Thai Pineapple Fried Rice with Shrimp is a popular main course rice dishes of Asian cuisine. This is a quick, easy and tasty rice meal that is a great option for lunchbox. This colorful delicious Thai pineapple fried rice you can cook at your own kitchen. The best part of this dish is that you can either have it with sides or you can enjoy it without any sides.
I first tasted this delicious dish during our US visit. However, we had Thai Pineapple Fried Rice with chicken and love the taste of sweet, savory with a little tang. However, until recently, I never thought of re-creating this dish at home. Now the pineapple season is here in India and market is almost flooded with juicy pineapples. Few days ago, we got a big size pineapple and husband suggested to prepare it at home.
How do you cut a pineapple at home?
Due to thick prickly skin, cutting of pineapple might be challenging. I had no idea pineapple cutting was so simple until I tried this way. Always use a large and sharp knife to cut off the crown (top part) of the pineapple. Now place the pineapple upside down on the cutting board and cut vertically into two equal halves.
Take a long knife and run the knife around the outer shell of the pineapple to scoop out the entire pineapple flesh from the shell keeping the shell intact. Now slice the flesh into cubes and use it in your cooking.
What are the different protein I can add in Thai Pineapple Fried Rice?
I added shrimp to make the Thai Pineapple Fried Rice more exotic. You can add any protein of your choice. For example, chicken, fish, beef, pork, etc. If you are a vegetarian you can add tofu or cottage cheese blocks as your protein.
Can I use leftover rice to prepare Pineapple Fried Rice?
Of course! You can use leftover rice to prepare this pineapple fried rice. If you already have some leftover rice then, it will save some time to make this Thai style Pineapple Fried Rice. This is actually a good way to use the leftover rice.
What kind of rice is best for Thai Pineapple Fried Rice?
Generally, jasmine rice is used to prepare Thai food. The rice has subtle perfume and uses across Southeast Asia. However, if you do not have jasmine rice you can use basmati rice or kolam rice to prepare the dish.
What to serve with Pineapple Fried Rice?
You can serve this dish with any side dish of your choice. Indo-Chinese side dishes go really well with this fried rice. This fried rice itself is a wholesome meal, hence you can have this sweet tangy and juicy rice just like that without any sides.
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Thai Pineapple Fried Rice (Shrimp)
- 1 cup Rice
- 1½ cup Fresh Pineapple, cubes
- 1 no Onion, chopped medium
- 2 nos Garlic Cloves, finely chopped
- ¼ cup Red Bell Pepper, chopped
- 2 tablespoon Spring Onion, chopped
- 10-12 nos Cashew Nuts
- 1-2 teaspoon Chilli Garlic Sauce
- 1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
- 250 gms Shrimp medium
- Salt to taste
- 3-4 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
- 2-3 tablespoon Fresh Coriander Leaves, chopped
- Wash the rice and soak for 10 minutes.
- Later drain the water and cook the rice using required water.
- Once the rice is cooked, drain the excess water and spread the rice on a wide plate. Allow it to cool.
- Dry roast the cashew nuts and keep aside.
- Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan and sauté the shirmps with little salt. Once done, take them out and keep aside.
- Now heat remaining oil and add chopped garlic and onion. Sauté well.
- Next add chopped red bell pepper and pineapple cubes and cook until the liquid is evaporated and the edges of the pineapple are caramelized.
- At this stage, add the roasted cashew nuts and chopped spring onion and mixed well.
- Now add cooked rice to the pan and stir to combine. Also add salt to taste.
- Add in the sautéed shrimps into the pan and give a good stir.
- Next add the soy and chili garlic sauce, to taste. Squeeze the lime juice over the dish and toss it in.
- Finally, add chopped coriander leaves from top and serve hot.
- Avoid overcooking the rice.
- You can either use whole cashew nuts or you can chop them before adding into the rice.
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