Spam Fried Rice

Spam fried rice served on a grey camp plate with a fork.

This is perfect fried rice for camping. It uses primarily canned ingredients like spam and peas to make a dish that loses none of its traditional fried rice character or flavor. Although this makes a great meal on its own it can also be served as a side dish to a simply grilled piece of meat or fish.

The canned peas are a great option but can be swapped out for frozen peas. Frozen peas tend to hold up better to the stir-frying process. You can also swap them out completely for a different vegetable, like canned sweet corn or carrots.

Because Spam is naturally very salty, start with a little bit of soy sauce for seasoning. Give it a taste, then add more if needed. You can use freshly cooked ham, instead of Spam, if that is available to you.

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Looking down on a grey camp plate of spam fried rice with a fork.
The Spam fried rice can be a meal on its own or a side.
A fork serving of spam fried rice.
Spam fried rice is a great way to get some protein into your camp menu without having to deal with raw meat.
Close up of Spam fried rice on a camp plate ready to eat.
Fired rice doesn’t need to be hard or expensive as shown with this quick and easy spam fried rice recipe that is perfect for your next camping adventure.
Spam fried rice served on a grey camp plate with a fork.
Spam fried rice can be served as a main dish or a side dish depending on your appetite.

Spam Fried Rice Recipe

Spam fried rice served on a grey camp plate with a fork.
This is a perfect fried rice for camping, which uses primarily canned ingredients like Spam to make a dish that loses none of its traditional fried rice character or flavor.
Preparation 10 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Ready in 30 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
MethodStir Fry


  • 1 can spam
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • 1 can peas drained
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce


  • wok


  • Remove the spam from the can then dice into even cubes about 1/3-inch (1cm). Dice the onion into squares the same size as the spam.
  • Heat the wok over high heat and add the oil. Add the onions and stir-fry until the onion starts to become transparent.
  • Add the spam and stir-fry until the spam browns.
  • Add the garlic and cooked rice then stir-fry until hot all the way through. Add the peas and stir gently not to mush.
  • Drizzle with the soy sauce.
    Tip: Don’t be tempted to add too much soy sauce, as there is already a lot of salt from the spam.
  • Serve hot straight away as a light meal or as a side dish.

Nutritional Information

Serving: 4gCalories: 535kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 20gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 1708mgPotassium: 645mgFiber: 6gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 599IUVitamin C: 34mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 2mg

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Outdoor cooking has been Saffron’s passion since she was young, often choosing to go camping and cook hearty meals over fire rather than stay inside, watch TV, and eat take-out. Today she is the driving force of Bush Cooking bringing the skills of cooking outdoors to thousands of people.

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