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Easy Island Style Fried Rice Recipe

Do you know me? I’m Filipino. You know what that means? Rice. Rice, my friends, because it’s like air, like water to me. My day can never truly be complete unless I have a couple bites of it. I’m sure the bread/pasta/anyone-breathing people are feeling me, right?

I could literally eat rice three times a day, every day, for the rest of my life. And one way I would eat it? Like this:

Easy Island Style Fried Rice Recipe by LifeDarling.com

I hope you’re not saying, “Woah, woah, woah, Jennifer! What is going on? ANOTHER recipe? Are you trying to be a food blog or something?” No. No, I am not. But if food brings you as much pleasure as it does me, then I’m going to share this stuff with you because sharing IS caring.

Island Style Pineapple Fried Rice

Serving Size: 8 – 10 (Hint: It fills up a 9 x 13 baking pan – this makes a lot!)

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 1/2 cups Uncooked White Rice (preferably Jasmine or Calrose)
  • 5 cups Water
  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • 2-3 minced cloves of Garlic (or 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder)
  • 4 Eggs, beaten
  • 1 can Spam (I often use Turkey Spam, but if you don’t like Spam at all, feel free to sub whatever meat you prefer)
  • 2 teaspoons Oil (for cooking Spam and egg)
  • 1 cup of Frozen Carrots and Peas Medley
  • 1/2 cup diced Green Onion
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Oyster Sauce
  • 1 20 oz can of Chunk Pineapple, drained (I happened to use crushed pineapple this time around. I will not be doing it that way again. Use the chunk, friends.)

Ingredients for Easy Island Style Fried Rice Recipe
 

Let’s Get Cooking!

DIRECTIONS

Important: Make your rice the night before because it needs to be completely cooled off before you use it. Why? First off, it saves you time, second, when it’s freshly made and still “wet,” it’ll get mushy and coat the bottom of your pan when you attempt to fry it. You don’t want that. Another thing, if you don’t have a rice cooker, use a pot big enough to fit the rice and water – remember, it’s going to double in size!

      1. Bring the rice and water to a boil in a pot over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer about 20 to 25 minutes, or until the rice is tender and there is no more liquid left. Let cool completely.
      2. Combine the oyster sauce and soy sauce in a bowl and set aside.
      3. Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in a very large pan/skillet over medium heat and brown the diced Spam. Set aside.
      4. Next, pour the beaten eggs into the hot pan and scramble them. Set aside.
      5. Take 2 tablespoons of oil and, if using fresh garlic, add it now and brown it a bit before adding the rice. If using garlic powder, then add it after Step 6.
      6. Toss the rice with the hot oil and garlic until heated through.
      7.  
        Fluffed Rice - Easy Island Style Fried Rice Recipe by LifeDarling.com

        NOTE: Step 6 is the most labor intensive of all the steps. You will be “fluffing” up cold rice. Have you ever tried to reheat left-over white rice from a restaurant, straight out of the take out box? It’s hard and in the shape of the box, right? Imagine doing that to all the rice you just cooked! It’s an arm workout, straight up. With that being said, use a strong cooking utensil because you WILL be digging into it initially, breaking it up and trying to coat each grain with oil. I would hate for you to break a cooking utensil over this.
         

      8. Once your rice is nice and fluffy, add the garlic powder (if using) and toss it all together for one minute.
      9. Add the green onions, carrots and peas and cook for another minute, or until the carrots and peas are heated through.
      10. Reduce heat to medium low and throw in the Spam, scrambled eggs, and oyster/soy sauce mixture until everything is well incorporated.
      11. Add the pineapple for one final toss in the pan.

 

The Aftermath - Easy Island Style Fried Rice Recipe  Maybe a little more counter space? Cray.

Interested in more island style recipes?
Check out my Hawaiian Hurricane Popcorn recipe!

 

Have a great week!

Easy Island Style Fried Rice Recipe by LifeDarling.com | A delicious side dish that's a great addition to your asian or tropical feast!

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