Spam Fried Rice

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This is another super easy (and cheap) weeknight meal – a staple in my house.

This recipe makes a lot, because I love it, but also because it makes delicious leftovers.



2 cans Spam
2 cups white rice
1 onion
¼ cup frozen green peas
3 scallions/green onions
Soy Sauce
Olive Oil


Start by cooking the rice.
Cooking rice is a 2:1 ratio – 2 cups of water to 1 cup of rice. So, for this recipe you will need a pot filled with 4 cups of water. Bring the water to a boil. Add the rice and stir. Wait until the water returns to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and let it simmer for 18-20 minutes. (*Do not salt the water. There will be enough salt between the Spam and the soy sauce.*)

While the rice is cooking, chop the onion. When the onion is chopped, pour some olive oil into a pan and start heating it. When it gets warm, add the onions and sauté them until they start to get glassy and translucent.

While the onions are sauteing, remove the Spam from the can and dice it into quarter to half inch cubes. (Helpful Tip: to make getting Spam out of the can easier, remove the pull top and turn the can upside down. Hit the bottom of the can with the butt of your knife – the part of the blade nearest the handle. This helps break the vacuum in the can and allows the meat to slide out.)

When the onions are done cooking, pour them into a large serving bowl.

Add a little more oil back to the pan and then add the pieces of Spam.
Technically you can eat Spam straight out of the can, but I prefer for mine to get a bit of a crisp on it.
Stir occasionally so that it doesn’t burn. When it gets crispy, add it to the onions in the large serving bowl.

When the rice is done, add some oil to the pan that had the onions and Spam in it, and begin to heat the oil. Then add about a cup of the cooked rice to the warm oil. (This is the fried rice part.) Keep stirring and flattening the rice out in the pan so that it gets some color on it. When that batch has enough color on it, add it to the serving bowl and repeat the process until all the rice has been pan fried.

Add a drizzle of soy sauce to the top of the rice in the serving bowl, then stir up the contents of the bowl so that the onions and Spam are well distributed in the rice.

At this point, chop up the green onions and add them and the frozen peas to the bowl and mix again. The peas give it a little pop – both with their color and fresh taste.

That’s it, it is ready to serve.

I like to serve it with soy sauce on the table so if anyone wants a little more soy sauce, they can add it to their own serving.  


-Do you love Spam? I recently discovered the “Ultimate” Spam Cookbook!
-If you prefer to use avocado oil, coconut oil, or butter for the sautéing, that works too.
-My favorite soy sauce is Kikkoman’s.
-If you have another go-to recipe for Spam, I’d love to hear about it. Please tell me about it in the comments.

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