This tropical Shrimp Pineapple Fried Rice will transport you to Thailand in every bite! Make this dish using leftover rice, shrimp, veggies and serve it on a gorgeous homemade pineapple plate. It is a simple impressive dish that is sure to delight friends and family over dinner.
About this Recipe
Brighten up your dinner table with this beautiful, vibrant Thai-inspired pineapple fried rice dish! In Thailand, pineapple fried rice is known as khao phat sapparot and is one of the many common fried rice dishes of Thailand. Some people claim that pineapple fried rice originates from Thailand while others believe it was made by Chinese people who lived in Thailand. Nevertheless, this dish is a showstopper and will surely become a new favorite on your menu!
The secret ingredient in this recipe is curry powder! Curry powder gives the fried rice a delightful golden-yellow color as well as a tasty curry flavor. Curry powder is a popular ingredient used in Southern Thai dishes as this region has a strong Malaysian influence.
You can serve this dish on plates or you can get creative and make some pineapple bowls! All you need to do is remove the flesh and you are good to go. You can also add some cashew nuts to this dish to make authentic pineapple fried rice with shrimp.
Pineapple Fried Rice Ingredients
- Shrimp: Large fresh or frozen shrimp are a great choice for this dish. If you are using frozen shrimp defrost and deviened before use.
- Eggs: Add freshly cooked eddgs to the fried rice.
- Garlic powder: For taste and flavour
- Garlic cloves: Fresh garlic is best for this recipe but you can also use powdered garlic if you don’t have fresh garlic cloves on hand.
- Ginger: Fresh ginger add delcious sweet and smokey flavors to this dish but you can use store bought ginger paste if you don’t have fresh ginger instead.
- Rice: Tradiationally East Asian fried rice dishes are made using cooked white rice that is at least one day old. This prevents the rice from being too soggy and soft when it is fried. However, if you are desparate and don’t have any old rice then use freshly cooked rice that is not too soft or moist.
- Soy sauce: You can use dark soy sauce or light soy sauce for this recipe.
- White pepper: For taste
- Fish sauce: Fish sauce gives this recipe a wonderful savory flavor and can be easy to find in most supermarkets or Asian grocery stores.
- Oyster sauce: Is a popular savory liquid ingredient used in Asian cooking and it can be found in most supermarkets or Asian grocery stores.
- Honey: This adds a sweet flavour to the rice and you can adjust the amount depending on how sweet you’d like your dish to be.
- Curry powder: This is the secret ingredient in this recipe and should not be left out or substituted for best results.
- Peas: Add frozen or fresh peas.
- Red bell pepper: Feel free to swap with green or yellow bell peppers or use a mix of the three peppers.
- Pineapples: Fresh pineapples are best for this recipe.
- Chilies: This is completely optional but is useful if you’d like some heat in your rice.
- Scallions: For garnishing.
- Vegetable oil: For the stirfry.
- Cashew nuts (optional): Add them to make this dish authentic and add some crunch.
How to Make Shrimp Pineapple Fried Rice
- First marinate the shrimps in 1 tbsp of soy sauce and white pepper. Pop this into the fridge while you prepare the other ingredients.
2. Next, prepare the sauce for the pineapple fried rice by mixing together in a clean bowl, soy sauce, fish sauce, honey, white pepper and curry powder. Set this aside for later.
3. Prepare your pineapple by cutting one large pineapple in half.
4. Using your knife to cut a rectangle along the pineapple flesh. Cut the pineapple flesh into cubes and use a spoon to take out the pineapple flesh and set aside for later. Now you should have two empty pineapple plates.
5. Heat oil in a large wok. Pour your eggs into the wok and cook for 2-3 minutes or until set. Remove from the pan and chop roughly and set aside.
6. Then add a bit more oil if necessary. Add shrimp and cook on both sides for 2-3 minutes and remove from the pan. Add your garlic and ginger to the wok and cook until fragrant.
7. Add cooked rice and stir. Then add peas, peppers and stir.
8. Then, pour in the soy sauce mixture and stir until combined.
9. Finally, add shrimp, chopped egg pieces, pineapple chunks, chilies and stir until done.
10. Finally, scoop the pineapple fried rice into the pineapple plates, garnish with scallions, cilantro and serve!
Cooked rice: For the rice, you should use cooked rice which is 1-2 days old for best results. This type of rice has the best texture for stir-frying.
Soy sauce mixture: Taste and alter the soy sauce mixture according to your personal taste. For example, add more pepper for spicier rice, more honey for a sweeter taste etc.
Vegetables: I used peas and red bell peppers as my vegetables but you can also add carrots or skip the veggies entirely if you are not a fan.
Chilies: Adding chilies to this recipe is optional.
Pineapple fried rice is a Thai-inspired dish made with common Thai ingredients such as Jasmine rice, peas, shrimp, bell peppers and curry powder. It is often served in pineapple shells and is normally served as a side dish.
You can serve your fried rice with dumplings, hot and sour soup, egg rolls, gyoza and chicken teriyaki.
Day-old rice (1-2 days old) is normally best for fried rice. This is because it is dry and holds its shape really well.
Fried rice can become soggy if you use too much oil or if your rice has a lot of liquid. For the best results, use rice that is at least a day old and use little oil for your fried rice.
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Shrimp Pineapple Fried Rice
- chopping board
- Large wok or pan
- Chefs knife
- 3 eggs beaten
- 1 cup of shrimp
- A pinch of garlic powder
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1.5 tsp of ginger
- 4 cups of rice cooked
- 1 tsp and 2.5 tbsp of soy sauce
- 1/3 tsp of white pepper
- 1 tbsp of fish sauce
- 1 tbsp of oyster sauce
- 1 tbsp of honey
- 2 tsp of curry powder
- 1/4 cup of peas
- ¼ cup of chopped red bell pepper
- 1.5 cups of pineapples
- 3 red chilies chopped
- 2-3 scallions
- Vegetable oil
- Marinate shrimp with 1 tsp of soy sauce, white pepper to taste and a pinch of garlic powder. Refrigerate while you prepare the other ingredients.
- Prepare sauce for pineapple fried rice. Add soy sauce, white pepper, fish sauce, oyster sauce, honey and curry powder to a medium sized bowl and stir until well combined. Set aside for later.
- Cut 1 large pineapple in half and use a knife to carve a large rectangular outline along the flesh of the pineapple pieces. Cut the pineapple into cubes and use a spoon to remove the chunks. Remove the pineapple cubes and save them for later. Once the pineapple flesh has been removed you should have a pineapple plate.
- Heat a few drops of oil in a large wok. Pour in eggs and cook for 2-3 minutes or until done. Remove eggs from the pan, roughly chop and set aside for later.
- Add more oil if necessary and cook shrimp for 2-3 minutes on each side or until done. Remove from the wok and set aside for later.
- Add chopped garlic and ginger to wok and cook until fragrant. Then add cooked rice and stir.
- Next, add peas, red bell peppers and stir. Pour in soy sauce mixture and stir until well combined.
- Add shrimp, chopped egg pieces, pineapple chunks, chilies and stir until done.
- Finally, scoop the pineapple fried rice into the pineapple plates, garnish with scallions, cilantro and serve.
This was a great dish for dinner last night. Perfectly balanced flavors. Your presentation on the hollowed pineapple is gorgeous.
Shrimp Fried Rice is one of our favorite take- out dishes, so to be able to make this at home was terrific and tasty too.
The sweetness from pineapple and savory shrimp was absolutely perfect combination for a week night meal!
Loved this easy-to-follow recipe! We paired this with our grilled eats and it was so delicious! Thank you for the step-by-step photos–super helpful!
You’re welcome, Jeri. I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
When I put this on the table, everyone was stunned. It was so delicious and beautiful. Wonderful flavors and a great balance of sweet and savory.
This recipe was fun to make and served as the perfect centerpiece for my family gathering. Everyone loved the presentation, but they loved the taste even more! I’ll be making this again!
i made this for my friends at our end of summer bash and they could not get enough of it! The pineapple and spices made this rice super flavorful! I was also shocked at how easy it was to make. Thanks for making me look like a master chef with this recipe, we loved it!!
Had such fun making this pineapple fried rice for lunch with my sister and we have already agreed to make it again in two weeks. Delicious!
My family LOVED this shrimp pineapple fried rice! They thought it was so fancy that it was served in the pineapple! Thanks for the delicious recipe!
I always thought it was so cool to serve fried rice in a pineapple oh, so this was my chance! The recipe was so easy to follow and came out delicious! And it was such a fun way to have dinner!