How to Make Hawaiian Local Style – Fried Rice

A great meal to combine all of the leftover ingredients from the fridge and to use any leftover rice.

Fried Rice

In Hawaii, rice is pretty much a staple. It is served with almost any meal; breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Sometimes there will be leftover rice and what better way to use the rice is making fried rice! The best part is if you need to get rid of some ingredients in the fridge, throw it in the fried rice dish!

What ingredients to use?

Honestly, it really is what you have in the fridge. The combinations of fried rice are usually veggies (to feel like it is healthy), protein, and eggs. If it is being eaten as a hearty meal, then add in more ingredients to fill up the dish. If it is served as a side dish, use minimal ingredients.

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The ingredients provided below are JUST suggestions. I used peas, carrots, and onions. If you don’t like them, replace them with whatever floats your boat. Broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, eggplants, etc. As for the protein part of the dish, a typical Hawaii dish would sport SPAM, Portuguese sausage, lup cheong, and char siu. Other suggestions to use, if you don’t have those meats at your local grocery store, are chicken, beef, and ham.

stirring fried rice

Leftover rice vs. freshly cooked rice

Why do you need to use leftover rice? Using leftover rice, gives the rice the chance to dry out a little. It means the moisture or sticky texture you get from cooked rice dries out. Trust me, I was too impatient one time to wait for the rice to dry out to make fried rice. The result that came from that mess was Fried Glooped Rice. The fried rice was too sticky to fry anything really. When I was trying to stir fry it, the rice was impossible to stir. In a fried rice dish you are looking for the individual grains to easily come off from each other.

fried rice

Importance to season your wok

If you are using a wok to cook this dish, remember to season and keep your wok properly cleaned. I will admit, as a total average cook, I hardly used the wok since I was starting to build my collection of kitchenware after I got married. It was never mentioned to me when you get a new wok, you should season it. Seasoning a wok is different to seasoning a skillet. I learned how to season a wok thanks to a search on Youtube. If you need help seasoning a wok, I used this video. It’s a very informative and easy to follow video on seasoning a wok.

Fried Rice bowls

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Local Style Fried Rice

Hawaiian style kind of rice is using any leftover rice and any leftover ingredients from the fridge.
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Fried Rice
Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:10 minutes
Total Time:25 minutes


  • Wok


  • 4 cups leftover rice
  • 1/2 diced onion
  • 1 cooked cubed chicken breast
  • 1/2 can SPAM
  • 1 cup cubed carrot
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tsp shoyu (soy sauce)
  • 6 tbsp oil divided to fry eggs, vegetables, and rice
  • 2 whisked eggs

Other optional meats:

  • Portuguese sausage
  • char siu
  • lup cheong (Chinese sausage)
  • shrimp
  • beef
  • bacon


  • Heat a wok or large frying pan over medium heat. Drizzle in 2 tablespoons of oil and scramble the eggs for 30 seconds or until cooked to your preference. Set the eggs aside on a plate.
  • Drizzle in 2 tablespoons of oil again to the wok. Fry the toughest vegetable (for this recipe it is the carrots) for a couple of minutes. Then keep frying the next tender vegetable (onions) and fry for another couple of minutes. Lastly, add in the most tender vegetable and cook for a minute. Set aside the cooked vegetables.
  • *If your meat isn't cooked or you would like to warm it up, fry the meat in the wok for a few minutes or until the meat is cooked.
  • Drizzle in 2 tablespoons of oil again to the wok. Add in the leftover rice and fry it until all of the rice has been coated in the oil. Add in the oyster sauce, shoyu, white pepper, and salt. Stir fry until well combined.
  • Add everything back to the wok. Eggs, vegetables, and meat. Stir fry everything until has mixed well. Serve hot as a hearty meal or side dish. Enjoy!
Servings: 6


  1. 5 stars
    First time making fried rice and it was an instant success with the family. You’re recipe was very easy to follow and the flavors were perfect. So excited we found your blog and can’t wait to try the other recipes. Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    Hi Tani! My husband usually is the cooker in the family and I have never made fried rice before. I just made it this morning and your recipe was so easy to follow and so ono!

  3. 5 stars
    My eyes widened so big when I tasted the first bite. We had just gotten back from Hawaii and had eaten at the Gazebos restaurant. We wanted to share what we had experience with our kids at home and I was amazed at how much this recipe tasted like the famous fried rice at The Gazebos. Thank you so much!

  4. 5 stars
    Aloha Tani,

    Try adding 1/4 tsp ground ginger.

    My wife and I too have moved to the mainland and dearly miss the food of Hawaii. (The nearest plate-lunch place is 90 minutes away.) Thank you for providing these great recipes to fill the void. I just wish I could find tree ripened banana to make lumpia. Apple banana from the back yard make the best. Broke da mout’.


  5. 1 star
    Hi, natve Hawaiian here. I had to stop by and mention that this looks more like the stuff you get at Panda than the stuff my mom made for me growing up.

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