SPAM, Eggs, and Rice

SPAM, Eggs, and Rice is very popular in Hawaii and is great for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack! When Eric and I first started dating, he took me grocery shopping (I broke my arm on our first date and couldn’t drive) and as we walked in the store I shouted “SPAM!” My first reaction to the SPAM display was sticker shock, I remember it being much cheaper in Hawaii. My second reaction was “If that’s the sale price I’m getting 6 now!’ Eric laughed but quickly realized I was serious as I began using my good arm to drop cans on SPAM into the cart. He asked what on earth I would make with SPAM, and though I have lots of dishes I make with it, the first thing out of my mouth was “SPAM, Eggs and Rice!”

Every morning at Moanalua High School, I’d go down to our gym where the coach was cooking breakfast in the concession stand. I’d smell the fried SPAM and plunk down $1.50 to get a scoop of rice, a scrambled egg, and a slice of fried SPAM. (Sometimes, if I didn’t have money, I’d just get rice for 50 cents). Whenever I was heading out to surf, or making a long car trip (long is relative when you live on an island) I’d stop by a Loco Moco restaurant and get a big plate of SPAM, eggs and rice. So not only does this dish taste good, but I associate a lot of memories with it. It’s also really easy to make and Eric often chooses it if he’s the one cooking dinner.

Perhaps you’re wondering, “What is SPAM?” It’s a canned precooked meat, and yes it is pork so I can’t eat it more than a little once or twice a week, and while it’s perfectly safe to eat out of the can, to me it doesn’t taste good unless cooked. Although it’s high in protein, the recommended serving size contains 28% of your daily saturated fat and 1/3 of your daily sodium, so I never use as much as the recommend serving size. By combining it with other ingredients I’m able to stretch it to last longer (one can of SPAM makes 4 different meals for us) and be healthier. SPAM is a staple in Hawaii, it started during World War II when fresh meat was difficult to obtain. You’ll find SPAM, eggs and rice on the breakfast menu at many fast food restaurants in Hawaii like McDonald’s and Burger King. There are a lot of things you can make with SPAM including musubi, somen salad, and fried rice. I know it can be a little scary at first, but play around with this versatile cheap meat. Your wallet will thank you and so will your family (just maybe don’t tell them it’s SPAM until after they eat it, I do that to dinner guests all the time!) For more SPAM fun, check out Jaden’s Ode To SPAM!

SPAM, Eggs, and Rice
serves 2-3


1 1/2 cups cooked rice
1/4 cup Aloha shoyu (soy sauce)
1 TBS sugar
1 TBS fish sauce
2 TBS rice vinegar
2 slices SPAM 1/2 inch thick
2 eggs
2 TBS milk
salt and pepper


Start your rice cooking first, I make 3/4 cup pre-cooked in my rice maker which takes 20 minutes, it’s the slowest part of this dish and yields 1 1/2 cups cooked rice.

Mix shoyu, sugar, fish sauce and rice vinegar in a bowl. Cut your slices of SPAM into 1/2 inch cubes and marinate in shoyu mixture. When rice has about 10 minutes to go, whisk eggs with milk, salt, and pepper.

Heat a skillet on medium high and pour eggs in. Scramble them and then put onto a plate. Place plate in the microwave to keep warm. Using a fork or slotted spoon, remove SPAM from marinade and cook in same skillet until a golden brown crust forms on the cubes. (Don’t dump marinade in, or as Eric discovered, it’s really salty!)

Scoop rice onto a plate and top with eggs and SPAM.

Approximate cost per serving: 1 Slice SPAM 15 cents, 1/2 cup cooked rice 15 cents, almost 1 egg 14 cents, marinade 2 cents TOTAL: 46 cents!

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22 Responses to “SPAM, Eggs, and Rice”

  1. Jen @
    May 27, 2009 at 5:53 am #

    Sounds tasty… I remember my parents used to take SPAM along when we went camping, and we would have it with macaroni and cheese. I loved it.

  2. Chow and Chatter
    May 27, 2009 at 10:10 am #

    looks good but your right in small amounts in the UK when I worked as a dietitian i had to tell folks to be careful of canned meats he he

  3. julie jams
    May 27, 2009 at 1:42 pm #

    My husband would love this post! That combination of foods is his favorite. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Jenn
    May 27, 2009 at 1:57 pm #

    LOL. Filipinos loooove span or canned meats for that matter. This is perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I remember eat something similar when I was younger.

    • jayvin
      March 4, 2012 at 7:38 am #

      LOL thats true im a filipino!! i would know

      • Diana
        March 4, 2012 at 11:08 am #

        Hahaha, always happy to meet a fellow spam eater :)

  5. s. stockwell
    May 27, 2009 at 3:23 pm #

    WE LOVE SPAM & EGGS! We also love spam sushi…and above all we love Hawaii. good to be foodie friends, best, s

  6. SteamyKitchen
    May 27, 2009 at 5:09 pm #


    every mother’s day, scott and the boys make me bfast in bed…Spam and Egg omelette!

  7. 5 Star Foodie
    May 28, 2009 at 8:06 am #

    Sounds like a yummy combination!

  8. Mommy Gourmet
    May 28, 2009 at 8:52 am #

    Okay spam has always scared me, but MAN that looks GOOD!

  9. jesstyler
    May 30, 2009 at 7:44 pm #

    ok, I may be making thise tomorrow morning! I really miss Hawaii sometimes … and Spam Musubi! :)

  10. shavedicesundays
    May 31, 2009 at 1:48 pm #

    you’ve got quite a history with spam! Love spam, it’s so versatile and yummy.

  11. Phyllis
    June 3, 2009 at 12:38 pm #

    Hi dianasaur, I love spam and rice. Serve mine with pickled cucumbers, sliced tomatoes, fried eggs, and maggi sauce (my best friend's recipe).

  12. Diana
    June 4, 2009 at 9:13 am #

    I haven't tried it in macaroni and cheese, I'll have to investigate that Jen.

    You're welcome Julie!

    Steamykitchen, you are one lucky mommy. Don't be afraid Mommy Gourmet!

    I'm feeling the SPAM and Hawaii love people.

  13. Phyllis
    June 4, 2009 at 10:15 am #

    Hi again diana,

    Here's my best friend's spam & eggs recipe:

    Reduced fat spam, sliced and fried till crispy
    steamed white rice
    fried eggs (anyway you like)
    marinated cucumbers (sliced English cucumbers, marinated in sugar and white vinegar, adjust quantities to your liking)
    sliced plum tomatoes
    serve with Maggi Sauce (

  14. 6wayintersection
    June 5, 2009 at 1:26 pm #

    Yay for SPAM!!! Loco moco is one of our all time favorites.

  15. Akira Red
    March 4, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    I’m eating it right now! I grew up eating this as my mom is from Guam and, like Hawaii, the Philippines and other Pacific island nations I’m sure, SPAM is a common staple. The only real difference is we fry the eggs over-medium, plop them down on the steaming bed of rice, and pop the yolks so that it runs down into the rice. Put your fried slices (not chunks) of SPAM over this and it’s absolute heaven!! Hafa adai!!

    • Diana
      March 4, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

      That sounds delicious Akira. In Hawaii slices of SPAM are more traditional but my husband likes the chunks because he feels like he’s getting more meat in every bite. Thanks for sharing, I’ll definitely try the runny yolk method sometime.

  16. Joanne Pham
    March 16, 2014 at 12:08 pm #

    We absolutely LOVE rice and spam! Great article and thank you for the recipe! Spread the word!

  17. Dove
    June 2, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

    I made this beautiful dish because I was eager to try out this mysterious and ambiguously esteemed food named SPAM. My friends encouraged me to try eggs and spam, to which I found your recipe. Superb dish! So filling and delicious. I accidently made an omelet instead of scrambled eggs, but that in no way hindered the quality.


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