On the few nights when I am not cooking, I am most definitely eating out! The other week I was at my favorite neighborhood Thai restaurant and I saw pineapple fried rice on the menu, and just knew I had to make it!
So here we are, week 38 of my year challenge, and I am making Thai pineapple and shrimp fried rice.This recipe is essentially 5 steps: carve out your pineapple, dice up your vegetables, cook your rice, make the fried rice sauce and then mix it all together!
So first thing first, carve the Pineapple.
1. Cut your pineapple lengthwise through the middle so you have two even halves. You might even have to cut through the leaves at the top.2. Once split, I took a small parring knife, as it is easier to use and I cut into the fruit about a half inch from the edges. Make a boarder and then cut the inside up into little cubes. This made it easier to scoop out the pineapple without cutting the outside of it.3. I used an ice cream scoop to help scrape the pineapple out. This is very messy and juice was everywhere, but in the end you will have a bowl full of fresh pineapple and pineapple bowl to eat out of!Next, you want to prepare the rice. I used traditional white rice so it took about 20 minutes to prepare. For this recipe I wanted a lot of left overs so I made about 1 1/2 cups of dry rice which came out to about 6 servings of rice once all cooked.
With the rice cooking, it is time to prepare the vegetables that will go in your fried rice. I decided to put in:
- 4 green onions, diced
- 1 cup of pineapple. diced
- 1 cup of carrots
- 1 cup of red, orange and yellow bell peppers, diced
- 1 cup of edamame, out of the shell
With the vegetables cut up, and the rice almost done cooking, the last thing you need to do is prepare the fried rice sauce. To make, just mix together:
- 1 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
- 2 tsp Soy Sauce
- 1 Tbsp Sriracha
- 2 Tbsp Water
- 2 tsp Curry Powder
- 1 tsp Sugar
With everything prepared and ready to go, all you have left to do is combine and make your fried rice!
1. Place cooking oil in a high walled skillet or a wok. Heat it up and then add the green onions and about 1 cup of shrimp. Mix for about 2 minutes. Then add the bell peppers and the carrots to the pan. Mix together for about 2 minute, so they can soften a little. Finally, add the edamame and the pineapple to the pan. Mix together for about 1 minute
2. Add the Rice to the pan with all the vegetables. Mix it all together. At this point I lowered the heat a little so my rice wouldn’t get too soft and stick to the bottom.
3. Lastly, add the fried rice sauce and about 1 tbsp of chili garlic paste to the rice. Mix well.4. Place the hallowed out pineapple bowls on a plate and fill them up with your hot pineapple fried rice!
This was such a cool dinner idea, and the presentation was so fun! The rice had subtle kicks of heat from the sriracha and the chili garlic paste, but the pineapple balanced it out perfectly!