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Spam and Pineapple Fried Rice

Spam and Pineapple Fried Rice 4.000

Laura Chase de Formigny for The Washington Post; styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post

Apr 23, 2021

The tart sweetness of pineapple paired with salty, umami-filled Spam, packs this pantry-friendly fried rice with tons of flavor. This recipe calls for Spam Lite for lower sodium, but regular or even a flavored version can be used in its place. Canned vegetables make it a more balanced meal by adding extra nutrition straight from the cupboard, but frozen or leftover cooked veggies can be used in their place.

Total time: 25 mins

Storage Notes: Leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 4 days.

4 - 6

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Tested size: 4-6 servings

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or another neutral oil
  • Two (8-ounce) cans pineapple chunks, preferably in pineapple juice, drained
  • One (12-ounce) can Spam Lite, diced
  • 4 cups cooked rice, preferably day-old
  • One (15-ounce) can mixed vegetables, or vegetable of your choice, drained
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce, plus more for serving
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the pineapple and Spam and cook, stirring occasionally, until the Spam starts to brown and the pineapple starts to caramelize, 8 to 10 minutes.

Add the rice, vegetables, soy sauce and garlic powder and cook, stirring occasionally, until the rice starts to crisp up a bit, 5 to 7 minutes. Divide among bowls and serve hot, with soy sauce on the side.

Recipe Source

From Voraciously staff writer Aaron Hutcherson.

Tested by Aaron Hutcherson and Jim Webster..

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 333

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 13g 20%

Saturated Fat: 3g 15%

Cholesterol: 42mg 14%

Sodium: 754mg 31%

Total Carbohydrates: 40g 13%

Dietary Fiber: 1g 4%

Sugar: 4g

Protein: 12g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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