Vigor student wins cooking competition with this pineapple steak recipe

February 29, 2024

MOBILE, Ala. () — Foodies looking for a new recipe should turn to Vigor High School student Clayton Williams.

According to a press release from Mobile County Public Schools, Williams won a Beef, Pork and Peanut Cookoff.

showcasing the event said that the cookoff featured 25 culinary students from nine Mobile County public high schools.

Vigor student wins cooking competition
Vigor student wins cooking competition (Courtesy: Mobile County Schools)

Williams won the competition with his recipe for “Pineapple Steak Bowl.”

Now he can compete in the Alabama Junior and Senior High School Cookoff State Competition in Birmingham.

The state cookoff takes place in April, according to the release.

But for now, he was nice enough to share his recipe!


  • 1 lb. Sirloin or flank steak
  • 1 Yellow Onion or Sweet Onion
  • 1 Red pepper
  • 1 pineapple, cut in half and hallowed
  • Green onions
  • Seasonings combination of white pepper, salt, garlic powder
  • 1 oz. Soy sauce (dark and light)
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda (this adds a nice crust to the beef when frying)
  • Canola oil and sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce
  • Sriracha
  • Brown sugar
  • Thai chili peppers
  • Minced garlic
  • 1 cup of jasmine rice
  • Canadian steak seasoning to taste
  • Parsley for garnish

Recipe Instructions:

  • Step 1: Cut the pineapple in half, then hollow out to create bowls. Set the pineapple meat and juice aside.
  • Step 2: Prepare the steak. Cut beef into chunks and add to a bowl. Add olive oil, soy sauce, 1-2 tablespoons of pineapple juice, cornstarch, white pepper and garlic powder. Mix until everything is coated. Set aside and marinate for at least 20 minutes.
  • Step 3: Wash and cook the rice. While the rice cooks, chop up red bell pepper, yellow and green onion. In a mortar and pestle, mash down garlic cloves and Thai chili peppers to create a paste.
  • Step 4: To make the sauce, combine oyster sauce, dark and light soy sauce, brown sugar, Sriracha and pineapple juice. Mix well and set aside.
  • Step 5: Cook the meat. In a wok or large pan over medium-high heat, add about 1/4 cup oil. Shallow-fry the beef until golden brown and crispy on all sides. Remove from the pan. Add a little sesame oil, then the chili garlic paste. Sautè until fragrant, about 1 minute. Then add in peppers and onions and sautè for about 3 minutes. Add in pineapple chunks. Sautè for 2 additional minutes.
  • Step 6: Add the beef back into the pan and pour the sauce over it. Mix well until everything is coated and the sauce begins to thicken. Remove from the heat.
  • Step 7: Pour the beef mixture into the pineapple shells. Add garnish and serve. Enjoy!
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