Pineapple Fried Rice

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Greek food is great. And Greeks love Greek food. Besides in major cities like Athens and Thessaloniki, it is nearly impossible to find any variety of ethnic food, except for pizza of course. No chinese, no thai, no mexican, no indian. I have been lucky and gotten to travel a lot and I have tasted some really delicious ethnic foods – not all of them are “authentic” but I not only enjoy the variety, I crave for it. I love spicy foods – you know the kind that you can’t stop eating because your mouth only gets hotter?! Thankfully my husband loves spicy food too. Sometimes he will sit and eat chips and salsa while sweating because there are too many jalapenos.

I have recently found a supermarket that supplies basic ingredients for making chinese or thai food at home. With just sesame oil, chili sauce, and soy sauce I was able to make some delicious fried rice! I first tasted pineapple fried rice while at college in Waco, Texas (Baylor University) and my roommate brought some home from a local thai hole-in-the-wall. Thankfully for me, this was not the original recipe which typically includes shrimp or some other seafood. It does however have the perfect combination of sweet and spicy! We have also had it with chicken a few times, which is also really great. But since my options for take out here are extremely limited, I had to learn to make it myself.

Fried rice is not difficult to make at all, and you also have control over how much oil you “fry” it in too. I use a combination of butter and oil, and the flavor combinations are incredible combined with chili sauce and pineapples!

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Pineapple Fried Rice Recipe:

Printable Recipe

1 1/2 cups raw rice, cooked and cooled (even better if a day old )
1 T. oil (canola or sunflower seed) + 1/2 T. butter 
3 green onions, chopped and divided in half tops/bottoms
1/2 ” fresh ginger, zested or 1/2 – 1 tsp. ginger powder
2-3 cloves garlic, pressed
1/2 cup carrots, chopped
1/2 cup corn
1 red pepper, chopped
1 cup green peas
1 – 1 1/2 cups pineapple chunks, some juice reserved
1 T. soy sauce
1 T. chili sauce
1 T. pineapple juice
2 T. sesame oil
2 eggs, beaten well 
salt as needed
cilantro 
 
Prepare all of your ingredients first. Heat oil + butter in a wok or large skillet to medium high heat. Add half of your chopped green onions – the bottom halves, cook 1-2 minutes. Add ginger and garlic, stirring well a few times until fragrant, 1-2 minutes. Add veggies and stir fry (hardest to softest: carrots, 2 minutes; corn and red  pepper, 2 minute; green peas, 1 minute). Add pineapple and juice and cook until softened and slightly caramelized, 3-4 minutes. 
 
Turn up the heat to high. Add rice, sesame oil, hot sauce, and soy sauce. Lightly fry the rice with the veggies, until well mixed and some areas toasted. Push everything to the side and add the eggs, scramble until cooked but still moist. Remove from heat and turn off. Top with remaining green onions and add some more pineapple juice if dry. Garnish with cilantro and any added soy or chili sauce! Serve warm and enjoy your creation. 

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This is how I make pineapple fried rice. I can’t say that it is authentic, but I can say that it is delicious and not too difficult to make. Once you prepare all of your ingredients, the cooking time flies by. Before you know it, you are serving up something unique with powerful flavors!

If you do not like it spicy, just cut back on the chili sauce. If you love it spicy, add as much as you can handle icon smile Pineapple Fried Rice Make it suit you!  
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I love adding a little variety and spice to my life and this is a great way to do it. I even brought back some chop sticks from my favorite asian restaurant chain in the States, Pei Wei. They are like the “fast food” version of P.F. Changs and absolutely worth tracking one down nearest you! Some of my recommendations include:

(1) The spicy Pei Wei salad  is my top choice – served with general Tso’s chicken on a bed of lettuce with cucumber, tomatoes, rice noodles, and a cilantro lime dressing that is phenomenal!!!

(2) Any of their noodle or rice plates – their brown rice is the best too!

(3) They have the same lettuce wraps as P.F.”s and their edamame is very good!

(4) I got to try their new asian fries when I was home and they too were very tasty!

(5) Lastly, I love ordering a kid’s meal when I want something quick and light, it is super affordable and so delicious too!

 

If you have never eaten there, please try it soon. I would love to join you! If you feel like staying at home and creating something new yourself, try my pineapple fried rice and let me know what you think.
Kali Orexi,
Jacquline
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One Response to “Pineapple Fried Rice”

  • Thanks so much for stoping by and your sweet words of encouragement!
    Enjoyed getting caught up on you too! LOVE the donut story:) My kids favorite thing is apple fritters…they call them “apple critters”.
    May have to try!

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Hi! My name is Jacquline. Welcome to my blog. I hope you will find some delicious Greek food recipes and enjoy the read along the way! Kali Orexi :)

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