Hawaiian SPAM fried rice is a go to comfort food for locals living in other parts of the world. Fried rice is easy to make, with common ingredients, and tastes just like home. Feel free to sub your favorite meat or veggies, or check the notes at the end for how to make this vegan and/or gluten free.
If you would like to add leftover meat like teriyaki chicken, just skip the marinade and add the meat when you would add the cooked SPAM. You can season with soy sauce and rice vinegar to taste at the end of cooking.
Start with the meat by mixing the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil and sugar in a bowl. Add the chopped spam to marinate.
In another bowl, whisk the two eggs well.
Place a large frying pan or wok on a burner on high. Pour in the eggs with the sesame oil and stir continuously as they cook.
Remove eggs from the pan while still wet, before they set completely.
Separate spam from the marinade and reserve the marinade for later. Fry the spam in the pan on high, stirring occasionally until it is lightly browned. Remove from pan.
Fry the spam in the pan on high, stirring occasionally until it is lightly browned. Remove from pan.
Heat avocado oil in the pan (still on high) for a couple minutes. Add rice to the oil by crumbling it with your fingers so there aren't any large clumps.
Let the rice sit spread out in the pan for a few minutes, then flip the rice over (stirring) and let sit a few minutes more.
Stir well and add onion, garlic, pepper, peas, and corn.
Mix well again, spread out in the pan, then let sit for a minute or two. Give it another stir, spread it out again, and let it cook another two minutes.
Add eggs and spam to the rice, stir one more time to ensure everything is heated through.
Taste and add as much of the reserved marinade as desired for taste, stirring after pouring it in (I suggest no more than 1 TBS at a time). Add salt as needed to taste.
Approximate cost/serving: This a pretty cheap recipe. We buy our rice, SPAM, and seasonings in bulk which makes it even more affordable. The whole pot of fried rice costs us about $6.50 to make, I've used it to feed 8 people which means only 81 cents a serving!
Vegetarian/Gluten Free: You can definitely make vegan fried rice. Just skip the spam, eggs, and marinade. Add a little soy sauce and rice vinegar for flavor at the end. For gluten-free make sure you use gluten-free soy sauce.