I am a big fan of Hawaii- could I live there like my sister? No way. However, being surrounded by tropical fruit, specifically passion fruit and pineapples, all the time I could totally be down for. So when I walked past the pineapple display in Whole Foods and SMELLED it I had to pick one up, no question.
This recipe makes me think of the delicious food trucks I ordered from when I went to visit my Army-wife sister, her hubby, and my little nephew, but of course with an ‘attainable off of the island’ spin. Using a pineapple as a bowl is not only beautiful and fun, but it also gives a bit more flavor to the dish!
Ingredients for Two (and leftovers if you don’t eat like I do):
1 Pound (16-20) Peeled Shrimp
1 Cup Dry Rice
1 Cup Peppers of Your Choice, Chopped
1 Cup Mushrooms, Chopped
1 Shallot, Chopped
3-4 Spring/Green Onions, Chopped
Handful of Cilantro, De-Stemmed and Roughly Chopped
Coconut Oil for Pan
- Cook the rice! This can take a while, so I pop mine in a rice cooker while I work on the rest of the meal.
- Melt a bit of coconut oil to heat a large frying pan over medium heat.
- Add chopped peppers and shallots and stir occasionally for 3-5 minutes.
- Add in mushrooms, shrimp, and 2-3 Tablespoons Teriyaki.
- Stir occasionally and cook until your shrimp are just about done. (The timing on this depends on if you’re using pre-cooked or raw shrimp. Mine are pre-cooked and frozen because I eat them all the time!)
- Meanwhile, ready your pineapple. First cut in half, lengthwise. Then, using a sharp knife trim around the edges and bottom, angling in to leave a bit of fruit on the sides. MAKE SURE NOT TO PUNCTURE THE BOTTOM! Cut a hashtag into the fruit and scoop everything out.
- Add in 2 cups of cooked rice to the frying pan, mix well to coat the rice with sauce.
- Roughly chop a few cubes (1/4-1/2 cup-ish) of pineapple and toss that as well as cilantro and green onion into the pan.
- Stir until everything is heated through, and then spoon into readied pineapple bowls.
- Enjoy while warm!
This recipe is so much fun to make and is very customizable- add in any veggies and herbs that you like! Do you have any favorite recipes that use food in an unusual way? Let me know in the comments below!