Pineapple shrimp stir-fry over a bed of rice garnished with green onion on a brown plate on a wooden surface with a towel and fork to the left side (with logo overlay)

Sweet and Zesty Pineapple Shrimp Stir Fry Recipe

Combine the sweet flavors of pineapple with a tangy BBQ sauce to make Pineapple Shrimp Stir Fry in one pan for a delicious dinner.

Jump to Recipe

This summer has been all about pineapple for me. I love pineapple, it’s my favorite fruit, and I’ve been finding a lot of ways to work it into meals. My newest creation was a shrimp and pineapple stir-fry and it was delicious!

Many recipes will call for pineapple in the ingredients. Fresh pineapple has the most flavor, so always choose that if you can. During the season, which is summer here, we can sometimes get a pineapple for just over $1. We have two pineapples in the kitchen ready to cut and core right now.

I never worry about pineapple going bad because we all really enjoy it. If it isn’t used in a recipe, then we will eat it fresh. Pineapple is a great summer fruit because it’s full of water. Eating pineapple will help keep you hydrated, which is important in the heat of summer.

For this recipe, we combined the pineapple with shrimp, red peppers, and rice. I used my rice steamer to prepare the rice, and the rest was all prepared in one pan. I love one-pan meals since they make cleanup so easy.

When I cooked this, I left the tails on the shrimp. Justin requested that for the photos. Normally, though, I like to remove the tails before cooking to make it easier to eat. Either way works, it’s up to you and what you prefer for your pineapple shrimp stir fry.

Shrimp Stir Fry Options

One of the best things about making a stir fry is the ability to add just about anything in there that you want. Make it a meal the whole family will enjoy by using your favorites. 

  • Top with soy sauce, hoisin sauce, teriyaki sauce, or sweet and sour sauce
  • Mix in your favorite veggies such as bell peppers, snap peas, or carrots
  • Make it healthier by substituting the brown rice for cauliflower rice
  • You can use canned pineapple in place of the sweet pineapple chunks
  • For a more traditional Asian cuisine, cook the shrimp in sesame oil instead of butter
  • You can use uncooked shrimp for this recipe, it will just need more time to cook 
  • While we prefer brown rice, you can also make it with white rice or Jasmine rice

Pineapple Shrimp Stir Fry Step by Step

Ingredients

  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 lb shrimp (precooked)
  • 1 red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 pineapple (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup bbq sauce
  • 1/4 cup zesty Italian dressing
  • 1 green onion (sliced)

Preparation

Prepare the rice according to the package directions. I like to use my rice steamer to make it easy.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt the butter over high heat. Then add the shrimp in a single layer. Cook the shrimp for about 3-5 minutes, flipping at least once, until the shrimp turn pink. Remove the shrimp from the pan and place on a paper towel to absorb excess moisture.

Large skillet over a gas stovetop with a layer of shrimp cooking inside

Reduce to medium heat and add the chopped red bell pepper. Cook for about 1-2 minutes, stirring until they start to soften.

Large skillet over a gas stovetop with chopped red bell peppers

Place the pineapple in the pan. Cook for another 2-3 minutes, stirring so both sides get cooked.

Chopped red bell peppers and chopped pineapple in a large skillet over a gas stovetop

Pour the BBQ sauce and Zesty Italian Dressing over the peppers and pineapple. Stir to coat and cook until the sauces start to bubble.

Chopped red bell pepper and chopped pineapple in bbq sauce and zesty italian dressing in a large skillet over a gas stovetop

Add the shrimp back into the pan and stir to combine.

Large skillet with chopped bell pepper and pineapple plus shrimp in bbq sauce with zesty italian dressing cooking over a gas stovetop

Serve the pineapple shrimp stir fry over a bed of rice and garnish with sliced green onions.

Pineapple shrimp stir-fry over a bed of rice garnished with green onion on a brown plate on a wooden surface with a towel and fork to the left side (vertical)

Pineapple Shrimp Stir Fry Leftovers

Storage: Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. I suggest storing the shrimp separately from the rice as the rice will absorb all of the sauce.

Reheating: Reheat the rice and stir fry separately. To reheat the shrimp stir fry, I recommend putting it in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat until warmed through, about 5-10 minutes. Stir often so it doesn’t stick to the pan. If the sauce is too thick, add a small amount of Italian dressing or water as needed.

Recipe

Originally Published On: August 19, 2019

Last Updated On: October 23, 2023

Pineapple shrimp stir-fry over a bed of rice garnished with green onion on a brown plate on a wooden surface with a towel and fork to the left side

Pineapple Shrimp Stir Fry

Combine the sweet flavors of pineapple with a tangy bbq sauce to make Pineapple Shrimp Stir Fry in one pan for a delicious dinner.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course:
Main Dish
Cuisine:
American
Keyword:
pineapple
|
rice
|
shrimp
|
stir fry
Servings: 4
5 from 1 vote

Ingredients

  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 lb shrimp (precooked)
  • 1 red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 pineapple (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup bbq sauce
  • 1/4 cup zesty Italian dressing
  • 1 green onion (sliced)

Instructions

  • Prepare the rice according to the package directions
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt the butter over high heat
  • Then add the shrimp in a single layer
  • Cook the shrimp for about 5 minutes, flipping at least once
  • Remove the shrimp from the pan
  • Reduce the heat to medium and add the chopped red bell pepper
  • Cook for about 2 minutes, stirring until they start to soften
  • Place the pineapple in the pan
  • Cook for another 2 minutes, stirring so both sides get cooked
  • Pour the BBQ sauce and Zesty Italian Dressing over the peppers and pineapple
  • Stir to coat and cook until the sauces start to bubble
  • Add the shrimp back into the pan and stir to combine
  • Serve the pineapple shrimp stir fry over a bed of rice and garnish with sliced green onions
Click the buttons below to share and print this recipe
Pin Recipe Print Recipe
Nutrition Facts
Pineapple Shrimp Stir Fry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 708 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 301mg100%
Sodium 1330mg55%
Potassium 722mg21%
Carbohydrates 116g39%
Fiber 7g28%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 1323IU26%
Vitamin C 151mg183%
Calcium 233mg23%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

Other Asian-Fusion Recipes to try

Pineapple Recipes to try

Other Recipes Using Rice

20 thoughts on “Sweet and Zesty Pineapple Shrimp Stir Fry Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    WOW! This looks absolutely delicious. I wish I had some shrimp because this would certainly be my meal today. This is a perfect meal when you don’t feel like cooking.

  2. I always love a good stir fry, and pairing shrimp with pineapple sounds divine. That would be my dinner tomorrow.

  3. SO NEED to make this for my husband! HE LOVES strawberry shrimp, however, I also know he loves pineapple (at least on pizza, lol)… So I think this would be a HUGE WIN!

  4. It seems that this recipe is going to be my meal tomorrow! I just went to groceries shopping and I bough shrimps and pineapple. I hope it looks delicious as yours

  5. Loving the look of the dish. Ideal for an easy dinner or when you have friends around for sure. Love using fruit within my main dishes xx

  6. I don’t eat meat so I stock up on fish through out the week. I love sweet in my dishes, this pineapple shrimp would be perfect for a weeknight meal for me.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating