Happy new year everyone! Hope you enjoyed the holidays and more importantly, ate some amazing food! On our side, we’ve been quite the busy bees this week. It has been since quite some time now that we were planning on moving together… and we finally did it! We moved together in the upper duplex of my parent’s place (Veronique here!) and it has been pretty exciting. We also got our new car! Wow, so much adulting. Since we’ve moved in together, we’re starting to cook even more. I think cooking together for couples and families is very important, because it brings people together. It’s at that moment of the day that families can share what they did during the day and update each other about their daily life.
This year, one of our biggest goals is to save money for our future life together (wow, again, so much adulting.), so we’ve been trying to stay on a budget for groceries and we always plan our meals for the week. This Spam Fried Rice is a great recipe for anyone that is on a tight budget, plus it’s quick, easy, and oh so tasty!
The secret of this recipe is the marinated spam. Believe it or not, December 2017 is the first time I tried spam, and I can tell you that I have been missing out!!! We marinated in soy sauce (our favourite soy sauce), sesame oil (the best sesame oil), and lots of honey! The first time we tried marinating spam, it did not come out great. We didn’t realize that spam was already very salty on its own and didn’t put enough honey. The spam we used was the original brand that you can find here. A great tip for fried rice is to add a vegetable that has some crunch and juice to add a nice texture and counter the dryness of the rice. We decided to add Chinese celery for this recipe but yellow onions would’ve been great too!
Spam Fried Rice
- 4 oz spam
- 8 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1 green onion chopped
- 1 cup Chinese celery chopped
- 3 tbsp canola oil
- 3 cups steamed white rice
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- salt and pepper to taste
To marinate the spam, combine 4 tbsp of low-sodium soy sauce, 1 tsp of sesame oil, and honey in a bowl with a flat, wide bottom. Cut the spam into two slices laterally and lay flat in the bowl. Let marinate for 5 minutes on each side.
Add 1 tbsp of canola oil onto a cooking pan and heat over medium high heat. Cook the two marinated spam slices for 2 minutes on each side, or until charred. Remove from heat and let cool. Cut the spam into bite-size cubes and set aside.
To make the eggs, heat 1 tbsp of canola oil onto a cooking pan or a wok over medium high heat. Crack the eggs into a bowl and beat until well combined. Pour the egg onto the wok and let cook for about 30 seconds without stirring. Once the egg starts to be cooked, stir using a spatula for another 30 seconds to 1 minute and lightly break the eggs into smaller pieces. Once the egg is fully cooked, remove from heat and set aside.
To make the fried rice, heat 1 tbsp of canola oil onto a cooking pan or a wok over medium high heat. Add the chopped Chinese celery and stir fry for 30 seconds, then add the chopped green onions. Stir fry for another 30 seconds. Add the steamed white rice and stir gently, while breaking lumps of rice. Add the egg, 4 tbsp of low-sodium soy sauce, 1 tsp of sesame oil, and sugar and mix well until the rice is uniformly covered with the soy sauce, about 3-5 minutes. Add the spam cubes and mix well. Remove rice from heat and serve in a bowl.