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Easy to make spam, eggs and rice – a Hawaiian-inspired breakfast that is filling and delicious. A quick and easy recipe made with pantry ingredients.

scrambled eggs, caramelized spam cubes and rice sprinkled with green onions and sesame seeds.

I made Fried Rice with Spam and Eggs a few weeks ago. And my kids loved that so much that I thought about making something with spam, eggs, and rice again—this time, an easy breakfast that’s very popular in some parts of Hawaii.

What is spam?

Also known as luncheon meat, spam is a mixture of meat and cereal sold in tins. The most common meat used to make spam is pork, but turkey and chicken spam are also available. It can be served cold in sandwiches, or it can be fried.

Luncheon meat is sold worldwide, but it is super popular in Hawaii and Korea. It’s not a traditional food in these countries; it became popular during World War II and the Korean War; canned meat was served to American soldiers stationed there.

Is it healthy?

Not particularly. It’s a highly processed food; it contains many preservatives, it’s high in fat, sodium, and calories, and lacks essential nutrients. However, it does taste good and comforting; it’s cheap and has a long shelf-life.

The dose makes it, I suppose. I don’t recommend eating it regularly, but from time to time, it’s delicious.

Recipe ingredients

listed ingredients for making spam eggs and rice on the table.
  • Spam: I used a whole can of pork spam, weighing 12 oz (350 g). Turkey or chicken luncheon meat can be used instead.
  • Eggs: Two eggs per person, so eight large eggs to make this spam, rice and egg recipe.
  • Rice: You will need about 1/3 to ½ cup (60 to 100 g) of rice per person, depending on who’s eating. As we are two adults and two kids, I find 1 ½ cups (300 g) sufficient.
    • White rice is the norm, but you can choose brown rice. Just remember that brown rice needs longer to cook.
  • Seasoning: Soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, rice vinegar, garlic powder.

Step-by-step-instructions

  • Cook rice: Wash the rice in a sieve. Bring water to a boil, add some salt and the rice and simmer the grains according to the sort you are using and the package instructions.
  • Marinate spam: Cut the luncheon meat into cubes. Mix soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, rice vinegar, and garlic powder in a bowl. Add meat cubes and stir to coat all over. Leave to marinate for 5 to 10 minutes (1).
  • Eggs: In the meantime, beat the egg, milk, salt, and pepper in another bowl (2).
collage of two pictures of marinating spam cubes and beaten eggs in another bowl.

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  • Cook meat: Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a pan. Lift meat from the marinade using a slotted spoon. Don’t discard the marinade! Fry meat on medium heat for 2-3 minutes, often stirring, until the cubes are slightly crispy (3,4).
collage of two pictures of frying spam cubes in a pan.
  • Caramelize: Pour in the reserved marinade (5) and stir the pieces for another 2 minutes or until they are glossy and coated with the sauce (6).
collage of two pictures of caramelizing spam cubes with glossy sauce in a pan.
  • Cook eggs: You will need another pan for cooking the eggs; the one you used before will be too sticky to use again without washing.
    • Heat 1 tablespoon of butter in a large pan. Turn down the heat to medium-low and add the beaten eggs. Leave them untouched for 15-20 seconds or until lightly set at the bottom (7).
    • Use a spatula to move the mixture around the pan and cook the eggs evenly into large folds (8).
    • Move around gently for another 2 minutes or so until the eggs are mostly set (9). They will continue cooking slightly after you’ve turned off the heat.
collage of two pictures of making scrambled eggs in a pan
fluffy scrambled eggs in a pan.

How to serve

  • Spam, egg, and rice are best served immediately.
  • hey are great for breakfast, and they will probably keep you full till dinner.  But actually, the dish is just as great for lunch or dinner.
  • Serve with ketchup or hot sauce.

Tip

The traditional Hawaiian way of serving spam with eggs and rice is to cut the spam into slices. You can cube the meat (like I did) or serve two slices per person.

close up of spam and eggs piled on white rice.

Recipe FAQ

Can I cook the eggs any other way?

Scrambled eggs are traditional for Hawaiian spam, eggs, and rice, but you can fry, poach or boil the eggs instead. Anything you like!

How to cook spam slices?

Heat the oil in a large pan. Cook the marinated slices for about 2 minutes per side. Pour the reserved sauce on top and cook the meat on low heat for another minute or so, flipping so that the sauce thickens and coats the slices.

How to store and reheat leftovers?

Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for about 2 days.
Reheat in the pan. I usually fry the rice in a bit of butter or oil first, then I add the spam pieces and egg leftovers (cut into smaller pieces) and stir until they are all hot. You can add some hot sauce to the pan while reheating.

overhead view of a plate with rice, scrambled eggs and spam, other bowls around it.

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Easy Spam Eggs and Rice

Easy to make spam, eggs and rice – a Hawaiian-inspired breakfast that is filling and delicious. A quick and easy recipe made with pantry ingredients.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Hawaiian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Adina

Equipment

  • 2 Frying pans
  • Medium pot

Ingredients  

  • 1 ½ cup white rice
  • 1 can spam 12 oz/ 350 g
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 8 eggs large
  • 4 tablespoons full-fat milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • fine sea salt or Kosher

Instructions

  • Cook rice: Wash the rice in a sieve. Bring water to a boil, add some salt and the rice and simmer the rice according to the sort you are using and the package instructions (Note 1).
  • Marinate spam: Mix soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, rice vinegar, and garlic powder in a bowl. Cut the spam into cubes, add them to the bowl, and stir to coat all over. Leave to marinate for 5 to 10 minutes (Note 2).
  • Cook meat: Heat the vegetable oil in a pan. Lift the meat from the marinade using a slotted spoon. Don’t discard the marinade! Fry meat on medium heat for 2-3 minutes, often stirring, until the cubes are slightly crispy.
  • Caramelize spam: Pour the reserved marinade into the pan and stir the spam for another 2 minutes or until the cubes are glossy and coated with the sauce.
  • Pan: You will need another pan for cooking the eggs; the one you used before will be too sticky to use again without washing.
  • Whisk the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper in another bowl.
  • Cook eggs: Heat 1 tablespoon of butter in a large pan. Turn down the heat to medium-low and add the beaten eggs. Leave untouched for 15-20 seconds or until lightly set at the bottom. Use a spatula to move the mixture around the pan and cook the eggs evenly into large folds. Move around gently for another 2 minutes or so until the eggs are mostly set. They will continue cooking slightly after you’ve turned off the heat.
  • Serve: Arrange the ingredients on a large warm plate and serve immediately.

Notes

  1. If using brown rice, remember that this sort needs a much longer cooking time, between 30 and 40 minutes (check the package instructions).
  2. If cutting the spam into slices, marinate them in a shallow bowl where they fit properly.
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