Hawaiian Fried Rice

June 25, 2019

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Hawaiian Fried Rice – classic fried rice gets a tropical twist including coconut rice, ham, pineapple, bell pepper and vibrant fresh herbs. It’s an exciting summery recipe you’ll want to make all year long!

Wooden bowl full of hawaiian fried rice decorated with flowers and chopsticks to the side.

Fried Rice with Hawaiian Flavors

One thing we always love for dinner at our house is fried rice. I mean who doesn’t love it?

It’s easy, flavorful, filling and it’s also a versatile dish. You can swap out the protein, add different vegetables and even include different flavors in the rice.

This Hawaiian inspired version is made with rich coconut rice (my favorite!) and that classic sweet pineapple and salty ham combo. In other words think Hawaiian pizza meets fried rice and this is what you get!

So many delicious, fresh flavors in one bowl of fried rice. You can’t go wrong with this meal in one!

Hawaiian fried rice ingredients

Ingredients Needed for Hawaiian Fried Rice

  • Jasmine rice – this type of rice adds the perfect lightly sweet flavor to this dish. It has a great texture too.
  • Coconut milk – canned full fat coconut milk is recommended, not light and don’t use coconut milk beverage. I like Thai Kitchen for this rice.
  • Coconut water or water – using coconut water adds a little extra flavor but water will work too.
  • Salt – you won’t need a lot since soy sauce will also be added.
  • Olive oil – used for sauteing. Vegetable oil will work too.
  • Sesame oil – a little of this goes a long way. I don’t like to add a lot so it doesn’t overpower the coconut rice.
  • Eggs – what would fried rice be without them?
  • Bell pepper – I like to use a red bell for a nice color balance in the dish but any color will work.
  • Green onions and fresh cilantro – these add delicious fresh flavor without being overwhelming.
  • Fresh garlic and ginger – don’t try substituting powders or this fried rice won’t turn out the same.
  • Ham – use something like leftover ham roast, spiral sliced ham or ham steak.
  • Fresh pineapple – wondering how to cut a pineapple? HERE is a good tutorial.
  • Soy sauce – add more to taste, but preferably not too much. Again, so it doesn’t overpower other flavors.

rice in a saucepan

How to Make Hawaiian Fried Rice

  • Cook coconut rice. Let stand off heat 10 minutes.
  • Saute veggies and aromatics.
  • Warm ham and pineapple through.

whisking eggs in a skillet next to pineapple ham and bell pepper mixture

  • Scramble and cook eggs in pan.
  • Add rice and herbs, and season with soy sauce.
  • Serve with sriracha hot sauce if desired.

Hawaiian fried rice in a skillet.

Tips for Success:

  • Be sure to rinse the rice before cooking so it’s not overly starchy which can leave it mushy or overly sticky in the end. Drain well too.
  • Use good quality ham and fresh pineapple since they are highlights of the dish.
  • Use a big big pan. As in a deep skillet, wok or saute pan. Otherwise you won’t be able to fit this many ingredients.

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Wooden bowl full of hawaiian fried rice decorated with flowers and chopsticks to the side.
5 from 7 votes

Hawaiian Fried Rice

If you like Hawaiian pizza you'll be obsessed with this Hawaiian Fried Rice. It's a blend of coconut rice with that delicious ham and pineapple combo. To make this a quick meal you'll want to start the rice cooking then prep the remaining ingredients while the rice is cooking. Then while the rice is resting start cooking the remaining ingredients.
Servings: 5
Prep15 minutes
Cook30 minutes
Ready in: 30 minutes



  • In a medium saucepan bring coconut milk, coconut water and salt to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Add in rice, cover and reduce heat to low. Let simmer until liquid has been absorbed, about 15 - 18 minutes.
  • Remove rice from heat and let rest off heat 10 minutes.
  • While rice is resting, heat 1 Tbsp olive oil and 1/2 tsp sesame oil in 12-inch (and deep) skillet or saute pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add bell pepper and light green onions to skillet and saute until peppers are tender, about 4 minutes.
  • Stir in garlic and ginger, then toss in ham and pineapple and let cook until heated through, about 1 minute.
  • Scoot everything in pan to one far side. Add remaining 1/2 Tbsp olive oil and 1/2 tsp sesame oil to now empty side of skillet.
  • Add eggs, season lightly with salt and scramble and cook until just set.
  • Add in rice, green portion of green onions and cilantro and drizzle in soy sauce and toss everything.
  • Serve warm with sriracha if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Hawaiian Fried Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 485 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 123mg41%
Sodium 1027mg45%
Potassium 543mg16%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 1110IU22%
Vitamin C 67.4mg82%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 3.8mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.


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  • Deanna Collins

    Thinking about trying this tonight… but subbing the ham with grilled Mahi Mahi 🐠 Thoughts? ☺️

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Sorry for the late reply! I think that would also be delicious!

  • Anne

    We made this last night for dinner and it was delicious! Especially loved the coconut rice, which I’d never made before. Thank you!

  • Melanie M

    This is NOT Hawaiian fried rice. First and foremost, you would NEVER use Jasmine rice, but Calrose, sticky rice. You need Portuguese sausage and spam, NOT ham. Coconut milk, pineapple…really??? To call it Hawaiian fried rice is racist and false.

    • SJackson

      Did you seriously leave this comment? If this kind of thing gets you so unnerved, I think you should seriously consider staying off the internet. Sheesh.

  • Vanessa Racca

    I apologize but I experimented with your fabulous recipe as I didn’t have ham, eggs or coconut milk but had a can of cream of coconut instead. Meant to only put a half a can but the top solidified & BAM… went all into my other ingredients so had to go with it. Also added chopped almonds & pecans as a filler for the egg & ham. While I butchered your recipe, I took the concept & wanted to share an interesting version that came out freaking AMAZING believe it or not. Sent hubby to the store to get ham, eggs & coconut milk now so I could try your version. LOL. Thank you EVER so much for a concept I hated to adapt but came out better than I ever imagined.