Overhead view of a plated Pineapple Shrimp Fried Rice with another sliced pineapple filled with shrimp fried rice in the background along with a small bowl of pineapple chunks

Pineapple Shrimp Fried Rice

Pineapple Shrimp Fried Rice is succulent, shrimp and juicy pineapple chunks tossed in pan-fried rice seasoned with soy, sesame oil, and ginger. This tropic-inspired dish is served in a pineapple boat that’s both eco-friendly and a fun presentation to mix up those dull weeknight meals.

Healthy, easy, and yummier than takeout, you’re going to love Pineapple Shrimp Fried Rice. The sweetness of the pineapple and the savory of the soy-based marinade will have you coming back for seconds.

If you’re on the hunt for more dinner ideas, you should definitely check out my Crispy Sheet Pan Salmon with Veggies or the Black Garlic Chicken.

How to Make a Pineapple Boat

First, select a fresh, ripe pineapple. You can tell if a pineapple is ripe by plucking a stem from its center. If it comes out easily, you’ve got your winner! You should be able to twist and remove the entire stem of the pineapple.

Now insert a knife into the middle of the pineapple, slicing it in half. Then cut around the perimeter of the pineapple without piercing all the way through. After that, slice by rows, still keeping the pineapple shell intact.

Finally, use an ice cream scoop to spoon the inside of the pineapple out and place it into a bowl. Be sure to discard the core of the pineapple because it is hard and dry (not juicy like the rest of the fruit).

You should be left with a hollow shell of the pineapple. Leave the pineapple shell and chunks on the counter to rest at room temperature while you prepare the rest of the meal.

How to Prepare Shrimp Fried Rice

To begin, whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger powder, and paprika in a small bowl then set aside.

Next, heat sesame oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. We’re cooking our ingredients separately to avoid the flavors melding together.

First, add peas and cook for 4-5 minutes then stir in carrots until tender. Then add onion onions, stirring often until they become translucent.

Next, add shrimp and paprika, stirring constantly for 2 minutes. Stir in premade rice and soy sauce mixture until thoroughly coated and heated. Add more soy sauce and salt to taste.

Stir in pineapples and green onions.

Finally, pour a serving into a pineapple boat and serve immediately.

A pineapple filled with Pineapple Shrimp Fried Rice on a plate with another pineapple filled with rice in the background.
The finished product!

Substituting Ingredients for Pineapple Shrimp Fried Rice

The great thing about the recipe is how customizable it is. Don’t like something in the list of ingredients? Swap it out for something that you do! Whatever floats your (pineapple) boat!

Rice

I used premade white rice. You can use whatever variety you’d like but leftover or day-old rice works best for fried rice recipes. The rice should be cooked and chilled. This prevents the rice from being too mushy. I think yellow rice would be a great option for added flavor!

Protein

I didn’t include eggs in my Pineapple Shrimp Fried Rice but that would work well with the other flavors of this dish. Chicken or steak would be yummy too! To make this dish vegetarian, omit all of the above and you’ll still have delicious rice packed with veggies and spices.

Close up view of Pineapple Shrimp Fried Rice in a wok
Pineapple Shrimp Fried Rice cooking in the wok.

Veggies

You can add everything from edamame and bean sprouts to peppers and mushrooms. This is the best way to cram in those veggies and get your daily recommended serving!

Spices

Instead of preparing a soy-based mixture, you can opt for a teriyaki sauce instead. Want to up the heat? Drizzle the finished product in sriracha or spicy mayo.

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Pineapple Shrimp Fried Rice

5 from 12 votes
Course: EntreesCuisine: Thai, AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Calories

372

kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb Shrimp (peeled, deveined, chopped into chunks)

  • 1 cup Peas (fresh or frozen)

  • 1 cup Carrots (shredded or grated)

  • 1/4 cup Soy sauce (more if desired)

  • 2 tablespoon Sesame oil

  • 1 teaspoon Ginger powder

  • 1 tablespoon Paprika powder

  • 2 tablespoons Garlic powder

  • 2 stalk Green onions(chopped)

  • 2 cups Jasmine Rice (cooked)

  • 2 cups Pineapple (diced pineapple), canned or fresh

Directions

  • Pineapple Boat
  • Insert a knife into the middle of the pineapple, slicing it in half then cut around the perimeter of the pineapple without piercing all the way through.
  • Slice by rows, still keeping the pineapple shell intact. Be sure to discard the core of the pineapple.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to spoon the center of the pineapple out and place it into a bowl. Leave the shell and chunks on the counter to rest at room temperature.
  • Shrimp Fried Rice
  • In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger powder, and paprika then set aside.
  • Heat sesame oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat.
  • Add peas and cook for 4-5 minutes. Next, stir in carrots until tender. Then add onions, stirring until they become translucent. This should take 3-4 minutes.
  • Next, add shrimp, paprika stirring constantly. Let it cook for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in rice and soy sauce mixture, until heated through, about 3-4 minutes. Taste and add more soy sauce if more salt is needed.
  • Include pineapple chunks and green onions.
  • Pour a serving into a pineapple boat and serve immediately.
 

17 Comments

  1. We regularly have leftover rice in our fridge, so I jumped at the chance of making this. Loved the taste and vibe of the dish. The pineapple boat was a hit.

     
  2. Fried rice is a family favorite so this dish didn’t last long – simply scrumptious!

     
  3. This was a great way to switch up mundane weeknight meals at home! Not only was it delicious, but my husband and I couldn’t get enough of the presentation!

     
  4. There’s really no better way to have fried rice. I love the pineapple flavor and texture in this rice. It’s wonderful.

     
  5. Loved this take on fried rice and loved that pineapple boat! This dish was the center of attention at my last family gathering and everyone loved it!

     
  6. Do you think I can used quinoa instead of rice?

     
  7. This recipe was the star of the show at dinner last night! We loved both the presentation and all of the delicious flavors that came together to make this meal absolutely amazing!

     
  8. LOVE how simple this was to make and the presentation was so cool. Will be making it again. Thanks!

     
  9. I love the method you showed for dicing the pineapple and scooping it out –it worked perfectly! I made the recipe exactly as is, but used coconut aminos instead of soy sauce. It turned out so delicious! I will definitely be making this again!

     
  10. This fried rice was SO good! The pineapple shells were an amazing way to serve, and the pineapple flavor was perfect.

     
  11. Pineapple fried rice is one of my go to dishes and your recipe was so easy to follow. The flavors were amazing and I’ll definitely be serving it again.

     

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