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

fried rice made using SPAM

Did you know that rice is the second most widely consumed staple in the world?  Not surprising when you consider that there are over 40,000 varieties growing on every continent, with the exception of 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 in itself.

While on vacation to Chattanooga late last year, my family and I enjoyed some incredible dishes at Thai Smiles.  Among them was a plate of Hawaii Fried Rice.  (Don’t judge.  That is how it is spelled on the online menu.)

I decided to try to re-create the dish at home.  It took me three times to get come up with a recipe that is passable.  I need to make another trip to Thai Smiles.  For research, of course.

The original dish has chicken for the main protein source.  Being that Hawaii is in the name, I thought it would be fun to use Spam instead.

Why Spam?

Spam has been around since 1937 when Hormel introduced this new lunch meat.  Between 1941-1945, 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.

SpamIn 2004 Spam singles were introduced.  (I bought this one at my local Wal-Mart.)

Back to Hawaiian Fried Rice….

For this recipe, I cube a packet of Spam.  If you like a LOT of Spam, you could use an entire can.

Spam cubes

I chop one medium-sized onion and saute it in some toasted sesame oil.  I then add a couple of eggs that have been beaten with a little milk and cook them until done.  

Next, I throw in the cubed Spam and some frozen peas and carrots and stir-fry until the veggies are no longer frozen.

At this point, I add the rice, stir well, and then pour the curry mixture on top.  I add cashews and then stir-fry it for about 1-2 minutes.

Yield: 4 servings

Hawaiian Fried Rice

Hawaiian Fried Rice

This Hawaiian-inspired fried rice is made using SPAM - Hawaii's favorite potted meat.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1/3 cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 large Boil-In-Bag of rice
  • Water
  • Sesame Oil
  • 1 medium-sized onion, chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 3- ounce package Spam Single, cubed
  • ½ cup frozen peas and carrots
  • ½ cup chopped cashews


  1. Mix pineapple juice, soy sauce, and curry in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Boil rice according to directions on box.
  3. Meanwhile, sauté onion in small amount of toasted sesame oil (3-4 Tbsp).
  4. Beat eggs with milk. Move onions over to one side of pan. Add egg mixture and cook until eggs are done.
  5. Add Spam and peas and carrots. Cook until vegetables are no longer frozen.
  6. Add rice and stir well. Pour curry mixture on top.
  7. Add cashews and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 346Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 155mgSodium: 1357mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 14g

Nutrition information is an approximation.

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This is what the finished product looks like.

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Monday 2nd of June 2014

I usually leave meat out of my fried rice for convenience and budget reasons. This takes care of both! Yay SPAM.


Sunday 1st of June 2014

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.

Jennifer @ My Sweet Sanity

Sunday 23rd of March 2014

Everything about this sounds great to me but the SPAM. SPAM just scares me.


Monday 24th of March 2014

It's not that bad. :) It's like a delicacy in Hawaii.


Sunday 23rd of March 2014

This sounds like something my hubby would love!


Saturday 22nd of March 2014

Love the SPAM history lesson. I have made a similar dish using cooked ham.