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Kimchi Fried Rice with Spam

Kimchi Fried Rice with Spam is a dish that is made with leftovers and spicy Korean condiments like Kimchi pickled cabbage and Gochujang spicy paste. The dish starts with classic Filipino sinangag (garlic rice) stir-fried with fiery ingredients and savory Spam slices. Serve this for brunch or any meal of the day. This recipe was inspired by Tim Quirino of Carb Your Enthusiasm.
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Asian, Filipino, Korean
Keyword: Kimchi Fried Rice
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 599kcal
Author: Tim Quirino

Equipment

  • large skillet or wok

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 to 4 slices canned Spam
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ of a whole onion, diced
  • 2 stalks scallion whites, chopped
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped Kimchi
  • 3 cups cooked white rice, at least 1 day old, must be refrigerated
  • 1 Tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Gochujang
  • teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 stalks scallion greens, chopped for garnish
  • ½ Tablespoon sesame seeds for garnish

For serving:

  • 2 to 3 whole eggs, sunny-side up

Instructions

  • Add oil to the skillet or wok. Over high heat, pan fry the Spam slices for 3 to 4 minutes till brown. Remove from skillet. Place on parchment paper or paper towels to remove excess grease. Cut into cubes and set aside.
  • Using the same skillet, with the same oil over high heat, saute the garlic, onions, and scallion whites. Sprinkle the salt and stir ingredients.
    Add the chopped Kimchi and mix well.
    Then add the cooked rice and blend with the ingredients.
  • In a small bowl, combine the melted butter and Gochujang paste. Blend till smooth.
    Pour this into the skillet with the cooked rice. Return the Spam cubes to the rice mixture. Mix all ingredients well.
    Season with sesame oil and black pepper.
    Garnish with scallion greens and sesame seeds. Serve warm with a side of eggs, sunny-side up.

Ingredient Notes:

  • Kimchi is Korean pickled Chinese cabbage. It has sour, sweet and spicy flavors. It has Korean green chilies, ginger, garlic, scallions, Korean red pepper powder, sugar. Some kimchi are made of radish. This is prepared with spices and condiments and sits in jars for at least a week or longer. Bottled kimchi can be purchased at Asian or Korean markets or online sources.
    Gochujang is a Korean red chili paste. It has savory, sweet and spicy flavors. This is a fermented condiment which contains chili powder, glutinous rice, salt and other Korean spice seasonings. It is a basic ingredient used in most Korean cooking. This is a thick, reddish paste and usually sold in plastic tubs. Find Gochujang in Asian or Korean markets and online.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 599kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 659mg | Potassium: 297mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg