Pineapple fried rice with shrimp is a quick and easy Thai dish that is savory, sweet, and delicious. This recipe is a quick one to put together, taking less than 30 minutes. Perfect for a busy weeknight dinner!
What is Thai pineapple fried rice?
Thai pineapple fried rice is a simple stir-fried dish using cooked Jasmine rice, cubed vegetables, soy sauce, fish sauce, Maggi seasoning sauce, and rice vinegar. This recipe is also very mild so it’s a great dish to introduce for those that prefer less spice.
What is the secret ingredient in Thai pineapple fried rice with shrimp?
I’m sharing with you my family secret ingredient for making the best Thai pineapple fried rice with shrimp. Now don’t go tell everyone about it...Just kidding! PLEASE TELL everyone you know who loves Thai food! (; I use four sauces in my recipe: soy sauce, Maggi seasoning sauce, fish sauce, and rice vinegar. The secret is in the Maggi seasoning sauce. Typically, I use the Golden Mountain brand seasoning sauce, but for today’s recipe, I used Maggi seasoning sauce because you will be able to find it at most grocery stores. If you can find the Golden Mountain brand, grab some! Here's another good recipe that calls for the sauce, the Thai Chicken and Rice Soup.
What makes Thai pineapple fried rice different than other fried rice?
It seems there are numerous versions of fried rice from different cultures. What makes this Thai pineapple fried rice different is the use of seasoning sauce, specifically the Maggi seasoning sauce. I also use cashews for an extra nutty taste and crunchy texture in the dish. Another difference in Thai fried rice is the use of fish sauce, which is an essential ingredient in Thai cuisine. In this case, I used the Maggi seasoning sauce because it’s easier to find and yet still has a very similar flavor to the Thai Golden Mountain seasoning sauce.
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What type of rice is used with pineapple fried rice?
Cooked Thai jasmine rice is typically used for pineapple fried rice. Here’s an important tip to remember when making this recipe: Make sure to use dry cooked rice. Maybe you have heard of “day-old rice”? Essentially, what this means is to let your rice cool off and dry out completely. Letting the moisture evaporate ensures the rice is not sticking together so that it’s easier to cook with. You can do this by “fluffing the rice” (churning and turning the cooked rice over) as soon as it is done cooking. If using a rice cooker, keep the lip open for 5-10 minutes and let the steam out. If using a stovetop pot, place the cooked rice on a flat platter like a baking pan and let it air out until cooled off. Let the rice rest for at least 30-60 minutes before cooking fried rice. Longer is better if you have the time.
This technique is also an important step in making the best Thai pineapple fried rice recipe.
What are the ingredients in Thai shrimp pineapple fried rice?
Most of the ingredients used in this pineapple fried rice recipe can be found at your local grocery stores. The sauces can be found in your Asian market. I highly recommend Thai brands. I have also included Amazon links to the recommended sauces if you prefer to buy them online. The sauces needed for this recipe are listed here. Sauces: Soy sauce, Maggi seasoning sauce, rice vinegar, fish sauce.
Please see the picture below for the rest of the ingredients!
How to make pineapple fried rice with shrimp?
Here is a quick breakdown of how to make Thai pineapple fried rice. You first cook the jasmine rice, let it dry out for a bit, cut and cubed the pineapple, pick your protein, cubed the vegetables, mix the sauces together then stir fry in a wok or skillet. That’s it. I've also included step-by-step photos of how to make this recipe. Check them out below!
Step by step photo instructions for making pineapple fried rice with shrimp steps 1-6;
1. Cut the pineapple into bite-sized pieces. See this blog post for instructions on how to cut a pineapple.
2. Heat a wok or skillet on high. Add the oil and garlic and cook until lightly browned.
3. Add the cashews and cook for less than a minute
4. Add the shrimp and cook for a minute, until lightly browned
5. Push the ingredients on the wok aside and add the eggs. Lightly scramble them until done.
6. Add the rice and mix it well with everything in the wok. Break up the big clumps of rice as needed. Cook for one minute.
Step by step photo instructions for making pineapple fried rice with shrimp steps 7-12
7. Add all the vegetables to the wok, stir well, and cook for 1-2 minutes
8. Add the sauces, mix in well, cooking for one minute
9. Add the pineapple, stir well together and cook for one minute more.
10. Taste and adjust as needed using the sauces
11. Serve in pineapple bowls for a more festive and fun look. LINK to post-how to cut pineapple
12. Use chili lime sauce for added heat and flavor!Print