Hawaiian Fried Rice

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Any other Spam lovers out there?

If so, we’ve got a yummy dish for you!

 

Spencer never actually had Spam until we started dating, and even then it took a few years for him to try it-not that he needed to hype himself up to try it or anything, he just never had the desire to pluck it off the grocery shelf and slap it on the counter to slice a piece off. We eventually got around to him trying it, and turns out, “it’s not that bad”. We both LOVE braunschweiger, and Spam honestly isn’t too far off from it. I mean, braunschweiger is by all means the better “meat” option as it’s more luscious and spreadable, but Spam has it’s place in the culinary world too!

 

I think when most people think of Spam, they probably think about a gelatinous blob of meaty goo that shouldn’t be anywhere near their dinner table… well, we’re here to change that! (Hopefully)

 

Spam is actually pretty popular in Hawaii. It’s rumored they love it so much due to it being used heavily during World War II- fresh meat was hard to deliver to soldiers, so the newly created canned ham (Spam was “invented” around 1937) was a great alternative. It was lovingly dubbed, among many other names, the “Special Army Meat.” Whatever you want to call it, we think you should check this recipe out! It combines the tropical flavors of Hawaii with the sticky bite of fried rice…. Add in some Spam, and you have got a delicious meal for any time of year!

 

Please note: This recipe uses left over white rice from some take-out. You can make some rice ahead of time and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight, so it can get that same sticky take-out leftover feeling.

 

What you will need:

  • White Rice (We used left over white rice)
  • Spam
  • Green, Red, and Yellow Bell Peppers
  • Green Onion
  • White Onion
  • Pineapple
  • Sweet Potato
  • Fresh Ginger (Squeeze tube)
  • Ground Ginger
  • Oyster Sauce
  • Teriyaki Sauce
  • Soy Sauce
  • Sweet Chili Sauce
  • Two Eggs
  • Macadamia Nuts (optional)
  • Oil

 

Hawaiian Fried Rice

Love Spam but don't know what you should cook it with? Hawaiian Fried Rice, that's your answer!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course

Equipment

  • Wok

Ingredients
  

  • 1 small Sweet Potato
  • Ground Ginger enough to season your sweet potato
  • 16 oz Cooked White Rice
  • 12 oz Spam or other canned ham
  • 1 oz Each Green, Red, and Yellow Bell Pepper
  • 1/2 medium White Onion
  • 6 oz Fresh Pineapple chunked
  • 3 Tbsp Oyster Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Teriyaki Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Sweet Chili Sauce
  • 1 tsp Fresh Ginger (Squeeze Tube)
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Macadamia Nuts

Instructions
 

  • Prepare your rice per package instructions if you are not using leftover or takeout- Set in refrigerator overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Dice your Spam into small cubes and add to a small bowl. Add in your teriyaki sauce and 2 tablespoons of oyster sauce, mix until well coated and set in refrigerator to marinate for a little while until you need it later.
  • Peel your sweet potato and dice into small chunks. Place the sweet potato chunks onto a greased baking sheet (silicone mat works as well) and season with ground ginger, salt and pepper. Bake for 25 minutes or until fork tender, set aside to cool.
  • Dice all your bell peppers, rainbow your 1/2 white onion (thinly sliced- not diced), and core and dice your pineapple- you can measure out 6oz or use as much or as little as you would like.
  • To your wok, or with a large deep-set skillet, heat approximately two tablespoons of oil. Add in your onions and peppers and sauté for a few minutes. Add in your pineapple and sauté until starting to caramelize. Finally add your spam and stir.
  • Break your rice up to make sure there are no large chunks and add in to your wok. Add in your soy sauce, sweet chili sauce, 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce, and fresh ginger to the rice and stir constantly until the rice is heated through, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Create a well in the center of the rice mixture, add your eggs to the well and scramble. Once scrambled, fold your eggs into the rice and remove from heat.
  • Fold in your sweet potato, green onions, and crushed macadamia nuts.
  • Serve warm, top with sweet chili sauce, and enjoy!

Notes

  • Make sure to fully scramble your eggs in the well you create in your wok- Spencer soft scrambled and when he tried to incorporate the egg into the rice, it ended up coating the rice and cooked into a "sticky rice" of sorts. Still delicious, but didn't have the scrambled eggs texture you want in a fried rice dish!
Keyword Fried Rice, Hawaiian, Pineapple, Spam

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