If you’re looking for an easy fried rice to whip up for a weeknight dinner, make this Filipino Garlic Spam Fried Rice. This recipe is sweet, salty and has lots of veggies in it. It’s a complete one-pan meal!
- Spam: There’s nothing better than salty and sweet Spam when it crisps up in a pan. Add in about half a block (or more) to your fried rice.
- Eggs: Scrambled eggs is an absolute must when making fried rice. Scramble with the other veggies or scramble alone for bright yellow scrambled eggs.
- Peas & Carrots: Use a frozen pea and carrot medley or use fresh veggies. This recipe calls for a cup total, but use as much or as little as you’d like.
- Garlic rice: Make your own garlic rice just for this fried rice or use leftover garlic rice.
- Soy Sauce: Adding soy sauce is a way to add a bit of umami and salt to the fried rice. Soy sauce also compliments the Spam and garlic rice.
- Fish Sauce: Adding a touch of fish sauce will give your fried rice that “fish” flavor that is needed.
How to Make Filipino Garlic Spam Fried Rice
Making this classic Filipino dish is easy to throw together for a weeknight dinner.
Start by cubing your Spam into bite-sized pieces. Add some oil to a frying pan and add the Spam. Sprinkle the Spam with the sugar and allow the Spam to crisp up and develop a dark crust.
Once the Spam is cooked to your liking, transfer it to a bowl and set side.
Then, add the eggs to your hot pan and scramble well. There should be enough left over oil in the pan to cook the eggs in. Once the eggs are scrambled well, transfer them to the same bowl as the Spam.
Next, add in the peas and carrots to the pan. Cook them until they are warmed through and the carrots are soft.
When the peas and carrots are cooked, add all of the ingredients together. Add the fried Spam, the eggs and garlic rice to the pan. Toss well and add in the soy sauce and fish sauce.
Serve your Garlic Spam Fried Rice hot from the pan and garnish with green onion, if desired.
Storing Garlic Fried Rice
Store your leftover Filipino Garlic Spam Fried Rice in an airtight container to keep the moisture in and the rice fresh.
Simply warm up your rice in the microwave when you want an easy meal.
You can also freeze your already-made fried rice if you are meal-prepping.
Common Questions about Fried Rice
What kind of rice should I use?
Many people think that they should use day-old rice when making fried rice. You can absolutely use day-old rice, but you can also use fresh rice for fried rice. Just make sure that the rice is dry to avoid clumps. If you’re making rice just before adding it to your fried rice, add a touch less water than you normally would.
Can I add other proteins?
Yes! You can add other proteins, meats and veggies to this fried rice if you would like to substitute the Spam or simply add more ingredients. Shrimp, chicken, and edamame all make great additions to fried rice.
What’s the best way to cook Spam?
The good news is that Spam is already cooked when it comes out of the can. Spam tastes best after it’s been pan fried. Cube your Spam into bite-sized pieces and add it to a bit of oil in a frying pan. I like to sprinkle the protein with a touch of sugar so that the Spam not only crisps up but also caramelizes.