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    Jordan Bourke's Thai-style pineapple fried rice

    • Preparation time: 15 minutes
    • Cooking time: 20 minutes
    • Total time: 35 minutes

    Serves: 4-6 as a side


    260g jasmine rice
    3½ tbsp vegetable oil
    300g pineapple flesh, cut into bite-sized chunks
    2 eggs, beaten
    1 red onion, thinly sliced
    6 garlic cloves, crushed
    30g fresh root ginger, finely grated
    2½ tbsp soy sauce
    1 tsp toasted sesame oil
    2½ tbsp lime juice
    2 red chillies, deseeded and thinly sliced
    ½ x 25g pack Thai basil, leaves shredded
    50g roasted cashew nuts


    1. Cook the rice according to pack instructions and set aside to drain and cool a little. Meanwhile, prepare all the ingredients, as this dish cooks very quickly. Put 1 tbsp vegetable oil in a large non-stick pan set over a high heat. Season the pineapple. Once the pan is hot, add the pineapple and fry for 6-7 minutes, flipping halfway through, until golden on each side. Remove and set aside.

    2. Put the pan back over a high heat with the remaining 2½ tbsp vegetable oil. Once very hot, add the beaten eggs and onion and immediately stir for 30 seconds until just cooked and scrambled. Add the garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, lime juice and most of the chillies and stir-fry for another minute.

    3. Add the cooked rice and toss together, then spread the rice out over the base of the pan. Fry for 1 minute, then toss together. Repeat this process 3-4 more times until the rice begins to crisp up. Add the Thai basil, cashew nuts, pineapple and remaining chilli, then toss together. Season, without adding any more soy sauce as you want to keep the rice as dry as possible. Serve straight away on a large plate. 

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    This recipe first appeared in Waitrose & Partners Food, March 2020 issue. Download the Waitrose & Partners Food app for the full issue


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