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Easy Hawaiian Fried Rice With SPAM

This recipe for Hawaiian Fried Rice uses Hawaii’s favorite potted meat – SPAM. It has peas, carrots, cashews, and onions and is loaded with the goodness of curry.

Bowl of Hawaiian Fried Rice garnished with green onions.

My version of Hawaiian Fried Rice is inspired by a dish that I had in Chattanooga at one of my favorite restaurants, Thai Smiles. The dish there is called Hawaii Fried Rice. (Yes, that is how it is spelled on the online menu.)

The original dish uses chicken as the main protein source. Being that Hawaii is in the name, I thought it would be fun to use SPAM instead. Some will say that this is not true Hawaiian rice and that is probably true. Nonetheless, this is a pretty tasty fried rice dish and I hope you enjoy it.

For this easy SPAM fried rice recipe, you need the following ingredients:

Ingredients

  • 1 large Boil-In-Bag of rice or 1 cup of dry Jasmine rice
  • Water (to cook rice)
  • ⅓ cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons Sesame Oil
  • 1 medium-sized onion, chopped
  • 3 ounces SPAM, cubed
  • ½ cup frozen peas and carrots
  • ½ cup chopped cashews

How To Make Hawaiian Fried Rice

To make it, prepare the rice according to the manufacturer’s directions.

While the rice is cooking, whisk together the pineapple juice, soy sauce, and curry powder in a medium-sized bowl and set it aside. In a separate bowl, whisk together 3 eggs and 2 tablespoons of milk and set aside.

Next, heat 2 tablespoons of toasted sesame seed oil over medium heat in a large, non-stick skillet or wok.

Onions sautéing in a skillet.

Once the onions become translucent, spoon them to the side and cook the eggs. Once the eggs are cooked, it’s time to add the other ingredients.

Spam sliced on a cutting board.

Start by adding SPAM and frozen vegetables.

Frozen vegetables being added to fried rice.

Increase the burner to medium-high heat, stir the ingredients together, and cook until the vegetables are no longer frozen. Add the cooked rice and curry sauce and stir until the sauce has coated all of the rice.

SPAM fried rice being stirred in a skillet with a wooden spoon.

Stir the chopped cashews into the rice mixture.

Chopped cashews on top of fried rice.

Recipe Notes

Make this recipe your own. Here are a couple of ideas that might inspire you:

  • Add fresh pineapple pieces to the fried rice for a burst of fresh flavor.
  • Garnish with chopped green onions.

Can you use leftover rice to make fried rice?

Absolutely. Cold rice works really well. Just be sure to cook it long enough to heat it throughout.

Cast iron skillet with rice, eggs, peas, and SPAM.
Fried Rice with SPAM

Did you know that rice is the second most widely consumed staple in the world? Not surprising when you consider that over 40,000 varieties are growing on every continent, except for Antarctica.

Asians have enjoyed fried rice for centuries. It may have been invented during the Sui dynasty in China. Most countries in Southeast Asia have their own varieties.

Rice makes a great side dish, but when you combine it with eggs and meat and throw in a few vegetables it becomes a meal.

Why SPAM?

SPAM has been around since 1937 when Hormel introduced this new lunch meat. Between 1941 and 1945, SPAM was shipped to our troops. It didn’t require refrigeration and it had a long shelf life. According to SPAM’s website:

The true root of the island’s love for SPAM® products goes back to World War II, when the luncheon meat was served to GIs. By the end of the war, SPAM® products were adopted into local culture, with Fried SPAM® Classic and rice becoming a popular meal. The unique flavor quickly found its way into other Hawaiian cuisine, from SPAM® Fried Wontons to SPAM® Musubi , and SPAM® products became a fixture in breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

bowl of Hawaiian Fried Rice

Hawaiian Fried Rice

This Hawaiian-inspired fried rice is made using SPAM – Hawaii’s favorite potted meat.
4.10 from 11 votes
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 376kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 large Boil-In-Bag of rice
  • Water
  • cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons Sesame Oil
  • 1 medium-sized onion chopped
  • 3 ounces SPAM cubed
  • ½ cup frozen peas and carrots
  • ½ cup chopped cashews

Instructions

  • Cook rice according to directions on box.
  • Mix pineapple juice, soy sauce, and curry in a bowl and set aside.
  • Beat eggs with milk and set aside
  • Meanwhile, sauté onion in small amount of toasted sesame oil.
  • Move onions over to one side of pan. Add egg mixture and cook until eggs are done.
  • Add Spam and peas and carrots. Increase the burner to medium-high heat and stir-fry until the vegetables are no longer frozen.
  • Add the cooked rice and curry sauce and stir until the sauce has coated all of the rice.
  • Add cashews and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes.

Notes

You can substitute 1 cup of uncooked Jasmine rice for the boil-in-bag rice. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for cooking.
If you are unable to find SPAM singles, use 1/4 to 1/3 of a regular pack of Spam. Save the remaining SPAM for other use.
Garnish with sliced green onions.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 376kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 155mg | Sodium: 1357mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g
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13 Comments

  1. I’m from Hawaii and we use Japanese rice, left over rice and it started because if you were broke, you threw whatever was in the refrigerator. Anything. Spam Portuguese sausage none then eggs etc.

  2. 4 stars
    Pretty tasty. Was expecting a bit more sweetness from the pineapple juice. I’ll increase it next time. Less curry powder for us also. Otherwise tasty filling dish. Spam is good when fried hard.

  3. Aloha!
    Im sorry, but I’m Hawaiian and this is NOT our local way of making fried rice. First off, the rice has to be the calrose type. It should be cooked, refrigerated or even frozen prior to making fried rice.
    We do not use curry! Peas and carrots are more of an Asian thing, not Hawaiian style…
    Anyway, nice try…

  4. 2 stars
    Really people, if you don’t like Spam don’t eat it. It’s no worse than hot dogs or hamburger. It probably doesn’t even have hormones in it. I make fried rice all the time, because I lived there most of my life. I have never put pineapple or curry in it. I’ll have to try this.

  5. I actually like SPAM although I haven’t eaten it in quite a while. I probably would have fried the SPAM with the onion because I like my browned. Looks good!

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