Recipe: Hawaiian-Style Fried Rice
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Today on cooking at home I'll be using precooked, cooled white rice to make Hawaiian-style fried rice with pineapple and smoked ham, although canned "Spam" might be a more typical Hawaiian addition.
3-4 cups precooked white rice, cooled
1 medium size onion, thinly chopped
1 Tbs minced garlic
1 Tbs minced, peeled ginger
1 - 1 1/2 cups diced smoked ham
1 cup drained canned pineapple chunks
1/2 cup chopped green onion
Handful fresh cilantro
If you don’t have leftover rice you need to plan ahead to cook it and cool it. Fresh pineapple can also be substituted for canned pineapple.
Use a large heavy bottomed saute pan, if you don't have a wok, to saute 1 medium size, thinly chopped onion, in a little vegetable oil, to soften.
At that point add 1 generous Tbs each of minced garlic and minced peeled fresh ginger and cook that along a minute.
Then add 1 - 1 1/2 cups diced smoked ham and cook that along for 1-2 minutes.
Add 1 cup or so of well drained canned pineapple chunks and 1/2 cup chopped green onion and stir that in.
Next, add the rice and cook until warmed through.
Then season with soy sauce to taste, add a good handful of fresh chopped cilantro and it's good to go.