Fried rice is one of the first dishes I go to when I have leftover rice and a bunch of vegetables. There are times I want to mix it up and cook something besides Fried Rice with Chinese sausage. Plus I don’t always have Chinese sausage in the refrigerator. However, I always have spam in the pantry, like always. Hawaiian spam and egg fried rice is good for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and the ingredients are super common. I cook this dish with spam, eggs, celery, carrots, and I top it with Furikake for the extra special taste. Don’t sweat it if you don’t have all of these ingredients. All you really need is spam, eggs, and rice and you are good go-to.
Tips for cooking Spam and Egg Fried rice
- Cut the spam in cubes – You want the spam cubes big enough so that they don’t get crushed into a mash when you are stir-frying them in a wok. Plus, I would be a big gentle when you are mixing them in a wok. Spam is not as forgiving as Chinese sausage when you are mixing them hot and fast in a wok.
- Furikake – It is ok if you don’t have furikake, but if you do this makes the dish extra special. If you have the furikake seasoning this also allows you to skip cutting a roasted seaweed, gives the dish some salt, and more texture with roasted sesame seeds.
- Day-old rice – As with any fried rice recipe you want to use day-old rice. This makes it so the rice is harder and not sticky when cooking.
- What are the best Rice Types – I’m a fan of working with what you got, but I typically make spam and egg fried rice with jasmine rice or Japanese rice.
- Eggs – When you are scrambling the eggs in the wok, I actually like to remove it from the burner while I pour in the eggs. The wok is typically super hot after frying up the spam. If you dump your eggs directly into the wok at that moment they are going to burn up really quickly. By moving the wok to a cold burner you don’t have that problem. Then when the eggs have started to cook a bit move it back to the hot burner and you are good to go.
Common vegetables to put in fried rice
- Celery is probably my favorite vegetable to put in fried rice because it doesn’t have a strong taste but provides really nice texture.
- Carrots are great at adding texture and sweetness. They are a great vegetable to add to your fried rice.
- Frozen peas are good, but they do have a stronger taste so if your family aren’t into peas don’t add them.
- Onions are common but I don’t add them to my fried rice.
- Green onions are a great garnish and to add a nice bite if your family are ok with them. Though sometimes when feeding kids, just the view of green onions makes them think twice about eating it. If I add green onions I would make sure that I could make bowls without them too.
Fun Toppings to add to your Hawaiian spam and eggs fried rice
- Furikake – For me this a must for this type of fried rice.
- Sesame seeds – Roasted sesame seeds are great for some added texture without changing the taste too much.
- Sriracha – Not my cup of tea, but if you have to have Sriracha then this is good.
- Kimchi – I wouldn’t add this to the top of your fried rice, but kimchi is the perfect compliment to spam and egg fried rice. The napa cabbage kimchi is my pick for the specific kind of kimchi.
Spam and Egg Fried Rice
- Wok or Non-stick pan
- 4 cups day old rice
- 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
- 1/8 tsp ground white pepper add more if you like the taste
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 stirred eggs
- 1 container spam
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil don't use olive oil
- 1 carrot
- 2 celery sticks
- Cut spam into thin cubes. Cut the spam into 8 slices, and then into about 15 cubes per slice.
- Peel and cut carrots into dice.
- Cut Celery stalk in half and then thin slices
- Measure out the soy sauce, sesame oil, and have ready to mix in
- Crack eggs and stir in bowl as if you are going to scramble them next
- Heat up wok or non-stick pan on medium heat at add 1 tbsp of vegetable oil
- Add spam cubes and cook for about 2-3 minutes until they are dark and almost burned (some burn marks ok). Remove the spam cubes to another plate when finished.
- Do not drain wok, you can have the oil from the sausage to cook the scrambled eggs. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the eggs. Scramble the eggs, and remove to plate when finished.
- Increase the heat to medium-high and add 2 tbsp of vegetable oil to the wok. Add celery and carrots and cook for about 2 minutes.
- Increase the heat to medium-high and add 2 tbsp of vegetable oil to the wok. Add day old rice, and mix around for a minute.
- Add in the soy sauce, sesame oil, and white pepper, and mix for 1 minute.
- Add spam and eggs to the wok and cook.
- Cook and mix until you like the consistency of the rice. All the ingredients are pretty much cooked so I would just cook until you get the rice as fried as you like it.