Easy beef & pineapple fried rice (牛肉菠萝炒饭)

A quick one-bowl meal served in a pineapple shell. Try this easy pineapple fried rice with succulent beef cubes! It has a balanced flavour of savoury and sweet.

A quick one-bowl meal served in a pineapple shell. Try this easy pineapple fried rice with succulent beef cubes! It has a balanced flavour of sweet and savoury.

This week, pineapples are on sale in several of my local supermarkets. I purchased quite a few the other day. It’s one of my favourite tropical fruits. Apart from enjoying it raw, I also love using it to add sweet flavour to my savoury dishes. Having leftover rice to hand, I made pineapple fried rice with beef and bell pepper (牛肉菠萝炒饭), a very simple one-bowl meal which has a balanced flavour of savoury and sweet.

Use shell as a serving bowl

I was totally fascinated by the look of pineapples when I first saw them at the age of ten. My dad brought some home from a business trip to Guangdong province (Canton). At that time, in the North-west of China where I lived, there wasn’t any tropical fruits available in small towns. Years later in a restaurant, I had a pineapple dish served in its own shell. I thought it was a beautiful presentation and wanted to imitate it in my own kitchen.

A quick one-bowl meal served in a pineapple shell. Try this easy pineapple fried rice with succulent beef cubes! It has a balanced flavour of sweet and savoury.

Using pineapple shell as a bowl, it’s not only visually appealing, but it also adds extra aroma to the dish. Take today’s beef & pineapple fried rice for example. When freshly fried rice is in contact with the shell (which still has quite a bit of flesh on it), the heat helps to release more fragrance from the pineapple skin.

Make the beef tender and moist

The protein I add to my pineapple fried rice is tender, moist beef cubes. For best result, I suggest you use flank or skirt steak and marinate it with cornstarch to tenderise. Another key is to fry the beef briefly. Prolonged cooking always makes it tougher in texture. Like the method I explained in my recipe on black pepper beef stir fry, firstly you need to quickly fry the marinated beef then dish it out. Add it to other ingredients at the end of the cooking procedure. I also use diced red bell pepper in this dish to add a bit of colour and a crunchy texture.

A quick one-bowl meal served in a pineapple shell. Try this easy pineapple fried rice with succulent beef cubes! It has a balanced flavour of sweet and savoury.

Keep rice grains in shape

As you may know, you need to use leftover (cooked) rice for Chinese fried rice. Although the rice is being cooked for a second time it should still retain its shape and texture. To avoid mushy rice or sticky lumps of rice, I have a few tips for you:

  1. Do not use leftover rice which has been overcooked to a very sticky texture.
  2. Keep the leftover rice refrigerated prior to frying.
  3. Add a bit of water to the refrigerated rice then gently loosen up the grains with a fork.

Voilà! This is what I’d like to say about my beef & pineapple fried rice. Please refer to the images below to see how to carve a pineapple bowl with a knife and a spoon.

A quick one-bowl meal served in a pineapple shell. Try this easy pineapple fried rice with succulent beef cubes! It has a balanced flavour of sweet and savoury.

A quick one-bowl meal served in a pineapple shell. Try this easy pineapple fried rice with succulent beef cubes! It has a balanced flavour of sweet and savoury.

Easy beef & pineapple fried rice (菠萝炒饭)
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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 2 persons

Easy beef & pineapple fried rice (菠萝炒饭)

A quick one-bowl meal served in a pineapple shell. Try this easy pineapple fried rice with succulent beef cubes! It has a balanced flavour of savoury and sweet.

Ingredients

    For marinating the beef
  • 200g / 7oz beef, diced (see note 1)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon pure sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon Shaoxing rice wine
  • For frying the rice
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 stalks spring onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 ripe pineapple, peeled and diced (see note 2)
  • 500g / 4 cups cooked rice (see note 3)
  • 4 teaspoons light soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)

Instructions

  1. Mix beef with cornstarch, sesame oil and rice wine. Leave to marinate for about 10 minutes.
  2. Heat up a wok (or a deep frying pan) over a medium heat. Pour in oil, then stir in beef. Fry until its colour becomes pale. Dish out and set aside (leave the oil in the wok).
  3. Put spring onion and pepper in the wok. Fry for 1 minute or so. Add pineapple and cooked rice. Stir well to make sure there is no lumps of rice.
  4. Stir in beef. Fry until the rice is hot.
  5. Serve warm on plates / in bowls or in pineapple shells.

Notes

1. Flank steak and skirt steak are the best cut of beef for quick stir-fry. I suggest you cut the beef into small dice size for a tenderer texture.

2. You can either used normal bowls or plates to serve this dish, or using pineapple shells as serving bowls. Please see the photos above (in the post) showing how to carve a pineapple bowl with a knife and a spoon.

3. Prior to frying, it’s better to have the cooked rice refrigerated. Then add 1-2 tablespoons of water and gently loosen up the grains with a fork.

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A quick one-bowl meal served in a pineapple shell. Try this easy pineapple fried rice with succulent beef cubes! It has a balanced flavour of sweet and savoury.

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Chinese soy sauce rice pilaf (酱油炒饭)

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Black pepper beef stir-fry (黑椒牛柳)

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