Thursday, June 16, 2011

Mama Lisa's Spam Fried Rice

I know Spam doesn't necessarily sound like the most appetizing food on the planet but in this fried rice dish from my mom, the spam adds a nice subtle flavor while also letting the other veggies and rice flavor develop.  If you try Spam once in your life this should definitely be the recipe!


1 cup of uncooked rice (cook it per package instructions)
1 can of lite Spam
2 zucchini
2 carrots
1/2 cup vegetable or grapeseed oil
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons red pepper flakes
4-5 green onions or scallions
1 cup frozen peas

1. Prepare rice separately (even the night before)
2. Dice Spam, zucchini and carrots into bite size pieces.
3. Heat wok over medium high heat, when hot add  oil to pan
4. Let oil warm for about a minute and then add spam and veggies
5. Saute for five minutes to get a nice crispy edge on these, then add the rice and stir to coat with oil (this is called stir fried rice after all!)
6.  Cook rice for another 4-5 minutes.
7. Lower heat to medium low and add soy sauce, red pepper flakes, scallions and frozen peas (they will warm up in a minute).  This is also a good time to add a few drops of sesame oil or some hoisin sauce.
8. Serve in bowls (with hot sauce if desired).

The great thing about this recipe is that you can use whatever veggies you like!  Mushrooms and spinach would definitely work as well!

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