Having never purchased a can of SPAM before, I thought this Sriracha and SPAM Fried Rice from The Sriracha Cookbook was an eye opener. The first order of business was to find the stuff (no, they don't carry it at Whole Foods, don't bother asking). Once I got my hands on a can, it was time to pull the tab and extract the meat rectangle from its navy blue metallic home. It slid out in a solid, albeit a little wobbly, shape and smelled eerily similar to cat food. But I was undeterred—my limited experience with SPAM in the past has been nothing but delicious and I had high hopes for this spicy fried rice.
Any unpleasantness disappeared when the SPAM cubes were sautéed with toasted sesame oil along with kernels of sweet corn and day-old rice. Eggs are quickly incorporated into the rice as well as a mix of Sriracha and soy sauce that coats everything with a blast of salt and spice. With a handful of scallions thrown on top, this is the kind of dish that lives somewhere in between late night drunk food and wake-me-up hangover breakfast. Belly filling, warm but not too hot, carby, meaty, and entirely satisfying—in a word, awesome.
Adapted from The Sriracha Cookbook. Copyright © 2010. Published by Ten Speed Press. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.
- 1/4 cup Sriracha, plus more for garnish
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil or peanut oil
- 1 (12-ounce) container SPAM, diced
- 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels
- 4 cups cooked white rice, cooled (preferably day-old)
- 2 eggs
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- Sliced green onions, green part only, for garnish
In a small bowl whisk together Sriracha and soy sauce. Reserve.
Heat a large nonstick or cast-iron skillet or wok over very high heat until it is rocket hot. Add 1 tablespoon of the oil to the skillet and let it heat up until it begins to shimmer and wrinkle, 10 to 15 seconds. Toss in SPAM and corn and cook until the meat begins to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Add an additional tablespoon of oil to the pan, and heat for 10 seconds. Add rice, stirring to coat each grain with oil. Stir-fry for 3 minutes.
Move rice mixture toward the outer edges of the pan, creating a "well" in the center. Add remaining tablespoon of oil to the center of the pan, and heat until it shimmers, 10 to 15 seconds. Add eggs and garlic, stirring feverishly. Cook until eggs are cooked through, then drizzle the Sriracha/ soy mixture over the rice. Toss everything together to combine, cooking for an additional 30 seconds or so.
Mound rice into bowls, garnish with Sriracha and green onions, and serve immediately.