Pineapple Shrimp Fried Rice is so easy to make at home in 30 minutes! Skip the takeout and enjoy this savory and sweet fried rice with shrimp, pineapple, bell peppers and a flavor packed sauce!
I knew I wanted to make a fried rice recipe for my blog to share with you guys. But, it couldn't be just any old basic rice! This is The Salty Marshmallow, and we, and you, like fun bold flavors around here! Much like my Sweet and Sour Smoked Sausage this recipe has that perfect savory/sweet combo. It's a family favorite, and always on our weeknight menu since I can get it on the table fast.
Shrimp fried rice is a dish that consists of leftover, cold rice that has been stir-fried either in a wok or a skillet. I always use a skillet because a wok isn't something I keep on hand, you can use either! Fried rice can be stir fried up with the usual suspects of eggs, veggies of choice, and meat if you choose. For this recipe, I left out the eggs because they just didn't "fit" with the flavors I wanted. Instead, I use a couple of bell peppers, a bunch of sliced green onion, garlic, pineapple chunks, and shrimp. The sauce that goes on at the end is a simple mix of pineapple juice, soy sauce, and sesame oil. So simple. So satisfying!
How to Make Shrimp Fried Rice:
- You will heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add half of your olive oil and half of your sesame oil to the pan. Once the oil is nice and hot, add in your raw shrimp in a single layer. Salt and pepper to taste, and cook for one minute per side.
- Remove the shrimp into a bowl and set aside for now.
- Add the remaining olive oil to the skillet and add the bell peppers. Cook and stir for 2 minutes until beginning to soften, then add in your sliced green onions and garlic.
- Next, add your leftover rice to the pan, stir it up gently, then spread the rice into a single layer. Cook the rice for 2-3 minutes.
- Then, mix in your pineapple chunks and sauce mixture and return the shrimp to the pan.
- I recommend serving this right away for best results.
How Long is Shrimp Fried Rice Good For?
I think that shrimp fried rice is best when eaten the same day. However, you can cool it completely and store in an airtight container for up to 3 days. When ready to eat the leftovers, reheat them gently in the microwave or on the stove making sure not to overcook the shrimp if possible, and add more soy sauce if desired.
Pineapple Shrimp Fried Rice
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil Divided
- 2 teaspoons Sesame Oil Divided
- 1 Pound Shrimp
- Salt & Pepper To Taste
- 2 Bell Peppers Diced
- ½ Cup Chopped Green Onion
- 2 Cloves Garlic Minced
- 1 Can Pineapple Chunks Juice Reserved
- 2 Cups Leftover Rice
- 3 Tablespoons Low Sodium Soy Sauce
- 2 Tablespoons Pineapple Juice
- Heat one Tablespoon of the olive oil and 1 teaspoon of the sesame oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat.
- Once the oil is sizzling hot, add the shrimp in a single layer. Cook for 1 minute, adding salt and pepper to taste, then flip and cook for one minute more.
- Use a slotted spoon to remove the shrimp to a plate or bowl.
- Heat the remaining OLIVE OIL in the skillet and when it is hot, add in the diced bell pepper and cook for 3 minutes.
- Add the green onions and garlic, cook stirring constantly for one minute, then, stir in the leftover rice.
- Spread the rice out in the pan into a single layer and cook for 2 minutes.
- Add the pineapple chunks to the pan. Drizzle over the soy sauce, pineapple juice, and sesame oil, and mix everything well.
- Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the shrimp. Serve immediately.
Hello Nichole. I'm ready to make this recipe but have one little question. What size can of pineapple junks should I use? Thanking you in advance
I didn't have any leftover rice, so I made 3 cups (based on previous comments) and used the remaining pineapple juice along with water to cook it. Added a lot more flavor. A great fast and easy recipe for hectic days.
Delicious! The only tweak I did was to use two tablespoons of the low sodium soy sauce rather than three. Next time, though, I will use a 3rd cup of rice. Thumbs up from the whole household.
Nichole, do you think this would freeze well? I’ve been cooking and freezing meals for my senior mom and this sounds like something she would love. Thanks!
Hi! Yes, it freezes very well. You can freeze in a large zip-top bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight, then heat in about 1 Tablespoon of oil in a large skillet on medium heat.
This is super yummy my family loved it! I added one thai chili pepper for heat.
What is the difference between leftover rice and just making some rice? Sorry if this sounds like a dumb question, but I am not much of a cook and this quarantine has forced me to do a lot more cooking.
It's not a silly question at all! Cooked/cooled leftover rice holds up better when being "fried" but yes you definitely can use rice that you have just cooked if you want!
Fried rice should be made with cold rice, if you use freshly made warm rice, you won't get the nice golden colour/flavour you would expect to find in an authentic fried rice. Hope that makes sense.
With all of the issues and being on a stay at home order, plus local Chinese restaurants having to close due to loss of supplies, this shrimp fried rice is just what I needed! The pineapple was a great addition! I also added Freshly grated ginger, bean sprouts and an egg. Yummy
Dawn Borden says
I was getting the Instapot beef stew recipe (HIGHLY RECOMMEND) and this was playing in the side box....This was sooooo good! I will be adding to my recipe book, where ALL the tested "keepers" go.....So glad I found you....After 40 years of cooking, I was running out of ideas!
Thanks Dawn!! So glad you found me too! 🙂
Toni | Boulder Locavore says
Love the additional flavor from pineapple! Yummy!
Melanie Bauer says
This looks incredibly delicious! Definitely having this on our table, so tasty and flavorful!
Love all of the fresh flavors in this dish! Definitely trying soon!
Katerina @ diethood .com says
Oh my goodness, this looks absolutely delicious!! YUM!
This is making me hungry! Looks so good!
I love this idea for fried rice! Shrimp and pineapple are delicious together!