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This Pineapple Crab Fried Rice recipe is a festive way to feel like you're in Thailand. When it's pineapple is in the season it's inexpensive over much of the world and readily available. Depending on where you live, crab is also easy to come by. Here in Houston, we just tried our hand at crabbing for the first time recently.
Keeping it Simple!
I've noticed our posts that get the most clicks are often the ones with the word, easy or simple in them. I guess everyone else is like us and not trying to spend half our day cooking. Fried rice is so easy on it's own, this really doesn't have to be any more complicated than you want it to be so feel free to leave out anything you don't think sounds good. You can use the pineapple skin as the bowl and just throw the whole thing away at the end. Our neighbor took one home and said he scrapped the bottom and ate every last bit. Here is our recipe!
So, We typically make a few adjustments to the standard Thai fare to make it healthier. Here, I left out the salt, went for egg whites rather than whole eggs and a few other little things. I also decreased the fish sauce a bit. Definitely go for a whole or long grain rice if you can get it. We love Ruby Red Jasmine Rice, it provides a gorgeous dark contrast to the yellow meat of the pineapple. It has a fantastic nutty texture and fragrant smell when cooked.
Canola oil is typical in Thai food and that's fine, it's a pretty healthy oil. If you're worried about your cholesterol you can also decrease or leave out the crab all together or just use imitation crab. We are not dietitians or nutritionists so use your judgement, these are just what we think are healthier.
Simple Pineapple Crab Fried Rice
- Wok or skillet
- Large mixing bowl
- 1 ½ tbsp canola oil
- 2 cups crab meat pulled or canned (precooked)
- 2 green onions sliced
- 1 tbsp garlic minced
- 1 tsp pepper black or white, fresh ground if possible
- 2 limes cut into wedges
- 1 pineapple Large
- 2 cups Brown Rice We used Ruby Red Jasmine
- 6 Thai peppers 3 chopped 3 whole
- 1 egg white
- 1 tsp fish sauce Low sodium if possible
- ½ cup Cilantro
- Slice the pineapple long wise down the middle to make two bowls.
- Scoop out the inside with bite-sized scoops, placing the meat in a separate bowl.
- Heat the wok on medium heat until a drop of water evaporates immediately when it touches the wok.
- Cover the bottom of the wok as much as possible using ½ tbsp oil.
- Add the chopped Thai peppers and garlic and cook up to 30 seconds until fragrant
- Add 1 cup of the precooked rice after making sure it's not clumped and press into the wok to separate and cook the rice for 2-3 minutes until lightly toasted and chewy.
- Remove the rice and place in a large mixing bowl.
- Add another ½ tbsp oil to the wok or skillet and cover again.
- Cook the rest of the rice to match the first cup and then combine the two cups in the wok and stir-fry until evenly mixed.
- Push the rice to the side of the wok and add the egg white, scrambling and then mixing into the rice.
- Add in the crab meat, fish sauce, pineapple, and green pepper stir-fry together until thoroughly cooked.
- Serve in the pineapple halves garnished with cilantro, ground pepper, and the whole Thai peppers
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This recipe was loosely adapted from this delicious recipe by serious eats. As always, nutrition is one of the most manipulated and bastardized sciences in existence for people out to make a quick buck.
Our mission at healthythairecipes.com was born from my trying to rehab my wife's native Thai recipes to be as healthy as possible for both of us. We like whole foods, avoid processed ingredients approach. What is healthy for us may not be healthy for you though as your situation is fact-dependent. I like to say when in doubt, check it out with a doctor or dietitian if you have concerns. When it comes to food safety When in doubt, throw it out if you think an ingredient is questionable.
Let us know how we can make our healthy Thai recipes healthier in the comments section below. Nutrition calculations are an estimate.