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Spam Fried Rice

Spam Fried Rice is delicious and easy! It makes for a hearty quick lunch or dinner. Use leftover rice, a can of Spam, and eggs. Let’s get cooking.

A bowl of Spam Fried Rice
Spam Fried Rice, ready to eat!

Spam Fried Rice

Spam Fried Rice is a dish that every Hawaii local will recognize.

The core ingredients are simple: Spam, Eggs, and Rice!

Local’s Tip: Spam, Eggs, and Rice also happens to be a classic Hawaii breakfast. Spam Fried Rice combines all three elements into one dish!

It’s easy to prepare and can be modified a million different ways. You can find Spam Fried Rice on the menu of many Hawaii restaurants and takeout spots.

But the best Spam Fried Rice is the one you make at home.

This recipe comes courtesy of Ted who first prepared the dish at my parent’s house many years ago. We were all super WOW’d by it and now it’s tradition for Ted to prepare it every time he comes over. Thank you, Ted ^_^

A just-cooked batch of Spam Fried Rice in the cooking pan
Hot from the pan!

Why This Recipe Works

Fried Rice is technically an easy dish to prepare. But a few extra tips and tricks will take this dish from “regular” fried rice to super onolicious fried rice.

This is because there’s a step in the recipe that has you crisp up the rice. Yes! We let the rice sit for a few minutes until the bottom is golden and crisp. This adds so many more flavors and textures to the overall dish.

We also make sure to use cold leftover rice (fresh rice will result in soggy fried rice). And tons of garlic because garlic makes everything better.

Spam Fried Rice is an easy and comforting go-to dish! Whether you’re cooking it for lunch or dinner, or breakfast/brunch, it is always a crowd pleaser.

Notes from a local: Sometimes visitors call this dish Hawaiian Spam Fried Rice. This is not a Hawaiian dish, it is a local dish. Please don’t call it Hawaiian because it makes locals cringe ^_^

Ingredients for Spam Fried Rice: Rice, Spam, Eggs, Garlic, and Maggi seasoning.
Ingredients! Not pictured: sesame oil which is optional ^_^

Ingredients

  • Cooked Rice – Cold leftover rice is best. We usually cook rice the night before and store it in the refrigerator.
  • Spam – One can of Spam, please. Both Regular or Lite Spam will work (just don’t use the flavored Spam options).
  • Eggs  – We use 4-5 eggs, feel free to use more or less. It all just depends on your mood!
  • Garlic – This recipe calls for tons of garlic. Our whole family loves garlic. Mince it good.
  • Maggi Seasoning – Do you know about Maggi? Think of it as soy sauce, but with even more ooommmpphh. I definitely recommend keeping a bottle of Maggi in your pantry. We dash Maggi onto banh mi sandwiches and on top of crisp fried eggs (perfect breakfast with a baguette!) You can use soy sauce if you don’t have or don’t want to get Maggi.
  • Sesame Oil – Sesame oil is optional, but highly recommended. We use a lot of sesame oil in Hawaii so we always have a big bottle on hand. You can find this Kadoya brand Sesame Oil at pretty much all Asian markets.
Collage of cooking steps for Spam Fried Rice. 1) Crisp the rice. 2) Add eggs to the center of the pan. 3) Add the crisped Spam back in. 4) Stir to mix.
Easy cooking steps

Step by Step Directions

Ok! This is a pretty easy dish, just follow the directions.

First, get a big pan or wok. Over medium-high heat, pan fry the Spam until slightly crisp. I love the surface to get browned or slightly charred. There’s no need to add oil to the pan. Once browned, Slide the Spam into a bowl and set aside.

Then add a little bit of oil to the pan, and brown the garlic.

Then add the rice and mix. Gently pat the rice flat onto the pan and let it get crispy. This takes about 3-4 minutes.

Tip: this crisping step is extra important! It adds texture and flavor to the fried rice.

Once rice is at your ideal crispness (it’s different for everyone), push the rice to the sides of the pan (to make an empty space in the middle).

Crack the eggs directly in the center of the pan. Drizzle half the Maggi seasoning over the eggs. Break up the yolks and scramble for a minute. It’s not a full scramble because the yolks and whites are whipped together, we call this the half scramble. It’s tasty!

Then mix everything together. Season with the rest of the Maggi and sesame oil. Spoon into bowls. Eat and enjoy!

FAQs and Expert Tips

How long does this fried rice keep?

3-4 days in the refrigerator, in a sealed container

How to reheat the fried rice?

Microwave: Pour the fried rice into a bowl. Place a damp paper towel on top and microwave for 1-2 minutes.
Steam: Steam for 5-6 minutes.

What are some popular modifications?

Good question! These are ones we often do:
– Fold in a bunch of chopped green onions at the end.
– Add diced carrots
– Add frozen peas and/or corn.
– Replace Maggi with soy sauce or fish sauce (nuoc nam).
– Add ground white pepper at the end.
– Add Sriracha!

What to eat with the fried rice?

Spam Fried Rice can be a stand alone meal. It’s got carbs, it’s got meat…no veggies though ahaha.

So when we add another dish, it’s a vegetable or tofu dish.

Here are a few good ones:
Garlic and Fish Sauce Ong Choy
Korean Bean Sprouts
Japanese Pickled Cucumbers
Hijiki Salad
Garlic and Ginger Green Beans
Hot Sesame Oil Tofu
Avocado Tofu
Tofu Poke

A just-cooked batch of Spam Fried Rice in the cooking pan

Spam Fried Rice Recipe

Here’s how to make Spam Fried Rice! See below and enjoy ^_^

A bowl of Spam Fried Rice

Spam Fried Rice

Yield: Lunch for 3
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Spam Fried Rice is delicious, easy, and hearty! It makes for a quick lunch or dinner. We also love it for Sunday brunch. All you need is rice, Spam, eggs, and two seasoning ingredients: Maggi (substitute soy sauce if you'd like) and sesame oil.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Over medium-high heat, pan fry the Spam until slightly crisp (no need to add oil to the pan). Slide the Spam into a bowl and set aside.
  2. Add oil to the pan, and brown the garlic.
  3. Then add the rice and mix. Gently pat the rice flat onto the pan and let it crisp up (about 3-4 minutes).
  4. Once rice is at your ideal crispness, push the rice to the sides of the pan and crack the eggs directly in the center of the pan. Drizzle half of the Maggi over the eggs. Break up the yolks and scramble for a minute.
  5. Then mix everything together. Season with Maggi and sesame oil. Eat and enjoy!

Notes

  • This recipe comes courtesy of Ted who makes THE best Spam Fried Rice.
  • We always cook the rice the day before. Store the cooked rice in the refrigerator. Cold, leftover rice is the best for fried rice.
  • For this recipe we cook 2 "rice cups" of rice. Note: 2 "rice cups" equals 1 1/2 "regular cups."
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