Pineapple Stir-Fry

This colorful, Asian-inspired dish calls for green onions, garlic, ginger, pineapple, and a dash of brown rice vinegar and red pepper flakes—no high-sodium soy sauce is needed for great flavor! Makes a hearty meal over cooked brown rice or noodles.

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1 cup chopped yellow onion (½ of a medium onion)
1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 or 4 medium cloves)
2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
2 ribs celery, sliced
1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
6 medium white or cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 cup pineapple juice (or juice from one 20-ounce can)
2 cups cubed fresh pineapple (or one 20-ounce can)
1 teaspoon freshly minced ginger
2 teaspoons brown rice vinegar
¼-½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (these are spicy)
4 green onions, chopped
4 cups cooked brown rice or noodles to serve 4

1. Chop and prepare all ingredients before starting, as this dish cooks up quickly. Place 1 tablespoon of water into a large skillet on high heat. When the water begins to sputter, add the onion and cook stirring for 1 to 2 minutes.

2. Add the garlic, carrot, celery, bell pepper, and mushrooms, and cook stirring for 2 to 3 minutes. Add a little of the pineapple juice gradually as needed to keep the vegetables from sticking.

3. Add the pineapple, ginger, vinegar, red pepper flakes, and any remaining pineapple juice, and cook stirring for another 2 minutes. Stir in the green onion last, just before serving. Serve immediately over hot, cooked brown rice or noodles.

Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 8 minutes
Serves: 4


Pineapple: If you use canned pineapple or store-bought pineapple juice, be sure there is no added sugar, just water or 100% pineapple juice (see examples below). If you don’t have pineapple juice, you can use water in a pinch.

Garnish: Sprinkle some white hulled sesame seeds or chopped green onion on top as a garnish.

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Above: This time I used canned chunked pineapple and served it over rice. The canned pineapple has large chunks, so feel free to cut them in half if you want smaller pieces.


Above: These are just four brands of no-sugar-added canned pineapple, just 100% pineapple juice. Be sure to steer clear of any that say “in heavy syrup” or even “in light syrup.” Pineapple is so sweet on its own, no added sugar is needed (more on label reading here). Or you can use fresh pineapple as well.

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Above: Feel free to change up the vegetables you use depending on what you like and/or have in the house. I happen to have some green beans and tofu on this day, so added these in and served it all over noodles.

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Above: My artistic director Rosie says this dish is ready to be photographed.

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  1. says

    Yum! I love pineapple in stir fry dishes :) Rosie is an adorable cat by the way!! (My cats love jumping the table and checking out my food too…haha).

  2. Rayanne says

    You need to charge me rent for all the time I spend in your Ethnic section. :p Everything I’ve made here has turned out great, and I’m looking forward to trying this one. Your food always looks so arty too, I love the onion curls. And kitteh. :p

  3. Diann says

    We made this last night and it was delicious! I didn’t add the sunflower seeds and wish I had. It needed a tiny bit of crunch.

    I’ve been a vegetarian for 40+ years (gosh that dates me) and my husband loves his meat. However, we’ve been cooking your meals for the last four nights and he’s loved every one of them. They’ve all been put on the “do-over list”.

    Thank you for the time and effort you put into this website. I am so happy I found it.

  4. says

    Made this a few nights ago and loved it! Simple and delicious. I topped it with a few raw cashews instead of sesame seeds and they added a nice crunch. I could see using this recipe at the end of the week to use up whatever vegetables I have left in the fridge – I could see it working well with almost anything. Thanks for another winner.

  5. Bob Madison says


    I met you at TrueNorth during one of your cooking classes. You are so incredibly awesome for allowing us to download all of your mouth-watering recipes. You are a sweetie!


  6. Tiffany says

    Oh my! This dish is amazing. Looking at the ingredients I wasn’t sure if it would be able to have that asian style flavor but it was spot on. My family couldn’t believe when I told them it was SOS free. I usually have to make myself a separate dish when I make my family asian meals because of the soy sauce but now I can enjoy them too. Thank you!

  7. Genny says

    Do you think chunked, diced yam would work as a sub to get that pretty carrot color without carrots? Sadly, I live with a carrot, onion, pepper hater.

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