Pineapple Pork with Coconut Rice

This mouthwatering recipe is a fan favorite that’s part of our Fall 2022 SOS Series! Let’s dive right into this comforting bowl of yum, featuring sticky-sweet pork, caramelized pineapple, fresh herbs, jalapeños, and crispy onions served over a pile of luscious coconut rice. Get ready to be blown away by the rich flavors, caramelized textures, and indulgent aromas of this easy and delicious meal.

Why Pork and Pineapple Are a Match Made In Food Heaven

The sweet and tangy flavor of fresh pineapple pairs incredibly well with pork. When grilled or seared, the natural sugars in the pineapple caramelize, creating a sticky-saucy-sweet situation that is simply heavenly. Pineapple also contains a natural enzyme that tenderizes meat, making it a perfect match for pork. So, if you’re skeptical about combining fruit and meat, trust us, this combination is a culinary masterpiece that you’ll want to enjoy over and over again.

Close-up of pineapple and pork.

This Pineapple Pork Comes with a Deliciously Short Ingredient List

As part of our SOS series, we’ve designed this recipe with simplicity in mind. You’ll only need five main ingredients for this bomb weeknight dish:

  • Pork
  • Pineapple
  • Store-bought teriyaki sauce (no guilt here!)
  • Coconut milk
  • Rice

Feel free to add generous amounts of cilantro, jalapeños, and crispy onions for extra flavor, although they aren’t necessary.

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This recipe is like a gift that keeps on giving. Unwrap it bite by bite, savoring every sticky, caramelized, and comforting mouthful. It’s addictive, satisfying, and just a touch crunchy. You won’t be able to get enough.

How To Make This Pineapple Pork

Bringing this addicting dish together is a breeze. While there is a marinating step, it’s low-key and low-stress. If you forget to marinate, don’t worry—just add the sauce to the pork when you’re ready to cook.

  1. Make your rice. Combine coconut milk, water, and rice in an Instant Pot or use a stovetop/rice cooker if you prefer.
  2. Caramelize your pork. Sear the pork in a hot pan, making sure not to add the sauce just yet. You want to achieve a nice caramelized crust.
  3. Add pineapple and finish. Once the pork is seared, toss in the pineapple chunks to caramelize and become saucy. If desired, add a little more teriyaki sauce at this stage.

That’s it! Top with fresh jalapeños, cilantro, and a generous helping of crispy onions to complete this flavorful masterpiece.

Pineapple pork with coconut rice on a plate with a fork.

Frequently Asked Questions about Pineapple Pork with Coconut Rice

More Pork Favorites To Enjoy!

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  • 15-Minute Egg Roll in a Bowl (just 15 minutes? SOLD!)
  • Caramelized Pork Tacos with Pineapple Salsa (a quick and easy favorite meal)
  • Ang’s Creamy Tortellini Soup (creamy, cozy, and oh-so-good)

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