Pineapple Fried Rice

Asian is one of my most favorite cuisines. Thai, Japanese, Chinese = Yum. It’s second only to Italian in my book. I used to love going to Asian restaurants mostly because I got to order things that I never made myself. Egg rolls, kung pao chicken, chicken with almonds, fried rice, etc. Now don’t get me wrong, I still love Asian restaurants. In fact, I found a new favorite just blocks from my apartment last week. But because of this blog even Asian recipes are in my repertoire! Egg rolls…check! Crab Rangoon…check! Carrot Ginger Dressing from my fav Japanese restaurant…check! Fried Rice… check!

We went with a recipe from Steamy Kitchen because it was the most authentic recipe I could find. Plus her directions were really detailed and good, which was helpful since we’re no pros when it comes to fried rice. I appreciated the tips and tricks that she provided.

The original recipe was shrimp fried rice, but we swapped shrimp for pineapple. I know that sounds kind of weird, but it actually worked. I think the best piece of advice was to use leftover rice. Not only did it make this a breeze to make, but it worked better than making rice fresh because that becomes too mushy. Whenever I order chinese takeout I always end up with lots of leftover white rice. This is an excellent way to use up the leftovers. I will definitely make this fried rice again…in fact every time I have leftover rice in my fridge this is what it will be used for!

Here's what you'll need. And actually the corn starch should not be there!

Start by cutting the pineapple

Cut a flat edge so that the pineapple lays steady on a flat surface

Cut the pineapple in a crosshatch pattern being careful to not go all the way through the skin

Scoop the pineapple pieces out and set aside in a separate bowl. Then discard the core

Scramble the eggs until just slightly runny. Remove from wok and place on a plate.

While the eggs are scrambling, cut the green onion

Wipe out the wok then cook the onions in a tablespoon of oil just until fragrant

Add the rice spreading out against the wok and add soy sauce all around

Add the peas, carrots and egg, toss together. Add the sesame oil now too

Add the bean sprouts and pineapple at the end and toss together. Season with salt and pepper to taste

Yum! An excellent way to use up your leftover white rice…