SPAM Fried Rice

SPAM Fried Rice

When I was writing my last blogpost about Smoked Pork Hock Minestrone, I began to think about some of the fondest comfort foods from my childhood.

“As a kid, what kind of food do you crave for when you were hungry?”

It seems there is an ingredient that is almost universal across many cultures, where it has been eaten with breakfast eggs, made into sandwiches, salads, omelettes and as it so happens, popular in fried rice too.

I distinctively recall SPAM fried rice to be a very popular food among kids growing up in Asia. I remember this dish well because the little cubes of so-called “spiced ham” was always so tasty among all the boring bits of carrot, beans and peas in my fried rice.

SPAM Lite

What exactly is in a can of SPAM that makes it so tasty? I tried to do some research online but even the SPAM webite tells us little about the origins of its name.

For lack of any credible information about its composition, I prefer to think of the acronym for SPAM as being Something Posing As Meat. It’s a gentle reminder for me that tasty as it may be, I should not OD on this stuff.

SPAM Lite - 50% less fat

SPAM Lite - 50% less fat

I prefer the SPAM Lite version because it contains 50% less fat than the SPAM Classic version. The Nutritional Information says the main ingredients are pork and chicken although I have always been skeptical.

Nutritional Information

The Nutritional Information for SPAM Lite (which contains 50% less fat than the regular SPAM Classic as specified on its label are:

Average Values           Quantity per serving                Quantity per 100gm

Energy                                             473 kJ (113 Cal)                                       845kJ (202 Cal)
Protein                                                        9.0 g                                                                16.1 g
Fat, total                                                     7.5 g                                                               13.4 g
– Saturated                                                3.0 g                                                                 5.4 g
Carbohydrate, total                               2.0 g                                                               3.6 g
Sugar                                                            1.0 g                                                                1.8 g
Sodium                                                    500 mg                                                        1035.7 mg

The ingredients of the 340 gm net container of SPAM Lite consists of:

  • Pork 68%
  • Chicken 23%
  • Water, salt, thickener (1442)
  • Sugar, Mineral Salts (339, 508)
  • Antioxidant (301)
  • Preservatives (250)

This Hormel Foods brand is a product of the USA and the instructions also indicate the contents are fully cooked and ready to eat cold or hot.

So here it is, my SPAM fried rice recipe:

SPAM Fried Rice

Searing egg omelette

Searing egg omelette

I have found it easy to start of by making a stringy egg omelette. An alternative to stringy egg omelette is to gently fry a couple of eggs.

Flip omelette over when slightly golden brown on one side

Flip omelette over when slightly golden brown on one side

Roll up omelette and slice into thin strips of stringy egg

Roll up omelette and slice into thin strips of stringy egg

When the omelette is done, it’s time to sear the slices of SPAM until golden brown and then diced into smaller cubes and cooked again until it is slightly crispy on the outside.

Slice SPAM into 1 cm thick pieces

Slice SPAM into 1 cm thick pieces

Sear SPAM on hot pan until golden brown on both sides

Sear SPAM on hot pan until golden brown on both sides

Diced SPAM into small cubes and return to pan and sear until golden brown

Diced SPAM into small cubes and return to pan and sear until golden brown

It can be difficult to resist popping a few of these delicious nuggets into your mouth as it is being cooked.

Sautee diced onions, garlic, carrots and French beans

Sautee diced onions, garlic, carrots and French beans

Add cold steamed rice and mix with the diced vegetables

Add cold steamed rice and mix with the diced vegetables

This is a great weeknight recipe and the rice can be kept fresh in the refrigerator for a couple of days. Just reheat for a simple meal the day after.

SPAM fried rice

SPAM fried rice

If I am cooking for friends, I like to present this beautiful fried rice that is studded with bright green peas and cubes of SPAM on the wok that I cooked it with.

Not only do you save washing another large platter, the wok is an elegant presentation that also keeps the rice nice and warm.

SPAM fried rice

SPAM fried rice

How to eat fried rice

Fried rice is a quintessential Chinese comfort food.

I would recommend you try and experience eating this fried rice using a bowl and a pair of chopsticks rather than from a plate with a fork and spoon.

Challenging as it can be to some, picking up a few grains of rice with some peas and those cubes of SPAM with a pair of chopsticks is all part of the fun and excitement, especially when you are hungry.

SPAM fried rice

SPAM fried rice

So dear readers, what are your thoughts about SPAM and would you eat SPAM?

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21 Responses to SPAM Fried Rice

  1. Dear Chopinand, your fried rice looks wonderful, but I think I would skip the SPAM, sorry… speck, yes, ham, yes, Kaiser, yes. SPAM, no. Wonderful post. Thanks for sharing.

    • Chopinand says:

      Dear Lizzy,

      Yes, I do know that SPAM is not for everyone, which is why I included all the nutritional information and also my own thoughts about it.

  2. Im not anti spam, I’d def give this a go :) looks great!

  3. Hehe it has been ages since I last ate SPAM but I remember liking it as a child, especially fried!

  4. Winston says:

    SPAM. Fried. Rice. SAY NO MORE.

    I can’t believe I’m the only person that said “Yes” to your poll! Unreal. But then again, Spam was also something I appreciated more since I moved to Australia. Maybe cause I was rarely allowed to eat them in Malaysia and they’re so easy to cook, esp for lazy days. This is a definitely comfort food in every way. Just as you’ve shown us, this humble dish can be served just as elegantly and appreciated for all its simplicity too. Thanks for spreading the “spam fried rice” love. YUM.

  5. irene says:

    I love SPAM! I thought it’s made with pork all along before reading your post. Anyway the fried rice looks absolutely comforting! :)

  6. Alice says:

    I loved it too as a kid, a good substitute for bacon, especially nice pan fried, eaten with toast and crunchy slices of cucumber, dipped in Lingham !!!
    But…. I won’t eat it now, knowing what’s in it – getting healthier in my old age….hahaha

  7. Hannah says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever consciously had spam, but would it ever have been in any of the fried rices I had at suburban Chinese restaurants? It was probably ham… but I can imagine the spamminess :P

  8. sophia says:

    I LOVE SPAM!!!! I love spam in fried rice. That brings me back to my childhood too. My mom never made fried rice like this, but I ate plenty like this in school and hawkers.

  9. I’ve never had spam before… I’ve seen spam musubi but never tried that either. This fried rice looks delicious! You take such a great picture of fried rice. Mine doesn’t look good at all (hense no post. LOL). Have a great weekend!

  10. Hotly Spiced says:

    What a delicious looking fried rice. And you have plated it so well for that first and last image. It looks stunning. This is a complete meal in itself. I have a confession – I have never eaten spam! My mother refused to buy it saying it wasn’t good for us – but she did buy devon! I think it was because it came in a tin and wasn’t refrigerated – I think that’s what made her nervous. Great to see it’s made a positive comeback! xx

  11. Carolyn Jung says:

    I have a soft spot for SPAM as I grew up with it as a child. I remember my Dad making scrambled eggs with it in the morning. Salty, a little sweet and with that soft texture, it was the perfect breakfast treat.

  12. Raymund says:

    I havent made this for a long time, thanks for reminding me. I love this fried rice.

  13. Chopinand, that wok with fried rice looks absolutely wonderful, and the pictures are gorgeous again! I must admit I couldn’t eat SPAM, though … and I think I never have before. I don’t trust meat from a can. (So yeah, I am the “no” voter. :D )

  14. Sissi says:

    It looks fabulous, like a very comforting meal. I have never tasted or seen Spam in real life (although I do see it from time to time on Asian blogs).

  15. Row says:

    Oh, SPAM fried rice, how I love you so! It has been a while since I whipped up a batch. Thanks for reminding me! :)

  16. I’ve never actually eaten SPAM, but my husband grew up in a very old-fashioned family in Georgia (in the Southern USA) and his grandmother cooked with SPAM on a fairly regular basis. A few years back he decided that he wanted to try to recreate the food memory of SPAM with fried eggs for brekkie. He made it all himself, got it all plated up, and then didn’t really like it! His palate had changed so much from when she cooked that dish for him as a kid. Luckily we have other, more delicious memories of his grandmother!

  17. Charles says:

    Oooh, you’re brave – few would post a recipe involving SPAM :D … to be fair, it’s actually not *that* bad. I mean, it’s no beef tenderloin but the flavour is not unpleasant. I remember eating it fried on a camping trip with bacon and beans once… must have been a bit of a salt overload that day :D My main gripe is that they always describe the chicken as being “mechanically recovered”… I mean, that can’t sound good!

    As for your dish – as I know the taste of spam, I can imagine that this probably has a very nice “homely” flavour to it… perfect for wrapping up in winter, grabbing a big bowl of this and watching TV and damn if you didn’t make it look so pretty!

  18. Ben has a secret love of spam. He’d love this! Me…it kinda freaks me out haha.
    Heidi xo

  19. I cringed when I saw the title, but that fried rice looks phenomenal. Perhaps we should give Spam a chance. Where’s the celebrity song for that? We Are The World, Farm Aid, Give Spam A Chance…

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