Pineapple Rice


There is a dish you will see in some restaurants called “American Fried Rice (khao pat amerikan).”  It is a Thai fried rice dish with “American” side ingredients like fried chicken, ham, hot dogs, raisins, ketchup, and croutons.  Other ingredients like pineapple are optional!

This recipe for Pineapple Rice is also Thai, but relies on adding flavor to the rice itself and not just different sides.  The recipe (American) calls for tinned pineapple, but with pineapple being plentiful use fresh pineapple.

Cooking method

Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

Boil rice.

Place 1/3 of rice in bottom of buttered baking dish. Cover with half of the pineapple, half the brown sugar, and half of the butter.

Repeat with next 1/3 of rice and second half of pineapple, brown sugar and butter. Cover with last 1/3 of rice and pour over pineapple juice.

Bake covered for 30 minutes and then serve hot.

Ingredients Serves 6
(170 calories per serving)
Basmati or long-grain rice 1 cup
Cumin seed 1 tspn
Water 2 cups
Salt 1 tspn
Butter 2 tbspns
Brown sugar ¾ cup
Chopped red bell pepper ¾ cup
Chopped green onion (scallion) ¼ cup
Pineapple pieces coarsely chopped 250 gm (can)