My favorite restaurant for Pineapple Fried Rice is in downtown Salt Lake City at Sawadee. It comes in a massive portion so me and my husband typically share it. We aren’t in Salt Lake often so I decided to try and recreate this dish at home. It took a special trip to my local Asian grocery store, Ocean Mart in Roy, Utah to gather a few ingredients that I couldn’t find at my regular local grocery store. Those ingredients were fresh lemongrass and Thai chilies. The Thai chilies aren’t 100% necessary but I highly recommend them if you can find them. The lemongrass is hard to come across unless you have access to an Asian grocery store. If you aren’t able to get your hands on fresh lemongrass, look for lemongrass paste in the Asian isle at your local grocery store.
Where are my fellow Thai food lovers at? If someone suggests going out for Thai, I am always down. I have never had a Thai dish I didn’t like. I typically rotate through 3 different Thai dishes each time I dine at a Thai restaurant. Cashew Nut Stir Fry, Green Curry or Pineapple Fried Rice. It all depends on the mood I’m in on that particular day or which Thai restaurant we are dining at.
This dish turned out better than I could have possibly imagined. It tastes just as good, if not better than the dish I always order at Sawadee. I will be making this dish over and over again for years to come.
Tips & Tricks:
- As with all my other recipes that include fish sauce, it is absolutely necessary so please don’t skip it or substitute it. You will not get that distinct Thai flavor.
- Cooking the rice the day before time seems like a hassle but it’s an absolutely necessary step. It prevents the rice from getting clumpy and sticking together which will prevent the sauce from coating every single grain of rice so be sure not to skip this step and set a reminder in your phone to cook the rice the day before you want to eat this rice.
Thai Pineapple Fried Rice
- Prep Time: 15
- Cook Time: 15
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 6 1x
Just like they serve at your favorite Thai restaurant, this Pineapple Fried Rice is as authentic as it gets. The best part is it takes less than 30 minutes to make!
- 4 cups day old jasmine rice, cooked
- 4 tbsp fish sauce
- 4 tbsp white sugar
- 3/4 tsp black pepper
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 lb ground pork (can substitute ground chicken or turkey)
- 2 shallots, finely diced
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tbsp finely chopped lemongrass or lemongrass paste
- 1 large carrot, finely diced
- 1/2–1 tsp salt
- 1/2 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
- 3 green onions, sliced
- 1 cup diced pineapple
- 1 cup salted cashews
- In a small bowl combine fish sauce, sugar and black pepper. Stir to combine and then set aside while you prep the other ingredients.
- In a skillet heat olive and sesame oils over medium heat. Add carrot, garlic, lemongrass and shallots. Saute for 1 minute or until fragrant.
- Add ground pork to the skillet. Using a rubber spatula, crumble pork into really small pieces as it cooks.
- In a small separate bowl whisk together your eggs.
- Once pork is cooked through, push it to the side of the skillet and add eggs to the empty part of the skillet and scramble until set.
- Mix the eggs into pork mixture.
- Add day old rice and mix until rice is completely mixed in.
- Pour the sauce all over the rice and stir together until every single grain of rice is coated in sauce.
- Turn off the heat and add pineapple, salt (plus more to taste), cashews, green onions and cilantro. Stir until combined.
- Serve immediately.
- Category: Dinner
- Cuisine: Thai
Keywords: Thai, Thai Fried Rice, Thai Food, Fried Rice, Pineapple Fried Rice, Thai Pineapple Fried Rice, Easy Meal, Quick and Easy Dinner, Quick Dinner, Easy Dinner, 30 minute Meal
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