Hawaiian Fried Rice

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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.

Fried Rice with ham and pineapple

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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.

Fried Rice with ham and pineapple

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!


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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.

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Fried Rice with ham and pineapple
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Hawaiian Fried Rice

This rice is packed with diced ham, red bell pepper, and pineapple! The pineapple adds a slight sweetness to every bite and makes this rice heavenly.
Servings 4
Author Holly


  • 4 Tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame seed oil
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil divided
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced seeds removed
  • 2 cups diced ham
  • 2 green onions, diced (divide the white and green parts of the onions)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 cups cold, cooked white 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 a 1/2 Tablespoon of the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the diced red bell pepper and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, or until crisp-tender. Next, add the ham and the chopped white parts of the green onions. Cook and stir until ham is slightly browned. Stir in the garlic and cook another minute. Pour this mixture into a bowl; 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!



Fried Rice with ham and pineapple
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41 thoughts on “Hawaiian Fried Rice

  1. Ive been trying to comment since last night. I hope this one works cuz its my last try. I made this rice last night for dinner and it was magnificent! I have never used that word in my life ๐Ÿ˜€ lol I did add chopped ginger but that was the only change. I think it added even more falvor. terrific recipe!

    1. Sorry, Melanie. I’ve been dealing with a lot of spam comments the last day, so I had to block all comments for awhile. Everything should be working fine now, and thanks for letting me know you loved this rice! It is amazing, huh! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. fried rice is really good, I’ve seen a few things and delicious, this dish looks more attractive dish I did, I would do it again.

  3. What if my rice isn’t cold? I have it in the rice cooker to be done just about a half hour before I cook.

  4. I just made this today and love it. Was the sesame oil supposed to be 1 tablespoon? Seems a bit overwhelming so I’d cut back a bit on that next time but otherwise it was perfect. I’ll be adding this to my regular rotation!

  5. Has anyone made this the day before a party and served it for the party the following day? I’m trying to find side dishes for a luau themed party and rice never reallyre- heats well (it seems anyway).

    1. Laureen, this rice makes for delicious leftovers, so I think it would be fine to make it the day before your party. I would just leave out the pineapple until after you’ve reheated it and ready to serve it for the party. Hope you enjoy it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Tried this rice last night, I did not make it with pre cooked rice, though after I cooked the rice I put it in the freezer to get it as cold as possible. This rice was a serious hit! So good there were no leftovers. So good that I am making it again today lol This is the second recipe I’ve made from this blog and so far everything has tasted amazing!

  7. We had a luau party and I made this rice. Absolutely delicious!!!!!!!! I have already been asked for the recipe several times.

  8. Hi, I made this for dinner exactly following your recipe. It is so delicious, will make it again!! Thank you for sharing.

  9. 4 stars
    This recipe is yummy great for kids, I just left out the hot sauce for the kids as we dont eat hot stuff and still yummy hubby took some for work the next day

  10. made this for supper tonight, my Husband was a bit sceptical about the PINEAPPLE.He was pleased with the flavour of the sweet with the salty. even my oldest son who is picky with trying new foods, loved it! Will Definitely be making this again! could be a new favorite now

  11. Putting PIneApple in a dish does *NOT* MAKE it โ€œhawaiianโ€. That would be lIke adding corn to whatever dIsh you want and calLing it native american.

    1. If you look at most pizza restaurants menus, they call it a Hawaiian pizza when thereโ€™s pineapple on it. I am not the first to title it that way. Also, beautiful gorgeous pineapple is grown in Hawaii.
      I hope you have a happier day. Maybe instead of commenting negativity on a food blog, you can go spread some positivity and kindness somewhere else.

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