November 28, 2017

RECIPE: Hawaiian Fried Rice

Whenever I have leftover veggies or leftover rice in the fridge, I typically make fried rice for dinner. You can basically make it however you want--with or without meat, all sorts of different veggies, white rice or brown rice, etc.

One day, I came across this recipe on Pinterest for Pineapple Fried Rice. I had never thought to use ham or pineapple in fried rice before! It sounded delicious, and it really was. I made a few adaptations to it (using one bag of frozen mixed veggies makes this a very cheap recipe, because you don't have to buy many ingredients!). Anyway, notes are following the recipe.

Hawaiian Fried Rice


3 cups cooked rice (day-old rice from the fridge works best)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 oz diced ham
1 bag frozen mixed vegetables (corn, carrots, peas, & green beans)
1 large can pineapple tidbits, drained
2 green onions, sliced
1/2 tsp ground ginger powder
3 tbsp soy sauce
1/4 tsp white pepper
1 Tbsp sesame oil


In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, and white pepper, and set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat and add onion. Sauté until onion is soft. Add garlic and ham, and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the mixed veggies and pineapple. Cook for about 4-5 minutes (until hot) stirring often.

Stir in rice, green onions, and soy sauce mixture, and cook until hot (just a couple of minutes).


You can use fresh vegetables, or any mix of frozen vegetables--whatever you'd like. Fresh vegetables will take a little longer to cook (especially the carrots), so you may want to add them with the onion.

Leftover rice from the refrigerator works really well for fried rice, because it doesn't get gummy or soggy. It holds its shape and texture really well.

For the ham, I always buy a little 8 oz package of diced ham near the processed meats (like hot dogs, deli meats, etc). You can get bigger chunks of ham, but I like the very small diced ham. When it's on sale, I usually buy a few of them and throw them in the freezer. The ham is great for adding to things like eggs for breakfasts, macaroni and cheese, a breakfast burrito, etc.

You can add toppings to this, like Chinese fried noodles, shredded coconut, or whatever else you can come up with. I love the coconut on it!


  1. Hubby loves Hawaiian pizza -- so I'll have to make this for him to see if he likes it!

  2. I used to live in Hawaii, where Spam is hugely popular. One of my favorite meals is spam fried rice. Very similar to above but with Spam. YUM!


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