Thai Pineapple Fried Rice
Thai-style sweet and spicy pineapple fried rice with red bell pepper, cashews and cilantro. This dish comes together very quickly, so be sure to have your ingredients prepped and located near the stove before you start cooking. Chilled leftover rice works best in stir fries because it doesn't clump together, so cook the rice in advance if time allows (one cup dry rice will yield slightly over two cups cooked rice.)
|2 tablespoons||coconut oils or quality vegetable oil, divided|
|2||eggs, beaten with a dash of salt|
|2||fresh pineapples, peeled, cored, and chopped|
|1||large red bell pepper, diced (about 3/4 cup diced)|
|1/2 bunch||green onions, green and white parts, thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)|
|2 cloves||garlic, pressed or minced|
|1/2 cup||chopped raw, unsalted cashew nuts|
|2 cups||cooked and chilled brown rice, preferably long-grain brown jasmine rice|
|1 tablespoon||reduced-sodium tamari or soy sauce|
|1 to 2||teaspoons chili garlic sauce or sriracha|
|1||small lime, halved|
|season with salt, to taste|
|handful fresh cilantro leaves, chopped, for garnishing|
1. Heat a large wok, cast iron skillet or non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat and place an empty serving bowl nearby. Once the pan is hot enough that a drop of water sizzles on contact, add 1 teaspoon oil. Pour in the eggs and cook, stirring occasionally, until the eggs are scrambled and lightly set. Transfer the eggs to the empty bowl. Wipe out the pan if necessary with a paper towel (be careful, it's hot!).
2. Add one tablespoon of oil to the pan and add the pineapple and red pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, until the liquid has evaporated and the pineapple is caramelized on the edges, about 3 to 5 minutes. Then add the green onion and garlic. Cook, while stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds or longer. Transfer the contents of the pan to your bowl of eggs.
3. Add the remaining two teaspoons of oil to the pan. Pour in the cashew and cook, stirring constantly, until the cashews smell fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the rice to the pan and stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the rice is hot, about 3 minutes.
4. Pour the contents of the bowl back into the pan and stir to combine. Once the contents are warmed through, remove the pan from heat. Add 1 tablespoon tamari (or soy sauce) and chili garlic sauce or sriracha, to taste. Squeeze the juice of ½ of a lime over the dish and stir to combine. Season to taste with salt. Transfer to individual serving bowls and garnish with a sprinkling of torn cilantro leaves, with jars of chili garlic sauce or sriracha on the side.