Hawaiian Fried Rice is neither Hawaiian nor Chinese, but it’s definitely delicious! Salty ham and sweet pineapple make an addictive combination, and dinner is done in 20 minutes or less.

A skillet full of Hawaiian fried rice.
Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Step-by-step instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Hawaiian Fried Rice Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for Hawaiian Fried Rice.

Ingredient notes

  • Sriracha: Add more for spicy fried rice or omit entirely.
  • Ginger: To peel fresh ginger, use the tip of a spoon to scrape off the peel. You can store any extra ginger in the freezer. Whenever you need some, grate the amount you need and return the rest to the freezer.
  • Rice: Put your leftover rice to use (cold rice works best).

Step-by-step instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, and Sriracha to taste (I like 1 tablespoon). Set aside.
Stir-fry sauce for Hawaiian fried rice.
  1. In a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil until just smoking. Add ham, bell pepper, onion, and scallion whites and cook until softened and lightly browned, about 7 to 9 minutes. Stir in garlic and ginger until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Transfer to a plate.
Vegetables cooking in a skillet.
  1. In the same skillet, Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add rice and cook, breaking up clumps with spoon, until heated through, about 3 minutes.
Cooked rice being fried in a skillet.
  1. Push rice to one side of skillet and heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil to empty side of skillet until shimmering. Add eggs to oiled side of skillet and cook until set, stirring occasionally, about 30 seconds.  
Cooked rice and eggs being cooked in a skillet.
  1. Stir eggs and ham mixture into rice. Stir in soy sauce mixture until evenly coated. Remove from heat and stir in pineapple and garnish with scallion greens.
A skillet full of Hawaiian fried rice.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes 8 generous servings (about 1 cup each, maybe more depending on the size of your vegetables).
  • Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Make ahead: The sauce can be made up to 3 days in advance (store covered in the refrigerator). The ham and vegetables can be chopped the day before. And, cold leftover rice works best.
  • Chicken: Substitute leftover chicken for the ham if that’s what you have.
  • Teriyaki sauce: For a teriyaki twist on this non-classic dish, try my homemade teriyaki sauce recipe (it’s ready in about 15 minutes).
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A skillet full of Hawaiian fried rice.

Hawaiian Fried Rice

Hawaiian Fried Rice is neither Hawaiian nor Chinese, but it's definitely delicious! Salty ham and sweet pineapple make an addictive combination, and dinner is done in 20 minutes or less.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 8 servings (1 cup each)
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian
Calories 279

Ingredients 

For the sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • Sriracha to taste (see note 1)

For the fried rice:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 cup ham chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper stemmed, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 small onion halved and sliced thin
  • 6 scallions sliced, white and green parts divided
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger grated (see note 2)
  • 4 cups cooked rice cold (see note 3)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups fresh pineapple cut into 1/2-inch pieces

Instructions 

  • To make the sauce, in a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, and Sriracha to taste (I like 1 tablespoon). Set aside.
  • In a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil until just smoking. Add ham, bell pepper, onion, and scallion whites and cook until softened and lightly browned, about 7 to 9 minutes. Stir in garlic and ginger until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Transfer to a plate.
  • In the same skillet, Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add rice and cook, breaking up clumps with spoon, until heated through, about 3 minutes.
  • Push rice to one side of skillet and heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil to empty side of skillet until shimmering. Add eggs to oiled side of skillet and cook until set, stirring occasionally, about 30 seconds.  
  • Stir eggs and ham mixture into rice. Stir in soy sauce mixture until evenly coated. Remove from heat and stir in pineapple and garnish with scallion greens.

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Notes

  1. Sriracha: Add more for spicy fried rice or omit entirely.
  2. Ginger: To peel fresh ginger, use the tip of a spoon to scrape off the peel. You can store any extra ginger in the freezer. Whenever you need some, grate the amount you need and return the rest to the freezer.
  3. Rice: Put your leftover rice to use (cold rice works best).
  4. Yield: This recipe makes 8 generous servings (about 1 cup each, maybe more depending on the size of your vegetables).
  5. Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  6. Make ahead: The sauce can be made up to 3 days in advance (store covered in the refrigerator). The ham and vegetables can be chopped the day before. And, cold leftover rice works best.
  7. Chicken: Substitute leftover chicken for the ham if that’s what you have.
  8. Teriyaki sauce: For a teriyaki twist on this non-classic dish, try my homemade teriyaki sauce recipe (it’s ready in about 15 minutes).

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupCalories: 279kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 9gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 649mgPotassium: 234mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 650IUVitamin C: 43mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 1mg
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  1. You hit it out of the park with your Hawaiian fried rice! I used my left over Easter ham as you suggested, and the fresh pineapple was spot on! My wife loved it .Thank you!5 stars

  2. Made for dinner tonight.Tasted really good,but next time will use only one tablespoon sesame oil,was a little overwhelming.We also added a drizzle of lime juice.Thank you so much for this recipe.With social lock down right now,all our local Chinese restaurants have all closed and I miss the food. I did use two cups chopped ham also.5 stars

  3. Wow is this awesome. I am not normally a fan of sriracha, but it’s so amazing in this recipe to give it zip! What a great use of leftover ham. Thanks Meggan.5 stars

  4. This is not a Hawaiian Dish. Just because there’s pineapple doesn’t make it Hawaiian. This is just pineapple Fried Rice…

    1. Yes, I know. It’s also not Chinese even though it’s fried rice. Thing is, people who are looking for pineapple fried rice tend to google “Hawaiian Fried Rice” for whatever reason. People tend to NOT look for “pineapple fried rice.” So if I want to help the people of Google find what they are looking for, I have the title recipe according to that. Sorry for the confusion. -Meggan