Recipe courtesy of Alexander Smalls, Veronica Cham, and JJ Johnson

Pineapple Black Fried Rice

This is easily our most popular rice. The pineapple makes it more approachable for newcomers, and just about everyone who's eaten it before asks for it on subsequent visits. It's inspired by the flavored fried rices at Chinese restaurants, but we add our own twists. Black rice is the key ingredient in this dish, but it can pull some duty on its own, too. As rices go, it does more for the body than just about any other, with high marks for both antioxidants and fiber. Chinese emperors used to corner the market on black rice based on the belief that it helped them live longer. We don't mind sharing. The secret to great fried rice is using cold day-old cooked rice. After being refrigerated overnight, rice grains will become firm and lose some of their moisture. This makes it easier to separate the grains and less likely that your fried rice will be mushy.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 25 min (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 large onion, diced (2 cups)

Kosher salt

1 bird's-eye chile, seeded and minced 

1/2 cup julienned carrot

3 cups cooked black rice, refrigerated on a baking sheet for at least 2 hours 

1 cup shredded Savoy cabbage

1/4 cup soy sauce

1 cup small-diced pineapple

2 scallions, sliced

1 teaspoon sweet chili sauce

1 cup shelled edamame, cooked

1 cup bean sprouts

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant but not browned, about 30 seconds. Add the onion and season with salt and cook, stirring often, until the onion has become translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the chile and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Add the carrots and cook, stirring occasionally, until the carrots are softened, about 2 minutes. Push the vegetables to the outer edge and create a well in the middle. Add the rice to the well and press down into the well and over the vegetables with a spatula. Cook, undisturbed, until the rice starts to caramelize, about 2 minutes. Stir in the cabbage and soy sauce and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage is softened, about 2 minutes. Season with salt. Add the pineapple, scallions, sweet chili sauce and edamame and cook, stirring constantly, until the pineapple is heated through and the vegetables are tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the sprouts and cook, tossing, until the sprouts are heated through, about 30 seconds.
  3. Remove from the heat and serve