizzle 1 to 2 tablespoons oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add shallots, garlic and chili, stir-frying until fragrant, about 1 minute.

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  4. Whenever the pan becomes dry, add a little stock, 1 tablespoon at a time, to keep ingredients sizzling.

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  5. Crack the egg (if using) into wok and stir quickly to cook (like you are making scrambled eggs).

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  6. Add the carrot, if using, and peas. Stir-fry 1 to 2 minutes, adding more stock if needed.

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  7. Now add the rice, pineapple chunks, currants, and cashews.

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  8. Drizzle the fish/soy sauce mixture over and gently stir-fry to combine over medium-high to high heat until the rice "dances" (makes popping sounds), about 5 to 8 minutes, or until desired lightness is achieved. Avoid adding any more stock from here on, or your rice will turn out heavy and/or soggy.

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  9. If desired, you can push ingredients aside and add a little more oil to the pan to give your rice that special "shine" you see in restaurant fried rice.

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  10. Remove from heat. Do a taste-test for salt and flavor, adding a few shakes of salt or a little more soy sauce, as needed. If too salty for your taste, add a squeeze or two of lime juice.

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  11. To serve, scoop rice onto a serving platter (or in a carved-out pineapple). Top with spring onions and coriander.

Vegans may omit the egg without losing the flavor or nutrients of this great dish as tasty cashews provide the main protein source.