Hawaiian Fried Rice

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Fried rice that is loaded with sweet pineapple, ham and veggies that is so much better than take out!

Hawaiian fried rice in a white bowl.

We made the mistake of actually ordering chinese take out last week. I was just too tired to make anything and craving chinese. That was a huge mistake. Every time I give in to ordering take out I wish I would have made my ‘better than takeout’ recipes at home. I promise that this Hawaiian Fried Rice is better than takeout.

It started with this sweet and sour chicken recipe on the blog. I didn’t believe it was possible to make something at home that was better than takeout. But it is. And that recipe is my favorite recipe on the blog. It will make you regret ever ordering takeout. Everything is awesome about it from the breading around the chicken to the sauce. It is possible to make better than takeout at home!

So naturally you have to have a Better than Takeout fried rice recipe to go with it right? Well I have made plenty of variations on the blog. And they all get rave reviews. But this version of the Better than Takeout Fried rice series might have just become my favorite!

Stirring Hawaiian fried rice cooking in a pot.

This is loaded with so many amazing things. And the Hawaiian Ham and Pineapple combination is awesome! I love how the pineapple adds a sweet taste with every bite. It balances out all of the flavors. And oh my heavens. It is incredible.

I couldn’t even wait to eat this and may or may not have been eating it by the spoonfuls while it was getting photographed. I love making it because I am reminded how incredible it is! Ditch the takeout tonight and make this for your family! They will love it!

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Hawaiian Fried Rice

5 from 2 votes
Fried rice that is loaded with sweet pineapple, ham and veggies that is so much better than take out!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 8 Servings


  • 1½-2 cups chopped ham chopped
  • 1 small white onion chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 3 eggs lightly beaten
  • 3 cups rice cooked
  • 1 cup pineapple tidbits
  • 1 Tbs sesame oil
  • 2-3 Tablespoons soy sauce more or less to taste
  • 2 Tbsp chopped green onions optional


  • Preheat a large skillet or wok to medium heat. Pour vegetable oil in the bottom. Add chopped ham, white onion, and red bell pepper and fry until tender.
  • Slide the ham onion, and red bell pepper to the side, and pour the beaten eggs onto the other side. Using a spatula, scramble the eggs. Once cooked, mix the eggs with the vegetable mix.
  • Add the rice and pineapple to the veggie, ham and egg mixture. Pour the soy sauce and sesame oil on top. Stir and fry the rice and veggie mixture until heated through and combined. Add chopped green onions if desired.


Serves: 8

Calories386kcal (19%)Carbohydrates70g (23%)Protein12g (24%)Fat6g (9%)Saturated Fat2g (10%)Cholesterol73mg (24%)Sodium559mg (23%)Potassium251mg (7%)Fiber2g (8%)Sugar12g (13%)Vitamin A605IU (12%)Vitamin C27mg (33%)Calcium43mg (4%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Asian American
Keyword fried rice, fried rice recipe, hawaiian fried rice
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. Oh my goodness my youngest son is going to LOVE this! He loves fried rice but I don’t like how salty it is and wonder what weird things are in it. I also love when I already have the ingredients on hand so much more fun than running to the store for things.

  2. Hi, Alyssa!
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful fried rice recipe. I can’t wait to try it, and I’m pretty sure my kids will love it.

  3. Hi! Made this today and it was really yummy and easy to make! 4 out of 5 of my kids liked it (the one doesn’t like pineapple to begin with, lol) so I consider this a big win in my household!

  4. do you figure the 6-8 servings as a main dish? I’m thinking this would be a great side for a Hawaiian themed dinner, but am getting kind of stuck on quantity. It sounds delist, can’t wait to try it!

  5. can you please give me instructions on how to cook the rice?? i would love to make this for my moms Hawaiian birthday party.

  6. This was great HOWEVER I made the rice ahead of time but that was not a smart move. The rice did NOT turn into “fried” rice. The dish itself was awesome!

  7. I found this recipe last week to use up leftover ham and have made it twice now. My husband is obsessed with this recipe! I added extra veggies (peas, carrots and cabbage) to make it a complete meal. Thanks for the great idea!

  8. Any suggestions for a substitute to pineapple? My boyfriend is allergic and I’m worried about it missing the sweet component with nothing there!

  9. Made this with leftover Easter ham and it was very good, but my ricee tuned brown from the soy sauce any suggestions.

  10. Hi Alyssa- This looks like a tasty dish ! Just wondering if you have a nutrition count on it ???

    1. Thanks so much! I like to use skinnytaste.com or myfitnesspal.com to find the nutritional information. Hope that helps you find the answers you are looking for. Thanks for following along with me! XOXO

        1. On some I do but not all. Sometimes just adding in the ingredients or another recipe that is similar and you can adjust the ingredients in the app. Hope that helps you find what you are looking for! XOXO

  11. Will this last several days in the fridge ? I’d like to try it as a lunch meal and portion to each some over the course of a week. Or should I add pineapple and wet ingredients individually each day?

  12. 5 stars
    Found this recipe around Christmas last year.
    My son & I devoured it.
    Shared it with some relatives who also loved it and now make it regularly.
    It has also been a huge hit at picnics and pot luck dinners.
    Delicious and so simple to make. Thank you.

  13. 5 stars
    Great recipe! Just off ther card, this recipe is wonderful. I was wondering how to use the rest of our Christmas ham and came across this recipe. I would make this again.

    The whole family loved it. I cut fresh pineapple to use in it. Next time, I will add some garlic and maybe shine crushed red pepper flakes. Delish!

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