This Spam and pineapple fried rice recipe is a delicious way to repurpose leftover rice. Add in juicy pineapple cubes, some staple items from the pantry or freezer and you can turn those leftovers into an even tastier dish than the original.

Perfectly cooked medium-grained day-old rice is essential to this recipe. The rice grains should be plump, but not overly moist. Additionally, only the surface area of the rice should be dry and not the entire grain.

Spam and Pineapple Fried Rice

Author Bernice Hill


  • 3 cups day old rice (750 ml)
  • 2 eggs
  • oil (avocado, canola, peanut)
  • 1/2 tin Spam, chopped into cubes
  • 3 Spring onions, chopped with white and green ends separated
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup pineapple tidbits (125 ml)
  • 1/2 cup frozen green peas (125 ml)
  • 1 tsp soy sauce (5 ml)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil (5 ml)


  • Begin by heating a wok or large sauté pan over high heat. Add 15 ml (1tbsp) oil of your choice and get cracking. Add one egg per person you are serving to the pan and scramble it well. Season and set aside.
  • Next, drizzle more oil into the pan, then add chopped Spam (alternatively leftover ham, bbq pork, chicken or your favourite meat alternative). Stir fry until the Spam obtains a bit of colour. Add chopped spring onion (white portion), garlic, frozen peas (leftover stir fry or other vegetables), and pineapple. Stir fry until the vegetables are heated through. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Finally, add one more round of oil in the hot pan and then the rice. Toss, breaking up larger chunks (but not individual grains) until the grains have loosened.
  • Add equal parts soy sauce and sesame oil or feel free to add your favourite such as hoisin, oyster, dark or mushroom soy. Immediately toss the rice after adding the sauce so that each grain becomes coated. Add in the egg, Spam, pineapple, and vegetables and toss for a minute or two. Garnish with diagonally sliced spring onions and sesame seeds, if you wish.