Pineapple Rice an easy side dish

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I don’t know many people who don’t like pineapple. It’s so juicy and sweet and perfect in this pineapple rice recipe.

We all look for quick easy dinners for our families, or for sides to go with a main course and this is something I have made for my family for years.

In all honesty both of my boys would prefer regular rice over potatoes most days unless we are having french fries or mashed potatoes with gravy. Either way you look at it, my boys like to eat.


Pineapple rice


I found this pineapple rice recipe way back when my kids were small in a grocery store flyer although I don’t recall who to give credit to.

As pineapple is well liked around our house this pineapple recipe is popular and I make it on a regular basis.

We typically serve sausages with the pineapple rice as that seems to be what goes best with this side dish for my family.

I’ve made it so often and announced it on the “What’s For Dinner?” thread on the Canadian Budget Binder Facebook page that some of the fans wanted the recipe.

Mr.CBB asked me if I could take some photos and share this pineapple rice recipe on his blog so I agreed. I hope all of you that wanted to make this pineapple rice are ready to get busy in the kitchen.

Really, it’s an easy recipe that you will run to often if you are struggling for something to make.

Rice is an inexpensive side dish for many meals and this is quick and easy to prepare for those nights you are in a rush to get something nutritious on the table.

The recipe calls for green pepper but I have used red, yellow or orange peppers in it as well. Whatever you have in the way of a sweet pepper will work.

I have picked up the red and yellow peppers from the reduced rack a time or two and the red, especially looks very nice as it’s so vibrant in colour.

This recipe makes a fair amount but with the two boys still at home I don’t usually have leftovers. It does re-heat in the microwave nicely or I have used it as part of the recipe for fried rice to clean up the leftovers.


Types of rice


You could use just about any kind of rice for this dish such as jasmine, basmati or even a pineapple brown rice. You will likely have to adjust the amount of liquid you use depending on what kind of rice you use as some kinds might use more than others.

Brown rice would need more liquid although I’m not sure about some of the others. Simply follow the instructions to make rice so it comes out perfect and fluffy.

For this pineapple rice recipe you will want to have 3 cups of cooked rice so adjust your amounts accordingly. I cook my rice in an old Corning-ware dish on the stove as I don’t have a rice cooker.

A rice cooker if you have one is a convenient way to make rice because you set it and forget it so it’s perfect for those who are multi-tasking in the kitchen.


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Pineapple Rice
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If you love the sweet taste of pineapple and you enjoy rice these two ingredients come together well in this pineapple rice dish.
Recipe type: Rice
Cuisine: Side Dish
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 can pineapple tidbits or chunks, drained and save the juice
  • water to cook the rice, added to the drained juice to make up your amount
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked rice, or what ever will give you 3 cups cooked
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp prepared mustard
  • 2 tbsp soya sauce
  • ⅓ cup chopped green pepper
  1. Bring your cooking liquid to a boil, reduce heat and add the rice stirring well.
  2. Once the rice is just cooked, add the brown sugar, mustard, soya sauce, pineapple, and peppers.
  3. Mix well and let sit for a couple of minutes to absorb any leftover liquid from the pineapple and serve.
  4. I usually let the rice sit while the sausage finish cooking and I set the table.
  5. As you are not really cooking the peppers they add a nice crunch to the dish!!
  6. I usually freeze the extra chopped peppers for the next time. They don't have to be completely thawed going into the pot, that way they still crunch some.


You now have the famous “What’s For Dinner?” Christine pineapple rice recipe and hopefully it will be as popular at your dinner table as it is at ours.

-Christine W.

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  1. What do you do with the save pineapple juice? I was expecting to read you had replaced some of the water with the juice. Sounds delish!!

    • Christine Weadick says:

      Yes you do use the saved juice with added water to make up your cooking liquid. It is a delicious recipe and I do hope you try it Mary!!

  2. I have just come across this website and think it’s great. We have a similar recipe that we use on a regular basis. It uses rice and pineapple but we also add tofu since my wife is vegetarian and we use it as a substitute for meat. Since cutting out meat on most of our dishes we have noticed that our grocery bills have gone down quite a bit

    • Meat is a costly item in the grocery but but so can vegetables be out of season… I think the tofu would be a great way to jazz up this dish for a vegetarian or tofu lover. Thanks for dropping by Dan. Mr.CBB

  3. Oh, this sounds tasty. I think this might go well with some chicken or pork added, too.

  4. Looks delicious. Must try it this way soon.
    I recently made Pineapple Fried Rice.

  5. I love this section for awesome dishes that help change up our dinners. Yummy!! Thank you!!

  6. Mary F. Campbell says:

    Nice write-up Christine! I wish hubby would eat pineapple but he won’t. I was thinking while I read the recipe… this would work well for other fruits as well like canned peaches/pears if you give them a fast dice. I wonder how the mister would like one of those? Another more savory alternative could be the canned stewed zucchini in a tomato based sauce. Or if you don’t mind a pink coloring… how about harvard beets with a little pickled beet juice and some water to prepare the rice??? Oh you certainly got my creative juices flowing! Thanks for your recipe!!!

    • Christine Weadick says:

      Adding fruit should work Mary, then you call it rice Pilaf! Or what ever you want… If you try it with beets let me know how it works out!,,

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