Pineapple fried rice brings me back to my childhood days. There was a fancy Thai restaurant where my parents would take us out to for celebrations. Seeing as it’s one of my fondest childhood memories, I can assure you this pineapple fried rice will be popular with the kids, too.
The biggest tip for making fried rice is all in the rice. I can’t begin to emphasise how important cooked and refrigerated overnight rice is. It makes all the difference in the texture of your dish as refrigerating overnight evaporates moisture from the rice. Using freshly cooked rice results is sticky clumpy fried rice. Any type of overnight rice would do just fine. Although, I tend to prefer jasmine rice and medium grain rice. Remember to break up your overnight rice before cooking your fried rice.
Next, pineapple fried rice is one of those recipes you could practically add whatever you like to and the end result would be a dish so jammed packed with flavours. Don’t let the list of ingredients turn you off, this recipe is so flexible, you can just add or substitute ingredients as desired. Your core ingredients are simply overnight rice, fresh eggs and pineapple pieces. However, I love adding a few more colourful vegetables such as red capsicum and frozen peas and carrots to brighten it up. Lastly, my secret ingredients which really takes this dish to the next level are cashews and raisins. It simply works wonderfully to add texture and taste. Kids love it.
That’s not it though, it gets better. This pineapple fried rice is yet another one of my one pot wonders (or in this case, one wok wonders) hence, clean-up will be super easy. For cooking fried rice, a wok, if you have one, is really preferable to create a slightly charred burnt flavour.
Want to take it a step further? Try serving your pineapple fried rice in a pineapple boat. The kids will be sure to love this. Did i mention what a terrific midweek meal this pineapple fried rice is?