Tropical Coconut Pineapple Cashew Rice

A fantastic rice dish that has all the great flavors of the tropics… sweet coconut, red curry, fresh pineapple and savory roasted cashews!

I hope you all had a fantastic holiday weekend!  I have some exciting news to share… and I don’t want you all to think I’m bragging (I’m soooo not like that), but when I first started this little blog back in November 2014, I set 2 HUGE goals for myself.  First goal:  To get 1000 email subscribers in the first 12 months.  Second goal:  To reach 100,000 pageviews per month, within the first 12 months.  I am SUPER excited to say… I met those goals with a few months to spare!! *happy dance*.

Now the reason I’m sharing that with you all, is that NONE of that… and I mean NONE… would have been possible without YOU.  That’s right, you 😀  Let’s face it, without readers like you, I might as well just be talking to myself (padded room anyone?) lol.  You guys are the heart and soul of this blog… you guys are why I catch myself smiling like a huge dork (because let’s be honest here, I totally am lol) while I read over comments and interact with you all on social media… you guys are the ones who have given me this amazing opportunity to take my passion and share it with the world!!

I wish I could bake all of you some cupcakes and come deliver them to you!  Wait, is that a little too Creepy McCreeperson?  Lol.  Okay, so I won’t just show up at your door, I promise 🙂

How about I stop rambling and get on to the recipe here huh?  Lol.  Okay, this rice dish is ahhh-mazing!  It’s tropical, it’s fresh, it’s flavorful, it’s easy.  Is there a better combination?

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A fantastic rice dish that has all the great flavors of the tropics... sweet coconut, red curry, fresh pineapple and savory roasted cashews!

This rice is cooked IN pineapple juice and coconut milk… can’t you just imagine how much amazing flavor it has?!

Rice is a favorite of mine… I love it.  As a side dish to compliment a great entree, like my sweet and sticky coconut rice, or as a main meal, like my simple and easy chicken fried rice!  This one is no exception.

A fantastic rice dish that has all the great flavors of the tropics... sweet coconut, red curry, fresh pineapple and savory roasted cashews!

It’s a little bit creamy and sweet, then gets brightened up with fresh cilantro and lime juice.  And let’s not forget about the CASHEWS!  My whole family loves cashews… a LOT.  A whole lot.  In fact… when I bought the cashews to make this rice the last time, I had gone grocery shopping about 3 days before I was going the make it… and, ummm, let’s just say my hubby had to stop at the store on his way home that night, because those cashews…. just magically disappeared.  No clue how that happened….

A fantastic rice dish that has all the great flavors of the tropics... sweet coconut, red curry, fresh pineapple and savory roasted cashews!

If you can make plain rice, you can make this.  Just drain some crushed pineapple, reserving the juices.

A fantastic rice dish that has all the great flavors of the tropics... sweet coconut, red curry, fresh pineapple and savory roasted cashews!

Add coconut milk to the pineapple juice, and bring to a simmer.

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Toss in your rice, drained pineapple, Thai red curry paste, coconut flakes, and spices.  Give it a stir, then cover and simmer for 20 minutes.  Give it a fluff with a fork, just like normal.

Right before serving, stir in the minced cilantro, lime juice and roasted cashews.

A fantastic rice dish that has all the great flavors of the tropics... sweet coconut, red curry, fresh pineapple and savory roasted cashews!

The hardest thing about making this rice, is not eating the whole bowl full at once 😉

I think you’ll all really love this one!

A fantastic rice dish that has all the great flavors of the tropics... sweet coconut, red curry, fresh pineapple and savory roasted cashews!

A fantastic rice dish that has all the great flavors of the tropics... sweet coconut, red curry, fresh pineapple and savory roasted cashews!

 

 

A fantastic rice dish that has all the great flavors of the tropics... sweet coconut, red curry, fresh pineapple and savory roasted cashews!
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5 from 6 votes
Tropical Coconut Pineapple Cashew Rice
4 -6 servings
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
A fantastic rice dish that has all the great flavors of the tropics... sweet coconut, red curry, fresh pineapple and savory roasted cashews!
Author: The Chunky Chef
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked long grained rice rinsed until water runs clear
  • 1 - 20 oz .can crushed pineapple in pineapple juice
  • 1 - 13.5 oz .can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 3 Tbsp sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 Tbsp Thai red curry paste
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • FOR THE GARNISH:
  • 3 Tbsp lime juice or to taste
  • 1/2 cup salted roasted cashews
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
Instructions
  1. Drain can of crushed pineapple, reserving the juice into a large measuring cup. Add enough coconut milk to equal a total liquid amount of 3 cups. If there's not enough coconut milk, add water to reach the 3 cup line.
  2. Pour into a saucepan and bring to a simmer.
  3. Stir in the crushed pineapple and all remaining ingredients (except garnishes). Bring to a boil, cover and simmer 15-20 minutes, until rice is cooked and no extra liquid remains.
  4. Keep covered and let rest for 5 minutes.
  5. Fluff rice with a fork, and right before serving, stir in the garnishes.
Recipe Notes

** Make sure not to add your garnishes until right before serving, so the cilantro retains it's green color, lime juice stands out, and the cashews are still crunchy.

** Recipe from Carlsbad Cravings

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51 comments on “Tropical Coconut Pineapple Cashew Rice”

  1. Does this reheat well?

  2. Thinking of making this for a luau. Sounds delish! Wondering if it would be good served cold? Thanks!

  3. Thank you

  4. Is the red curry paste very hot?……..if so what would you advise for a not so spicey finish please

    • Hi Margherita 🙂 I’m a total wimp about hot and spicy foods, and I didn’t notice any heat with this dish. I think if it’s a little spicy on it’s own, the small amount plus being mixed in with the creamy coconut milk really counteract that

  5. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday today! Hope you have a very special day and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. This looks so good! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop! I have featured you on my Tuesday Treasures! Hope you can stop by and take a look!

  7. This would go so great with grilled chicken! I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  8. Gorgeous stuff!! This is so good.. Iwould happily carry this to work as lunch 🙂

  9. SUPER CONGRATS for meeting those goals! I have been blogging longer than that and not even close to those numbers. I am so looking forward to the kids going back to school, and now that I am not doing PTA, PTO, Junior League, and Garden club and all that other stuff this year I am looking forward to having some more time to blog:) So maybe I can get there too one day! You are an inspiration! Speaking of inspiration, this rice dish is inspiring me to make it and devour it! NO SHARING! My oldest son loves fried rice so I think I can get his picky self to try this one… If he does, I know he will be hooked! Thanks for sharing this on #SaucySaturdays and supporting us!

    • Thank you so much Jennifer!! I know what you mean, we have to wear so many hats, sometimes it’s nice to focus on the blogging 🙂 Your blog is awesome though, seriously!! I hope you and your son LOVE this rice, it’s a lot of fun to eat, with all the flavors!

  10. Thanks for linking Amanda! #SaucySaturdays.

  11. This looks delicious! Lots of great flavors in there.

  12. Huge congratulations on your achievements, that’s amazing!! And love the recipe 🙂

  13. Congratulations on achieving your goals! It is a super feeling, isn’t it? 🙂 And what a wonderful celebratory dish!

  14. This sounds so lovely! I have never made pineapple rice before but this one got me drooling. Gotta make this!

  15. Th’art a blogging goddess. I bow before thee. This recipe, though! I can taste it already. It is the absolute perfect lunch for me. So glad I found it. Popped over from #FiestaFriday

  16. I just love the coconut pineapple and cashew combination for your fabulous rice dish. Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  17. Ah! That’s all so exciting. And, this meal looks delicious as always. Happy FF! And, here’s to many more views and followers to come. 🙂

  18. Well congratulations are in order then!!! Good for you! That’s QUITE an accomplishment!!! And I really love this dish btw! Perfection!

  19. How delicious! Not one thing I don’t love about this rice!!! So perfect for summer <3

  20. Rice looks and sounds awesome Amanda. Great flavors for summer. Hope you are doing well. Have a great weekend. :)))

  21. Oh my this sounds so good…curry, cashews, pineapple in rice…YUM! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

  22. Oh Amanda! I came here for the recipe but reading about your blogging achievements makes me want to do a happy dance with you!!! Congratulations! Your hard work and talent really paid off. And your FOOD! Kill me now, I need this in my life! 🙂 I LOVE coconut rice. Hmmm, the wheels are turning in my head…..think you’ve inspired me….

    • Thank you SO much Nagi!! A lot of my recent success has come from FBC 😀 😀 Time to set some new goals… I’m thinking e-book 🙂 If you try the rice, I hope you love it as much as we do!

  23. whoohooo!! that is AWESOME!! congrats on hitting those goals, girl! that is so freakin fantastic!! & this rice looks mighty delish! 🙂

  24. This sounds amazing!! Linking up from #Tryabitetuesday, but also see your posts a lot on FBC! 🙂 You’re rocking it!

  25. Congratulations on reaching your goals! That is a wonderful feeling, and you must be so proud (and you are entitled to brag if you want– you’ve worked really hard and it’s paid off!)

    As for this recipe– Oh wow. This looks DIVINE! How spicy is Thai red curry paste? I ask because I am the world’s biggest wuss when it comes to spicy food. I love the taste, but the heat doesn’t love me!

    • Thank you SO much!! It’s definitely nice to see the rewards for all the hard work, that’s for sure 🙂 Now on to set some new goals 🙂 We must have the same taste buds, because I’m a total wuss about heat too! The red curry paste really isn’t spicy at all, it’s just really flavorful 🙂 It also helps that it gets dissolved in the coconut milk so that helps make it more mild too 🙂

  26. Firrrrrst and foremost, CONGRATULATIONS on meeting those REMARKABLE GOALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are REALLY good at what you do with this blog- you were mean to do it and I’m so glad that all of your insanely hard work is paying off and that you’re seeing results- who KNOWS where things will be this time next year! Keep bringing us amazing pictures, recipes, and entertainment and we’ll keep coming!!!!!!! 😉 Oh- and this recipe looks insanely deliciosu, I’ve been on the lookout for a new rice recipe for a while, I always have broccoli cheddar rice-a-roni, LOL- this is quite a bit better than that!!!!

    • Ahhhh THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! It’s amazing how much work goes into blogging, us fellow bloggers sure know that 🙂 I’m SO excited that I started this journey and that I’ve met some completely AWESOME people like you along the way!! Everyone is so friendly and helpful… I love it! Lol hey, rice-a-roni still sounds good to me sometimes too 😉