Sweet and savory, pineapple fried rice is a beloved staple at Thai restaurants. But for those frosty days when you don’t feel like heading outdoors for a bite and takeout just doesn’t sound as appetizing, consider making this simple dish at home.
When Emma of A Beautiful Mess was thinking about what to serve for dinner, she had a few specific requirements, which led to this zesty dish.
“It must be easy to make and it must take less than an hour to prepare,” explains Emma. “It needs relatively simple ingredients that we often already have, or can be easily substituted. And, it’s got to feel different from other dishes we already have on heavy rotation. No one likes to feel like they are eating the same thing all the time.”
The result is this classic Asian entrée that easily tantalizes with juicy chunks of pineapple, crunchy cashews, spicy fried rice and tangy fish sauce.
While Emma revamps this traditional recipe with tofu to make it vegan-friendly, shrimp, chicken, or loads of fresh veggies are easily substituted.
“And if you want it a little more salty or a little more spicy, just go heavy on the soy sauce or red pepper flakes called for in the recipe,” she says. “Make it how you like it!”
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