Colorful and luscious, this Thai restaurant classic can be made easily at home, using brown rice, pineapple, and veggies like broccoli, bell peppers, and carrots. When fresh pineapple is in season and reasonably priced, try this stir-fried rice recipe with the fresh fruit! Adapted from Vegan Express. Photo by Susan Voisin.
Vegan Thai Pineapple Stir-Fried Rice
Colorful and luscious, this Thai restaurant classic can be made easily at home, using brown rice, pineapple, and veggies like broccoli, bell peppers, and carrots.Print Pin Rate Email
- 1 ½ cups long-grain brown rice try brown Basmati
- 1 ½ tbsp safflower oil or other neutral high-heat oil
- 1 medium onion quartered and sliced
- 2 ½ cups small broccoli florets
- 2 medium carrots sliced
- 1 medium red or orange bell pepper diced
- 3 –4 scallions sliced
- 2 medium tomatoes diced
- 2 cups fresh pineapple cut into ¾-inch chunks, or 1 (16–20 oz) can unsweetened pineapple chunks, drained
- 1 cup light coconut milk
- 2 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce or to taste
- 1 tsp curry powder or to taste
- 2 tsp fresh ginger grated, to taste
- cashews for topping, optional
- Combine the rice with 3 cups water in a saucepan. Bring to a rapid simmer, then cover and simmer gently until the water is absorbed, 30 to 35 minutes.
- Shortly before the rice is done, heat the oil in a stir-fry pan or extra-wide skillet. Add the onion and sauté over medium heat until golden.
- Add the broccoli, carrots, and bell pepper. Turn the heat up to medium-high and stir-fry for 3 minutes or so, just until the vegetables are tender-crisp.
- Add the scallions, tomatoes, and pineapple chunks and continue to stir-fry for just a minute or two, just until the tomatoes soften slightly.
- Stir in the cooked rice, then add the coconut milk, curry powder, soy sauce, and ginger. Stir gently until all the ingredients are completely combined.
- Taste and increase any of the flavorings in the dish until it pleases your palate. Serve at once, passing around chopped cashews to top individual servings, if desired.
Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 240mg | Potassium: 466mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 4691IU | Vitamin C: 95mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1mg
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Per serving: Calories: 315; Total fat: 7.5g; Protein: 6g; Carbs: 59g; Fiber: 5g; Sodium: 205mg
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oooo looks bloomin lush this 🙂
Really enjoyed this one !, even my kids are raving about it.
I just made this, following the recipe quite loosely (clove of garlic, red peppers, pineapple, and one tomato were the only veggies). I added more soy sauce and thai spice, but otherwise it's really good! Thanks for the recipe 🙂
Thanks a lot I love it!
Glad you enjoyed this, Pantipa!
Marjorie Goeser says
Sounds great. Always enjoy anything with pineapple.
Recently gave up meat...love these recipes!
Thanks, Pamela — I hope you keep coming back!
Light Coconut Milk --is this the kind in the dirt section, or is it the kind in the can?
dairy, not dirt
LOL, dirt … that's how I view dairy, actually — light coconut milk comes in a can (the other kind, coconut beverage, is with nondairy milks, but I find it too sweet, even if unsweetened) and is found in the Asian foods section of supermarkets and natural foods store.
Loraine Mazzolini says
Made this for the first time for dinner last night. It turned out excellent. Very simple but flavorful. I would suggest using safflower oil for a higher smoke point than the olive oil. I used my wok and veggies cooked quickly and had the right crisp tender texture.
True, very good suggestion about the safflower oil. I'll add that option, thanks!
Tried this for dinner this evening. The coconut milk made my rice soggy but perhaps I overdid the amount. The flavours and smells were wonderful though. Will definitely try this again! Thanks~
Hi, just made this rice and it came out soggy not dry as in your photo. I followed the recipe precisely. Are we supposed to add the coconut milk towards the end and not use it to cook the rice? I think if the coconut milk is used to cook the rice then it won't come out soggy. What do you think? How did you get yours so dry?