Pineapple Rice (Hawaiian Rice) – Little Broken

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Tropical, sweet, salty, spicy and absolutely delicious. That’s what this pineapple rice is all about. It is the best combination of sweet and spicy!

Try combining this delicious combination of flavors with chicken kebabs with spicy honey and sweet potato for the best summer meal!


you’re not a fan of rice,

wait until you try this Hawaiian rice. It’s full of simple fresh summer ingredients that add so much flavor to old, boring rice with a nice spicy twist!

The combination of crushed pineapple combined with spicy red chili flakes and refreshing lemon juice make this rice really the best. Crushed pineapple adds sweetness and texture, while red pepper flakes balance the sweetness and lemon juice adds freshness.

It’s very easy to do too! You literally add everything in a small saucepan and let it do its thing.

You can’t go wrong with this garnish.


rice ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe


  • Water: Cold tap water is fine here for cooking rice
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  • Crushed pineapple: Typically comes in 8-ounce, 20-ounce cans. You will need an 8-ounce can or 1 cup of crushed pineapple for this recipe.
  • Sugar: Granulated sugar and cane sugar work for this recipe. Personally, I love cane sugar as it is minimally processed than granulated sugar.
  • Butter: Butter adds richness and prevents rice from clumping together. Go with unsalted butter.
  • Kosher salt: You will need 1/2 teaspoon of salt for this recipe. Since salt varies, I recommend you try rice before serving and add more if desired.
  • Red chili flakes: Chili flakes add heat to rice. You just need a little to try it too. But if you like it spicier, add a little more.
  • Rice: Basmati rice or jasmine rice work. Just make sure it’s not quick-cooked rice.
  • Lime: You will need the juice of half a lime, which is about 1 tablespoon.
  • Cilantro: Chopped cilantro adds a burst of fresh flavor. It’s not complete without him. Use everything you want!
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ingredients for Hawaiian rice

How to make a

pineapple rice recipe

This Hawaiian rice recipe is pretty simple. I used basmati rice (jasmine works well too!) Both are aromatic varieties that are a great alternative to long-grain white rice.

Sometimes I rinse the basmati to wash away dust and excess starch and sometimes I don’t. Either way it’s fine. I don’t notice a big difference.

  • Step 1: To a small saucepan, add water, pineapple, sugar, butter, salt and chili flakes. Cover and cook over medium heat. Add the rice and reduce heat to low.
  • Simmer for 15 minutes, partially covered, until all water is absorbed. The rice will have a light bite after 15 minutes and that’s what you want.

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  • Step 2: Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the rice steam another 5 minutes, completely covered.
tropical rice cooked in saucepan
  • Step 3: Rice with fluff with a fork. Add lemon juice and chopped cilantro, to taste.
recipe for rice with fluffy pineapple in saucepan

Serve as a side dish Pineapple rice is the perfect

side dish

. Here are some main dishes that would go well:

Chicken with cilantro and lime

  • Grilled balsamic chicken Chicken
  • with

  • coconut with cilantro
  • and lime Easy

  • spicy shrimp tacos
  • Yogurt Marinated chicken kebabs Chicken sliders
  • with

  • lime and cilantro
Hawaiian rice

Do you love rice side dishes? Try our Mexican beans and rice, cilantro rice, cauliflower rice pilaf or Mexican white rice.


recipe published June 2015. Updated June 2020.

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