Do you have leftover rice in your fridge and you’re looking to cook an easy dinner? Learn how I make my own Teriyaki sauce, and four suggestions for making the most delicious Spam Fried Rice Recipe in less than 30 minutes.
Who would have thought to put Spam in rice fried?
Spam was first introduced through Hormel Foods in 1937 and its use during US military operations during WWII, Spam has rapidly influenced many different ethnic foods like Spam Musubi (an invention of Barbara Funamuna of Hawaii) or Korean stew for the army. Spam fried rice recipe also is of Hawaiian roots and is heavily influenced from East as well as Southeast Asian fried rice varieties.
Ingredients in Spam fried rice
There are a lot of ingredients to include in Spam cooked rice but the basic ingredients are what’s in the name cubes from Spam along with stir-fried rice. The other ingredients comprise vegetables (like carrots and peas) as well as scrambled eggs, minced garlic, soy sauce as well as oyster sauce. It is possible to add additional ingredients and vegetables like corn, onions, pineapple and toasted sesame oil. black pepper, or scallions.
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Rice varieties to utilize
My most popular and common type of rice for frying rice are jasmine rice. This variety of long grain is preferred because it’s not so sticky as other varieties such as short-grain, which may be too soft for the fried rice. I would recommend refrigerating jasmine rice from the day as it is more robust and dry texture, and maintains its shape during stirring-frying.
How to prepare Spam Fried Rice (brief outline)
The aim is cooking or browning the tiniest ingredients in a separate way, then heat up, sprinkle with salt with salt and pepper, then add a little cooked or char so that everything is cooking simultaneously.
- Prepare all the ingredients ahead of time so that you are able to easily add them into the pan when it’s time. For instance, cook the frozen vegetables in the microwave, slice the Spam and then break the rice, making sure it doesn’t get clumpy, and mix the seasonings to combine all the ingredients of the sauce.
- Make scrambled eggs by cooking them first and then put them aside.
- Prepare the cubes of Spam within the skillet until they’re golden brown. After that, you can add garlic.
- Put the rice in the saucepan and blend. If it’s dry, add a bit of oil, and stir-fry.
- Add the peas and carrots that have been cooked and stir.
- Incorporate the seasoning to mix it until portions of rice have been coated with the teriyaki-based sauce.
- Include the scrambled eggs, and taste test to determine whether you require additional salt to the top.
- Sprinkle the green onions, then serve.
What’s the secret to great Fried Rice?
These are the top suggestions to make good Fried Rice:
- It’s recommended to use day-old and refrigerated jasmine because the firm and dried texture helps keep the rice from falling apart during stirring fry.
- Choose a pan that is large enough! Follow my suggestion and use more of a pan than you think you require. Larger pans (or using a wok, or a larger skillet) allow you to move the ingredients around and equally cook the food evenly. I employed a 12-inch cast-iron pan that was only enough to hold 7 cups of leftover rice that was crumbled.
- Make use of frozen vegetables and prepare in the microwave prior to time. Preparing frozen vegetables is simpler because you don’t need to wash or cut the vegetables that are already cooked when you add the rice.
- Cut your Spam into 3/8-inch (9mm) Cubes. This will ensure that you get Spam throughout each bite and it’s not too salty. Another tip is to select Spam that is lower in fat and sodium so that you can add more of salt and seasoning on the other ingredients in your sauce.
- Taste as you cook. This lets you adjust the seasoning, and add salt as needed.
Are Spam eggs, Spam and rice safe?
Although eggs are comprised of healthy fats and proteins, Spam doesn’t have many benefits to health based on its name. Spam is a tiny amount of protein, however it is very high in sodium and overall calories. A lot of packaged meats (like Spam) can easily cause a diet that isn’t balanced If you’re not careful So I attempt to limit it to a minimum and only treat our bodies sometimes.
What is the reason my rice that I fried is not mushy?
Rice that is mushy and fried in a way is not fun, so you can avoid this unpleasant appearance by ensuring you’re using refrigerated, days-old jasmine. The old rice is cooked with rice granules that are drier and can help prevent its texture and prevent it from becoming too hard and mushy. This also means that it absorbs all the delicious seasonings and makes the rice more tasty.
If you’re looking to fry rice but don’t have refrigerated day-old rice, I suggest cooling your fresh rice down prior to placing it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to 1 hour to dry your rice prior to making it ready for cooking.
What do I season Spam with?
I like to season Spam rice with my homemade recipe for teriyaki sauce, which comprises soy sauce, mirin (or the rice wine vinegar) as well as sake along with lightly brown sugar. Be sure to whisk the ingredients in a bowl prior to pouring it over the Spam rice that you have fried. If you prefer your food spicier you can sprinkle a little sriracha.
Easy Simple Spam Fried Rice Recipe
- large pan
- Bowls that are heat-safe
- spatulas or wooden spoons or spatulas
- Cutting board and knife
- measuring cups, spoons, and measurement glasses
- Small bowl and whisk
- ½ c (75 g) frozen peas
- 1 c filtered water
- ½ c frozen carrots
- neutral oil
- 6 oz (170 oz) low sodium Spam diced into ⅜-inch cubes
- 3 large eggs scrambled
- 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
- 2 tbsp (37 tbsp) oyster sauce
- 3 tbsp (50 tbsp) soy sauce
- 1 tsp (3.8 tsp) light brown sugar
- 2 tbsp (24 tbsp) mirin
- 2 tbsp (25 tbsp) sake
- In a bowl with a safe temperature put the peas that have been frozen as well as the frozen carrots and water. Microwave for 5 minutes or until the carrots are al dente, and the peas do not appear to be raw or powdery. Strain and set aside.
- In a large saucepan at medium-low temperature put in 1 tablespoon neutral oil as well as scrambled eggs. Cook until the eggs are opaque, then transfer to an empty bowl. Then, remove the eggs from the pan to be used later.
- Incorporate the diced Spam in the pan that is hot and let it cook approximately two minutes or until the skin is browning. Stir in the garlic, and cook to make sure it is the garlic is fragrant (about 30-seconds).
- Break the jasmine rice using spatula (or clean hands) and add it into the skillet. Mix well to warm the rice. You can add additional neutral oil if the rice is too dry.
- Add the carrots and peas to the rice, and mix.in a bowl mix the ingredients for the sauce. Pour the sauce over the rice and mix it to cover every grain of rice. Continue to fry/toss the rice until it becomes crispy or to the level of browning or charring you enjoy.
- Add cooked eggs, as well as green onions. Mix gently.
- Check the rice's taste then add more salt in case you require additional seasoning. Serve.