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Pineapple Rice

Pineapple fried rice (Khao op sapparot in Thai) is one of my favourite Thai dishes, and very easy to make. The bright yellow hue and pineapple bowl gives a cheerful tropical and sunny vibe to the dish.

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Pineapple Fried Rice

As a short cut, you can buy sliced pineapple from the fruits stall or use canned pineapples; but if you use a whole fresh pineapple, you will be rewarded with a beautiful pineapple bowl to serve this dish in, and bonus points for not needing to wash the bowl afterwards! While this dish needs some preparation time, the cooking is relatively quick (under 15 minutes). It makes for both a great one-dish meal or the perfect side-dish for any Thai-themed meal. Come Chinese New Year, this is a perfect dish to serve due to the auspicious symbolism of pineapple and its golden hue.

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Pineapple rice sauce
Combine tumeric powder, pineapple juice, fish sauce and seasoning powder in a stain-proof bowl. Mix well and set aside. Note: You can omit the tumeric if you don’t the dish to be bright yellow after cooking.

Diced prawns, pineapples, chicken
Dice the following to bite-sized pieces: prawns (shells & veins removed), boneless chicken and pineapple. Marinade chicken with sesame oil, light soy sauce and white pepper.

Stirfrying pineapple rice
Heat oil and butter in wok, stir fry shallots and garlic until the shallots start to soften. Add shrimp paste, stir fry for about 1 minute until you smell the pungent aroma.

Stirfrying pineapple rice
Add chicken and stir fry until they just turn opaque. Add prawns, stir fry until semi-cooked.

Stirfrying pineapple rice
Add rice and pour the sauce over. Stir fry until the rice grains are dry and evenly-coated in the sauce. Add pineapple, cashew nuts and raisins; stir fry for another minute or two. Season to taste.

Thai Pineapple Fried Rice
Ladle pineapple rice to serving bowl and garnish with meat floss, chilli and coriander.

30 comments on “Pineapple Rice”

  1. I love pineapple fried rice too. This look absolutely delightful and got me craving for some. I think yours looks even better than those that I ordered from the restaurant! ;)

  2. You made it look so festive like something that would be ordered on a tropical island! Sounds absolutely delicious as well and a nice change from normal fried rice. Great recipe!

  3. Hi can I check with u?I used 1tbsp chicken seasoning powder but its very saltish,why is it so??Thks!

  4. My daughter has just got back from Thailand where she enjoyed Pineapple Fried Rice. What is meat floss and shrimp paste? I want to cook it for her.

  5. Pineapple rice recipe

  6. hihi!

    i wanna try cooking for my friends tomorrow. but i wanna know 250 grams of rice is equal to how many cup of uncook rice?

  7. Hi, may I know if we need to use fresh pineapple juice for the sauce? Not sure if there’s a bottled kind to be bought at supermarkets that we can use?

  8. Hi, what shrimp paste do u use?

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