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Pineapple and Ham Fried Rice

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Fried rice with ham and pineapple is an easy weeknight recipe the whole family loves! Made with leftover ham, sweet pineapple, and fresh bell peppers, this flavorful sweet and savory meal is ready in 30 minutes!

blue pan with pineapple fried rice next to serving spoon

This recipe goes fast at my house! I always think we will save leftovers for lunch the next day, and there are never, ever any leftovers. 

Salty, sweet, loaded with colors and textures, this ham fried rice with pineapple is always a great weeknight meal! 

My kids like to call this Hawaiian fried rice (because of the pineapple), but pineapple fried rice is actually a Thai recipe! This recipe, with the addition of leftover ham, isn’t tied to either region, but it is a delicious, easy, and flavorful meal that deserves a spot on your meal plan.

Other great rice recipes:

two white bowls with ham fried rice next to napkin and forks

How to make this stir fry

For the full set of directions, make sure you scroll down to the recipe card below. Here is a brief overview:

  1. Cook your rice, and spread out on a rimmed baking sheet (affiliate link) to cool while you prepare the stir fry.
  2. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the fish sauce, soy sauce, and sesame oil.
  4. Add the oil to the pan and allow to heat a moment before adding in the cubed ham and the pineapple. Sautee, allowing them to sear, for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add in the carrots, bell pepper, and onion. Saute until soft, about 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6.  Add in the garlic and ginger and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  7. Use your spatula to move the ingredients to the side, creating a hole in the center. Add the eggs to this well and allow to cook for a minute to set before scrambling. Let the eggs cook to be just barely firm, and then mix in with the rest of the ingredients. 
  8. Remove the ham, pineapple and veggies from the pan and set aside. 
  9. Add a little more oil to the pan and add in the cooked rice. Stir occasionally and let the rice toast and warm up. This step helps evaporate extra moisture from the rice.
  10.  Add in the sauce and stir to coat the rice.
  11.  Mix in the ham, pineapple and veggies back into the rice.
  12. Serve with green onions, and sesame seeds.
fried rice steps

Recipe Tips

Stir fried rice works best with leftover rice! However, we don’t often have enough leftover rice to make a stir fry. And sometimes we don’t have the time to cook rice ahead of time and allow it to cool down before making stir fry, either. In order to help rice cool off for fried rice, once its done cooking, spread it out on a rimmed baking sheet (affiliate link) to speed cooling.

For this recipe, make sure you use a medium or long grain rice. A short grain or sushi rice won’t work for this recipe.

blue pan filled with ham and pineapple fried rice

Prep Ahead information 

This is a great meal to prepare ahead. To make this meal quicker, try:

  • Dicing the veggies and ham and storing them in the fridge in airtight containers 
  • Cook the rice ahead of time and store it in the fridge until ready to use.

Storage information

If you are lucky enough to get leftovers, store any remaining fried rice in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.

You can reheat leftovers in the microwave for 1-2 minutes until warmed through. 

bowl of fried rice next to serving pan

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Yield: 4 servings

Ham and Pineapple Fried Rice Recipe

blue pan filled with ham and pineapple fried rice

Fried rice with ham and pineapple is an easy weeknight recipe the whole family loves! Made with leftover ham, sweet pineapple, and fresh bell peppers, this flavorful sweet and savory meal is ready in 30 minutes!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

Stir Fry Sauce

  • 1 Tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons sesame oil

Stir Fry

  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 cup diced ham
  • 1 cup diced pineapple
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup diced carrot
  • 1/2 cup diced bell pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon minced ginger
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups rice, cooked and cooled

Toppings

  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup sliced cashews

Instructions

  1. Cook your rice, and spread out on a rimmed baking sheet to cool while you prepare the stir fry.
  2. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the fish sauce, soy sauce, and sesame oil.
  4. Add the oil to the pan and allow to heat a moment before adding in the cubed ham and the pineapple. Sautee, allowing them to sear, for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add in the carrots, bell pepper, and onion. Saute until soft, about 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add in the garlic and ginger and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  7. Use your spatula to move the ingredients to the side, creating a hole in the center. Add the eggs to this well and allow to cook for a minute to set before scrambling. Let the eggs cook to be just barely firm, and then mix in with the rest of the ingredients.
  8. Remove the ham, pineapple and veggies from the pan and set aside.
  9. Add a little more oil to the pan and add in the cooked rice. Stir occasionally and let the rice toast and warm up. This step helps evaporate extra moisture from the rice.
  10. Add in the sauce and stir to coat the rice.
  11. Mix in the ham, pineapple and veggies back into the rice.
  12. Serve with green onions, sesame seeds, and cashews.

Notes

If not using pre-cooked rice, spread the rice out on a rimmed baking sheet to help it cool off before using it in the stir fry.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 455Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 161mgSodium: 1189mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 3gSugar: 8gProtein: 18g

Nutrition information is an estimate and is provided for informational purposes only. For the most accurate information, please calculate using your specific brands and exact measurements.

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