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Instant Pot Pineapple Fried Rice

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This Instant Pot Pineapple Fried Rice is a delicious, easy recipe that’s so much healthier than takeout. Great Hawaii-inspired comfort food flavor in this gluten-free lunch or dinner!

This Instant Pot Hawaiian Fried Rice is a delicious, easy recipe that’s so much healthier than takeout. Great comfort food flavor in this gluten-free lunch or dinner!

I got an Instant Pot for Christmas, and I’ve been playing with it quite a bit. This multi-cooker has several functions, including pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, and yogurt maker. It makes rice and steel cut oatmeal to perfection in less time than it takes to make them on the stovetop. It also cooks meat really well as the pressure cooker technique helps keep in the moisture.

The Instant Pot is a great multipurpse kitchen appliance.

I’m still experimenting with different recipes, but I’ve already made this Hawaiian fried rice three times. It’s such a delicious combination of flavors. I love having leftovers like this for a quick, hearty lunch while I’m working. With its sweet and savory flavors, I’m not left craving anything after I eat a bowl of this fried rice.

This recipe can be easily made on the stove if you don’t have an Instant Pot. Simply cook the rice according to the package directions and set it aside. Cook the remaining ingredients in a large skillet, then add in the cooked rice and serve.

Hawaiian Pineapple Fried Rice

This Instant Pot Hawaiian Pineapple Fried Rice is such an easy, delicious recipe for lunch or dinner. ($1.28 per serving)
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4 from 2 votes
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:30 mins
Total Time:40 mins


  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 6 oz cooked ham chopped into cubes (about 2 cups)
  • 3 eggs lightly scrambled
  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice uncooked and rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple
  • Chopped scallions for garnish


  • Place the olive oil, onion, and red pepper in the Instant Pot and set to Saute. Stir the onions and peppers a few times while sauteing. Once they’re softened, add the ham and stir. Then add the beaten eggs and stir for a couple minutes, until they’re cooked through.
  • Add the brown rice, water, soy sauce, and chopped pineapple to the Instant Pot. Cover, turn the vent to Sealing, and select Manual. Set the manual time to 24 minutes on high pressure.
  • Once the rice has been cooked for 24 minutes, let it sit in Keep Warm mode for 5 minutes before venting and opening the pot. Divide the rice into bowls and garnish with scallions.


Calories: 187kcal
Servings: 6
Calories: 187kcal

Instant Pot Pineapple Fried Rice Price Breakdown

This recipe costs a total of $7.67 to make, or $1.28 per serving. Try this Instant Pot pineapple fried rice for a healthy, easy alternative to takeout.

This Instant Pot Hawaiian Fried Rice is a delicious, easy recipe that’s so much healthier than takeout. Great comfort food flavor in this gluten-free lunch or dinner! Recipe from realfoodrealdeals.com

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  1. Won’t the red pepper get mushy if you put it on high for 24 minutes? Is that expected? If I don’t want mine mushy, should I add it at the end?

    1. I don’t think the red pepper gets especially mushy, but you could definitely add it at the end if you want it crunchy.

  2. I’ve made this twice and just adore it. But both times my IP has failed to reach pressure and I’ve had to improvise to get the rice cooked. I’ve used mine for months and never have a problem so it’s not a newbie issue. This is the only recipe that does this. Any ideas on why it might be doing this?

    1. Brenda, I’m not sure why that’s happening. I’ve made this many times without pressure issues. Have you tried making just rice in your Instant Pot?

      1. My Instant Pot didn’t get up to pressure either. It’s less than a month old, and has been working fine on other dishes. Did a batch of risotto just a few hours before trying this recipe. After I unlidded it at the end, I found a soupy mess and largely uncooked rice. I set it to manual and another 6 minutes. But it again didn’t pressurize.

        Perhaps it’s due to portion though – I made a double-sized batch. My other thought is that the difference has to do with how the egg is used, perhaps?

      2. I haven’t tried doubling this recipe, so I’m not sure if that was the issue for you. What size Instant Pot are you using? I have the 6-quart model.

  3. 3 stars
    Press the manual button twice. This turns out the “keep warm” mode that turns the heating element on full blast for a quick warm up… with the soy sauce in the pot it may burn or stick during this part of the cycle… go for the gentle heat option.

    1. The serving size is 1 1/3 cups, and this comes out to about 187 calories per serving (depending on specific brands you’re using).

  4. I love Hawaiian fried rice AND I have an Instant Pot. This is going on my menu next week for sure. Thank you!

  5. i’m so fascinated by instant pots! i don’t have one yet, but when i get mine this fried rice looks like a great place to start!

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