Easy Kimchi, Bacon, and Spam Fried Rice Recipe

Maybe you tried Spam fried rice. Maybe you tried kimchi fried rice, or even kimchi bacon fried rice. But have you ever experienced the pork explosion that is Kimchi, Bacon, and Spam Fried Rice?

About This Recipe

This mouthwatering recipe combines the bold flavors of Korean cuisine with the heartiness of fried rice, featuring a delightful trio of Kimchi, Bacon, and Spam Fried Rice. Quick and easy to prepare, it promises a fusion of savory and spicy notes for a satisfying meal.

Why Kimchi, Bacon, and Spam Fried Rice is Great

Oh wow, let me tell you, ever since I tried making the Kimchi, Bacon, and Spam Fried Rice, I’ve been hooked! It’s like a flavor party with the bacon, Spam, and kimchi—it’s just so, so good. And guess what? It’s super easy to make, like, I can whip it up real quick whenever I’m craving something yummy.

The Korean twist in there makes it extra special. I’ve started adding stuff like a fried egg and furikake, and it’s like, bam, perfection! The mix of sweet and spicy, the hearty feel, and how it looks so pretty—seriously, it’s my new favorite comfort food!

Nutrition Benefits of Kimchi, Bacon, and Spam Fried Rice

Protein Boost: Bacon and Spam contribute protein, essential for muscle repair and overall body function.

Fiber from Kimchi: Kimchi brings fiber, aiding digestion and promoting a healthy gut.

Vitamins and Minerals: The dish contains essential vitamins and minerals from ingredients like onions and kimchi, supporting overall well-being.

Spice with Health: Gochujang and gochugaru, the Korean chili elements, may offer metabolism-boosting properties and potential antioxidant benefits.

Balanced Carbs: Rice provides a source of carbohydrates, offering sustained energy.

Moderation in Sweetness: The addition of stevia for sweetness allows for a controlled sugar intake.

Customizable Additions: Optional toppings like a fried egg can add extra nutrients, making it easy to tailor the dish to individual dietary needs.

Remember, while this fried rice is delicious, it’s always good to enjoy it as part of a balanced diet for maximum nutritional benefits.

Let’s Make Kimchi, Bacon, and Spam Fried Rice

Ingredients  

  • 4 strips thick-cut bacon sliced into strips
  • 1 tbsp can Spam any flavor, I used low-sodium, diced
  • 1 tbsp white onion diced
  • 3 tbsp green onion sliced, green and white parts separated
  • 4 cups cold rice day-old leftover is best
  • 1-1/2 cup kimchi
  • 3 tbsp gochujang Korean chili paste
  • 1 tbsp gochugaru Korean chili flakes
  • 3/4 cup kimchi juice
  • 1 tbsp packet stevia or any other sweetener, to taste
  • salt & pepper to taste

optional:

  • 1 egg cooked in any style of your liking — I love sunny side up
  • furikake Japanese dry seaweed condiment

Instructions 

  1. Place bacon on cold frying pan and turn the stove to medium-high heat. Fry until bacon is almost fully cooked and most of the fat is rendered about 6-8 minutes. Add Spam and cook in the bacon fat for another minute or two.
  2. After Spam has taken on a nice caramelization, remove Spam and bacon from the pan with a slotted spoon and transfer to a plate. Discard some of the grease from the pan with a spoon but leave behind about 2 tablespoons.
  3. Add white onion and the green onion whites to the fat left in the pan and sauté for about a minute. Stir frequently to avoid burning the green onion.
  4. Add your kimchi to the pan and sauté another minute, continuing to stir.
  5. Turn the heat to high and add the white rice, gochujang, gochugaru, kimchi juice, and stevia to the pan. Ensure your leftover rice is broken up and not clumpy. Mix well and then add the Spam and bacon back to the pan and stir.
  6. Finish with salt and pepper to taste. Serve fried rice on a plate or bowl with any additional toppings like fried eggs, furikake, or reserved green onions tops (I recommend all three!).

Notes

  • Spam Selection: Experiment with different Spam flavors for varied taste experiences. Low-sodium Spam is a good choice for those watching their salt intake.
  • Kimchi Varieties: Explore different types of kimchi to find your preferred level of spice and fermentation.
  • Gochujang Intensity: Control the spiciness by adjusting the amount of gochujang according to personal taste. Start with a little and add more if desired.

FAQ

1. Can I use fresh rice instead of day-old rice?

  • While day-old rice is recommended for optimal texture, you can use freshly cooked rice. However, it may be a bit more sticky, so ensure it’s well-cooled and fluffed.

2. Is there a vegetarian version of Kimchi, Bacon, and Spam Fried Rice?

  • Absolutely! Skip the bacon and Spam, and load up on your favorite veggies for a delicious vegetarian twist.

3. How do I make it less spicy?

  • To reduce the spice level, start with a smaller amount of gochujang and gochugaru, then adjust to taste. You can also choose mild kimchi varieties.

Kimchi, Bacon, and Spam Fried Rice

Recipe by Wasian CookeryCourse: Main CourseCuisine: Korean, WasianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Calories

400

kcal
Total time

25

minutes

Double down on pork with this delicious fried rice recipe.

Ingredients

  • 4 strips thick-cut bacon sliced into strips

  • 1 tbsp can Spam any flavor, I used low-sodium, diced

  • 1 tbsp white onion diced

  • 3 tbsp green onion sliced, green and white parts separated

  • 4 cups cold rice day-old leftover is best

  • 1-1/2 cup kimchi

  • 3 tbsp gochujang Korean chili paste

  • 1 tbsp gochugaru Korean chili flakes

  • 3/4 cup kimchi juice

  • 1 tbsp packet stevia or any other sweetener, to taste

  • salt & pepper to taste

  • optional:
  • 1 egg cooked in any style of your liking — I love sunny side up

  • furikake Japanese dry seaweed condiment

Directions

  • Place bacon on cold frying pan and turn the stove to medium-high heat. Fry until bacon is almost fully cooked and most of the fat is rendered about 6-8 minutes. Add Spam and cook in the bacon fat for another minute or two.
  • After Spam has taken on a nice caramelization, remove Spam and bacon from the pan with a slotted spoon and transfer to a plate. Discard some of the grease from the pan with a spoon but leave behind about 2 tablespoons.
  • Add white onion and the green onion whites to the fat left in the pan and sauté for about a minute. Stir frequently to avoid burning the green onion.
  • Add your kimchi to the pan and sauté another minute, continuing to stir.
  • Turn the heat to high and add the white rice, gochujang, gochugaru, kimchi juice, and stevia to the pan. Ensure your leftover rice is broken up and not clumpy. Mix well and then add the Spam and bacon back to the pan and stir.
  • Finish with salt and pepper to taste. Serve fried rice on a plate or bowl with any additional toppings like fried eggs, furikake, or reserved green onions tops (I recommend all three!).

Notes

  • Spam Selection: Experiment with different Spam flavors for varied taste experiences. Low-sodium Spam is a good choice for those watching their salt intake.
  • Kimchi Varieties: Explore different types of kimchi to find your preferred level of spice and fermentation.
  • Gochujang Intensity: Control the spiciness by adjusting the amount of gochujang according to personal taste. Start with a little and add more if desired.
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