Easy Spam Fried Rice Recipe

Have some leftover rice in the fridge and want to make an easy meal? Learn how to make my homemade teriyaki sauce and four tips on how to get the best Spam fried rice in under 30 minutes. 

Spam fried rice bowl

Who put Spam in fried rice?

Since its creation by Hormel Foods in 1937 and use in US militarization during WWII, Spam has quickly infiltrated many ethnic dishes like Spam musubi (an invention by Barbara Funamuna of Hawaii) or Korean army stew. Spam fried rice also has Hawaiian origins and is influenced by East and Southeast Asian fried rice varieties. 

Ingredients in Spam fried rice

Spam fried rice ingredients

While there are lots of things to add to Spam fried rice, the basics are in its name: cubed pieces of Spam and stir-fried rice. Other ingredients include vegetables (like peas and carrots), scrambled eggs, minced garlic, soy sauce, and oyster sauce. You can add other ingredients and veggies like onions, corn, pineapple, toasted sesame oil, black pepper, or scallions. 

Types of rice to use

day old jasmine rice

My favorite and most common type of rice to use for fried rice is jasmine rice. This long-grain variety is preferred because it’s not as sticky as other types like short-grain, which can sometimes be too mushy for fried rice. I recommend using refrigerated, day-old jasmine rice because it has a drier and sturdier texture and keeps its shape well during stir-frying.  

How to make Spam fried rice (brief overview)

lightly charred fried rice

The goal is essentially to cook or brown the finicky ingredients separately, then warm up, season, and add a slight fried/char, so everything finishes cooking at the same time.

  1. Prep all your ingredients beforehand so you can easily add them to the pan when it’s time. For example, cook your frozen vegetables in the microwave, cut the Spam, crumble the rice so it doesn’t clump, and mix the seasoning to incorporate all the ingredients in the sauce.
  2. Cook your scrambled eggs first and then set them aside.
  3. Cook the cubes of Spam in the pan until it’s golden brown, and then add the garlic. 
  4. Add the crumbled rice into the pan and mix. If it’s too dry, add a little oil to the rice and stir-fry. 
  5. Add the cooked peas and carrots and stir again. 
  6. Pour in the seasoning and mix until all the pieces of rice are covered with the teriyaki sauce. 
  7. Add the scrambled eggs and taste test to see if you need to add more salt on top. 
  8. Sprinkle on the sliced green onions and serve. 

What is the secret to good fried rice?

bowls of Spam fried rice

Here are my top tips for making good fried rice: 

  • It’s best to use day-old and refrigerated jasmine rice because the dried and sturdy texture keeps it from falling apart while stir-frying. 
  • Use a big enough pan! Heed my advice and use a bigger pan than you think you need. Bigger pans (or even using a wok or large skillet) help move the ingredients around and evenly cook them. I used a 12-inch cast iron pan that was barely large enough for 7 cups of day-old, crumbled rice. 
  • Use frozen vegetables and cook them in the microwave ahead of time. Frozen vegetables make prepping easier because you don’t have to clean or cut vegetables, which are already cooked to perfection by the time you add them to the rice. 
  • Cut your Spam to about ⅜-inch (9mm) cubes. This size ensures you get Spam in every bite, but it’s not too much salt either. Another tip is to use Spam with less sodium and fat so you can spread more of the salt and seasoning to the rest of your ingredients with your sauce.
  • Taste as you cook. This allows you to adjust the seasoning and add more salt if necessary. 

Is Spam, eggs, and rice healthy?

While eggs are made up of healthy fats and protein, Spam doesn’t have many health benefits associated with its name. It has a small amount of protein but is also high in sodium and overall calories. Many processed meat products (like Spam) can easily throw off a well-balanced diet if you’re not being careful, so I try to keep it to a minimum and treat ourselves occasionally. 

Why is my fried rice mushy?

adding rice to pan

Mushy fried rice is no fun, so prevent this undesirable texture by making sure you are using refrigerated, day-old jasmine rice. Using old rice means cooking with drier rice granules that help keep the texture of the rice from getting too mushy. It also means it soaks up all the yummy seasoning and makes your rice even more delicious. 

If you want fried rice, but don’t have refrigerated, day-old rice, I recommend letting your fresh rice cool down before placing it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to one hour to dry out your rice before cooking. 

What should I season Spam with?

seasoning bottles for fried rice

I love to season Spam fried rice with my at-home version of teriyaki sauce that includes soy sauce, oyster sauce, mirin (or rice wine vinegar), sake, and light brown sugar. Make sure to whisk together this mixture in a bowl before pouring over the Spam fried rice. If you like your food with a kick, feel free to add a drizzle of sriracha.

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Easy Spam Fried Rice

5 from 3 votes
Make this savory Spam fried rice at home in under 30 minutes. It’s perfect for busy weeknights, and you have leftover rice in the fridge.
BY: Huy Vu
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes


Fried rice

  • ½ c (75 g) frozen peas
  • ½ c frozen carrots
  • 1 c filtered water
  • neutral oil
  • 3 large eggs scrambled
  • 6 oz (170 oz) low sodium Spam diced into ⅜-inch cubes
  • 2 cloves (4 cloves) garlic minced
  • 7 c (815 c) jasmine rice day-old, cooked and crumbled (2 c uncooked jasmine rice yields 7 c cooked jasmine rice)
  • 1 stalk (20 stalk) green onion sliced thinly for topping
  • kosher salt as needed


  • 3 tbsp (50 tbsp) soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp (37 tbsp) oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp (24 tbsp) mirin
  • 2 tbsp (25 tbsp) sake
  • 1 tsp (3.8 tsp) light brown sugar

Equipment Used

  • heat-safe bowl
  • large pan
  • spatula or wooden spoons
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • small bowl and whisk
  • knife and cutting board


  • In a heat-safe bowl, add the frozen peas, frozen carrots, and water. Microwave for five minutes or until al dente and the peas no longer feel powdery/raw. Strain and then set aside.
  • In a large pan over medium-low heat, add one tablespoon of neutral oil and the scrambled eggs. Cook until opaque and transfer to a bowl. Remove eggs from the pan for later.
    cooked scrambled egg in cast iron pan
  • Add the diced Spam into the hot pan and cook for about two minutes or until browning. Add the garlic and stir until fragrant (about 30 seconds).
    browned cubes of Spam
  • Break apart the cold jasmine rice with a spatula (or clean hands) and add this evenly to the pan. Mix thoroughly to reheat the rice. Add more neutral oil if it’s too dry.
    adding rice to pan
  • Add the peas and carrots to the rice and mix.
    pouring in cooked peas and carrots
  • In a small bowl, mix together the sauce ingredients. Pour the sauce on the rice and mix to coat every grain of rice. Keep frying/tossing the rice until it crisps or gets to a level of browning or charring that you like.
    adding seasoning to rice
  • Add cooked eggs and green onions, gently mix.
    adding cooked egg and green onion
  • Taste test the rice and add salt if you need extra seasoning, then serve.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Spam Fried Rice
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Hawaiian
Keyword: jasmine rice
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2 comments on “Easy Spam Fried Rice Recipe

  1. "AJ" Mulan says:

    5 stars
    HH –
    Have you thought about doing a road tour in a food truck? I think you totally should. Thanks for all the recipes. From an American patriot (Chinese-American) stationed in Germany.

    1. Huy @ Hungry Huy says:

      Hey AJ thanks! No plans for a truck 🙂

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