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Spam Fried Rice

I know what you’re thinking. Fried rice is such a simple dish, why would I need a recipe for it? But trust me, this Spam Fried Rice is SO GOOD. It’s easy to make, and perfect for using up leftovers. Plus, who doesn’t love spam? Give it a try! You won’t be disappointed. This is a recipe the whole family will love.

SPAM Fried Rice is a Hawaiian fried rice recipe that is served as a side dish and even as a breakfast fried rice in Hawaii. If you’ve ever wondered what to cook with SPAM, this Fried Rice Recipe is SO ONO (delicious to eat).

spam fried rice close up

WHAT YOU’LL LOVE ABOUT THIS RECIPE

  • Authentic. This recipe is an Authentic Hawaiian recipe. I’ve had hundreds of people tell me that this recipe is just like the SPAM fried rice they remember from Hawaii.
  • Easy. This is an easy dish to make whenever you have leftover rice.

RECIPE NOTES

It’s best to use leftover rice for this recipe. So plan ahead and make sure you have some in the fridge.

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE SPAM FRIED RICE

ingredients for spam fried rice
  • Leftover rice. For best results make fried rice with short-grain white rice. It’s best to use leftover cooked rice that’s been refrigerated.
  • Spam. One can of Spam, cut into cubes. I like the original but you can also use lite spam.
  • Eggs. I mix eggs with a pinch of sugar and a little bit of soy sauce.
  • Veggies. Frozen peas, sweet onion, carrots, fresh ginger, and few cloves of garlic. Also, one bunch of green onions. Some people like to add in frozen mixed vegetables with carrots and corn.
  • From the Asian section. Mirin, soy sauce, sesame oil, and rice wine vinegar.
  • Optional ingredients. Sriracha or ketchup for topping off your fried rice.
how to cook spam fried rice in a wok

HOW TO COOK SPAM FRIED RICE

STEP 1 – MAKE SURE YOU HAVE LEFTOVER RICE.

This recipe used 4 to 6 cups of day-old rice.

STEP 2 – MAKE THE SWEET EGG

Beat the egg with sugar and soy sauce. Add a little bit of oil to a small skillet on low heat. Add the beaten eggs to the skillet and cover. Cook the egg until it is cooked through. Set the cooked egg aside to cool and dice the egg. You can also make scrambled eggs and add them to the fried rice.

PRO-TIP: If you don’t want to dirty a seconds skillet, you can create a well in the middle of the fried rice at the end and just scramble the egg in the center of the skillet.

STEP 3 – FRY THE SPAM

Start by dicing the spam and then frying the spam cubes in a large skillet over medium-high heat until it’s a light golden brown. Remove the spam from the skillet and set it aside.

STEP 4 – SAUTÉ THE FRESH INGREDIENTS

Add the carrots, onion, ginger, and garlic to the large skillet or a wok. Sauté the veggies until they are slightly soft and fragrant, about 4 minutes.

STEP 4 – ADD THE RICE

Add the rice and a little sesame oil to the pan. Stir fry the rice in the oil and break it up with a spatula or wooden spoon.

STEP 5- ADD THE FROZEN PEAS AND CARROTS

Mix in the frozen green peas to the rice mixture and make sure they are sufficiently warmed.

NOTE: This is when you would add in the frozen peas and carrots and corn if you’re using them.

STEP 6 – ADD THE REMAINING INGREDIENTS

Remove the fried rice from the heat. Add the mirin, rice wine, and soy sauce to the pan. Mix well. Add in the diced spam and diced egg. Stir to incorporate. Add the diced green onion.

Serve immediately.

HOW TO SERVE SPAM FRIED RICE

In Hawaii fried rice is often served with ketchup. Ketchup adds a sweet tangy note to fried rice. I love to add a drizzle of sriracha to give this dish a spicy kick.

FAQS AND EXPERT TIPS

What type of rice is used for fried rice?

Use day-old white rice to make fried rice. For best results refrigerate the rice overnight.

Refrigerated day-old rice is a little bit dried out and works better when making fried rice because it can absorb the liquid from the soy sauce and mirin without getting too mushy.

Is fried SPAM good?

Yes, Fried spam is definitely good!

You can eat SPAM with rice and eggs. I like to add sriracha and furikake for a super yummy breakfast treat.

HOW TO COOK SPAM

The only way I’ve ever cooked spam is by pan-frying it.

Typically I will cut the spam in slices and brown it on each side. This method is best for making one of my favorite breakfasts, rice and spam with over-easy fried eggs.

Sliced spam is also used to make Spam Musubi.

To make Spam Fried Rice you will dice the spam and then brown it in a frying pan or wok.

HUNGRY FOR MORE FRIED RICE RECIPES?

What To Eat With Spam Fried Rice

My two favorite things to eat with spam fried rice are my Furikake Fried Chicken and my Spicy Asian Cucumber Salad.

When you visit Hawaii there are a few must-eats:

Not necessarily in that order.

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spam fried reice recipe made with peas and carrots in a black bowl

Spam Fried Rice Recipe – Authentic Hawaiian

Laura Reigel
SPAM Fried Rice is a Hawaiian fried rice recipe that is served as a side and even as a breakfast fried rice in Hawaii. If you've ever wondered what to cook with SPAM, this Fried Rice Recipe is a definite must-try.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Rice
Cuisine Hawaiian
Servings 12
Calories 297 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Steamed Rice:

Tamago:

Hawaiian Mirepoix

  • 2 carrots, shredded or finely diced
  • ½ sweet onion , finely diced
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, finely grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • vegetable oil

Da Flava:

Optional:

  • ½ 16 oz bag frozen corn
  • ½ 16 oz bag frozen diced carrots
  • Sriracha
  • Ketchup, for on top

Optional Equipment

Instructions
 

  • Make the rice according to directions. Store in the refrigerator overnight before using it in this recipe. NOTE: Fresh rice will get mushy in this recipe. It's always best to use cold rice.
  • Lightly beat eggs with 1 tsp sugar and 2 tsp of soy sauce. I usually cook this like an omelet and then dice it.
  • Dice the Spam. Brown the spam in a little oil. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Add the Hawaiian mirepoix to the pan, saute until tender and fragrant.
  • Add the sesame oil and rice to the pan. Mix well.
  • Add frozen peas (and/other frozen vegetables if desired). Mix in and make sure they are sufficiently warmed through.
  • Remove the fried rice from the from heat.
  • Add the mirin, rice wine, and soy sauce to the pan. Mix well.
  • Add in the Spam and diced egg. Stir to incorporate.
  • Add the diced green onion.
  • Serve immediately.

Laura’s Tips + Notes

Ingredient Tips
  • Leftover rice. Fried rice always starts with leftover rice. It should be refrigerated overnight for the best results. I like a short-grain white recipe like Nishiki Sushi Rice or Calrose Botan rice.
  • Spam. One can of Spam. I like the original.
  • Eggs. I mix eggs with a pinch of sugar and a little bit of soy sauce.
  • Veggies. Frozen peas, sweet onion, carrots, fresh ginger, and garlic. Also, one bunch of green onions. Optional: add in frozen carrots and corn.
  • From the Asian section. Mirin, soy sauce, sesame oil, and rice wine vinegar.
  • Optional ingredients. Sriracha or ketchup for topping off your fried rice.

YOUR OWN NOTES

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupCalories: 297kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 9gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 677mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gCalcium: 32mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Comfort Food
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35 Comments

  1. 4 stars
    Made as a special at our American Legion Post 21 in Mcminnville Oregon . Quadrupled the recipe and almost sold out. Lefyovers sold out today!

  2. 5 stars
    I have made fried rice many times and from many different recipes. I will say this was a really good recipe. My daughter who just came back from being stationed in Hawaii was telling me about making fried rice with spam so I decided to give it a try. It turned out really great and I made very few changes to the recipe. I used a little more soy sauce, mirin and rice vinegar then what you call for. And I love adding a little Chinese five spice to the flavoring sauce, about a half a teaspoon. I also kind of like seeing a little bit of red bell pepper in it and I used about a half of one diced. And Iโ€™m certain I used more carrots because I used the matchstick carrots. But all in all Iโ€™ve followed everything else and it is a really good recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    Sooo good! Did not have mirin or sesame oil :(, instead sautรฉed the rice with butter and it turned out delicious :). Excited to try with the mirin and sesame oil next time!

    1. Thank you so much for leaving a review!!! I am so happy to hear about your kitchen adventures. Hopefully, Spam Fried Rice will be on your regular recipe rotation from now on.

  4. 5 stars
    The BEST spam fried rice recipe and I know you lived in Hawaii, yours tastes just like some I had on vacation. Thanks, Laura for a go-to fave in our home.

  5. 5 stars
    excellent recipe, I did not have the correct rice, so I used jasmine. much better than the last spam rice I made. this one is a keeper. thank you!

  6. excellent recipe, I did not have the correct rice, so I used jasmine. much better than the last spam rice I made. this one is a keeper. thank you

    1. Thank you Rob, for the awesome review. I’m so happy to hear how much you loved this recipe! ๐Ÿ’œ It brings me so much joy to share my food love with you.

  7. 5 stars
    We loved it! The family decided that spam is too salty for them (first time for them) so I’ll be switching out for ham next time. Enjoyed the flavor, texture, and colors ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks for the review Kimber. Spam is definitely on the salty side. Ham is delicious in this recipe. You can also use chicken or shrimp.

  8. I Love Spam and am excited to try something new. This recipe looks awesome. Question is — can I use Jasmine rice vs the one you have listed?

    1. Cecilia,

      Jasmine rice would give you a significantly different flavor than the original recipe. This fried rice recipe is meant to use short-grain sticky rice. However, that being said, just because it turns out different doesn’t mean that it won’t taste amazing!

      If you do give it a try, I would love to hear how you like it with Jasmine rice.

    2. Hi Cecelia,
      Iโ€™ve only used Jasmine rice for this recipe so I canโ€™t speak to how it tastes made with Nishiki rice. My family, coworkers and neighbors absolutely love when I make it. Iโ€™m always asked to bring this for pot lucks. There are never leftovers. Iโ€™m all about using what I have on hand, and I always have Jasmine rice in my pantry.

  9. Ok itโ€™s official, As a former Naval Officer and world traveler. I deviated from my normal fried rice recipe. Served this one up to my family who promptly advised its was the best darn fried rice they had since our last visit to Ohahu (last year).

    Thank you for sharing this recipe and some memories. Incidentally I served mine with some macadamia nut pancakes with mango compote just like we would get on the island!

    1. Randy,

      Thank you so much for the rave review! I am so glad that you and your family were able to relive your visit to Oahu! It’s my goal to serve up recipes that make people happy!

      Your macadamia nut pancakes sound amazing. I’d love to hear about the recipe!

      ๐Ÿ’œ Laura

    1. If you don’t have any mirin, just add about a tsp or sugar to the rice wine vinegar. Mirin is a sweeter rice wine. A little sugar will give you a similar flavor. However, if you leave it out, this rice will still be delicious.

  10. 5 stars
    Such a delicious and EASY to make recipe! And right now, we’re stocked up on Spam!! So this recipe is perfect!

  11. Ive never eaten spam. After seeing this recipe im giving it a try. Thanks for giving me a new food adventure.
    Michelle

    1. Yes, definitely Angela.

      All content can be used if credit is given and link to the original recipe is provided. Content should not be copied or reposted. Thank you!

  12. 5 stars
    I made this for a pot luck at work once and now Iโ€™m asked to make it again! It is so good and EASY to make and bring in to work.

  13. 5 stars
    I used to eat this as a child, at my best friends Hawaiian restaurant, but never had the recipe so havent ate it in about 25 years. This recipe was perfect, it taste 100% authentic. I made for my family and they devoured it which was a surprise considering they dont like vegetable or spam…lol

    1. Kai, I’m so glad that this recipe helped you relive your childhood. It takes me back every time. Thank you so much for sharing! And who doesn’t like SPAM? LOL I’d love to know the restaurant. ๐Ÿ˜€

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