Quick 'n Easy Spam Fried Rice

Categories: Leftovers, Recipes

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Photos by Mai Pham
Hot off the burner, Spam fried rice totally hits the spot
Do you ever order Chinese or Asian takeout, and have a ton of white rice left over? If you're like me, and you are constantly throwing away two- or three-day-old white rice, don't. With a little bit of help, that white rice can turn into a satisfying meal in a matter of minutes.

Inspired by a Hawaiian-themed meal I had recently, I was home one day and came up with this quick and dirty recipe for Spam Fried Rice, which takes just a little more than 15 minutes. It's a great lunch or midnight snack, super-easy and keeps for days in the fridge.

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Most of the ingredients are already in your cupboard
Spam Fried Rice

Prep time ~ 10 minutes
Cook time ~ 5-7 minutes


2-3 cups day-old white rice
1/2 a tin of Spam or Spam Lite, diced
1/4 yellow onion, diced
1/4 medium sized carrot, diced (optional)
1-2 large eggs, scrambled
Black pepper (optional)

optional: 1 Chinese sausage, diced


2 tbsp mushroom soy sauce, or Kikkoman lite soy sauce
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp oyster sauce

Makes 3-4 servings


Dice onions, carrots, Spam, and optional Chinese sausage, set aside. Heat up a deep frying pan or wok to medium-high heat, saute Spam and Chinese sausage until slightly golden or charred (if not using Chinese sausage, add about 1-2 tsp of canola oil), about 1 minute. Add onions and carrots, and saute until onions are translucent.

Add day-old rice, breaking up the rice so that it isn't clumping together.

Mix ingredients for sauce together in a separate bowl, drizzle in sauce evenly across the top of the rice, and toss until evenly coated. In a small bowl on the side, whisk two eggs together. Push the rice aside to make a small hole in the middle of pan, exposing the bottom of the pan, and pour the egg mixture in the middle. Scramble the egg in the middle of the pan before folding egg into the rice. Toss to evenly distribute, pepper to taste, and voila, you are done!

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I'm so making this with canned pineapple. F diabetes.


Dude, at McDonald's in Hawaii, you can order the breakfast Spam meal: eggs, rice, spam. Ate it almost every morning. 

Bruce R
Bruce R

Is it true that Hawaiians prize Spam because it tastes like people meat?

Mike N.
Mike N.

Very similar to my recipe. I use a bag of frozen peas and carrots instead of the diced carrots.


This is one of the top three Asian ghetto dishes. Number one is the immortal combination of white rice, scrambled/fried eggs, soy sauce and Sriracha.

Mai Pham
Mai Pham

Frozen peas and carrots is a good option; but I just don't like peas and I always have a bag of carrots in my fridge. 


 Same here with whatever protein is leftover from the night before.. Char Siu is the bomb with fried rice.

Mai Pham
Mai Pham

I love char siu but I rarely have any left over! Yes, you can pretty much throw anything in to sub for the Spam, steak, pork chops, pork belly, you name it. But Spam has that great savory/saltiness and it just works. 

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