Try this easy spam fried rice recipe made with crispy pan fried spam, day old rice, fluffy eggs & green peas. Seasoned with an easy three ingredient sauce!
Spam fried rice is something I grew up eating as a kid, and I often crave it when I want something quick and easy but comforting.
If you've never tried spam before or you're not a fan, try it in this recipe. It adds a wonderful salty bite to this fried rice and you'll soon love it!
Why You'll Love this Recipe:
- What makes this an amazing recipe is my secret ingredient: oyster sauce. I add it to all my fried rice recipes because it adds a ton of flavor and a hint of sweetness that you don't get from just adding soy sauce.
- I add big chunks of pan fried spam that's perfectly browned and crisp. If you prefer smaller pieces, feel free to chop it up smaller but I prefer to leave them big so you get a salty bite every once in awhile.
- A tiny drizzle of sesame oil or a small pad of butter adds richness to this otherwise simple recipe.
Ingredients You'll Need
Step by Step Instructions
- Beat the eggs in a medium size bowl.
- Cut the spam into ¾ to 1 inch cubes - I prefer large chunks of spam in this recipe but you can cut them into smaller pieces if you prefer.
- Fry and scramble the beaten eggs in a nonstick pan and set them aside.
- Fry the spam in a single layer until it's golden brown and the surface is crispy. This should take about 4 to 5 minutes. Don't skip this step as it renders some of the fat from the spam and it flavors the oil.
- Add the cold, leftover rice and the sauce to the pan. Break apart the clumps of rice with the flat side of your spatula or mixing spoon.
- Add the eggs, frozen peas, and chopped scallions to the pan. Stir fry everything together until the frozen peas turn bright green.
- Optional: finish the spam fried rice with a drizzle of sesame oil or a small pad of butter for richness. Garnish with sesame seeds and serve.
Expert Tips & Tricks
Here's a few tips on how to make this the best spam fried rice:
- Brown the spam. Spam has to be cooked crispy! Make sure your spam is browned and crispy on the outside. Take your time. This helps render out the oil and add flavor to your fried rice.
- Use cold, leftover rice. I used day old rice in this recipe because it separates easily. Avoid using fresh or warm rice since it's easy to mash the grains together.
- Separate and coat each grain of rice with the oil and sauce. This is the key to making a good fried rice. You want to flavor each grain of rice so that every mouthful is seasoned properly.
Ingredient Substitutions & Variations
- Instead of rice, substitute with quinoa or cauliflower rice for a low carb alternative.
- Add extra veggies - carrots, corn, broccoli, and onions would be great additions!
- Want it spicy? Add a drizzle of sriracha or hot chili oil at the end.
Storing & Reheating Leftovers
Store any leftovers in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat leftovers in the microwave for about a minute.
More Recipes to Try:
Easy Spam Fried Rice
- 2½ Tablespoons avocado oil
- 1 12 oz spam - cut into ¾ inch cubes
- 4 cups steamed jasmine rice - it's best to use leftover cold rice
- 4 large eggs - beaten
- ½ cup frozen peas
- 2 stalks scallions - chopped
- 1 teaspoon toasted white sesame seeds - for garnish
- 1 teaspoon butter or toasted sesame oil - optional for richer flavor
- Mix the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
- Heat a large nonstick pan over medium high heat and add 2 teaspoons of the oil. Scramble the beaten eggs then remove them from the pan and set it aside.
- Add the rest of the cooking oil to the pan and add the spam cubes in a single layer. Let the spam get brown and crispy on one side and then flip them over to brown and crisp on the other side. This should take about 4 to 5 minutes. Don't skip this step as it helps to flavor the oil.
- Add the cold rice and sauce to the pan. Make sure to break apart any clumps of rice by pressing down with the flat side of your spatula or spoon. It's important to coat each grain of rice with the oil and sauce. Add in a teaspoon more oil if you find your rice is sticking together.
- Once your rice is fully separated and coated with the sauce, add in the eggs, frozen peas, and chopped scallions. Stir fry them together until the frozen peas turn bright green. (Optional: finish with a teaspoon of butter or toasted sesame oil for a richer flavor).
- Garnish with sesame seeds and extra scallions. Serve immediately.
*Nutritional information is an estimate, calculated using online tools.