I have a quick and easy one-pot meal recipe for kimchi fried rice with spam for you today. It's a delicious and unique fusion dish that can be made in 30 minutes. Perfect for a quick weeknight meal.
What Is Kimchi Fried Rice
Kimchi Fried Rice, known as Kimchi Bokkeumbap in Korean, is a mouthwatering combination of flavors. This dish is a delightful mix of leftover rice, spicy kimchi, and other ingredients that create a symphony of flavors.
The star ingredient here is the kimchi. For those new to it, kimchi is a traditional Korean dish made from fermented vegetables, primarily cabbage or radish. It has a unique tangy and spicy flavor that adds depth and complexity to any dish it accompanies.
The Versatility of Spam
While traditional ingredients like eggs or vegetables undoubtedly add flavor and color to this fried rice recipe, adding Spam opens doors to endless possibilities for customization. Whether you prefer thinly sliced ham-like strips or prefer to dice it up for a more pronounced presence, the versatility of Spam allows you to tailor your dish precisely to your liking. So go ahead and get creative with this fantastic ingredient!
- Cooked White Rice: Preferably day-old rice, as it's firmer and perfect for frying.
- Kimchi: Fermented cabbage (napa cabbage or Korean radish) mixed with chili paste, garlic, ginger, and other seasonings.
- Kimchi Juice: The liquid from the kimchi adds extra flavor.
- Protein: Optional, but you can add diced cooked chicken, pork, beef, tofu, shrimp, or spam.
- Vegetables: Common additions include diced onions, green onion, carrots, scallions, green beans, or peas.
- Eggs: Often used to mix in with the rice or served sunny side up on top.
- Sesame Oil: Adds a nutty flavor to the dish.
- Soy Sauce: For seasoning and depth of flavor.
- Sesame Seeds: Garnish for added texture and flavor (optional).
- Vegetable Oil: For frying the ingredients.
- Salt and Black Pepper: To taste.
These ingredients can be adjusted according to personal preferences. Add or omit certain items and tailor the dish to your taste. Some also like adding sugar or gochujang (Korean red chili paste) for extra spice.
Please refer to the recipe card below for exact measurements.
- Heat a large skillet or wok over medium heat with a drizzle of vegetable (or olive) oil.
- Add eggs to the wok and cook as you would scrambled eggs. Remove the eggs from the skillet and set it aside to be added back to the rice later.
- Add sesame oil to the same skillet and the cooked white rice. Stir-fry for about two minutes.
- Add the spam, kimchi, juice, eggs, and soy sauce. Keep stirring for a couple more minutes until all ingredients are heated and the rice gets slightly crispy.
- Voila! Your Kimchi Fried Rice is now ready to be devoured. Garnish it with chopped green onions or toasted sesame seeds for freshness and crunchiness.
See the recipe card below for more specific instructions.
Reasons You Should Try This Recipe
- Boldly Delicious Flavor Explosion: Kimchi fried rice with spam is about boldness in every bite. The pungent and tangy kick of kimchi perfectly complements the savory taste of crispy, pan-fried spam. Each mouthful bursts with contrasting yet harmonious flavors that will awaken your taste buds like never before.
- Quick and Easy to Prepare: Whether you're a seasoned home cook or just starting your culinary journey, this fried rice recipe is an absolute breeze. With minimal ingredients required, it's perfect for those busy weeknights when time is precious but flavor is non-negotiable. Gather your ingredients, toss them in a hot skillet, and voilà—your delicious meal is served!
- Comfort Food at Its Finest: Craving something warm and comforting? Look no further than kimchi fried rice with spam! It offers that familiar feeling of comfort we all seek after a long day—a hearty bowl filled with fragrant goodness that warms both body and soul.
- Perfect Balance of Texture: Texture is key to a satisfying meal, and kimchi fried rice with spam nails it perfectly. The crunchy bite of pan-fried spam contrasts beautifully with the softness of fluffy rice and the slight crunch of kimchi. This delightful interplay of textures will keep you coming back for more.
Classic Spam is commonly used in this dish. However, there are various flavors of Spam available, and you can choose according to your preference. The original Spam or even Spam Lite can work well.
Cut the Spam into small cubes or slices. You can pan-fry or sauté the Spam until it's crispy on the edges before adding it to the fried rice. This adds a nice texture to the dish.
Absolutely! If you're not a fan of Spam or want to switch it up, you can use diced ham, cooked bacon, shredded chicken, or any other protein of your choice.
Yes, you can control the spiciness by adjusting the amount of kimchi you use. If you prefer less spicy, use less kimchi or rinse it before adding it to the dish. You can also remove the seeds from the kimchi for a milder flavor. Alternatively, you can also add some hot sauce.
You can reheat a skillet or frying pan on medium heat. Add some oil to prevent sticking, and stir-fry until it's heated through. You can briefly cover it with a lid to help generate steam and ensure it's evenly heated.
Absolutely! You can add vegetables like carrots, green beans, peas, bell peppers, or spinach. Sauté them along with the Spam for added flavor and texture.
Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Reheat before serving.
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What To Eat With Rice
These are my favorite dishes to serve with rice:
- ½ tablespoon Vegetable oil or olive oil
- 4 Eggs medium or large size
- ½ tablespoon Sesame oil
- 3 cups White rice Cooked (preferably day-old)
- 12 ounces Spam substitute or add other types of protein (see notes)
- 1 cup Kimchi roughly chopped
- ¼ cup Kimchi Juice liquid from Kimchi
- 1 tablespoon Soy sauce
- ½ stalk Green onions substitute or add other types of vegetables (see notes)
- 1 tablespoon Sesame seeds can add more if desired for garnish
- Salt and Black Peppers to taste
- Add (vegetable or olive) oil in a large skillet or wok, over medium heat.½ tablespoon Vegetable oil
- Add the eggs to the skillet and cook on both sides. Remove from the skillet and set on a plate.4 Eggs
- Add sesame oil and white rice to the wok. Stir fry for about two minutes.½ tablespoon Sesame oil, 3 cups White rice
- Add the spam to the wok and stir fry for another two minutes before adding kimchi, kimchi juice, soy sauce, and eggs (broken up into smaller pieces). Mix well—season with salt and pepper as desired.12 ounces Spam, 1 cup Kimchi, ¼ cup Kimchi Juice, 1 tablespoon Soy sauce, Salt and Black Peppers
- Garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seed (if desired).½ stalk Green onions, 1 tablespoon Sesame seeds
- Use day-old rice, as it's firmer and perfect for frying.
- Time-saving tip: use frozen stir-fry vegetables.
- For a gluten-free option, use coconut aminos or tamari instead of soy sauce.
- For an added crunch, cut the spam into thin strips, then pan-fry it before adding to the rice mixture.