Easy Vegan Thai Pineapple Fried Rice Recipe

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Raise your hand if you miss traveling! Raise your hand if you like fried rice! This easy vegan Thai pineapple fried rice recipe (Khao phat sapparot) will totally give you comfort and will bring back memories of Thailand if you’ve been there.

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If you haven’t been to Thailand this recipe is local and available everywhere. Now it’s time to enjoy this recipe in the comfort of your own home. Whether you make it as a side dish or main meal you can never say no to this recipe.

Imagine yourself at the gorgeous beach of Phuket or Krabi enjoying a plate of this pineapple fried rice while listening to the waves of the sea.

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One of my favorite cuisines is Thai food. I like how it always has this combination of flavor, spicy and sweet at the same time. It never fails me whether it’s their noodles recipe, soup, or this fried rice.

Fried rice is common in Asia particularly in southeast Asia, a household kitchen is not complete without a stock of rice and leftover rice will be turned into fried rice the following day especially my mom.

WHICH RICE TO USE

Ideally, jasmine rice is to be used for making thai fried rice, but you can also use long grain rice, basmati, brown rice, and even short-grain rice to make this thai pineapple fried rice recipe.

The key here is to cook rice in advance or use leftovers, the day before you will make pineapple fried rice. Newly cooked rice even though it’s already cold can still stick together and become mushy.

When you use your leftover rice or cooked rice the day before, use a spoon or your clean hands to break the rice but not too strong that it will be mushy. Just nice to have it lose and easier to combine with the other ingredients.

I use short grain rice because it’s what I have in the kitchen and I really prefer it over other types of rice. For other fried rice recipe, be sure to check my:

WHAT IS THE VEGAN VERSION

One trademark of the Thai Pineapple fried rice recipe is the use of fish sauce to add taste to the fried rice and the use of prawns or eggs but for this pineapple fried rice, I use light soy sauce and skipped the seafood.

For more texture and flavor add mixed vegetables and nuts and play with spices.

CAN I MAKE THIS GLUTEN-FREE

Make your pineapple fried rice gluten-free by using gluten-free tamari sauce or you can skip that part and focus on adding Thai yellow curry powder, turmeric, salt, and pepper to taste.

thai pineapple fried rice
Thai Pineapple Fried Rice Recipe

Thai Pineapple Fried Rice Recipe

Ingredients

Pineapple – it is naturally sweet, adds flavor to your fried rice, and balances with the spice of turmeric and chili flakes. While it’s low in protein and has 13g of carbohydrates, it is high in minerals such as potassium and magnesium. It is also a good source of vitamin C and folate.

Red Bell pepper –  also adds sweetness and flavor to the recipe. It is high in vitamin C, B6, and B9.

Turmeric – gives color to your pineapple fried rice, while it’s slightly bitter it adds spicy flavor too. It contains curcumin which is anti-inflammatory and good for the joints.

Mixed Vegetables – you can buy frozen mix veggies (peas, beans, corn, and carrots) or you can just also buy them individually, cut, and dice into small pieces.

Light soy sauce – use any soy sauce of your choice or tamari/coconut sauce for a gluten-free version. This sauce is your natural umami taste and therefore adds flavor to your pineapple fried rice.

Spring Onionsnot only used to garnish your recipe but its strong flavor complements the fried rice. You can also use scallions or green onions if you do not like the strong flavor of spring onions.

Instructions

  1. Cook rice in advance, preferably a day before you make this thai pineapple fried rice recipe. Just set aside and no need to keep in the fridge.
  2. Prepare all the ingredients. If you do not have fresh pineapple use canned pineapple chunks. 
  3. Prepare one cup of mixed veggies and set aside. Alternatively, dice one medium carrot, prepare peas while beans are optional.
  4. Chop one medium onion and 3-4 cloves of garlic and set aside. 
  5. Cut and dice red bell pepper removing all seeds.
  6. Heat pan with two tablespoons of cooking oil. I use my cast iron pan so that the rice will not stick in the pan. You can use any pan of your choice.
  7. Saute garlic and onion for 2-3 minutes until slightly brown.
  8. Add mixed vegetables and cook again for another 5 minutes.
  9. Add bell pepper and mix all together.
  10. Add pineapple and mix again. You can add 1 tablespoon of pineapple juice in the pan. to add extra flavor.
  11. Once all vegetables are cooked, breakdown rice using a wooden spoon or your hands and add in the pan. Slowly mix together ensuring not to break the pineapples.
  12. Add the soy sauce and mix again then add turmeric powder and curry powder if using.
  13. Ensure that all are mix equally and rice is well coated with the spices.
  14. Add a pinch of salt, pepper and chili flakes to taste and mix again.
  15. Add chopped spring onions. Adjust the taste according to your preference. 
  16. I prefer less salt and want the taste of pineapples, chili flakes and turmeric to dominate the taste.
  17. You can add more spring onions to garnish and roasted cashew nuts (unsalted).
  18. If you have raw cashew nuts be sure to cook it first prior starting cooking the pineapple fried rice.
  19. Serve while its hot as a side dish or main dish. You can pair it with some tofu on the side.
  20. For leftovers, be sure to keep in an airtight container and keep in the fridge and reheat again before eating.

Notes

From my research, there are people who should not consume Turmeric causing them stomach upset or diarrhea.

If you have gluten allergen make sure to get gluten-free turmeric as others may contain wheat.

I love having this while it’s super hot from the pan because it’s so comforting and each ingredient compliments each other’s texture and flavor.

Nutrition

This recipe can yield up to 5 servings with 168 calories per serving. Total Fat 0.3g | Saturated Fat 0g | Cholesterol 0mg | Sodium 310mg | Total Carbohydrate 38.9g | Dietary Fiber 2.8g | Total Sugars 16.5g | Protein 3.8g | Vitamin D 0mcg | Calcium 20mg | Iron 1mg | Potassium 143mg

Nutrition calculation is based on using an online calculator (verywellfit) and for reference use only. Adding cashews can increase calories by up to 200.

Thai Pineapple Fried Rice Recipe

Thai Pineapple Fried Rice Recipe

Easy Vegan Thai Pineapple Fried Rice Recipe

The perfect combination of sweet pineapples, turmeric, mixed vegetables and rice. Enjoy all the flavors of this Thai pineapple fried rice recipe it's comforting and filling at the same time.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 17 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 37 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian, Thai
Servings 5
Calories 168 kcal

Equipment

  • cast iron pan

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups cooked rice (preferred left over rice)
  • 565 g pineapple chunks
  • 1 red capsicum or bell pepper
  • 1 medium size onion (diced)
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables
  • 2 tbsp chopped spring onions (or scallions)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (or tamari sauce)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • Pinch of thai yellow curry powder (optional)
  • 1 tbsp Pineapple juice (optional)
  • Pinch of chili flakes
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • ½ cup or about 40g roasted cashew (unsalted and optional toppings)

Instructions
 

  • Cook rice in advance, preferably a day before you make this thai pineapple fried rice recipe. Just set aside and no need to keep in the fridge.
  • Prepare all the ingredients. If you do not have fresh pineapple use canned pineapple chunks.
  • Prepare one cup of mixed veggies and set aside. Alternatively, dice one medium carrot, prepare peas while beans are optional.
  • Chop one medium onion and 3-4 cloves of garlic and set aside.
  • Cut and dice red bell pepper removing all seeds.
  • Heat pan with two tablespoons of cooking oil. I use my cast iron pan so that the rice will not stick in the pan. You can use any pan of your choice.
  • Saute garlic and onion for 2-3 minutes until slightly brown.
  • Add mixed vegetables and cook again for another 5 minutes.
    mixed veggies
  • Add bell pepper and mix all together.
  • Add pineapple and mix again. You can add 1 tablespoon of pineapple juice in the pan. to add extra flavor.
  • Once all vegetables are cooked, breakdown rice using a wooden spoon or your hands and add in the pan. Slowly mix together ensuring not to break the pineapples.
    fried rice
  • Add the soy sauce and mix again then add turmeric powder and curry powder if using.
  • Ensure that all are mix equally and rice is well coated with the spices.
  • Add a pinch of salt, pepper and chili flakes to taste and mix again.
  • Add chopped spring onions. Adjust the taste according to your preference.
  • I prefer less salt and want the taste of pineapples, chili flakes and turmeric to dominate the taste.
  • You can add more spring onions to garnish and roasted cashew nuts (unsalted).
  • If you have raw cashew nuts be sure to cook it first prior starting cooking the pineapple fried rice.
  • Serve while its hot as a side dish or main dish. You can pair it with some tofu on the side.
    Thai Pineapple Fried Rice Recipe
  • For leftovers, be sure to keep in an airtight container and keep in the fridge and reheat again before eating.
    thai fried rice

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Notes

  • From my research, there are people who should not consume Turmeric causing them to stomach upset or diarrhea.
  • If you have gluten allergen make sure to get gluten-free turmeric as others may contain wheat.
 
Nutrition
This recipe can yield up to 5 servings with 168 calories per serving. Total Fat 0.3g | Saturated Fat 0g | Cholesterol 0mg | Sodium 310mg | Total Carbohydrate 38.9g | Dietary Fiber 2.8g | Total Sugars 16.5g | Protein 3.8g | Vitamin D 0mcg | Calcium 20mg | Iron 1mg | Potassium 143mg
Nutrition calculation is based on using an online calculator (verywellfit) and for reference use only. Adding cashews can increase calories by up to 200.
 
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28 thoughts on “Easy Vegan Thai Pineapple Fried Rice Recipe

  1. I am saving this recipe and will try it on this or next week! I have all the necessary ingredients and would love to try something new…. and especially in Thai style! Thank you a lot for this recipe!

  2. Thanks for including photos- I am such a visual learner! And I appreciate the tip about making the rice a day ahead.. I truly believe some foods really do taste better the next day 😉

  3. This Thai recipe sounds so “fresh” tasting! I love all the ingredients, and we always have leftover rice from making bowls for dinner. I am going to try this with some teriyaki wings I’ve been meaning to make!

  4. 5 stars
    This looks absolutely amazing! Thai and pineapple are my favorite. Add some edamame or tofu for extra protein and this would be the perfect vegan dinner!!!!!!

  5. 5 stars
    I loved that this didn’t have any tofu in it, and was just fresh veggies and the pineapple. So delicious!

  6. 5 stars
    I never thought of adding pineapple to fried rice but I love cooked pineapple. Pinning this so I can make it for our meatless suppers.

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