Pineapple Cilantro Rice

Growing up, Chinese food was a huge staple in my family. At least once a month, we’d hunker down with a bunch of take-out and a good movie and relax together on a Friday night. One of my favorite entries on the menu was their pineapple rice – a fun mix of sweet and spicy, with shrimp and vegetables. Now fast forward to current day, Chipotle’s cilantro rice is my go-to (it makes my mouth water just thinking about it). My pineapple cilantro rice recipe is the perfect mix of both worlds.

Pineapple Cilantro Rice

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple (not drained)
  • 1 TBSP unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 TBSP lime juice

Bring water, chicken stock, crushed pineapple, salt, red pepper, and butter to a boil in a small saucepan. Add in the rice, reduce heat to low, cover, and let sit for 15-20 minutes (according to your rice package directions).

Fluff the rice with a fork and stir in the lime juice and chopped cilantro. Add additional salt, lime juice, or red pepper flakes, as desired.

And voila, a quick and easy side dish. You get that hint of sweetness and texture from the pineapple, just a touch of heat from the red pepper flakes, and freshness from the cilantro and lime. The butter helps keep the rice moist and fluffy. After the first time I ever made this rice, I made it again the next two nights. It has quickly become one of my favorite sides served with proteins like chicken, salmon, and grouper. It also pairs great with a variety of different sauces (like my cilantro cream sauce – yum!) I hope you’ll be obsessed with it as much as I am!

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