Spam fried rice is a great, economical meal that makes a great weeknight dinner!
Friends, my kids have been obsessed with take out lately.
I think it’s because I’ve been kind of obsessed with not getting take out. We were in a slump there for awhile where we were eating out 3 or 4 times a week.
I mean, I homeschool my kids so we’re all here for 3 meals a day, 7 days a week. I guess 3 or 4 out of 21 meals isn’t terrible, but it’s not great and it was sure getting expensive.
I’ve been trying to come up with creative and easy lunch ideas because that’s where I usually get stuck.
When the kids asked to hit up our local Asian joint, I compromised with this easy fried rice recipe instead. It was a hit!
Homemade fried rice is so darn easy and my kids LOVE it. Let me show you how we do this!
Fried rice ingredients:
Which rice is best for fried rice? Be sure to grab either medium or long grain rice. Jasmine rice works really well in fried rice.
We fill our fried rice with the basics – carrots, peas, scrambled eggs, and scallions.
For the meat, I’m using Spam. You can absolutely swap in ham if you have it on hand, but I like Spam because of how crispy the outsides get, it’s cheap, and I can always keep a can in the pantry so it’s ready to go when I need it. You won’t find me munching on a slice of Spam, but I kinda love it in my fried rice.
Bacon Fried Rice is another favorite in our house!
How to make fried rice:
Can fried rice be made with fresh rice?
Yes, it CAN be made with fresh rice, but you’ll need to give it a little love first.
I take my freshly made rice and spread it out on a sheet pan and let it cool down for 30 minutes or so at room temperature. This allows some the moisture to evaporate and helps keep your rice from turning to mush.
If you’d prefer to use day old rice, that works great too and is my preferred method. I just don’t always have day old rice on hand when the craving hits.
To start, you’ll want to heat a wok or large, deep skillet. Add a little oil and your diced Spam and let it get crispy.
Stir in onions and cook those until softened, along with a little garlic and ginger.
Next, I like to add frozen peas and carrots. Once they have cooked down a bit, it’s time for rice.
Stir fry the rice and vegetables in a little soy sauce until good and hot.
Push everything in the pan off to one side and add a little bit of oil to the pan. Break your eggs in, hit them with a little soy sauce, and start scrambling.
When the eggs are cooked through, stir everything back together, sprinkle on some chopped scallions, squirt on some sriracha and serve!
What to serve with fried rice:
Homemade egg rolls, of course!
If you’re looking for a low carb main dish to go along with your fried rice, try this chicken stir fry.
I hope you’ll give this easy fried rice recipe a try! I know Spam fried rice might seem a little out there, but it’s seriously so good!
Spam Fried Rice
- 1 cup white rice medium or long grain
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 12 ounces Spam diced
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon minced ginger
- 3/4 cup peas frozen or canned
- 3/4 cup diced carrots frozen or canned
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce divided
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons chopped scallions
- 1 tablespoon sriracha
- Bring water to a boil in a medium sauce pan. Add the rice, stir once, and return to a boil. Cover and cook on low for 20 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
- Spread rice out on a large baking sheet and set aside. Let cool for 20 minutes before moving on to the next step.
- While rice is cooling, heat the oil in a large deep skillet or wok over medium high heat.
- Add the Spam to the skillet and cook, stirring often, until browned, about 5 minutes.
- Add the onions and cook for 2 more minutes.
- Add the garlic and ginger and continue cooking for 30 seconds.
- Add the peas and carrots to the skillet and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes.
- Add rice to the skillet, sprinkle with 1 1/2 tablespoons of soy sauce, and cook for 3 minutes, stirring often.
- Push everything in the pan off to the side and crack the eggs into the empty space of the pan. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce and stir to break up the eggs. When eggs are cooked through, stir them into the rice mixture.
- Remove from the heat and top with scallions. Add a drizzle of sriracha, if desired.