Hawaiian Fried Rice

A classic combination of sweet pineapple and salty ham come together in this homemade version of Hawaiian Fried Rice. Adding the trifecta of garlic, ginger, and scallions transforms this into an authentic Chinese dinner.

It’s also a great way to use up all that leftover ham from the holiday. Quick, easy, and super tasty, no one will ever know it was a dish made from leftovers!

A classic combination of sweet pineapple and salty ham come together in this homemade version of Hawaiian Fried Rice. Adding the trifecta of garlic, ginger, and scallions transforms this into an authentic Chinese dinner.

Need to make a double batch of hawaiian fried rice? Click and slide the number next to ‘servings’ on the recipe card below to adjust the ingredients to match how many you’re feeding—the recipe does the math for you, it’s that easy.

What should I serve with fried rice?

Fried rice, especially this Hawaiian version, can really stand up on it’s own since it contains protein, vegetables, and sweet pineapple that help round out all the flavors. But if you’re looking for a dinner with more variety, a simple side of sauteed shrimp or chicken will work out nicely. Or even a green salad with an Asian Vinaigrette to reinforce those Chinese flavors.

How do you make Hawaiian Fried Rice?

This is a guide for visual learners. The full recipe is below.

  1. Whisk the soy sauce, sriracha, and sesame oil in a small bowl and set aside.A classic combination of sweet pineapple and salty ham come together in this homemade version of Hawaiian Fried Rice. Adding the trifecta of garlic, ginger, and scallions transforms this into an authentic Chinese dinner.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon peanut oil over medium heat in nonstick skillet until just smoking. Add ham, bell pepper, scallion whites, onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Stir in garlic and ginger, then move mixture from pan to a plate. A classic combination of sweet pineapple and salty ham come together in this homemade version of Hawaiian Fried Rice. Adding the trifecta of garlic, ginger, and scallions transforms this into an authentic Chinese dinner.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon peanut oil in now empty skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add rice and cook, breaking up clumps with spoon, until heated through, about 3 minutes.A classic combination of sweet pineapple and salty ham come together in this homemade version of Hawaiian Fried Rice. Adding the trifecta of garlic, ginger, and scallions transforms this into an authentic Chinese dinner.
  4. Push rice to one side of skillet and add remaining 1 tablespoon peanut oil to cleared side of skillet. Add eggs to oiled side of skillet and cook, stirring, until set, about 30 seconds.  A classic combination of sweet pineapple and salty ham come together in this homemade version of Hawaiian Fried Rice. Adding the trifecta of garlic, ginger, and scallions transforms this into an authentic Chinese dinner.
  5. Stir eggs and ham mixture into rice. Stir soy sauce mixture into rice until thoroughly combined.A classic combination of sweet pineapple and salty ham come together in this homemade version of Hawaiian Fried Rice. Adding the trifecta of garlic, ginger, and scallions transforms this into an authentic Chinese dinner.
  6. Off heat, top with pineapple and scallion greens.A classic combination of sweet pineapple and salty ham come together in this homemade version of Hawaiian Fried Rice. Adding the trifecta of garlic, ginger, and scallions transforms this into an authentic Chinese dinner.

What type of rice is best for fried rice?

I find the best type of rice to be long grain white rice. The long grain variety produces fluffy yet sturdy grains that don’t fall apart when stir frying.

And a skillfully made fried rice should have individual grains that just barely clump together. This is harder to accomplish with short grain rice. Short grain rice has the tendency to clump and stick together more easily. When shopping for rice in the grocery store, look for the long grain or Jasmine rice variety.

Does the rice have to be cooked before making fried rice?

Yes, the rice needs to be cooked, but it doesn’t have to be fresh. Leftover rice actually works best for fried rice since it has had the chance to dry out, giving you a crispier fried rice exterior. Just be sure to break up the rice with the spoon during stir frying since leftover rice clumps together in the fridge.

A classic combination of sweet pineapple and salty ham come together in this homemade version of Hawaiian Fried Rice. Adding the trifecta of garlic, ginger, and scallions transforms this into an authentic Chinese dinner.

What can I substitute for peanut oil?

If you don’t have peanut oil on hand or have a peanut allergy, any high temperature, neutral flavored cooking oil will do such as safflower, canola, or vegetable oil.

What is the best way to peel ginger?

Hold the ginger root in one hand and use the tip of a spoon to scrape off the peel. If you want to get even more use out of your ginger, peel the entire ginger root, grate off what you need, and store the remainder in a plastic zip top storage bag in the freezer. Every time a recipe requires ginger, simply remove from the freezer and grate the amount you need. Ginger stored in the freezer will keep for up to 6 months.

Hawaiian Fried Rice

A classic combination of sweet pineapple and salty ham come together in this homemade version of Hawaiian Fried Rice. Adding the trifecta of garlic, ginger, and scallions transforms this into an authentic Chinese dinner.

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian
Keyword fried rice, ham
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 653 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • Sriracha to taste (I like 1 tablespoon)
  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil divided
  • 1 cup chopped ham
  • 1 red bell pepper stemmed, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 6 scallions white parts minced, green parts cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 small onion halved and sliced thin
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger grated
  • 4 cups cooked long-grain white rice cold
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups fresh pineapple cut into 1/2-inch pieces

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, and Sriracha. Set aside.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon peanut oil over medium heat in nonstick skillet until just smoking. Add ham, bell pepper, scallion whites, onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 7 to 9 minutes. Stir in garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Transfer to plate.

  3. Heat 1 tablespoon peanut oil in now empty skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add rice and cook, breaking up clumps with spoon, until heated through, about 3 minutes.

  4. Push rice to one side of skillet and add remaining 1 tablespoon peanut oil to cleared side of skillet. Add eggs to oiled side of skillet and cook, stirring, until set, about 30 seconds.  

  5. Stir eggs and ham mixture into rice. Stir soy sauce mixture into rice until thoroughly combined. Off heat, stir in pineapple and scallion greens. 

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2 comments

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

    • 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

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