Hawaiian Fried Rice is taking the classic fried rice recipe and adding island ingredients will have you feeling the spirit of Aloha in no time!
Hawaiian Fried Rice
Hawaiian fried rice is the perfect twist on a traditional fried recipe. The salty flavor of the ham mixed with the sweet acidity of the pineapple makes every bite complex and amazing.
Fried rice is a dinner staple at our house! EVERYONE loves it. And even though my kids could eat the same fried rice dish day in and day out, I like to mix it up and create new twists on old favorites. This Hawaiian fried rice recipe fits the bill.
Hawaiian fried rice is a meal on its own, packed with protein and lots of vegetables. This is main dish material, no need to make it the side dish to anything! Not only is it a unique twist on an old favorite, but it is delicious, simple and can be on your table in 30 minutes or less.
What All Is In Hawaiian Fried Rice?
- Cooked Rice- Using leftover rice is super important to great fried rice. Using leftover rice that has been in the fridge for a day or two is vital to the texture of the fried rice. Using freshly cooked rice will result in mushy fried rice. So I usually plan on making Hawaiian Fried Rice the same week as another rice dish, like chicken and gravy. That way I can cook extra rice and have plenty leftover for later in the week.
- Frozen Peas and Carrots- Technically you could use fresh, but using the frozen peas and carrots mix is inexpensive and they have already done the hard work of chopping the carrots for you.
- Bell Pepper
- Pineapple- You can use fresh or canned. I love fresh pineapple, but whatever you have will work great!
- Diced Ham- If you have leftover ham you need to use GREAT! But you can also buy pre-diced ham in the grocery store. It is normally near the bacon.
- Soy Sauce- I use regular soy sauce, but if you are watching your salt intake, you can use low sodium or, if you are gluten free, coconut aminos make a great substitute.
- Salt and Pepper
- Green Onion- I use this as garnish, you can skip this ingredient if you want.
One of the best things about this recipe (besides how amazingly delicious it is) is that it you can customize it to your own families tastes. If you have a kiddo that doesn’t like one of the vegetables? Swap it for another. Whatever works for you!
How To Make Hawaiian Fried Rice
Start by melting the butter in a large frying pan. The bigger the better, because once everything is in the pan, you will want there to be plenty of room to stir.
Saute the peas, carrots, pineapple, bell pepper and onion for about 3 minutes, add the ham and cook for another 3 minutes.
Now here is the beauty of this one pan meal, scoot all the ingredients over to one side of the pan and scramble the eggs on the empty side. Some might leak a little over into the veggies and ham, but no worries, the egg will still cook. Just like that, and you have one less dish to do tonight! You are welcome!
Once the eggs are all cooked, mix all the ingredients around in the pan and add the cooked rice and soy sauce. Saute and stir until the rice is heated though, and season to taste with the salt and pepper.
VOILA! Hawaiian Fried Rice! Cheaper than take out, or a plane ticket to Hawaii for that matter!
Hawaiian Fried Rice
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 cup peas & carrots mix frozen
- 1 cup pineapple chunks
- 1 cup bell pepper chopped
- 1/2 cup onion chopped
- 1 cup diced ham
- 3 cups cooked rice
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- salt and pepper
- green onion for garnish if desired
- Melt the butter in a large frying pan over medium high heat.
- Saute the peas, carrots, pineapple, bell pepper and onion for 3 minutes.
- Add in the diced ham and saute for an additional 3 minutes.
- Move all of the food over to one side of the frying pan. Crack and scramble the two eggs on the empty side of the frying pan.
- Once the eggs are cooked through, mix together with the other ingredients in the frying pan.
- Add in the cooked rice and soy sauce.
- Stir while sautéing until the rice is heated through.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.