Bring the Islands Home with this Hawaiian Breakfast Fried Rice. Loaded with sweet pineapple, 3 breakfast meats and savory vegetables. Your family will want to Hula after tasting it!
Several years ago when my son Brandon graduated from college, I took him to Hawaii for a graduation present and to celebrate his big achievement. Now, aside from planning all of the places we should visit, I also mapped out where I’d like to eat. I love finding all the best cuisine that different cultures have to offer. I mean, how often do you get to go to Hawaii, you better bring your “A” game!
So I wanted to go to a great breakfast place and I scoured the web looking for just the right spot. I finally found a place where locals, as well as savvy tourists, line up each morning to have the best Island traditional plate of something they call Hawaiian Breakfast Fried Rice. This dwelling was a round hut on the beach that had about 15 tables. As we patiently lined up to get in, you could see mounds of this delectable fried rice dish being served left and right. When we got close enough, the aroma was absolutely amazing! I mean, who doesn’t like waking up to the smell of bacon?
When we finally got a table and ordered the Hawaiian Breakfast Fried Rice, we could hardly wait for it to be delivered. It was totally worth waiting for! It had all the elements of traditional fried rice, but with a lot more flavor and texture. The pineapple adds a slight sweet surprise, which blends perfectly with the savory vegetables and yummy pork sausage, honey ham and crispy, smoky bacon. It was a winning combination and truly amazing!
This dish is also the perfect anytime meal. It’s great for breakfast (or lunch or dinner or late-night snack) with either scrambled or fried eggs served on top. So do your family a favor and escape to the Islands this weekend by making this scrumptious delight. It’s the next best thing to a Luau!
- 6 slices bacon
- 1 small red onion, chopped
- ½ cup green onions, chopped, with white ends separated from green ends
- 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon pineapple juice
- 4 cups jasmine rice, cooked
- 1 cup ham, chopped
- 4 sweet pork sausages, casings removed, fully cooked and crumbled
- 1 cup pineapple tidbits (drain all but 1 tablespoon)
- 6 fried eggs for the top, if desired
- In a large skillet over medium heat, fry the bacon until crispy. Remove and chop up the bacon into bite size pieces; set aside and discard all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon drippings from the pan.
- In the same pan, add the red onion, white ends only of the green onions, garlic and red bell pepper pieces. Sauté until the onions are translucent and the peppers are tender crisp, about 5-7 minutes.
- While the vegetables are cooking, whisk together the soy sauce, brown sugar, oyster sauce, honey, ginger, garlic powder, pepper and pineapple juice.
- Add the rice to the pan, along with the bacon, ham, sausage, pineapple, rest of the green onions and soy sauce mixture. Stir well. Serve on a platter and add your favorite style of eggs to the top, if desired.
For another great Island treat, please try our Hawaiian Potato Mac Salad or Pineapple Pork Bowl!