Vegan Pineapple Fried Rice Recipe (2024)

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Easy vegan pineapple fried rice made with perfectly stir fried veggies, a simple sweet and savory tamari sauce and tons of flavor. Healthy, filling, gluten free and makes perfect leftovers.

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Pineapple Fried Rice

Here’s to the perfect back pocket weeknight meal! Rain or shine, you know that a comforting bowl of pineapple vegetable packed vegan fried rice delivers like a boss!

Having fresh tropical fruit available year round I like to make use of it in some savory dishes as well. Not to worry if you don’t happen to live in the Tropics you can most certainly pick up some frozen pineapple at the grocery store for this dish.

About the Rice

Most any plain leftover chilled rice can be used here. I prefer to use a nutritious whole grain brown rice, sometimes short grain sometimes long grain depending what I have in the pantry. Black and red rice is also nice, we avoid all white rice so I never even have any in the kitchen anyways. It’s best to cook it the night before ands it as needed throughout the week.

The Pineapple

Fresh is best they say when it comes to pineapple but really frozen is just as good. Remember to thaw it out first of course and allow the juices to drain away so you can get a nice caramelization on the pineapple chunks while stir frying it.

About the Veggies

I love the combo of sweet bell peppers, red onion, purple cabbage and green peas. The flavors perfectly compliment the sweetness of the caramelized pineapple here, however there are many are delicious variations that will work here. Think broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, green string beans, whatever veggies rock your taste buds.

Stir-Fry Sauce

A simple mixture of tamari sauce, maple syrup, a touch of garlic and a little pinch of ginger. Add some heat with chili flakes or a little hot sauce, whichever you prefer.

Add In Ideas

  • tofu scramble for an egg-free eggy flavor
  • roasted broccoli or cauliflower wings
  • crispy tofu nuggets
  • peanut tofu
  • mung beans or green beans
  • smoky tempeh bits
  • sweet and sour tofu
  • soy curls carnitas
  • chickpeas or mushrooms
  • vegan chicken.

FAQ

  • What is fried rice? A rice dish of Chinese origins where leftover rice is mixed with stir fried vegetables and sauce to create a brand new hearty dish.
  • How do I make it oil-free WFPB and Plantricious compliant? Since we are using brown rice already (not white) all you need to adapt is to stir fry / sautee your veggies with a little drop of water or veggie broth instead of oil.
  • Can I make it soy free? Definitely, simply replace the tamari sauce with equal parts of coco aminos and don’t add any tofu to the recipe. Alternatively you can use this peanut sauce or make for my peanut noodle salad.

how to make vegan pineapple fried rice

  • STEP 1: Start with a hot cast iron skillet that has been seasoned well, this way you won’t need to even use any oil. Quickly sir-fry / the pineapple chunks until little caramelization takes place. Once the desire color is achieved transfer to a bowl.
  • STEP 2: Add the bell pepper and onion to the hot skillet stirring quickly until they start to get some color. Work quickly and take good care not to burn anything. If you feel the pan is getting too hot and anything sticks just add a little splash of water to get things moving. Scoop put the onion and pepper and reserve together with the pineapple.
  • STEP 3: In the same skillet add the purple cabbage and stir fry just a minute or so until it starts to wilt. Move it to the side and add a little drop of oil (use water for WFPB & Plantricious diets) and add the garlic. Cook until just fragrant quickly stirring so it won’t burn.
  • STEP 4: Add the cooked rice to the skillet together with the green peas and pour in the sauce. Remove from heat and the reserve veggies gently mixing everything.
  • STEP 5: Sprinkle in some fresh cilantro, scallions and sesame seeds and enjoy!

Rice Storage + Reheating

Rice dishes make really great leftovers that are easily stored up to 5 days in a lidded glass container. Can be reheated on the stove top on low heat adding a little bit of water or veggie stock to get things moving. A microwave works in a pinch as well, just don’t reheat in plastic.

Vegan Pineapple Fried Rice Recipe (9)

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Vegan Pineapple Fried Rice

Easy vegan pineapple fried rice made with perfectly stir fried veggies, a simple sweet and savory tamari sauce and tons of flavor. Healthy, filling, gluten free and makes perfect leftovers.

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Prep Time:10 minutes mins

Cook Time:20 minutes mins

Total Time:30 minutes mins

Ingredients

  • 4-5 cups brown rice cooked and chilled
  • 2 cups pineapple chunks fresh or frozen
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 3/4 cup green peas (frozen & thawed in hot water)
  • 1 cup purple cabbage shredded
  • 1/2 red onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced

Stir Fry Sauce

Garnishes: scallions, sesame seeds, lime wedges, fresh cilantro, fresh chili peppers.

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    Instructions

    • In a small bowl whisk together all the stir-fry sauce ingredients and set aside.

    • Start with a hot cast iron skillet that has been seasoned well, this way you won’t need to even use any oil. Quickly sir-fry / the pineapple chunks until little caramelization takes place. Once the desire color is achieved transfer to a bowl. (If you don't have a seasoned cast iron skillet use whatever skillet you have available with a drizzle of sesame oil or a drop of water).

    • Add the bell pepper and onion to the hot skillet stirring quickly until they start to get some color. Work quickly and take good care not to burn anything. If you feel the pan is getting too hot and anything sticks just add a little splash of water to get things moving. Scoop out the onion and pepper and reserve together with the pineapple.

    • In the same skillet add the purple cabbage and stir fry just a minute or so until it starts to wilt. Move it to the side and add a little drop of oil (use water for WFPB & Plantricious diets) and add the garlic. Cook until just fragrant quickly stirring so it won’t burn.

    • Add the cooked rice to the skillet together with the green peas and pour in the sauce. Remove from heat and add in the reserve veggies gently mixing everything.

    • Sprinkle in some fresh cilantro, scallions and sesame seeds and enjoy with a fresh squeeze of lime!!

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    Notes

    • To make it oil-free WFPB and Plantricious compliant all you need to adapt the recipe is to stir fry / sautee your veggies with a little drop of water or veggie broth instead of oil. Make sure to use a whole grain rice like brown, black or red.
    • Make it soy-free by replacing the tamari sauce with equal parts of coco aminos and don’t add any tofu to the recipe. Alternatively you can use this peanut sauce i make for my ramen noodle salad.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 557kcal | Carbohydrates: 119g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 410mg | Potassium: 633mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 966IU | Vitamin C: 50mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 3mg

    Course: Main Course

    Cuisine: Chinese

    Keyword: fried rice, plant based, vegan,, wfpb

    Servings: 6 people

    Calories: 557kcal

    Author: Florentina

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    Vegan Pineapple Fried Rice Recipe (2024)

    FAQs

    What is the secret ingredient in fried rice? ›

    Though you might not be able to pinpoint the sweet inclusion while digging into a take-out box and piling spoonsful of fluffy rice into your mouth, the addition of sugar is a common culinary technique practiced by restaurants.

    What gives Chinese fried rice its Flavour? ›

    To give your dish that signature fried rice taste, you'll need to drizzle in sesame oil and soy sauce, but feel free to use as much or as little as you wish. You can even mix in things like garlic powder, ginger root, or Sriracha sauce and chili pepper for a bit of a kick.

    What makes fried rice taste like restaurant? ›

    The answer: high heat, expert tosses, and something known as 'wok hei. ' As J. Kenji López-Alt writes for Serious Eats, expert cooking with a wok (and the gas range it requires) is one of the main reasons that fried rice from a Chinese restaurant tastes so much better than what you can make at home.

    What is forbidden rice in Chinese? ›

    Forbidden rice is also known as imperial rice, heaven rice and king's rice. In ancient China, this exquisite ingredient was exclusive to the emperors, who ate it for longevity and good health. It was forbidden to all but the most wealthy and powerful people, thus its name.

    What is the difference between fried rice and Chinese fried rice? ›

    The usage of rice

    But in Chinese rice, it is suggested to use leftover cooked rice to avoid the rice from being sticky. In Fried Rice, most quick-service restaurants (QSRs) use long-grain white rice like Basmati, whereas Jasmine Rice is used in Chinese Rice.

    What is the secret to good fried rice in Chinese? ›

    9 Tips For Making The Perfect Fried Rice
    • Know what type of rice to use. Chang starts with long-grain jasmine. ...
    • Always use leftover rice for this recipe. ...
    • Declump your rice before cooking. ...
    • Dice your ingredients for the best flavour. ...
    • Soft-scramble the eggs. ...
    • Use Chinese sausage if you can. ...
    • A hot pan is a must. ...
    • Don't crowd the pan.
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    What is fried rice syndrome? ›

    Fried rice syndrome is caused by a bacterium called Bacillus cereus, which is present in these types of starchy foods prior to cooking. Bacillus cereus is a heat-resistant bacteria, so even recooking foods that have not been appropriately refrigerated can result in food poisoning.

    What gives Chinese fried rice its color? ›

    Dark mushroom soy sauce is what gives this fried rice its rich brown/caramel colour. This soy sauce doesn't add much to the saltiness but is used to give dishes that nice caramel brown colour. Dark mushroom soy sauce also adds a hint of umami to a dish, but not much saltiness.

    Do Chinese restaurants put MSG in fried rice? ›

    Some restaurants add MSG to a number of popular dishes, including fried rice.

    What oil do restaurants use for fried rice? ›

    Sesame oil.

    I do not recommend omitting or substituting the sesame oil in this recipe. It is key to the authentic flavor of this dish.

    Do Chinese people put soy sauce in fried rice? ›

    Soy sauce fried rice (酱油炒饭, Jiang You Chao Fan) is a classic. It is not just another fried rice. It's a signature of Chinese cooking, as it uses pretty minimal ingredients to create a wonderful flavor.

    Why do Mexicans fry their rice before cooking? ›

    The method used to make Mexican rice involves lightly frying the uncooked rice in oil which helps it absorb more flavor from the seasoning and cook to a perfect consistency. In addition, a traditional blend of spices and diced vegetables and potatoes create unique flavor.

    What oil do Chinese restaurants use? ›

    Chinese cooks normally use soybean oil, vegetable oil, or peanut oil, all of which have a high smoke point. Peanut oil usually has a pleasant nutty flavor and is suitable not only for stir-frying but also for deep-frying. Canola oil, which has a high smoke point but a neutral flavor, is also a good choice.

    What is fried rice usually made up of? ›

    It is usually made with Jasmine rice, long grain, or basmati rice. The rice is stir-fried with vegetables(carrots, spring onions, peas, green and red bell peppers), eggs, meats of choice(chicken, beef, shrimp), and spices like chili, curry powder, and salt.

    What's the difference between Chinese and Vietnamese fried rice? ›

    The main difference between the 2 types of fried rice is how they are seasoned. Vietnamese fried rice uses fish oil or fish sauce as the main seasoning, while Chinese fried rice typically uses soy sauce. The flavors are also milder for Vietnamese fried rice due to the seasonings.

    Why is pineapple rice yellow? ›

    Traditional Thai pineapple fried rice uses turmeric to add a beautiful yellow color to the dish. I used curry powder to replace the turmeric. Not only does it add a beautiful color to the rice, but it also adds so much flavor to the dish without effort.

    Who invented pineapple rice? ›

    Boluo fan
    Alternative namesPineapple rice
    Place of originChina, Thailand
    Region or stateYunnan
    Created byDai people
    Main ingredientsGlutinous rice (purple and/or white), pineapple, raisins, almonds, coconut milk, rock sugar, salt
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