This Hawaiian Prawn Fried Rice is loaded with shrimp and fresh pineapple, and garnished with some green onions on top and served in a craved pineapple bowl. It’s a Summer meal that reminds me of the wonderful time I had in Hawaii.
I had been craving for this Hawaiian Fried Rice for quite a while. I thought, instead of ignoring it, I might as well give in so I can stop thinking about it. Probably I’m craving it because it is Summer here in Canada and I had been making a lot of Summer treats, drinks and meals. Or maybe because Hawaiian Fried Rice served in a pineapple bowl looks simply irresistible, but then it really doesn’t matter why. Whatever the reason, I am glad I gave in as so now I can share my version of Hawaiian Fried Rice
Shrimp instead of Spam
Hawaiian Fried Rice is usually made with Spam. I remember when I was growing up in the Philippines, Spam is one breakfast item that I love to eat. Serve with egg and fried rice, its a breakfast worth waking up for. I cannot remember that last time I had Spam, I am just not into Spam anymore. So instead of spam, I swap it for my favorite shrimp, because why not? Shrimp in a fried rice, where do I sign?! If Prawn or shrimp is not something that you like, you can also use chicken. Prawn/shrimp and chicken are two of my favorite item when I need to mix something with fried rice.
So what do I like about Hawaiian Fried Rice?
I like the sweet and salty taste, I like that it’s a whole meal on its own although sometimes I still add some egg on top. There is no such thing as too much egg on a fried rice, that’s how I like it. I m used to having a savory dish with pineapple because we have a lot of savory dishes that I grew up cooking in the Philippines. Some people find it weird mixing pineapple to something savory but I kind off like it. Hawaiian Pizza, Pineapple Chicken, Hawaiian Style Chicken Adobo, Sweet and Sour just to name a few.
Tips in Making Fried Rice
- Use the Right Kind of Rice – medium to long grain rice are great for making fried rice. They are loose and the grains do not stick together so you get a nice fluffy loose grain of fried rice.
- Use Chilled Old Rice – Always use day old rice: Freshly cook rice is sticky and mushy, you want to use a dry out rice for better fried rice texture. For best result, few days old rice that has been refrigerated is recommended.
- Use Hot Pan – Hot pan and dry old rice is a god start to produce a loose fried rice. Hot pan will dry out the rice and ingredients and will toast the rice during the stir-fry process.
- Use Large – Use the largest pan possible that can hold all the ingredients without over crowding. The bigger the pan, the more chance that the rice will have direct contact to the hot pan thus drying it better. Large pan also avoids over crowding which can create steam that makes the rice mushy.
- Do NOT Add Too Much Sauce – adding too much sauce will make the rice wet and mushy, so use only amount enough to coat the rice, nothing more. You can make up for it by adding more spices.
- 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1/3 cup Yellow Onion
- 2 tablespoon Green Onion
- 1 Egg
- 1/3 cup fresh Pineapple – cut into small pieces
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 lb Shrimp or Prawns
- 1/8 teaspoon Salt
- 1/8 teaspoon Black Pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon Chile Pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon Paprika
- 2 tablespoon Soy Sauce
- 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon Red Chili Flakes
- Shrimp – can be substituted with chicken, spam, pork or simply skip it and make it purely vegetarian
- Fresh Pineapple – can be substituted with canned, but remember that canned pineapple are sweeter. The fresh pineapple are more tart which makes it better for fried rice
- Marinate the Shrimp: Combine the shrimp, salt, black pepper and chile pepper. Mix and set aside while you cook the fried rice
- Mix the Sauce: in a small box, mix soy sauce, sugar, and pepper
- Cook the Rice: In a heated pan, add olive oil and the onions. Saute for about 5 minutes or until the onion is really soft. Add the rice and stir to break apart. Pour the sauce and stir to distribute. Let cook for about 5 minutes without touching to allow the rice to dry out. Mix and cook another 5 minutes.
- Add the Shrimp: in the same pan, move the rice on the half side of the pan. Add the shrimp in the other side and cook until no longer translucent. Mix to combine the shrimp with the rice.
- Cook the Egg: push the rice to the other side and pour the beaten egg on the other side. Stir quickly to cook the egg and then mix with the rice. Season with salt and pepper. Adjust seasoning as needed
- Add Pineapple: lastly, add the pineapple and mix to combine.
- Serve: transfer in a serving dish or in pineapple bowl.
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