Hawaiian Fried Rice

Hawaiian Fried Rice

Growing up we would eat a dish called Hawaiian haystacks. It was kinda a thing people served at our church, I’m guessing because it pleased every crowd and was quick and easy. We would take rice and top it with chicken and a rich creamy sauce. Then we would top it with whatever we wanted….pineapple, coconut, peas, cheese and more. As much as I loved this dish it wasn’t the healthiest. I did love the flavors and decided to make it a bit healthier as well as dairy free version. This dish is loaded with yummy flavors and different textures in each bite. I love the sweetness from the pineapple, saltiness and crunch from the cashews and the heat from the siriacha. Hope you enjoy it too!

Hawaiian Fried Rice
Serves 4
Sweet and Spicy
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Total Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
  1. Coconut oil
  2. 1 c cooked rice (I cook mine in coconut milk)
  3. 1 bell pepper, chopped
  4. 1/2 onion, chopped
  5. 4 garlic cloves, minced
  6. 1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger
  7. 1.5 cups fresh cubed pineapple
  8. 2 eggs
  9. 2 T soy sauce (I use gluten free version)
  10. 1 tsp siriacha (optional adds heat)
  11. A couple green onions, sliced
  12. 1/2 cup cashews
  1. In a large pan melt 1 tablespoon of coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add in onions and bell peppers with a pinch of salt, then stir and cook for about 2-3 minutes. Add in garlic and ginger, stirring for 30 seconds. Take off heat and set aside. Turn up the heat a bit in the skillet, add another tablespoon of coconut oil and add pineapple. Stir and cook until golden - about 3-4 minutes. Add to the rest of the mixture set aside.
  2. Add 1/2 tablespoons of coconut oil to the skillet and add eggs, quickly stirring the entire time they cook. Add eggs to a separate bowl and set aside.
  3. Keep the heat high under the skillet and add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Add in the cooled rice, tossing to coat, then let sit for 1-2 minutes to crisp up and get golden. Stir, breaking apart any pieces, and repeat for another 1-2 minutes. Repeat another 1-2 times until the rice is a bit crispy and golden.
  4. Reduce the heat to low and stir in soy sauce and siriacha -add a bit less and taste before adding more. Add the veggies and pineapple back in, then stir in the green onions and cashews. Toss till everything is combined and enjoy. Top with crunchy coconut!
  1. You can add chicken pork or shrimp if you desire. This was one of my meatless Monday (even though we added eggs oops we cheated on Meatless Monday dont tell;) dishes so we just ate it without meat and it was great.
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