Instant Pot Spam Fried Rice. How to cook Hawaiian spam fried rice in the instant pot pressure cooker. An amazing frugal one pot meal that will have you returning to the instant pot for seconds.
If you have wanted to make fried rice in the instant pot, then I recommend you start with spam fried rice. In my opinion (after 3 and half years of electric pressure cooking) it is the easiest and you will be amazed by how good it tastes.
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Hawaiian Spam Fried Rice
Have you ever been that annoying tourist on vacation, that asks a zillion questions about food that the locals have eaten for years?
I do that every single time I go on holiday.
That is because I love learning about local food and local food culture and its wonderful to then cook the food again when you get home and think about your amazing vacation memories.
I remember doing this at Disney World in the summer of 2012.
The look on the Disney Cast Members face when I asked what a corn dog was, was absolutely priceless. I think at first, well until they realised, I had a British accent that I really wasn’t winding them up.
I did that for my entire five weeks that our family spent in the US that year and I still remember a lot of the conversations about certain foods and how many of them I cooked when I returned.
Including my American uncle teaching me how to make a meatloaf, which I have now adapted to air fryer meatloaf.
But another of the best foods that I tried on the other side of the ocean was spam fried rice, or more specifically Hawaiian spam fried rice. Dominic gave it a wide birth as a savoury rice hater, but me and Kyle tucked straight in.
Plus, unlike most people of my generation (I am 39) I love spam and even make air fryer spam fritters!
Today is all about how I have adapted classic Hawaiian spam fried rice to the instant pot and how easy it is to cook an instant pot fried rice from pantry staples.
Can You Cook Fried Rice In The Instant Pot?
Yes, you can. You can also make it as healthy or unhealthy as you like. For example, I get very bloated and have a mild food intolerance to white rice, so I am using my favourite brown rice instead.
You can also cut out Asian food sauces and make your own add ins.
It just depends how you like it.
What Is Hawaiian Spam Fried Rice?
Hawaiian spam fried rice is simply the Hawaiian version of your favourite fried rice. Instead of a classic protein such as chicken or shrimp you are using spam instead.
This keeps it very economical and is perfect for a pantry raid when you can’t go out to buy groceries.
We originally made our spam fried rice when we were stuck in for a few days and wanted something interesting to cook from pantry staples.
Also, because spam is already cooked it speeds up the cook time as you don’t have to cook the spam, you are simply reheating it.
Cooking Spam & Rice
The easiest way to cook the famous Hawaiian spam dish is by cooking spam and rice together.
You start off by cutting your spam into cubes and then you can brown it in the instant pot first, this will also add flavour to the instant pot inner pot and this flavour will improve the taste of the rice.
Then when it is time to cook the spam and rice you load both the rice and the spam together and mix them with your stock.
Then the spam cooks at the same time as the rice and then your meal is ready together like you see below:
#1 Hack For Spam Fried Rice
When you are cooking any type of fried rice, you also need the scrambled eggs that complete the meal.
I have a quicker and easier way for doing this with the air fryer, whilst the instant pot is working its magic.
What I do is load the seasonings of the Hawaiian style fried rice into a silicone mould with some egg. Then I mix it and air fry. Its like our air fryer egg cups but a great way to create a scrambled style egg for fried rice.
Spam Fried Rice Ingredients
You are probably thinking that the spam fried rice ingredients are hard to obtain, and this Hawaiian fried rice recipe is not as easy as you thought.
Well, you would be wrong as the ingredients that we use in spam fried rice are everyday ingredients. In fact, I had ALL the ingredients in my pantry prior to making this spam fried rice recipe.
Brown Rice – I used brown rice over white rice because its easier to cook with the instant pot and better for my gut health.
Spam – Just one single can of spam is all you need to make this with. Though if you want extra spam, you could double it.
Vegetables – I like to include carrots, onions, peas, garlic, and ginger. You can mix this up with a stir fry mix if you prefer.
Eggs – I recommend a couple of eggs if you would like an egg fried rice kind of dish. But if you hate eggs you can leave this out.
Seasonings – I love the soy sauce the most, but it also includes rice vinegar and salt and pepper.
You can also add in extra leftover vegetables at the end, extra seasonings or keep it simple like we have done.
How To Make Spam Fried Rice?
This is how simple it is to cook Hawaiian style fried rice in the instant pot:
- Prep vegetables and sauté in the instant pot.
- Add in spam and sauté.
- Deglaze and add stock.
- Add in rice and extras.
- Pressure cook.
- Stir in eggs and extras.
You can probably see now why I am so obsessed with cooking dinner in the instant pot.
How Long Does Rice Take In Instant Pot?
This can vary depending on the type of rice that you are cooking in the instant pot. I am cooking organic brown rice and the cook time is 18 minutes followed by 5 minutes of natural pressure release.
More Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe Ideas
I love to cook brown rice in the instant pot and here are a few other ideas:
Instant Pot Spam Fried Rice
Instant Pot Spam Fried Rice Ingredients:
- 3 Cups Frozen Peas
- 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
- 1 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
- Peel and dice your carrots and onion. Thinly slice your lazy ginger, peel and thinly slice your garlic. Load into the instant pot and add extra virgin olive oil. Place on sauté, and sauté until the onion starts to soften.
- Cancel sauté and add the spam, being careful so that it doesn’t burn. Add brown rice along with 2.5 cups (600ml) of water and stir.
- Place the lid on the instant pot, set the valve to sealing and cook for 18 minutes on manual/pressure cook on high pressure, followed by a 5 minute natural pressure release.
- While the instant pot is cooking add the air fryer ingredients into a jug and beat the eggs into the seasoning. Load into silicone muffin cups and air fry for 7 minutes at 180c/360f.
- When the instant pot is done, and you have released pressure stir the fried rice. Add in the egg mixture as well as the frozen peas, soy sauce and rice vinegar and then serve.