Recipe Review: Pineapple Shrimp Fried Rice & Lekue Microwave Rice Cooker Product Review

I love finding new cooking tools that make my life easier. One of the thing my husband loves to eat - but I don't love to cook - is rice. I know it's easy - but I just feel like I can't get it right. 

The folks at Lékué have a ton of great tools for cooking, baking and the kitchen. They were kind enough to send me this microwave rice cooker to try out. So I found a rice-y recipe and went to town. 

It's easy enough to use - there are directions that outline about 10 different types of rice. You measure out your rice, add the right amount of water, put the top on and microwave. 

I found a great recipe for Pineapple Shrimp Fried Rice from Strawberry Tsunami (recipe below) and knew I had to make it. My husband loves pineapple, shrimp and rice - it's perfection!

I started with a bag of large raw (frozen) shrimp from Kroger. I thawed it out - these shrimp already had the tails popped off. I'm not near brave enough to devein a shrimp!

The nice thing about this was how bright and colorful the ingredients were! Knowing all that is going in - you know you want to try it!

Once the rice was done - I took it out of the microwave and fluffed it up a bit and then let it sit and cool. The rice was cooked perfectly - I'm anxious to try it out with basmati and see how it does there. But this was perfect - a little sticky - but not overly.

While the rice was cooling - I diced everything up and prepped it for cooking. That seems like a LOT of limes?!

There were a couple of sauces the recipe called for - I went simple and used Fish Sauce and Soy Sauce. Fish sauce doesn't get used often but it's a key ingredient when it's needed.

I sauted the shrimp for a couple of minutes and then squeezed all the limes on the shrimp. Then you saute the diced ingredients and once those are softening then you add the cooked & cooled rice.

Stir and fry for a bit and you're ready to go. 

This is such a light and refreshing dish - the fact that you stir fry it for a few minutes actually balances out the light, fresh zinginess of the pineapple and lime shrimp. This is a great recipe for so many reasons - it's healthy, it's easy, it's zippy (VIP really) and it reheats well! I took the leftovers for lunch the next day and they were great!

Pineapple Shrimp Fried Rice

  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked white rice (jasmine)
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 4 scallions, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 lb raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple, cut into small chunks
  • 1 bell pepper, cut into chunks
Cooking Directions
  1. Cook rice (in your awesome rice cooker!) but don’t make the rice too moist and sticky. Then allow rice to cool. For the shrimp, take 1 lb and chop them into chunks.
  2. Cut the pineapple into small chunks and set aside.
  3. In a non-stick pan on high heat, cook shrimp for 2 minutes until almost thoroughly cooked. Season with salt & pepper and the lime juice then set aside.
  4. Heat a wok on high heat, then add oil. Add the scallions and garlic to the wok. Sauté for 1 minute, then add the rice, bell peppers, and pineapple and stir a few times. Add soy sauce and fish sauce, constantly stir, add the shrimp, and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
* Disclosure: Lekue provided me the rice cooker in exchange for a blog post about their product. It's my opinion - it did work great and was easy. 

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