You make a bunch of white rice in the rice cooker. But what do you do with that leftover rice? Alas, this was my dilemma one night. I had leftover rice from the night before and not a lot in the kitchen except for Spam, eggs, and kale. I wasn’t even a fan of kale at the time – it was there to be used as food for our guinea pig. But, Michael was coming home from work and I needed an idea for dinner. I had made fried rice before, but never with these ingredients. With no other good options, I mixed the Spam, eggs, and kale with the leftover rice, and created was has undoubtedly become Michael’s favorite dish. Since that night, this fried rice recipe has always been a hit in our home with friends and family. It’s incredibly simple to make, and full of flavor. Don’t let the Spam frighten you. Spam is widely used in Hawaiian and Pacific Islander cooking. If it’s good enough for meals in paradise, it’s good enough to use in this fried rice recipe in your home. Without further ado, here is Maria’s Spam Fried Rice.
Serving size: 4 people Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 10-15 minutes
- 1 Can of Spam (Cubed)
- 4 Cups rice (day old)
- 1 Bunch of kale
- 1/2 Onion (diced)
- 1 Tbsp Garlic
- 4 Eggs
- 3 Tbsp Soy Sauce (low sodium)
- 1 Tbsp Pepper
- 1 Tbsp Salt
Start by prepping your vegetables. Dice your half of an onion and chop kale into smaller leaflets. In a mixing bowl, whisk eggs and set aside. Cut spam into cubes as well and set to the side.
In a deep frying pan or wok, heat up oil of choice. For this recipe, I used canola oil. Once oil is heated, saute onions and garlic. Then place cubed Spam into pan and saute with onions and garlic. Once Spam is browned and crisp, place rice into pan. Mix together for about 3-5 minutes. Add in salt and pepper. Once mixed together, add soy sauce. After salt, pepper, and soy sauce have been mixed into rice mixture, add eggs and thoroughly blend throughout rice mixture. Once eggs are mixed into rice, add your kale. Continue to mix fried rice for another 5-7 minutes or until kale is slightly wilted.