Tuesday, June 9

You Don't Ignore a Craving for Thai Pineapple Fried Rice

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Some blog posts are well thought out and take hours to prepare, while others just write themselves. Then there are the posts that result from cravings, which happened to me yesterday. I was leaving a comment on T. W.'s site, Culinary Types, where he had posted a mighty fine chicken fried rice recipe. I mentioned that I hadn't made fried rice in a long time and that I'd really love some pineapple fried rice.

I woke up at 5:30 am this morning, and before I even thought of coffee, I thought of fried rice. I knew I wouldn't make it to the end of the day without it. So by 7 am -- with a good coffee buzz going -- I was cooking white rice to chill for tonight's dinner. By 5 pm my Thai Pineapple Fried Rice was cooked and photographed to post tonight.

Though I'm not eating it for another hour or so, I had to sneak a couple spoonfuls during the photo session. (Come on, you do it too.) I was so pleased: the flavors of sweet pineapple, spicy ginger, and salty cashews mingle deliciously. I have no doubt that my fried rice craving will be satisfied tonight.

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Thai Pineapple Fried Rice
Serves 4
Print recipe only here.

2 cups leftover cooked white rice
1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
3 scallions, thinly sliced (reserve some of the green part for garnish)
1/2 large red bell pepper, diced
1 1/2-2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
1 small red or green chili (the more the seeds the hotter the flavor)
1 cup diced pineapple, preferably fresh
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 cup cashews (salted or unsalted)
1 tablespoon dark sesame oil, optional

In a wok or a large skillet over high heat, warm 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil. Add the scallions, 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 cashews; stir until well coated and heated through, about 2-3 minutes.

Sprinkle with the scallion greens, and, if desired, drizzle with sesame oil. Serve immediately.

You might also like:

Asian Noodle Salad with Tofu and Mango

Shrimp, Pineapple, and Kashi 7 Whole Grain Pilaf Salad

Gingery Sauteed Tat Soi with Tofu Steaks

Craving more fried rice? Try these:

Thai Pineapple Fried Rice from Kitchen Snippets
Pineapple Fried Rice and Shrimp Fried Rice from Simply Recipes
Prawn Fried Rice from The Perfect Pantry
Kimchi Fried Rice from 80 Breakfasts


Heather said...

no ma'am, you certainly do not ignore a craving for pineapple fried rice! this looks so delicious!

The Italian Dish said...

Gee, this would make a great meatless meal. It looks so refreshing. This would make a great side dish, too, for grilled chicken. My family is going to love this.

Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul said...

I agree Susan! You never ignore a craving for fried rice! This is so wonderful! Love the flavours.

Manggy said...

I've no doubt as well! Love me Pineapple Fried rice too-- have you ever served it in a half-pineapple? Hee heee :)

Rachel said...

And you got me craving for it now.

Unknown said...

I really want this rice! Now I have to buy another pineapple.Yum!

Jude said...

Looks like there's a lot of room for hot chiles because of the sweet pineapples. I'm thinking this would make a great side dish for pan-fried fish.

Susan @ SGCC said...

That fried rice looks perfect, just perfect! This is one of my fave dishes when we go out for Thai food. Damn! Now I'm craving it too!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That looks so good! I crave Thai food all the time ;-P...



Sharon said...

What a yummy fried rice! I always sneak bites of food when I'm photographing!

Parita said...

Oh i love thai pineapple fried rice, i had made this once..your post reminds me to make this again:)

Finla said...

WOw one of the best rice i have seen for a while, love the pineapple inthem. My daughter would love this, bookmarking them.

Anh said...

The fried rice is soo delicious! And I do understand your craving. I have been craving fried chicken wings for weeksssss!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Fried rice is one of the dishes I get cravings for, too. My favorite version has chunks of salmon, mushrooms, and green onions, with orange juice, oyster sauce and soy sauce for the flavorings. Sounds weird, I know, but it's truly delicious. Might just have to make some later today.... that's how cravings work!

veron said...

This is one of my favorite fried rice!Looks fantastically yummy. We make this with a little shrimp paste back home.

Ramona said...

Love the pictures. It looks good. We do love fried rice, but hubby hates pineapple.

Katie @ goodLife {eats} said...

That looks heavenly! I sample when I'm photographing too.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Gorgeous photo. Strange but pineapple is low on my list to enjoy when cooked (love it fresh). My husband on the other hand loves it cooked and fresh. Maybe I should do this just for him.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

heather-Nope, you sure don't. ;)

elaine-It makes chicken a little more exciting. Hope they like it!

peter-Thanks so much!

mark-No, I haven't done it. I have a fear of food "boats." ;)

rachel-It works that way. ;)


jude-I had mine with pan fried tilapia and Jeff had salmon. It's lovely with both.

susan-It's catchy!

rosa-Oh, thank you!

sharon-I knew I wasn't alone!

parita-Everybody needs a reminder now and again. :)

happycook-Let me know how you like it!

anh-Now I'm gonna be craving chicken wings!

lydia-It could become a chain of blog post cravings!

veron-That must add wonderful flavor.

ramona-I didn't know there were people who could hate pineapple. ;)

katie-Who can resist, right?

tanna-Father's Day is coming up....

Culinary Wannabe said...

I was planning on serving Chinese food on Friday and was thinking I would scour the web for a fried rice recipe, and voila! Thanks! Can't wait to try this!

Karen said...

This is the second yummy post for fried rice I've seen this morning and now I've got a craving!

Zita said...

I couln't belive that I've never eat pineapple fried rice, love pineapple on my pizza why not on rice? And you cutting it in small bites rather than chunks make the fried rice looks so pretty and delicious :)

Patsyk said...

It looks amazing! I haven't had fried rice in quite awhile... now you are going to get me craving it, too!

Laura said...

I am completely on board with anything that includes pineapple. Brings back good memories of eating that decadently mediocre type of sweet and sour pork when I was a child.

The Duo Dishes said...

This has been ordered many times but never made at home. Shame! Now we shall have to make it.

Christie Stump said...

Now I can't help but be craving Thai Pineapple Fried Rice! This looks awesome!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Well, I may have to return the craving! This looks delicious, and I think I've got little pineapple that needs using up! Maybe someday we can team up for a buffet!

Kristen said...

I agree - you absolutley can't ignore a craving like this. I never even knew it existed and now I'm craving it!

Abby said...

I LOVE fried rice. Cashews and pineapple is a new one to me. I think Cash would love to share (he's okay with nuts, I didn't wait to give him peanut butter - went with the idea that we're okay with it he probably is and keeping him away could lead to a problem; and he'd love pineapple! My niece adores it.)

We Are Not Martha said...

Yummm. I LOVE pineapple in my fried rice! This recipe is definitely being bookmarked :) Can't wait to try it!


Anonymous said...

I'm definitely making this for my kids. They love pineapple! Thanks for a great recipe!

Kimi @ The Nourishing Gourmet said...

I love this recipe for it's simplicity! I love pineapple anything too, my family would love this.

Anonymous said...

I am dying for some of this now. You have passed the fried rice craving on, and I have some leftover rice sitting in my fridge begging for this royal treatment. Looks divine.

Soma said...

No you certainly cannot ignore a craving for something so beautiful! Wish I could have some of it now for my dinner.

Anonymous said...

Fried rice of any kind is one thing I can really get a craving for.

Great, now you've done it!

Creative Classroom Core said...

This looks sooo tasty! Love the pineapple!

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

I make fried rice on and off, but never with pineapple in it. Must try this one too.

Cris said...

All my posts take so long to be written, I just wish I had more time :-) but yours are always so well written no matter how long it takes you to prepare them. This is an easy recipe huh, hum leftover rice and all ingredients that are easily found in the fridge... I think we're having this today...

Erica from Cooking for Seven said...

I'll bet this would be really good with Thai coconut rice. Can't say that I've ever made fried rice, but this looks delicious. This definitely goes on my list of want-to-make.

Wonderful photos, btw.

The Single Guy said...

Wow, that fried rice looks really fluffy. Great technique! And smart that you chilled the rice in advance. Very impressive!

Anonymous said...

Nope. I certainly would NOT ignore a craving for that. In fact one seems to be developing....

nora@ffr said...

yummm!! love thai food.. but never had thai paneapple fried rice before, sounds really delicious

Barbara GF said...

The heck with the spoonfuls, I would have eaten this for breakfast! Can't wait to make it, Susan.

Justin said...

i was trying to decide between a recipe like this and a noodle recipe before I hit the market today. I went with the noodles, but looking at your photo, I think I made the wrong choice. yum.

Juliana said...

Love rice with pineapple...and the one that you feature looks just fantastic...yummie! Would have some of it just right now. Nice pictures as well.

Diane Schuller said...

Oh those tofu cakes sound fabulous! I'm not keen on warm pineapple so, for me, these gingery tofu cakes sound yummy!

Johanna GGG said...

yum - I love pineapple in fried rice - now you have me wanting to make it too - I have made so much rice lately I am kicking myself for not having leftovers I can use

Deborah said...

I love recipes like that that just scream out for you to make them!

Unknown said...

What a colourful fried rice! I like the pineapple in it!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

ashley-Don't you love when that happens?

karen-Now you've got to make it!

zita-I like them better smaller.

patsy-It's contagious!

laura-Mmm... I used to love sweet n sour pork whenever we ordered take-out.


tw-Ooh, an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet? I'm in!

christie-That's what I like to hear!

abby-You could just omit the nuts too if you're concerned.

wanm-Great! I hope you like it!

doudishes-And it's really easy!

carol-Hope your kids like it! Thanks.

kimi-It really is simple.

haleysuzanne-Perfect timing then!

soma-I wish the same for you! ;)

kate-Sorry. ;)

finsmom- Many thanks!

aparna-It's really good. Hope you give it a try!

cris-That is so kind of you to say. Many thanks.

erica-Thanks. I'm glad you liked the pics.

ben-Yeah, chilling it helps prevent it from clumping. Thanks!

oneparticularkitchen-That's how it starts. :)

nora-It's really delicious!

barbara-You're my kinda girl! ;)

justin-Ha! Next time then. :)

juliana-Oh, thank you so much!

diane-I love those tofu cakes. Hope you try them!

johanna-Just save some from the next batch!

deborah-I know!

kevin-Thank you!

Leo said...

Made this last night, it was delicious. Added 1/4 pound small shrimp and some raisins. 2 of us ate all of it.

Rumela said...

I was made this for dinner tonight, and it was delicious! I was a little nervous it wouldn't have enough depth of flavor, but it turned out scrumptious. even my meat-loving husband liked it. I'm trying to do several meatless meals a week both for our health, so I really appreciate easy, thai pineapple fried rice meals. thank you for shearing your post.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

leo-Mmm... raisins sound wonderful! I'm so happy you both enjoyed it!

rumela-I was a vegetarian for many years, and though I eat meat now, I still have veg only meals several times a week too. So I'm thrilled to hear that you're doing it too, and that your meat-lovin' husband may be converted yet! ;)