[Leftover] Pulled Pork Pineapple Fried Rice
with bell peppers / peas / cashews
We have used this Hawaiian Pulled Pork (leftover from Monday's meal) in a variety of recipes, but this is the first time we've ever used it in fried rice. To give the meal a different flavor profile than Monday's dinner, the fried rice includes Thai curry paste for spice, pineapple for natural sweetness, and cashews for crunch.
Smarts: Rice that is a day or two old makes the best fried rice because it holds its shape while cooking. If you didn't prep ahead for this meal, just be sure to cool the rice down as described in the recipe before using it to make fried rice.
- Bell peppers, any color - 1, diced
- Soy sauce, low-sodium - 2 Tbsp
- Curry paste, red - 1 tsp (sub any color curry paste)
- Fish sauce (opt) - 1 tsp
- Vinegar, rice - 1 tsp
- Oil, toasted sesame - 1/2 tsp
- Pineapple chunks, fresh, frozen, or canned - 1/2 cup
- Peas, frozen or canned - 1 cup
- Green onions - 2 stalks, chopped, green and white parts separate
- Limes - 1, wedges
- Hawiian Pulled Pork (leftover from Monday) - ~3 cups
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Cashews, roasted and unsalted - 1/2 cup
- Sriracha (opt) - 2 tsp (sub hot sauce of choice)
- Rice, uncooked white or brown - 1 cup
- Rice - For white rice, rinse until clear. Fill a saucepan or Dutch oven (or rice cooker) with rice, water (use 2:1 ratio for water to rice), and some salt. Cover with lid and bring to a boil. Once water boils, stir, lower heat to a low-medium, and cover. Check white rice after ~20 min; brown at ~45 min. Rice is done when it's absorbed all the water. If it's not done, leave the cover on until all water has been absorbed. Take cover off to release steam and fluff with a wooden spoon after 5 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Bell peppers - Dice bell peppers. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Make sauce - Whisk together soy sauce, curry paste, fish sauce, rice vinegar, and toasted sesame oil. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Pineapple - If using frozen pineapple, defrost. If using canned pineapple, drain. If the pineapple is in large chunks, chop it into bite-sized pieces. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
- Peas - If using frozen, defrost.
- Green onions / Limes - Prep as directed.
- Reheat leftover Hawaiian pulled pork in the microwave just until warm. Drain off as much excess liquid as possible. Set aside.
- Heat a wok or skillet with cooking oil over medium-high heat. Add bell peppers and white parts of green onions. Saute until starting to turn tender, 3 to 4 minutes.
- Add rice and stir to combine.
- Push all ingredients to the side of the pan, forming a donut in the middle of the wok. Pour sauce in and simmer until sauce thickens slightly.
- Add leftover pork, peas, and pineapple and stir everything to coat in sauce.
- Remove pan from heat and stir in cashews and green parts of green onions.
- Serve fried rice with lime wedges and Sriracha on the side. Enjoy!
Doubled the sauce and this was perfect!0 Helpful
about 4.5, very fast and delicious! We doubled the sauce for extra flavor and added chili for spiciness.0 Helpful
This was tasty and super easy to throw together. I loved the colors and flavor, especially topped with a little Sriracha.0 Helpful
Followed other reviewers and doubled the sauce, amazing0 Helpful
Used shrimp and doubled the sauce. With the addition of nuts and some sriracha for spice, the double sauce was too salty. Whoops. I just noticed I was supposed to use low sodium soy sauce. Well, that would’ve solved that problem. :)0 Helpful
Used shredded chicken instead of pork and increased the sauce based upon other reviews. It was very delicious! I enjoyed the pineapple sweetness a lot.0 Helpful