Spam Fried Rice

MMMHmmm yes that’s right. Spam Fried Rice. Why not? When I was a kid and asked my mom, what was for dinner, she always responded with the jingle from the commercial “Spaam Spaam Spaam Spaam”.

I hated when she did that.

I did, however, find a new appreciation for Spam when spending some time in Hawaii. The meat is everywhere and available on restaurant menus. They even make a Spam sushi that is called Musubi. Spam overload. I don’t eat the salty treat too often, so when I do, I make sure it’s worth it. And it’s always got to be fried hard! This recipe can feed 4-6 people.

What you’ll need:

– 4 cups of cooked, day-old rice
– 1 can of Spam, diced
– 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
– 1-2 carrots, diced
– 1/2 cup frozen peas
– 3 eggs, scrambled
– 1/2 cup green onion, sliced
– 1/2 cup soy sauce
– 1 tsp fish sauce **optional
– 1 Tbsp sugar
– 2 Tbsp sesame oil

When making fried rice, it’s best to use left-over/day-old rice. Or you can cook the white rice the night before, preferably in a rice cooker. Don’t ask me why, just do it.

Heat the sesame oil in your wok or skillet to med-high. Saute the cubed Spam, garlic, carrots until the Spam is nice and crispy and the carrots are tender.

While that’s cooking, scramble the three eggs in a small bowl and set aside. In another small bowl combine the soy sauce, fish sauce, and sugar. I did not say this was a healthy dish. While I’m on the subject, try to use low-sodium soy-sauce. They make a low-sodium Spam as well. Shoot, I used the Turkey Spam but let’s keep that between you and me. Okay, moving on.

When the Spam and carrots cubes are crispy and tender, move them over to one side of the wok to make room for the eggs. Like so:

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Scramble those eggs just like you would on Sunday morning. And then toss all together.

Gently add the green onions, cooked rice and the soy sauce mixture. Toss lightly but evenly, ensuring that all the rice gets coated. You should be moving fast. All of this can be done in less than 10 minutes. Cook it quick, on high heat!

Remove from heat and eat!

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