Pineapple Fried Rice with Tofu

The fist time I ate this it was an accident- someone at work ordered it for someone else who ended up not wanting lunch. Me, being me, decided to eat some. I was a little skeptical, since I’m not normally ah uge fan of tofu, but this stuff is SO good. I’ve since ordered it on my own, and I decided to try making it at home tonight. I made my rice as I was prepping and cooking the vegetables, but supposedly it will come out better if you use day old rice. Mine came out great though, so that part is up to you. if you don’t like tofu, I bet it would be really good with shrimp. But I promise, tofu is a lot less scary than you think it is! It kind of has the consistency of scrampled eggs.

When I buy nuts for recipes like this, I really like to get them from the bulk bins that are in the “natural” aise of my grocery store. That way, I can buy the amount that I need and not worry about having any left over. Much cheaper this way too- 1/2 cup of nuts usually runs me a dollar or less, depending on what type they are.

3 cups brown rice, cooked
1 tsp. high smoke point oil (I used grapeseed)
1/2 pkg. extra firm tofu, cubed
1 chili pepper, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 shallots, minced
1 egg
2 T. fish sauce (can sub soy sauce)
2 tsp. curry powder
1/2 c. frozen peas
1 can pineapple cubes, drained
1/2 c. unsalted cashews
3 green onions, chopped

1. Heat oil in a large wok or skillet. Add tofu and brown it a little. Remove tofu from pan.
2. Add garlic, shallot, and chili to pan. Cook until fragrant- about a minute.
3. Crack egg into pan. Mix around (like you’re making scrambled eggs).
4. Once egg is cooked, re-add tofu. Cook another minute or two.
5. Add fish/soy sauce and curry, peas, and cashews. Cook until peas are thawed.
6. Turn heat to high. Add pineapple and rice. Cook, stirring frequently, until rice starts to make a popping noise.
7. Remove from heat. Stir in green onions.

Makes about 8 servings.

Comments

  1. I’ve made fried rice a bunch of times, generally in smaller batches because I have to use up leftover rice. I’ve always added the egg in at the end, after the rice is thrown into the wok. It’s a great and easy way to use up rice. I haven’t put pineapple in though but I think you may have inspired me for this weekend!

  2. the pineapple is awesome in it. it soaks up all of the other flavors really well.

    interesting about putting in the egg at the end. do you cook it seperately first? I would think at the end it would just coat the rice and not really “scramble”?

  3. I actually made this over the weekend, thanks for inspiring me! The egg does scramble even put in at the end, it’s just a different texture. You can’t stir it in, you sorta have to let it sit on the top of the hot rice– make sure you’re doing this while the pan/wok is still hot though!

  4. I hope you liked it!

    I’ll have to try with the egg like that next time.

  5. I’m a total cooking idiot so consider yourself warned. Question: is there some way to make fried rice dishes without the rice? Like is there some kind of low-carb/no-carb/soy product that could be used as any decent kind of substitute? Or conversely, do you think the recipe would still be good with more veggies and less rice? I’m not anti-rice but in my never-ending quest to reduce the size of my ass, I’m trying to limit my carbs somewhat. *sigh* Sad but true.

  6. hm. you could definitely add more veggies. (and use brown rice so you at least get some fiber) Maybe also sub out the rice for a grain like quinois spelling?)

    The dude on top chep grated something up to be like rice, but I don’t remember what on earth it was. I think it was like parsnip or something?

  7. Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation :) Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Bleakish.

  8. We would like to feature this recipe on our blog. Please email haleyglasco@gmail.com if interested. Thanks :)

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