Hawaiian rice with crushed pineapple and garnished with green onion.

Pineapple Rice

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Pineapple rice is sweet and delicious Hawaiian side dish that everyone will love. Ready in just 20 minutes to be served with your favorite Hawaiian recipes.

Hawaiian rice with crushed pineapple in a white bowl.

Pineapple Rice Ingredients

Here is what you will need to make this easy Hawaiian rice recipe:

  • Rice: Jasmine and Basmati rice are both excellent choices. Just make sure that you do not use instant rice.
  • Water: Nothing fancy here, just plain old tap water will do.
  • Crushed Pineapple: Use one 8 ounce can of crushed pineapple in juice. You will want to save the juice to add to the rice.
  • Sugar: Granulated sugar works great. But if you want to use a little less refined sugar, I recommend using can sugar or turbinado sugar.
  • Butter: Helps keep the rice from clumping together. I like to use unsalted butter to control the flavor and my sodium intake.
  • Lime Juice: Make sure to use fresh-squeezed lime juice. It makes a huge difference in the flavor of the rice.
  • Salt: I like to use kosher salt. Adjust to your liking.
  • Green Onion: Adds a beautiful pop of color and a unique flavor profile. Sprinkle as much as you like over the top.
Ingredients for making pineapple rice.

How To Make Pineapple Rice

  • In a medium saucepan combine jasmine rice, water, butter, crushed pineapple, salt, and sugar. Stir until well combined.
  • Heat on medium high until boiling. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until rice is cooked.
  • Remove saucepan from heat and squeeze fresh lime juice over the top. Stir in with a fork to fluff up the rice.
  • Serve while hot and garnish with fresh chopped green onions.
Pineapple rice served with Huli Huli chicken and garnished with green onion.

What Kind Of Rice Is Best? 

This recipe works with just about any kind of rice. But I like to use Jasmine rice for the flavor and texture. If you want to make it a little sweeter, I would recommend Basmati rice. Just rinse it off before you use it.

Variations Of Pineapple Rice

One of my favorite things about this recipe is how versatile that it is. You can keep it simple and serve it just the way it is, or you can change things up and add some protein. Here are few of my favorites.

  • Cooked Ham
  • Spam
  • Chicken
Close up of pineapple rice on a white bowl and garnished with green onion.

Can I make It In Advance?

I do not recommend making Hawaiian Rice in advance. The rice will dehydrate when stored in the refrigerator and clump together. Rice is also one of those foods that contain a bacteria called Bacillus. When rice is cooked, the bacteria can survive the cooking process. This can make it possible to get food poisoning from reheating the rice. So I would try to make it when you are ready to eat it.

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Hawaiian rice with crushed pineapple and garnished with green onion.

Pineapple Rice

Pineapple rice is sweet and delicious Hawaiian side dish that everyone will love. Ready in just 20 minutes to be served with your favorite Hawaiian recipes.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Hawaiian
Servings 4
Calories 229 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Cup jasmine rice (not instant)
  • Cups water
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple in juice (don't drain)
  • ½ Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons green onion (chopped)

Instructions
 

  • In a medium saucepan combine jasmine rice, water, butter, crushed pineapple, salt, and sugar. Stir until well combined.
  • Heat on medium high until boiling. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until rice is cooked.
  • Remove saucepan from heat and squeeze fresh lime juice over the top. Stir in with a fork to fluff up the rice.
  • Serve while hot and garnish with fresh chopped green onions.

Notes

*Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on Modernmealmakeover.com should only be used as a general guideline.

Nutrition

Calories: 229kcalCarbohydrates: 46.9gProtein: 3.1gFat: 2.9gSaturated Fat: 1.8gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 326mgPotassium: 12mgFiber: 2.5gSugar: 9.8gVitamin D: 2µgCalcium: 13mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Hawaiian Rice, Pineapple Rice
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