This classic Thai pineapple fried rice recipe is real vegetarian Thai food. Make this easy fried rice at home - it's as good or better than take-out fried rice! Thai jasmine rice is fried up with chunks of pineapple, plus cashews, peas, and currents with a curry-flavored sauce. Includes cooking tips to create perfect fried rice every time. Proof that vegetarian Thai cooking is anything but boring. Mmmm - heavenly!
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes
Yield: SERVES 5-6 as a side dish
- 1 small can pineapple chunks, drained, OR 1+1/2 cups fresh pineapple chunks (instructions below)
- 3-4 cups cooked rice, preferably several days old (Tip: if fresh, leave for an hour or more in the refrigerator uncovered)
- 1/4 cup vegetable or faux chicken stock (or regular chicken stock if non-vegetarian)
- 2 shallots, finely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 red or green chili, thinly sliced, OR 1/4 to 3/4 tsp. dried crushed chili (chili flakes)
- 1 egg (vegans can omit)*
- ½ cup frozen peas
- optional: 1 small carrot, grated (about 1/4 cup)
- ¼ cup currants OR rainsins
- ½ cup roasted unsalted whole cashews
- 3 spring onions, finely sliced
- 1/3 cup fresh coriander
- STIR-FRY SAUCE:
- 3 Tbps. soy sauce (OR substitute fish sauce if non-vegetarian)
- 2 tsp. curry powder
- optional: 1/2 tsp. sugar
For instructions on preparing fresh pineapple, OR to create a "pineapple boat" for your fried rice, see: How to Buy/Prepare Fresh Pineapple.
- Mix 1 Tbsp. oil with the rice, using your fingers to separate any chunks into grains. Set aside.
- In a cup, stir the soy sauce/fish sauce together with the curry powder.
- Drizzle 1-2 Tbsp. oil in a wok/large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add shallots, garlic, and chili, stir-frying until fragrant (1 minute). Whenever the wok/pan becomes dry, add a little stock (1 Tbsp. at a time to keep ingredients sizzling).
- Crack egg (if using) into wok and stir quickly to cook (like making scrambled eggs).
- Add the carrot (if using) and peas. Stir-fry 1-2 minutes, adding more stock if needed.
- Now add the rice, pineapple chunks, peas, currents and cashews. Drizzle the fish/soy sauce mixed with curry powder over and gently stir-fry to combine over medium-high to high heat until the rice "dances" (makes popping sounds) - about 5 to 8 minutes, or until desired lightness is achieved. Tip: Avoid adding any more stock from here on, or your rice will turn out heavy and/or soggy. If desired, you can push ingredients aside and add a little more oil to the pan/wok (this will give your rice that special 'shine' you see in restaurant fried rice)
- Remove from heat. Do a taste-test for salt/flavor, adding a few shakes of salt or a little more soy sauce, as needed. If too salty for your taste, add a squeeze or two of lime juice.
- To serve, scoop rice onto a serving platter (or in a carved-out pineapple, if serving at a party - see link at beginning of recipe). Top with spring onions and coriander, and ENJOY