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Easy Hawaiian Fried Rice Recipe

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.

bowl of Hawaiian Fried Rice

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 for 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.

How To Make Hawaiian Fried Rice

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

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

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-size bowl and set it aside.  In another 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.

sautéing onions

Once the onions start to 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

Start by adding SPAM and frozen vegetables.

adding frozen vegetables to fried rice

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.

making SPAM fried rice

Stir in the chopped cashews.

adding cashews

bowl of Hawaiian Fried Rice
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Hawaiian Fried Rice

This Hawaiian-inspired fried rice is made using SPAM - Hawaii's favorite potted meat.
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Keyword fried rice, Hawaiian, rice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 376kcal
Author Lynda

Ingredients

  • 1 large Boil-In-Bag of rice
  • Water
  • 1/3 cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
  • 1 medium-sized onion chopped
  • 1 3- ounce package SPAM Single 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. Cook until vegetables are no longer frozen.
  • Add rice and stir well. Pour curry mixture on top.
  • Add cashews and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes.

Video

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

This is what the finished product looks like.

pan of fried rice

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.

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.

 

If you found this post on Google Discover via the Hawaiian Fried Rice With SPAM Web Story, thanks for stopping by to read the article. I hope that you enjoy the recipe and will take some time to explore more recipes at Southern Kissed.

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Connie

Thursday 3rd of December 2020

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...

Bridget Leverett

Tuesday 8th of December 2020

@Connie, I totally agree with you. I grew up in Hawaii and this is NOT Hawaiian.

Jenn

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.

Linda

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.

Lynda

Monday 24th of March 2014

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

Elaina

Sunday 23rd of March 2014

This sounds like something my hubby would love!