Thai Pineapple Fried Rice

One of my favorite dishes to order at a Thai restaurant is the pineapple fried rice. I don’t know what I love most about it: the presentation, the use of cashew nuts, or the sauces that flavor the rice.

I’ve been wanting to make Thai-style pineapple fried rice for the longest time. Every time I see pineapples on sale, I’ll buy one with the intention of making the rice dish. And then I get lazy and the pineapple becomes really ripe, and we just end up cutting the pineapple and eating it.

But I finally did it. I made it. And it was quite easy. It makes me think that the restaurants charge far too much for it.

I came across a few recipes with used curry powder. I didn’t have any on hand but I will have to add it in next time as I think it will make the fried rice taste even better.

Thai Pineapple Fried Rice


2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup cubed chicken
2-3 cups rice (day-old is best)
1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
1/2 cup diced onion
2 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp oyster sauce
2 eggs, whisked
1/4 cup unsalted cashews
3 scallions, finely chopped
3-4 red chili peppers (if desired)
pineapple shell, halved and hollowed out
*note: you can also add 1-2 tsp curry powder to the seasoning. I didn't have any when I made this so I didn't use any


1. In a large wok, add about half of the oil and garlic and cook on high heat until the aroma comes out from the garlic. Add in raw chicken and cook until chicken is almost completely cooked. Add in rice, onion and remaining oil and continue to cook. Then stir in pineapple chunks, fish sauce and oyster sauce. If desired, add in chili peppers. Stir in cashews.
2. Shift the rice to the side of the wok, so that you have some empty space to cook your eggs. Add eggs into the empty space and stir them to scramble them as they begin to cook. Once all the eggs are finished cooking and are completely scrambled, add it back to the rice. Stir and cook a few more moments. Add in scallions and cook 1 more minute. Scoop rice into pineapple shells and serve.

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10 comments on “Thai Pineapple Fried Rice”

  1. Yum – looks wonderful and love the ingredients! 🙂

  2. Wow that looks so good 😛 I bet you could give restaurants a run for their money! By the way, I’ve also added turmeric instead of curry powder to get a milder but still “curry-like” taste in the fried rice.

    • Oh I was wondering if turmeric powder would work. Thanks for the tip! I’ve never cooked with it before but found some when I was unpacking.

  3. Very nice! I love the presentation!

  4. OMG. This looks amazing. Pineapple fried rice is one of my favorite dishes! I’ll have to try this out one time – even though I’m a horrible cook.

  5. Made this tonight, though we didn’t have the oyster and fish sauces.  It was still really quite yummy.  I think next time I would add some veggies (maybe peas, peppers, carrots?)  Good work on the recipe!

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