Pineapple and Coconut Rice

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by Amy Flanigan on June 26, 2012 · 6 comments

My friend Alicia mentioned making pineapple rice the other day. I was immediately intrigued and went Googling. I found several, but this one seemed to do it for me, for whatever reason. Maybe because Jaden is a trusted source and I liked the short list of ingredients. Or maybe because it included sesame oil, which draws me in every time. 

I have to say, the flavor was a lot less sweet than I was expecting. Quite mild, actually. But I really enjoyed it. I served it with some grilled Hawaiian chicken - the combination was outstanding and left overs the next day were perfect.

I bet it would taste even better if served in Hawaii. But what wouldn’t?

Pineapple and Coconut Rice
Serves 4-6
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes

Ingredients
• 2 cups jasmine rice
• 1 1/4 cups chicken broth
• 1 cup thick coconut milk
• 1 cup cubed or crushed pineapple
• 2 tablespoons soy sauce (plus more for drizzling)
• 1 tablespoon sesame oil
• 1 teaspoon brown sugar
• 1/4 cup finely chopped scallions
• Optional toppings: macadamia nuts, almonds, toasted coconut flakes

Directions
Rinse the rice several times until the water runs clear. Drain the rice. (At this point, I made mine in a rice cooker. If you don’t have one, here’s the stove top method):

In a medium pot, over high heat, add the rice, broth and coconut milk and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat to low and cover with tight fitting lid; let cook for 20 minutes. Turn off heat, and without opening the lid, let it sit for another 10 minutes to finish steaming.

Fluff the rice with a fork and mix in the pineapple, soy sauce, brown sugar and sesame oil. Top with chopped scallions and any of the other recommended toppings. Drizzle a touch more soy sauce, if desired.

(originally from Steamy Kitchen)

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Aggie July 9, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Oh yeah, loving this!! That Hawaiian chicken caught my eye but then I saw this! I made a coconut rice years ago and it was amazing, this reminds me of it though with pineapple, sounds so delicious.

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Amy July 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Hi Aggie! I sort of had low expectations for this rice, but I thoroughly enjoyed it! And it paired perfectly with the Hawaiian Chicken…now I can’t imagine making one without the other.

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the wicked noodle June 29, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Good lord, woman!! I’m suddenly STARVING just catching up on your newest creations. Looks so good.

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myfudo June 27, 2012 at 3:50 am

I am ready for some tropical rice treat. Boring rice doesn’t have to be boring no more. This is a wonderful recipe! I’m excited to try.

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Joanne June 26, 2012 at 6:10 pm

I might even eat meat if it were served in Hawaii! Well…probably not. But I would eat this rice, that’s for sure!

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Cathy June 26, 2012 at 8:19 am

You had me at “pineapple.”

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