Spam and Pineapple Fried Coconut Rice

We have lived in Hawaii a little over a year now, and I have yet to incorporate Spam into my cooking. If you are unfamiliar with the food over here in Hawaii, there is lots of looove for Spam. And whether you are a Spam lover, or a Spam skeptic, it has its place here in the local food culture. Spam Musubi is everywhere. Picture Nigiri, but roided up size. Spam Loco Moco, Spam breakfast plates, fried Spam Sandwiches… hell, if you go McDonald’s, they have Spam in their breakfast plates.

For my Spam lovers… the salty fried flavor that comes from Spam really is perfect for fried rice. But hey, you probably already knew that. The addition of the pineapple adds that sweet and salty flavor combination that will have this craveable dish on your mind all day long. Fried rice is already awesome, so we are just enhancing its awesomeness with some elevated flavor. I posted this on my Instagram Story when I was cooking it and I had multiple people message me about how excited they were for this recipe. "Spam fried rice is my favorite!!!"
For my spam skeptics…Do not get me wrong, there is a large part of me that hesitates to eat or cook meat that can exist in a can, without refrigeration for extended periods of time. If you read the Spam label, it begins with pork and ham. Then followed up with salt, water, potato starch, sugar and then some sodium nitrate for preservation. Okay, some of my fears have been put to rest. Don’t judge it when you first open the can. The flavor of said Spam completely transforms when you pan fry it. Just give it a go. Please. For me?
Oh, before we go much farther. Fried rice is best with day old rice or room temp/cool rice. So plan a little bit ahead. I put my rice in my rice cooker in the morning and made the dish around 4 and it was totally fine. But it simply will not be as good if you use just cooked hot rice. Trust me, I have a non profitable food blog. Haha. I know exactly what I am talking about. 😉
Serves 6 or so…
For the Coconut Rice:
1 cup rice
3/4 cup thai coconut milk (1/2 a cup)
1 cup water
1. Add the ingredients to yourrice cooker and give it a quick stir.
2. Press "white rice".
3. Allow the rice to cool fully before making your fried rice. 3-4 hours to a day. If you’re approaching the day point, I would definitely consider refrigerating it. 🙂