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Put those holiday ham leftovers to good use by making this Hawaiian Fried Rice recipe. It’s quick, easy, and SO delicious!
Hawaiian Fried Rice serves 4-6 people and costs approximately $10.33 to make. That is about $2.48 per serving, which is a way better price than any takeout Fried Rice you can buy!
If you love Hawaiian styled food as much as I do, be sure to check out my Hawaiian Macaroni Salad, my Hawaiian Food Truck Garlic Shrimp, and my Grilled Hawaiian Chicken with Pineapple Barbecue Sauce.
Hawaiian Fried Rice
When I think of holiday dinners, I think of ham! Every Christmas, my mom would serve a beautiful ham for Christmas dinner. Because I’m a creature of habit, and because ham is so delicious, the only main dish I serve at Christmas is ham.
In some households, “leftovers” is a dirty word, but not in my house! I hate wasting food. Like I really, really, really hate it! That’s why I find loads of ways to use up leftovers like holiday ham!
When you re-purpose leftovers in ways that completely change the original dish, there shouldn’t be any complaints. Today I’m sharing one of my favorite recipes for reusing holiday ham; Hawaiian Fried Rice.
Think Hawaiian Pizza meets Fried Rice! The pineapple adds sweetness while the ham adds a bit of salty flavor that you cannot beat.
Leftover Ham Recipes
Ham is not just for holiday dinners. I love using leftover ham the next morning in breakfast burritos, omelets, breakfast casseroles, and quiche!
Also, use it in dinners throughout the week. I like making recipes like this Hawaiian Fried Rice, so my family doesn’t even know they’re eating leftover ham for dinner!
What is Hawaiian fried rice?
Hawaiian Fried Rice is your favorite fried rice dish with a tropical flair by adding pineapple and ham. The sweet and salty combination is delicious!
How long is leftover ham good for?
Leftover cooked ham will stay fresh in the fridge for 3-5 days. It will remain fresh in the freezer for up to two months.
What can I make with my leftovers?
Leftover ham is the best! There are so many options of what to do with it! Here are my top favorite recipes to use with my leftover holiday ham:
How to Make Hawaiian Fried Rice recipe:
STEPS 1 AND 2: First, cook ham, bell pepper, green onion, whites, and yellow onion. Then, add ginger and garlic and cook until fragrant. Add egg and stir until combined and cook for about 3 minutes.
STEPS 3 AND 4: Next, stir in rice and sauce. Cook until rice is heated through. Turn off heat and stir in pineapple and green onion. Finally, serve!
How much will this Hawaiian Fried Rice recipe cost to make:
RECIPE COST: $10.33
PER SERVING COST: $2.48
- 3 Tablespoons soy sauce – $0.12
- 2 Tablespoons toasted sesame oil – $0.60
- 1 Tablespoon Sriracha sauce – $0.02
- 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil – $0.03
- 4 green onions – $0.40
- 1 ½ cups chopped ham – $4.68
- 1 large red bell pepper – $1.38
- 3 large garlic cloves – $0.15
- 1 medium yellow onion – $0.62
- 1 Tablespoon minced fresh ginger – $0.02
- 2 large eggs lightly beaten – $0.20
- 4 cups cooked long-grain white rice – $1.56
- 1 cup pineapple – $0.55
NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have.
SERVE: You can keep the fried rice out for about two hours before it needs to be stored in the refrigerator.
STORE: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for five days.
FREEZE: Place the cooled rice in a freezer-safe container or zipper-top bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
DEFROST: Defrost in the refrigerator overnight.
REHEAT: Place the Pineapple Fried Rice in a microwave-safe dish and re-heat on HIGH in the microwave for 1-minute. Stir and repeat until heated through.
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- Sausage and Peppers Sloppy Joes
- Cilantro Thai Chicken
- Southwest Shepherd’s Pie
- Healthy and Easy Gazpacho
- Tomato Basil Pasta
Hawaiian Fried Rice
FOR THE SAUCE:
- 3 Tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 Tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- 1 Tablespoon Sriracha sauce
FOR THE FRIED RICE:
- 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 ½ cups chopped ham
- 1 large red bell pepper stemmed, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 4 green onions white parts minced, green parts cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 medium yellow onion diced
- 3 large garlic cloves minced
- 1 Tablespoon minced fresh ginger
- 2 large eggs lightly beaten
- 4 cups cooked long-grain white rice cooled to room temperature
- 1 cup fresh pineapple cut into ½-inch dice
- Whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, and Sriracha in a small bowl and set aside.
MAKE FRIED RICE:
- In a large 12-inch skillet, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat until just smoking.
- Add ham, bell pepper, green onion whites, and yellow onion and cook, occasionally stirring until lightly browned, 7-9 minutes.
- Add garlic and ginger, stir and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Add eggs to the skillet and stir them into the other ingredients.
- Stir constantly until eggs are cooked, about 3 minutes.
- Add rice and soy sauce mixture to skillet, stir until combined, and rice is heated through.
- Turn off heat and stir in pineapple and remaining green onions.
- Serve immediately.
- This recipe moves quickly, so prep all of the ingredients before beginning.
- Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5 days.
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Michelle @ Sunshine and Hurricanes.com says
This looks so delicious! I love pineapple and this is perfect for quick weeknight dinners!
Healing Tomato says
Your pictures look amazing as usual. The rice looks so inviting. Love the idea.
Aww, you’re the sweetest!
Michelle @ The Complete Savorist says
This is my kind of dish! This is comfort food at its best for me.
Made this today and it was delicious! I used carrots instead of the red pepper (hubby doesn’t like red pepper. He doesn’t understand what he is missing!) I also added some cashews at the end to see if it would taste like my favorite take-out fried rice and it did! Also fried the egg separately, chopped and added it in towards the end. I never have any luck cooking it in the same pan with the other ingredients. This was a great way to use up leftover ham. The ginger/garlic/sesame combo played really nice with the salty ham and the sweet pineapple!
Shelly, I’m thrilled you loved this recipe! 🙂
Theresa S. (@Reese22) says
This looks super YUM! My husband loves anything with Pineapples and Ham, so this should be a winner. Thanks for sharing!
Filling meal! YUM!
Nice tradition and great recipe. Thanks for sharing.
Emily @ Love, Pasta and a Tool Belt says
I love fried rice and this recipe looks so delicious! Going to have to try this one out!
Jillian– this is absolutely perfection…I love that you completely changed it up so it doesn’t feel like leftovers at all. YUM! #client
This looks fantastic! I love fried rice. It’s one of my favorite dishes. I need to try this Hawaiian spin to it. Love it!
Cami @ The Crafting Nook says
Yummmmm fried rice? yes please!!! Love fried rice and this one looks so good!!!
Do you know how well this recipe would be if it was made ahead and then frozen? I have made it several times and it is my favorite Hawaiian fried rice recipe.
Hi Andrea! I am SO glad you enjoyed this recipe, it’s a favorite at my house, too!
To answer your question I’m not sure how well it will freeze because I’v never tried…there usually aren’t any leftovers when I make it! But thinking about all of the ingredients, I think only the green onions wouldn’t freeze then re-heat well as they tend to get slimy (I say just add them in once everything has been re-heated). I hope this helps! If you freeze it, let me know how it turns out!
Sabrina suni says
can you get me the recipe
Hi Sabrina, the recipe is up above in the post. 🙂
I think this is the best stir fried rice I have ever made. Thank you! I did add the pineapple at the beginning to caramelize slightly but otherwise as you wrote. Yummy !
i’m so glad you liked it. Caramelizing the pineapple is a fabulous idea, I’m going to try it the next time I make it!
May Jennings says
Hi I plan on making this recipe later this week but I’m not certain how much I should make, how many servings would you say this recipe produces?
This recipe serves 4-6. Enjoy!
What a wonderful meal. Just make sure to prep all ingredients before starting. It goes quick and was a hit with both hubby and son.
Great tip! So glad you liked the recipe. 🙂
Charles Mayhew says
I’ve made this dish for several groups of people and has gotten rave reviews each time!
Such wonderful explosion of flavor and texture!
I am thrilled that this recipe has been such a hit for you! Thanks for stopping by to let me know! 🙂
Michael Whaley says
I’m going to try this, looks good. I’ll dice a can of SPAM and then smoke it instead of ham. Smoked SPAM is good stuff.
Rahul @samosastreet says
Wow this looks so tasty and easy to make, perfect for summer! I love hawaiian style food
I made this for dinner tonight and everyone loved it. It was super easy to make. I will definitely make this again
I am thrilled that the recipe was a hit! Thank for stopping by to let me know!
I think I messed up. I read four cups of rice so I made four cups of rice…which is really 12 cups of cooked rice. I’m assuming that was wrong. It has a good taste though….I ended up just adding more of everything else.
Yeah, that’s ways too much rice. Glad you added more of everything else though!