Super easy shrimp and pineapple fried rice anyone will love! Loaded with shrimp, vegetables, herbs, and Sriracha, this shrimp and pineapple recipe will be your next favorite rice bowl! Done in under 20-minutes, this quick dish makes use of those leftover vegetables in the refrigerator!
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This shrimp and pineapple fried rice is a sweet and spicy take on this stir fry favorite dish!
So easy to make on a busy weeknight or for a quick lunch, this rice bowl is enriched with the vegetables and shrimp for a beautiful blend of colors!
Make sure to read my tips below on preparing this shrimp pineapple fried rice recipe even without a rice cooker! Simple and delicious!
This post will go over everything you need to know to create this shrimp and pineapple fried rice.
Recipe difficulty: Beginner level easy….so tasty on all levels!
Inspired from the beloved Hawaiian shrimp fried rice, this Asian dish has a spicy flare using Sriracha and chili sesame oil to coat every grain of rice! Done under 20 minutes as shrimp cooks super-fast, and is full of the spiced herbed flavor from the butter and lemon! Simply toss in the pot and stir fry!
Sam’s Pro Tips for this Shrimp and Pineapple Fried Rice
How to Make the Perfect Rice?
No need for a rice cooker! It’s so easy to make the perfect scoop of rice!
This tip is very similar to our Filipino Style Spam Garlic Fried Rice Anyone Will Love. One of our most popular recipes! So, the ultimate trick with rice is not to rush it!
After you wash your rice, put the rice in a saucepan over medium heat. Your water level should not be more than your fingertip above the rice. Let the rice cook until the water is nearly gone.
Once the water is almost gone, lower the fire to the lowest setting and cover. The steam in the pan will continue to cook the rice. Turn the fire off after about 3-4 minutes. It is so easy!
If this is too difficult for you, no worries! You can also use a rice cooker or an Instant Pot to cook the rice needed for this shrimp and pineapple fried rice recipe, just follow the directions for the appliance.
Shrimp Can Cook Really Fast
Shrimp does not need a lot of time to cook! Seriously this is why this shrimp and pineapple stir fry can be made in under 20 minutes!
Like our 15-Minute Asian Chili Garlic Butter Shrimp with Sprite, if you overcook the shrimp, you’ll find that the pineapple shrimp stir fry tastes hard and rubbery immediately. Not good!
Watch it closely as once it starts to change to a reddish color and slightly shrunken, its ready!
Mix Together for the Flavor to Develop
After the oyster sauce, chili sesame oil, Sriracha, and pepper is added, mix everything together thoroughly so that the rice is evenly coated! Literally every grain is bursting with flavor!
You’ll see the rice transform to a reddish-orange color after mixing every grain of rice with the vegetables, pineapple, and shrimp to get that incredible sweet and spicy flavor.
Use a LARGE ELECTRIC SKILLET to easily mix your ingredients together. You have room to toss and maneuver without making a mess in your kitchen!
Time Save Options
There are a few options to get this shrimp and pineapple recipe done even quicker!
You can use leftover jasmine rice if you made a whole pot of rice, like if you tried our Filipino Garlic Fried Rice | Sinangag!
Another tip is to buy the garlic cloves already peeled, the carrots shredded, or the pineapple chunks from a can! All these options work great to quickly toss into the pan!
Lastly, get your shrimp already peeled and deveined to use in the spicy pineapple shrimp recipe! That way your shrimp is ready to eat with the shell peeled and you don’t need to spend extra time cleaning the shrimp. So easy!
Key Ingredients – Shrimp and Pineapple Fried Rice
Below are some key ingredients for this recipe:
Rice and Shrimp
- Jasmine rice: So, I usually only make any of my fried rice recipes with Jasmine rice. I have never tried with other types of rice! Jasmine rice is a long-grain rice, very common in Asian recipes. Make sure to cook the rice evenly and not mushy, as you will get unattractive clumps when making this shrimp and pineapple fried rice.
- Shrimp: Shrimp is so easy to cook! Get your shrimp already peeled and deveined so its ready to eat and you don’t need to peel the shell when you eat.
Toppings for the Shrimp and Pineapple Fried Rice
- Pineapple chunks: I love using canned pineapple chunks to make this pineapple shrimp stir fry under 20 minutes! Drain the can when using and throw the pineapple chunks in the pot to simmer with the shrimp. Sweet and delicious!
- Eggs: Love fried rice recipes with scrambled eggs! Three scrambled eggs will be mixed with the rice and shrimp to add to this dish!
- Garlic: 6 garlic cloves are used to get that savory flavor! Fresh garlic works the best in this recipe and gives the rice so much flavor! Quick tip- Mash the garlic in a Ziploc bag to get a mix of crushed and whole pieces to toss with the rice.
- Shredded carrot: The shredded carrot compliments the shrimp and pineapple and cooks quickly. The carrot also absorbs the rich flavor of the butter and Sriracha.
- Peas: Only a ½ cup of green peas is used and gives great texture to the rice. Peas have a strong taste, so not a lot is needed.
- Green onion: The green onion is added as the last step. Totally adds a level of freshness and vibrant color to the shrimp and pineapple fried rice!
- Chili sesame oil: Totally adds a kick to this dish in combination with the Sriracha. Plus, since this condiment is oil-based, the chili sesame oil will help coat the rice to absorb all that flavor! Definitely a favorite in our Filipino Style Spam Garlic Fried Rice Anyone Will Love!
- Sriracha: A favorite in Asian cooking! Using Sriracha will give the rice a beautiful color and help create the base for this spicy pineapple shrimp recipe.
- Oyster sauce: Using the oyster sauce helps gives the rice both a tangy and sweet flavor! It complements the spiciness of this dish and tones the spice level down!
- Unsalted butter: Like my 15-Minute Asian Chili Garlic Butter Shrimp with Sprite, cooking the shrimp with the butter keeps it juicy and full of flavor. Only a tablespoon is needed as its mixed with the olive oil.
- Lemon: Lemon juice pairs great with shrimp! Plan to have some lemon wedges on the side for guests that may want extra in their rice bowl!
More Variations to this Shrimp and Pineapple Fried Rice
There are a few ways you can variate this shrimp and pineapple fried rice. Here’s how:
- Use soy sauce instead of oyster sauce. If you don’t have oyster sauce, or would rather use soy sauce, switch out the measurements provided for the oyster sauce with the soy sauce. Please note the color of the rice may change slightly compared to the picture in this recipe.
- Add bell pepper: There are so many ways you can variate this shrimp and pineapple recipe! Use other leftover ingredients from your refrigerator like bell peppers to add to the amazing color of the rice and give some crunchiness! Any color bell pepper would work!
- What can I pair with this dish? Eat this pineapple shrimp stir fry anytime of day for a quick go-to meal! For a sweet treat to pair with your dish (what meal is complete without dessert?), try our Easy Filipino Halo Halo Dessert with the Must-Have Toppings or 3-Ingredient Filipino Banana Cue Recipe for Your Afternoon Snack for a sweet tropical flavor to pair with your meal!
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do you make pineapple fried rice with shrimp?
Pineapple fried rice with shrimp can be made under 20 minutes by stir frying the shrimp and vegetables, and tossing the rice with the seasoning.
How long does shrimp and pineapple fried rice last?
Shrimp and pineapple fried rice lasts 3-4 days in the refrigerator for optimal flavor.
How many minutes do you cook shrimp?
Shrimp cooks really fast. Once the shrimp turns from translucent to a reddish color and slightly shrunken, it most likely is ready. The time will depend on the size of your shrimp.
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