Well, well, well friends. Do I have a treat for YOU!!
This week marked a big week, here in the Big Apple. Retail stores are beginning to reopen! With limited capacity, of course. So this past weekend, a certain gentleman and I went went to the Louis Vuitton pop up in SoHo! It was so cool. And all the yellow inspired the recipe I made that night!
PINEAPPLE SHRIMP FRIED RICE!
Holy cow, you guys. When I say this was amazing, I mean…it was shout-it-from-the-rooftops, lip smackin’, knee slappin’ DELICIOUS!!
Sweet, juicy pineapple, with salty and savory fried rice, complete with tender, meaty shrimp!
It was, in a word, glorious.
Now, you may think that fried rice is a kitchen sink, “leftovers” type meal, but OH NO. Not this recipe. It is a star. A five-star, show-stopper! SING OUT LOUISE!
And I’ve definitely got some tips to make it the best possible fried rice you’ll ever experience.
1: USE COLD RICE. Yep – now is not the time for a steaming, fresh batch of fluffy white rice. Nope, you want cold, from the fridge, day-old if possible, white rice. That way, it really soaks up all the bright and exciting flavors we’ll be adding. (If you didn’t plan ahead and don’t have day old rice, that’s okay! ((I didn’t either!)) You can just make your rice a few hours ahead, and pop it in the fridge to chill out for a couple of hours before you make dinner!)
2: USE BOTH TOASTED SESAME OIL AND OYSTER SAUCE – You may think that soy sauce is enough to make a delicious fried rice meal. ABSOLUTELY NOT!! Toasted sesame oil and oyster sauce are both CRITICAL ingredients to get authentic, restaurant style fried rice! So pick up a bottle of each — they’re inexpensive and will last for a long time. The depth of flavor they both add is bar none!
3: USE BUTTER! I know, I know — for my vegans and dairy free friends out there, this ingredient we’ll have to forgo, but butter truly does make this dish EXTRA DELICIOUS. Why? Because it allows the rice to BROWN. And when we’re talking cooking, BROWN = FLAVOR! So, by all means, bust out the butter, baby!
4: USE HIGH HEAT – This is another important step, because it really allows the veggies and rice to fry, and most importantly…NOT STEAM. If the rice steams in the pan, then it will stick together and get mushy and clumpy…not what we’re going for!
5: THE MORE VEGGIES THE BETTER! Seriously – this is a must, for taste and health’s sake. Plus – the more veggies, the higher the nutritional profile! In this recipe, I used carrots, peas, red bell pepper, mushrooms, onion, and pineapple! But other veggies would also work great, too! Like — broccoli or cauliflower, asparagus, okra, green beans, sugar snap peas, mango…the sky is the limit!
And finally, seasoning is everything with this dish. So don’t be afraid to add some extra soy sauce at the end, to taste!
This dish, when made traditionally, is naturally gluten free (if you use Gluten Free Soy Sauce!) I made two versions this night: the traditional, and then a Specific Carb Diet version, which used cauliflower rice instead of white rice, and it was absolutely amazing. I also had to forgo the oyster sauce (it has sugar), and I used coconut aminos in substitution for the soy sauce, as soy is not permitted on the SCD! (I will not the substitutions on the recipe!)
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED: (SERVES 2-3)
1/2 lb peeled and deveined shrimp
2-3 cups chilled, cooked rice (or cauliflower rice, for SCD)
2 eggs, scrambled
3 cloves garlic
2 medium carrot, small dice
1 onion, minced
4 shiitake mushrooms, sliced thin
1/2 cup fresh pineapple, diced
1 red bell pepper, small dice
1/2 cup frozen peas
3 cloves garlic, freshly-minced
3 green onions, thinly sliced
salt and pepper
3 Tbsp butter (or oil)
4 Tbsp soy sauce, GF tamari, or coconut aminos (SCD use coconut aminos)
2 tsp oyster sauce (SCD omit)
2 tsp toasted sesame oil
fresh cilantro, garnish
1/2 avocado, sliced (for garnish)
Large nonstick skillet
Small nonstick frying pan
Good Chef’s Knife
Small mixing bowl
It’s important to have all the ingredients prepped and ready to go, since this meal comes together quickly! So first, prep all your veggies and measure our all of your sauces.
First, cook your shrimp. Season your shrimp with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat 2 Tbsp olive oil. Place the shrimp in an even layer, being sure not to crowd the pan. (You may need to do two batches). Cook the shrimp for 2 minutes per side. They are finished cooking once they are completely pink, and have curled in on themselves. Once they’ve finished cooking, transfer them to a plate, and cover with tin foil, until the rest of the meal comes together.
Next, in a small nonstick frying pan, heat 1 Tbsp olive oil. In a small bowl, whisk your eggs with salt and pepper. Then, over medium heat, scramble your eggs, stirring occasionally. Once scrambled, transfer to a separate plate and cover with tin foil.
In the large nonstick pan, add 1 Tbsp butter to the pan, and heat until melted. (SCD, substitute oil for butter). Add your carrots, onions, and red bell pepper, season with salt and pepper, and let them cook for about 4 minutes, until they begin to soften. Then add your mushrooms and garlic and let them cook for another 4 minutes. Finally, add your pineapple, and let it cook for about 2 minutes.
Finally, add another Tablespoon of butter, let it melt, and then add the rice (or cauliflower rice), green onions, soy sauce and oyster sauce, and stir until combined. Stir for another 3-4 minutes to fry the rice. Finally stir in the scrambled eggs and cooked shrimp to combine.
Remove from heat, and then stir in the sesame oil, and more soy sauce to taste.
Serve, garnished with fresh cilantro and avocado.
***Note on Cauliflower Rice: If you are using cauliflower rice, you’ll need to let it cook for an additional 5 minutes, so that it softens and becomes tender. Also, you’ll need to use less soy sauce than rice, because it doesn’t absorb it the same as a grain does. I would suggest adding a Tbsp at a time, and then tasting, and adding, and tasting, etc, to ensure it doesn’t get over dressed!***
OK THIS WAS PHENOMENAL!!!
I honestly don’t even know where to start! Because it’s beautiful, it’s delicious, the textures are amazing, and it made my kitchen smell like the most delicious restaurant ever!
The flavors in this dish absolutely sang. The sweet, juicy pineapple, the salty, crunchy veggies, the peas that pop in your mouth, the creamy and buttery avocado, and the meaty shrimp — combined together with that toasted sesame oil — HOLY COW. Somebody call the doctor because my eyes have rolled to the back of my head, and I’m in a conniption fit of absolute food joy!
Seriously – toasted sesame oil is my new fall obsession. Not just sesame oil…TOASTED sesame oil. Any vegan worth their salt, knows that toasting nuts brings out their flavor like nothing else. And the same can be said for sesame seed oil!!!
OH MY GOSH – it is so deeply nutty. It tastes like what golden brown looks likes. If that makes sense.
And then it is seriously a stunning dish. All of the bright colors from the veggies just pop off the plate — the red pepper, orange carrot, dark green onion, light green avocado, yellow pineapple and pink shrimp. It is GORGEOUS!
Do yourself a favor and MAKE THIS DISH! I promise, your tastebuds will thank you!
And I almost forgot! The BEST part is the leftovers!!! It just gets better with time, baby! You can enjoy it for up to three days in a sealed container in the fridge!
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66 responses to “Pineapple Shrimp Fried Rice!”
Work that mask like a boss!
Hahah thank you Meg!! 🙂 you’re too funny!! Hugs and love xox
There you go making me hungry again. Looks and sounds good.
Haha thank you HJ! It was definitely a treat! Hugs and love xox
This dish looks delicious, Caralyn, but I’ll pull the avocado and shrimp out. Stay safe!! 😊🌹
Thanks John! Haha the rice is super delicious! And you can substitute chicken, beef or tofu too!! 🙂 Hugs and love xox
Wow, So awesome 🙂 Thank you for sharing with us! Stay blessed.
Thank you so much!! It was a treat! Hugs and love xox
Yum yum!! Gonna have to try it…never tried oyster sauce before…
Thanks! Ok yes – it definitely adds an amazing depth of flavor! Hugs and love xox
I’m going to have to try this! I just made fried rice tonight for my family. It was good… but I’m sure yours is a lot better… so I’m looking forward to this. Looks delicious!
Thanks Marcelo! Oh nice! Isn’t it such great comfort food?!! Hugs and love xox
Wow… looks very delicious 😍
Thanks Netty! Oh my gosh it was!! Hugs and love xox
Thank you! It certainly was! Hugs and love xox
Thanks Kristie! It was yumtastic! Hugs and love xox
When I saw the words- Have I got a treat for you, for a second my heart fluttered at the thought you would send me a treat haha.
You rock the mask look by the way 🙂
Hahahaha you’re too funny! Thank you! I’ll air lift you a helping! Hugs and love xox
I am excited for a an airlift 😂
Hahaha me too
Looks way good.
Thank you Stormy! It was a real treat! Hugs and love xox
Wow! That looks and sounds a-ma-zing!
Thank you so much Penny! It was an absolute treat!! Hugs and love xox
Yum! I love fried rice and pineapple! Happy to report that Texas is getting much better, my town was never very bad, and many of us are not wearing masks anymore, if ever. God bless !
thanks so much! oh my gosh me too – pineapple is my favorite food! oh that is so great to hear!!! 🙂 Hugs and love xox
Oh my! That looks so good. Suddenly, I’m hungry!!
thank you so much! hahaha oh gosh! yes! and the photos don’t even do it justice, believe it or not! Hugs and love xox
Yummo and thanks for noting the scd alternatives!!
Thank you ali! absolutely! though it was fried “cauliflower rice” for me, it was still amazing! the combo of the sesame oil and the coconut aminos were so lovely! i will be definitely making this again this weekend! Hugs and love xox
thank you so much! it was!! Hugs and love xox
Looks delish 😋
thank you so much! it absolutely was! Hugs and love xox
xoxoxo Have an awesome evening, Hannah! xoxox
This looks good! I bet it would be good with scallops or chicken as well.
THank you so much Annie! oh my gosh yes! scallops would be fabulous with this! Hugs and love xox
Looks delicious. I absolutely love pineapple on rice, seafood, chicken. . . I tell myself that the vitamins and minerals from pineapple compensate for the butter that I love (and know might not be the healthiest). But, everything in moderation, though.
Thank you so much Jenny Grace! hahah you’re right! it’s all a balancing game 🙂 heheh and you hit the nail on the head– moderation in everything! (including moderation! haha) Hugs and love xox
Oh my oh my. There is no eating disorder here. I wanted to take a bite out of my phone, when reading this. I may need to try and hone up on my cooking skills…..or beg my wife for help! 🙂
hahaha thank you! i actually made this with my gentleman friend and it was a fun tag team effort in the kitchen! 🙂 Hugs and love xox
Wow! You are an expert in making this delicious recipe and the way you describe it makes it so exciting. I do hope you will open a restaurant some day.
THank you so much Beverley! you’re kind to say that! haha oh gosh that would be such a fun endeavor! Hugs and love xox
I love cooking, your camera work on the pics is good. Looks lovely the food will give it a go my lovely.
Aw thank you so much Christian! Hugs and love xox
YUM! Shrimp fried rice + avocado = genius 😉
Thanks!! Oh my gosh this was divine! Hugs and love xox
Oh my goodness at the deliciousness!!
Haha thank you so much! This was such a treat! Hugs and love xox
This really is delish! I started eating it before I read it lol I don’t eat shrimp again but if I’m making this I’ll use saltfish instead, or salmon! God bless and keep up the great work! Blessings & peace! <3
Hahah you’re too funny Tammy! Thanks! Yeah this one was one of the best meals I’ve had in a while. I feel like a broken record saying that but honestly it is just just so dang delicious! I need to locate some salt fish and try it out! Hugs and love xox
😀 😛 lolol I know right!!! Most welcome sis! Oh great! Lol I can tell due to the constant exaggeration!! Lolol …oh sure lemme know how it went down 😉 hugs & love to you!
hahahah xoxox 🙂
May have to give that recipe a try—looks so deliciously inviting. Love the scriptural reference at the end. Blessings and Peace.
Thanks, I hope you do! It was divine!! Hugs and love xox
Now see, you’re trying to tempt me. LOL. Blessings and Peace.
hahah too funny!!!
Even though I can’t eat shrimp that looks so good.
thanks! you can always sub scallops or even chicken!