This recipe is mostly inspired by my good friend Herb (@thesocialpause on IG), who made me his version of a breakfast garlic fried rice with thick cut bacon one morning which was so delicious I took some home and immediately ate it again upon arrival of my own apartment just an hour or so later…
The main difference here, is of course I’m using spam instead of bacon. If you think spam is gross.. but you’ve never tried it before.. then please give spam a chance (sung in my head to the tune of “give peace a chance”). If you’re from New Jersey and have ever had taylor ham (or pork roll) it’s very similar to that, but dare I say better because it has a softer texture. If you’re a fan already of spam then this recipe is totally for you then!
I do love to add some ketchup at the end–but that’s a total personal preference. I recommend giving it a try if you’re a condiment/ketchup person!
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce or shoyu
- 1 12 oz can SPAM or low sodium SPAM
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 8 cloves garlic chopped
- 4 cups cooked white rice
- 3 eggs beaten
- 3-4 stalks scallion sliced thin
- 1 clove garlic, sliced thin and fried in canola oil
In a small bowl, mix together soy sauce, sesame oil and hoisin sauce.
Cut spam into 1/2 inch cubes. Heat a non-stick pan on medium high heat and add in spam. Let each side brown about 2 minutes per side. When all sides are browned, add in soy sauce mixture and stir for about 30 seconds. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
Add canola oil to pan. Add in chopped garlic and stir until fragrant (about 30 seconds to 1 minute). Add in cooked rice and stir until garlic is well distributed. Make a hole in the center of the rice to expose the pan. Add in the beaten egg into the hole and stir until it's cooked.
Add back in the SPAM and mix until everything is combined.
Remove from heat and garnish with scallions.
Add some more canola oil to the pan--enough to fully coat the bottom of your pan. Once hot, add the sliced garlic. Once it begins to brown remove and place on a paper towel to remove excess oil. Add to the top of your rice!
I like to add a little ketchup at the end 🙂