Tropical, sweet, savory, spicy, and absolutely delicious. That’s what this rice is all about. If you’re not a fan of rice wait till you try this one! It’s packed with simple fresh flavors of the summer that give ol’ boring rice so much flavor with a nice spicy kick! It reminds me of a fruity drink that you would get someplace like Hawaii while chillaxin by the ocean. Sounds nice, ha? Honestly I rather be there than here but here is not so bad when you have tropical fiesta going on in your mouth.
This fruity flavored rice comes together pretty simple. I used basmati rice (jasmine works well too!) Both are aromatic varieties that make a great alternative to plain long grain white rice. I also rinsed the basmati rice to wash off any dust and excess starch, even though basmati rice will still be sticky when cooked. I cooked the rice just like any other but instead of cooking in plain water, I loaded it up with crushed pineapple, little bit of sugar, butter, salt and red pepper flakes. Finished it off with fresh lime juice and ton of cilantro. Crushed pineapple adds sweetness and texture, while the red pepper flakes balance out the sweetness with little bit of heat. It’s a nice balance of two opposites.
Pair this with Coconut-Pineapple Chicken Kebabs for an absolute piña colada flavor or Lemon Garlic Chicken Kebabs for a little sweetness to the garlicky chicken. You can also pair this with Chicken Sliders for an easy summery side.
- 1½ cups water
- 1 cup crushed pineapple (juice included)
- 2 tsp. sugar
- 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1 cup basmati or jasmine rice
- juice ½ lime
- chopped fresh cilantro
- Bring water, pineapple, sugar, butter, salt, and red pepper flakes to a boil in a small saucepan. Stir in rice, partially cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Remove pan from heat, let sit 5 minutes, then fluff rice with a fork. Stir in lime juice and chopped cilantro (per personal taste - I love cilantro so I usually go heavy but you can add as much as you like).