Of my videos demonstrating some of my easy recipes, the one that ranks among the most viewed is my spam musubi video. I’m pretty sure it’s because people like searching for the word Spam. (47,163 views and counting on YouTube.)
So I decided to cook with Spam again, this time making fried rice, which can be a really quick and easy dinner to make. Fried rice is great because you can pretty much create your rice dish with whatever ingredients you have in the refrigerator or your pantry. Of course, you’ll need to have some pre-cooked rice, preferably leftover rice that’s been in the refrigerator for a day or two.
Just to make this Spam rice even more crazy, I added crushed pineapples just to give it a Hawaiian twist. Check out my video to see how simple it is to make fried rice and use the recipe below so you can give it a try. Enjoy!
Spam Fried Rice with Pineapples
Copyright 2010 by Cooking With The Single Guy
3/4 can of Spam, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
3-4 cups of cooked rice (long grain, leftover)
8 oz. frozen peas and carrots, defrosted
3 eggs, scrambled
1 small can of crushed pineapples (drained and squeezed of juice)
1/4 cup green onions, finely chopped
2-3 T soy sauce
2-3 T Xiao Hsing rice cooking wine (or sherry wine)
1 t ground white pepper
salt, if needed
In a non-stick wok or large skillet, warm some oil over high heat and add the eggs. Season with a pinch of salt and scramble as you cook and then remove and set aside.
In the same wok, add the Spam chunks to brown for 2 to 3 minutes, then remove from wok.
Heat some oil again and add the peas and carrots, then add the rice, making sure everything gets blended. Season your rice with white pepper, soy sauce and Xiao Hsing wine, making sure everything blends together. Then add the Spam and scrambled eggs, followed by the crushed pineapples and green onions. Since most of the items are cooked, you just want to stir-fry everything to blend well and then taste to see if you need to season it with more salt. If it tastes to your liking, plate it up and you’re ready to eat.
Makes 5 to 6 servings.
Pair with pot of hot oolong tea.
TIP: When making fried rice, it’s important to control the moisture level of the ingredients in your wok. That’s why you cook the ingredients in parts and stages to make sure it gets the chance to fully cooked and not get crowded in the wok. Be sure you squeeze out as much of the juice from the pineapples so you don’t add more liquid to the fried rice.
SPAM OR BUST?: OK, so I use Spam as the main protein but you can easily substitute it for ham or even Chinese sausage known as lap cheong.
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