Ham and Pineapple Rice

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings

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This Ham and Pineapple Rice is a fun and easy one pot meal for busy weeknights! Perfect for those Hawaiian lovers šŸ™‚ Make it with long grain, brown or instant rice.

ham and pineapple rice in white pan on marble with white and blue towel

I know this is a hot topic, but ham and pineapple is one of our favorite flavor combinations.

On pizza, in pasta, on this Instant Pot Ham — in pretty much anything.

So this Ham and Pineapple Rice was bound to happen, and I’m so glad it did.

It’s a little like a pineapple fried rice, minus the frying and the egg.

It has a similar flavor profile and pairs great with ham, pork or chicken and makes a great meal on its own!

ham and pineapple rice scoop out of white pan on metal spoon

This rice would be the perfect accompaniment to an Easter ham if you are celebrating that way this year — you can leave them ham out of this rice recipe to serve alongside, or use leftover Easter ham to make this recipe for a quick weeknight dinner!

Variations on this Ham and Pineapple Rice recipe:

This is one of those dishes that you can really customize to your tastes.

  • It’s perfect for adding extra veggies (spinach, kale, mushrooms, peas, frozen mixed veggies — anything you want). Before I updated this recipe, I had a shredded carrot as part of the recipe. I took that out to simplify this recipe as much as possible, but it’s a great addition and no one really notices.
  • You can also swap out the cooking liquids. Milk would give it a creamier taste, tomato sauce would give it more of a Hawaiian pizza flavor (but don’t forget the cheese if you’re going that route!). If you want to use tomato sauce as part of your cooking liquid, you may need to add additional broth to cook the rice.
  • You can leave out the ham and use vegetable broth to make it vegetarian, or swap the ham for shredded chicken if you have some to use up.
  • To substitute long grain brown rice, use 1 cup rice (rinsed), increase the cooking liquid to 1 ½ cups and the cook time to 25-40 minutes (check your product package for guidance)
  • To substitute instant white rice, increase the rice to 1 ½ cups. Bring to a simmer, add the rice, then cover and remove from the heat. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Use your imagination and put your own spin on it!

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*This post, recipe and photos have been updated since the original post in March 2016

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Ham and Pineapple Rice

4.83 from 34 votes
This Ham and Pineapple Rice is a fun and easy one pot meal for busy weeknights! Perfect for those Hawaiian lovers šŸ™‚ Make it with long grain, brown or instant rice.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 4 servings
Calories 329cal


  • 2 cups chopped cooked ham
  • 1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 391 ml canned pineapple tidbits drained (reserve any juices) about 1 cup
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce gluten-free if necessary
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup long grain white rice **see notes for brown rice
  • 2 green onions sliced


  • In a large skillet combine ham, chicken broth, pineapple, pineapple juice, soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, and salt and bring to a boil over medium high heat.
  • Rinse rice well using a fine mesh sieve.
  • Stir in rice, cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook 10 minutes, stir, cover and continue cooking 5-10 minutes until rice is tender. Stir in green onions and serve.


*If you don’t have enough pineapple juice, you can substitute for broth or experiment with other flavors.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 329cal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 1610mg | Potassium: 358mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 109IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. Mimi says

    I needed a quick recipe while making ham bone stock and this is it! I had leftover ham and pineapple, so good. I cut the recipe in half and it came out perfect! Yummy, I added some sweet corn for a full meal. I will be making this again, thank you!

  2. Stephanie says

    You say to drain the tidbits and reserve a cup of the juices and then you have 1/2 cup of pineapple juice listed in the ingredients. Does that mean iā€™m adding 1 1/2 cups of pineapple juice total? Im about to make this and im a little confused lol

    • Ashley Fehr says

      The ingredients say that you should have about 1 cup of pineapple tidbits, drained, and you will reserve any of the juices. You will use the 1/2 cup pineapple juice that is called for in the recipe šŸ™‚

  3. Miki says

    I added sliced mushrooms, assorted leftover veggies and used coconut ginger rice.
    AMAZING! Even my finicky 5 y/o granddaughter came back for seconds!

  4. Sophy says

    I added sauteed onion and sweet bell pepper, and also browned the pineapple for several minutes in a little pat of butter, while the rice was cooking, before stirring in. That made it more of a 30 min. rather than a 20 min. recipe, but I still think it was super convenient!
    I also used turkey ham, which is what our family eats, and what I happened to have.
    Everyone loved it; thanks for sharing this!
    P,S. Hmmm…… I wonder whether I could use regular white or brown rice, and cook this in my Instant Pot……..It would still end up being about a 20 or 30 min. meal. I think I’m gonna try that next!:)

  5. Dorothy Dunton says

    Hi Ashley! I really, really like rice dishes, even though I ate an awful lot of rice when I was young and poor! Of course, ham and pineapple just up the ante. I would add peas just because I always add peas Instant rice is such a time saver, I use it quite often.

  6. Stacey @ Bake Eat Repeat says

    Well clearly I need to start buying instant rice instead of the regular stuff. That sounds like a good obsession to have. This meal is so fast! And I know my kids would LOVE it too, they love anything Hawaiian flavoured. Definitely need to try this soon!

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Thanks Stacey! This is just where we’re at these days. Lol. FAST and easy. Instant rice is such a timesaver! It has been such a long time since I’ve cooked regular rice, it’s a little embarrassing!

  7. marcie says

    I’m a Hawaiian lover, and this rice looks like something my whole family would inhale! I love one pot rice dishes –they’re so easy and are always a hit!

  8. Liz @ Floating Kitchen says

    I’m definitely more on Team Rice than Team Pasta. Growing up, we always had rice and very rarely had pasta, so I guess maybe that is why. Love all the mix ins here and that savory-sweet combination!

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