Pineapple Fried Rice With Shrimp

Nutty and flavorful nutritious brown rice is tossed into this pineapple fried rice with shrimp dish for a tropical twist! 

Quick and Easy Shrimp and Pineapple Fried Rice made - The Foodie Affair

Pineapple Fried Rice With Shrimp

Fried rice is a dish you can make with just about any ingredient you want to clear out from your refrigerator.

It’s a quick dish that’s easy to toss together and especially nice when you have leftovers that aren’t quite enough to complete a meal.

A little of this or that can make one satisfying meal when you add it to fried rice!

Quick and Easy Shrimp and Pineapple Fried Rice made - The Foodie Affair

Fried Rice With Shrimp

You won’t often find brown rice used in a fried rice recipe.

White long grain rice is the traditional grain and what you might be used to eating, and if you have it is delicious in this recipe.

My family likes both brown and white rice. Leftovers happened to be brown rice, which is what you see in this recipe.

The shrimp made this dish nice and hearty, so we plated up a large serving and this one pot meal was dinner!

Quick and Easy Shrimp and Pineapple Fried Rice made - The Foodie Affair

Is it Best to use Fresh Shrimp or Frozen?

If fresh shrimp is available from your fish market, then definitely use it in this recipe.

Frozen shrimp from the grocery store is often from pre-packaged bags. For convenience go ahead and get the thawed shrimp from the display case.

Otherwise, make sure you have thawed the shrimp in advance to speed up the cooking time.

What Size Of Shrimp Should I Purchase?

In this bacon wrapped shrimp post I explained the difference between count vs. size of shrimp.

If you plan on serving this dish as a side, then I would purchase medium size shrimp. For a main meal pick large shrimp.

Quick and Easy Shrimp and Pineapple Fried Rice made - The Foodie Affair

Is Canned Pineapple Ok to use in Place of Fresh?

Yes! Although my preference is to use fresh ingredients first. Fresh pineapple isn’t always available, so using canned chunks is fine.

Just be sure to let the pineapple drain well before adding it to the recipe to prevent the rice from becoming mushy.

Do I have To Use Sesame Oil?

One of the favorite flavors I like in stir-fried foods is sesame oil! Don’t substitute this ingredient.

The aroma in itself will get your mouth to salivate. I like to use the rich dark oil for the flavor.

The nutty taste pairs nicely with the brown rice, and just a little touch of the oil goes a long way.

Quick and Easy Shrimp and Pineapple Fried Rice made - The Foodie Affair

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Quick and Easy Shrimp and Pineapple Fried Rice

Pineapple Fried Rice With Shrimp

This tropical twist to fried rice recipe with pineapple and shrimp. Enjoy as a side dish or main meal. Hearty and flavorful meal that will bring you back to the tropics!
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Asian, rice, shrimp, side dish
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Sandra Shaffer


  • 3 cups leftover brown rice or white rice
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil divided
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 green onions. sliced
  • 1/2-1 pound shrimp cooked, thawed, peeled and deveined
  • 1 1/2 cups pineapple diced
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas defrosted
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Kosher salt and white pepper to taste


  • Preheat a large skillet (or wok if you have one) over medium heat for about 1 minute. Swirl in the 1/2 tablespoon of oil and heat. Break the eggs into the skillet and stir to scramble until the eggs are almost cooked through but still a little wet. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • Turn heat to high and add remaining 1/2 tablespoon of oil. Reduce heat to medium and add onion and stir until fragrant. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the rice, green onion, peas, shrimp sauces, sesame oil, cooked egg, pineapple, and salt & white pepper to taste. Stir everything swiftly around the skillet until the ingredients are well coated and heated through, about 3 to 4 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings to your preference.


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Simple fried rice recipe using leftover rice with pineapple and shrimp for a tropical flair.  Enjoy as a side dish or complete meal #friedrice #seafood #shrimp #asian #tropical
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  1. I always joke that fried rice was invented to clean out the refrigerator. I too use brown rice to make fried rice, love the nutty flavor of brown rice.

  2. This looks perfect for a busy weeknight! I love that you used brown rice too. Looks tasty Sandra!

  3. I loveeee recipes like this! I am trying really hard these days to eat healthier but still make tasty dinners and this one looks great!

    1. It took my family a little while to get used to the texture and flavor of brown rice. I started adding just 1/4 cup and increased the amount as time has gone on. Now we prefer brown rice!