Pineapple rice recipe made with fresh pineapple, basmati rice, spice powders, herbs, cashew nuts and raisins. Makes for a great meal! It is kids friendly too and makes a good option for the lunch box or for kids’ parties. It doesn’t need any side since it is loaded with nuts, raisins and is quite heavy and filling.
Few versions of pineapple fried rice use stock to cook the rice or use curry powder, egg etc in the seasoning. This recipe is simple and suitable for vegetarians.
Thai pineapple fried rice is quite popular in Singapore and vegetarian version too is served in the thai restaurants here. A vegetarian one is mostly made without a curry powder.
It is just the way we make the veg fried rice but with a generous addition of cashews, raisins, pineapple and some added flavors including MSG.
For more Fried rice recipes check
Egg fried rice
Singapore fried rice
Chicken fried rice
How to Make Pineapple Rice
1. Heat oil in a hot wok/pan. Fry cashews, washed and drained raisins. Usually raisins are loaded with oil based stabilizers as a preservative, so washing is always good if not using organic. I also add garlic and fry till the garlic turns aromatic and cashews turn golden.
2. Slide the cashews and raisins to a side in the wok/pan. You can set aside if you wish. Add spring onions, bell peppers and green chili. Avoid chili if making for kids.
3. When the capsicum is half cooked but crunchy, add soya sauce, vinegar, salt and curry powder if you like. Any basic curry powder having coriander, cumin and red chilies can be used. If making for kids you can skip soya sauce or use very less.
4. Give a quick stir and add pineapples. Saute for a minute or two till you begin to smell pineapple.
5. Add cooked and cooled long grain rice, little more oil and then finely chopped cilantro.
6. Toss everything well and fry for 2 minutes.
Serve pineapple fried rice.
Pineapple Rice Recipe
For best results follow the step-by-step photos above the recipe card
Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )
- ½ cup rice (any non sticky variety)
- 1 to 2 tbsp butter or oil
- ¾ tbsp garlic chopped
- 8 to 10 cashews split
- raisins as desired
- ½ cup spring onions and capsicum / bell peppers
- 1 green chili slit (less spicy variety, skip for kids)
- ¼ to ½ tsp curry powder (optional) (for kids 1/4 tsp works good)
- 2 tsp soya sauce
- 1 tsp vinegar
- salt as needed
- 1 cup pineapple chunks
- 1 tbsp coriander leaves / cilantro (chopped), fresh
- oil little more
- Wash and soak rice for a while and cook in about 2.5 cups water till al dente. Drain the rice and cool completely.
- Heat a pan with butter or oil, fry cashews till lightly golden, add raisins and then garlic. Saute until it smells good.
- Add chilli, bell peppers, spring onions. Fry until the peppers are lightly cooked but crunchy.
- Add soya sauce, vinegar, salt and curry powder if using. Mix well. Add in the pineapple chunks.
- Saute the pineapples for about 2 minutes. Add the rice, little oil and then the chopped cilantro.
- Toss everything well and fry for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Serve pineapple rice hot or warm.
Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.
For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.
NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)
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Hi, I always follow your recipes and the food comes out really good. But in this recipe the pineapple tasted very sour and tangy. May I know what is my mistake. Thanks
Please use sweeter pineapple. If the pineapple is sour, then skip the vinegar
Hi.. no salt is needed for this recipe ?
I have mentioned it
What is soya sauce? I can’t find it in stores, can I use soy sauce?
Both are same.
Looks very appetizing and easy. If I add some meat or fish to make it a full meal, should I stir fry it before bellpeppers? Also I think peanuts would sub well for cashews here (I love peanuts and they also cost much less than real nuts).
Yes You will have to add the meat before the bell peppers and saute well until cooked. you can also use peanuts in this recipe. Dry roast them and add towards the end to keep the crunch.
Your dish looks aso delicious! I’m looking forwarding to trying your recipe this week!
Do try it tastes very good
Thank you so much .. I tried your recipe and rice turned out to be awesome. The quantity I used was four times you mentioned in recipe. Little adjustments were needed here and there.
Glad to know you liked it.
Thanks for sharing the outcome.
Am very bad wife in cooking
just going to try these varieties..
thanks for ur help
if any books available means suggest me…
You are welcome. Yes do try. i am sure you can cook good food.
I have no idea about books. I make my own recipes.
ohh my god its so testy n yummy i love thai food
Made this exactly as mentioned. Came out really good. Unique taste. Thanks for the recipe!
Iam so glad you liked it. Yes it has a unique taste. Thanks for the feedback
I LOVEEEEEE pineapple fried rice. This sounds so flavorful and delicious – perfect for a mid-week treat! I’m going to have to try this…brings back lots of good memories. Beautiful photos.
Thanks Adam. Do share with us how it turned out. Have a good day
It looks so yuuum
yiu have so many yummy collections of fried rice… Tried your veg fried rice… Very yummy…
One of the best pic That I have seen for pineapple fried rice so far. It looks very delicious and YUM