Tawn Cooks: Pineapple Fried Rice

The only gifts we’ve ever had appear on our doorstep are pineapples, and both have been left by givers unknown in the past month.  About three weeks ago we returned home to discover a medium-sized pineapple, a variety that is very juicy but also a bit tart, sitting on our doormat.  No card, no message, no hint of who left it.

No wanting to waste a perfectly good pineapple, Tawn decided he would make pineapple fried rice.  While you don’t see it much in my blog, Tawn actually cooks and is quite proficient.  When we lived in the United States and he was going to school, he prepared a lot of our dinners.  Since we’ve moved to Thailand, I do most of the dinner preparation so you have precious few opportunities to see his culinary skill.  Let me use this opportunity to fix that.


Iron Chef Tawn, armed and ready to cook.


Today’s challenge ingredient: pineapple.


First off, fry some Chinese sausage.  Once starting to brown, add some crispy pork and fry for another few minutes.


Add the pineapple and fry for a few minutes until it begins to brown slightly.


Add rice.  We like using whole-grain rice cooked the night before.


Mix rice into other ingredients on high heat.  Add turmeric.  You can add other spices if you wish to customize the flavor.


Once almost finished, add some raisins.  We added some pine nuts, too.


Finished dish, carefully plated to look like a pineapple.  Very tasty weekday evening treat.  This week’s champion: Iron Chef Tawn!


0 thoughts on “Tawn Cooks: Pineapple Fried Rice

  1. Awesome! It looks really tasty, and easy enough for even me to pull off. ^o^ Yay~~~I luv how it was plated. That’s something my food REALLY lacks… presentation. Lol.

  2. Tawn can cook!! I think I’ll have to make this some time soon. I happen to be a fan of the cooked pineapple and the raisins (ooh the raisins) send me! I made some Sabudana the other night and it was perfect (after I added the raisins)!

  3. The Mystery of the Pineapple on Soi 53. Maybe it was divine intervention?I was thinking of making pineapple (canned) and ham fried rice. I’ve never thought of adding raisins and tumeric. btw – when I cook, there’s usually a mess with food, oil, sauces all over the place. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a spill or a stray food particle. Another mystery… hee hee.

  4. I never thought of pineapple and raisins in fried rice but it makes perfect sense!!! I will have to show this to Pat and convince him to try it!!! Way to go Tawn!!!! Ruth Ann

  5. Very cute presentation :)I have never seen raisins and pine nuts in it before — is that Tawn’s innovation, or are those ingredients often used in Thai fried rice?

  6. Yay for Tawn! I have never eaten pineapple fried rice. It looks great. Perhaps your neighbours thought that Tawn is Chinese(?) and left the pineapple as a Chinese New Year gift ? I heard that pineapples are always eaten during the Chinese New Year, to bring luck and prosperity. That’s what I have HEARD!

  7. Wow, so much excitement about some fried rice. Thanks, everyone!@Ampbreia – Thanks for commenting.  Tawn is related to me – we were married in August 2009 in Iowa.@icepearlz – @foggysunnymorning – That’s what everyone should do with their pineapples, right?@Miss_Donna_Speaks – Oh, since I don’t watch local television and the contstant over-stating of fears and risks so I’m not concerned about eating the random pineapple left at my door.  Ha ha… actually, your comment is timely because I just listened to an interesting podcast from Freakonomics Radio about the dangers of safety.@jandsschultz – Come visit.  We’ll cook for you nearly every night.@marc11864 – If I don’t edge in and wrest control of the kitchen back from them.@ElusiveWords – “Clean as I go” is my mantra.  “Clean as Tawn goes” is my mantra when Tawn cooks.  “Clean as Matt goes” would be my mantra if you invited me over for dinner.  XD@AppsScraps – Both of them?  @Heather_Also – @Passionflwr86 – @stevew918 – @Cestovatelka – I like to think I do a good job with plating but Tawn will really take it to another level.@Dezinerdreams – Um… can you stop by to pick it up?  LOL@murisopsis – If Tawn can cook, Yan can, too.  Ha ha… Agreed, raisins make most any dish better.  I love them as a snack.@Made2Order – No ketchup, no catsup, no hints of tomato at all.  Although that would have been tasty, too.  But ketchup really competes with turmeric as a flavor, don’t you think?@p00kins – @greatredwoman – @tymedancer – @ThePrince – @slmret – @awoolham – @yang1815 – It was tasty.  Lucky me to get to eat it!@Fatcat723 – Ha ha … Rob, you’re too funny.@Roadlesstaken – That’s a good comparison, Alex.  You don’t think it belongs together but once you eat it, it tastes great!@Redlegsix – Oh, you should make it.  Very easy, tasty, and will bring you both back to Siam…

  8. @CurryPuffy – It happense more often than I write about it, actually.@ZSA_MD – Well, Tawn’s grandfather was Chinese so there is some truth to that.  I’m sure it was left by one of two neighbors, either an older Thai couple on the 8th floor who used to live and work in the US with whom we visit from time to time, or else a younger doctor friend of his who lives in the adjacent building.@rudyhou – C’mon over!@TheCheshireGrins – Yeah, random pineapples!@Senlin – The pine nuts are random but I think the raisins are pretty common in Thai style pineapple fried rice.  How are you, by the way?  I’ve missed you.

  9. love the iron chef theme. hahaha. cracked me up. also, a small things i found if you like your chinese sausages to sweeten a bit is to add a bit of brown sugar while you’re browning them up. it caramelizes well into a nice sweet layer that adds a nice flavor profile. (granted i dont know which brand of chinese sausages you’re using)

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