Hawaiian Fried Rice is so delicious! It’s easy to prepare and packed with diced ham, red bell pepper, and the winning ingredient- pineapple! It adds a slight sweetness to every bite and makes this rice so heavenly.
I have a thing for fried rice. The flavors, the textures, oh I just love it. One of the most popular recipes on the blog is my homemade Fried Rice, with Sweet and Sour Chicken. I make it all the time, especially when we have friends or family over for dinner. It’s most definitely guest-worthy, and always a hit! 🙂
This Hawaiian fried rice recipe I’m sharing today is a new favorite. It has all the elements of traditional fried rice, but with a lot more flavor and texture. This rice is packed with diced ham, red bell pepper, and to me the winning ingredient.. pineapple! It adds a slight sweetness to every bite and makes this rice so heavenly.
One of the biggest tips I can give for perfect fried rice is using day old, cold rice. The firmness of the cold rice is what gives it the perfect texture.
If you use fresh cooked rice, it will make the mixture mushy! So take my word for it, make the rice in the morning, or the day before, and then place it in the fridge in a sealed container. Once it’s been in the fridge for at least 6 to 8 hours it should be nice and cold and ready to go!
ENJOY THIS RECIPE? HERE ARE A FEW MORE OF MY FAVORITE TROPICAL RECIPES!
Teriyaki Chicken Kebabs – Skewers of tender chicken morsels and pineapple marinated and grilled in a savory, sweet teriyaki sauce.
Baked Sweet Hawaiian Chicken – A tangy and sweet Hawaiian dish full of garlic, pineapples, and bell peppers.
Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Pizza – A fantastic flavor fusion of a traditional BBQ Chicken Pizza with sweet and juicy bits of pineapple.
Coconut Banana Bread – A sweet dessert bread full of banana and coconut for the best tropical flavor combination.
Hawaiian Fried Rice
- 4 Tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
- 1 Tablespoon sesame seed oil
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- 1/2 Tablespoon vegetable oil divided
- 2 cups diced ham
- 1 red bell pepper, diced seeds removed
- 2 green onions, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 5 cups cold, cooked white or brown rice
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup pineapple pieces
- In a small bowl, stir together the soy sauce, sesame oil and hot sauce. Set aside.
- In a large, non-stick skillet, heat 1/2 of the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the diced ham, red bell pepper and the chopped white parts of the green onions. Cook and stir for 5 to 7 minutes, or until ham is browned and bell pepper is crisp-tender. Stir in the garlic and cook another minute. Pour this mixture into a bowl, and set aside.
- Heat the remaining vegetable oil in the same skillet until hot, and then add the cold rice. Cook and stir rice, breaking up the clumps. Cook until rice is thoroughly heated, about 8 minutes.
- Push the rice to one side of the skillet. Crack the eggs onto the other side of skillet and stir until lightly scrambled and set. Stir the eggs and the ham mixture into the rice. Pour the soy sauce mixture into the rice and cook, stirring until combined and hot.
- Turn off the heat, stir in the pineapple and green parts of the onions. Serve!