Saturday, April 4, 2015

Ham Fried Rice #SundaySupper

Ham Fried Rice - Craving take out AND have leftover ham? Well you can kill two birds with one stone by making this delicious rice!

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I don't know about you, but I always have a ton of leftovers at the holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, it is always the same. I always make more than we really need. But I think that is the fun of cooking holiday meals. Having those leftovers to nibble on for the next few days. I mean who doesn't love a big ol' turkey sandwich with all the fixin's the day after Thanksgiving? Or my after Christmas fave is prime rib and egg burrito, ummm hellooooo yumminess!

Then there is all that leftover ham at Easter. Of course we all go for the ham and cheese sammie, Split Pea Soup with Ham, or Ham and Bean Soup right? This year I had already decided to go a completely other direction. Then I saw that the theme for this weeks Sunday Supper was things to do with Easter/Passover leftovers. So now I had to do something unique. 

You know how when you are thinking hard about something your brain just seems to go blank? Ya, like when you are trying to think of the name of a song that is on the radio, it is right on the tip of your tongue, but you just can't seem to get it out? Well that was what happened to my brain when I started trying to come up with something tasty and different to do with these leftovers. 


Crickets chirping.


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I finally just gave up and moved on to other things that needed to be done, hoping that I would eventually come up with something good.

Days went by.


I was totally frustrated!

I almost gave up and went with some kind of soup, or breakfasty kind of thing. 

But then we were talking about how there is no good Chinese food here in the harbor. We have tried every restaurant that offers it and ummmm ewww! The saddest thing is that our local grocery store has the best Chinese take out for miles around. Sad, but good AND cheap. I seriously laugh when we decide we say we are going for Chinese and someone asks where we are going.

Ummm Hagen?

Ya, I get the weird looks.

Whatevs, don't hate. That is just how I roll.

That was when the light bulb went off in my head. I mean big frickin' spot light bulb!!

Kevin and I were in the car driving to go pick up the food and I just blurted out "Ham Fried Rice"! Luckily he has lived with me long enough that these random outbursts don't surprise him, and he no longer thinks I need medication. He just accepts that I am a food blogger AND ADD so random food related things will spout from my brain at any given moment. I think the one thing he likes about working nights is that he doesn't hear those outbursts laying in bed at night. 


That's me.

Color me all sorts of weird, it's is OK.

So, back to the whole fried rice thingy. While he was waiting in line to pick up our Chinese food, I ran through the store to grab a few things to make my holiday ham because, well because I have to have ham to make ham fried rice, right? As he joins me in the check out line, and I am paying for the groceries, he leans over and whispers in my ear, "Couldn't you just have bought a ham steak?". Well, ya, but it wouldn't be leftovers then....DUH!!

Maybe someday he will get my logic.

Or not.

Who knows?

However, he did get this fried rice. Again, and again, and again! It was kind of a breakfast lunch and dinner thing. Try it with a fried egg on top and a bit of sriracha....OhhEmmmGeeee!! He used to be a die hard shrimp fried rice guy. But I brought him over to the pork side of things and he loves it!

What is your favorite fried rice?

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1 year ago - Cheesy Shrimp Crostini

Ham Fried Rice

Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
Published 04/05/2015
Ham Fried Rice from


  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rice wine
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 cups cooked rice, room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups leftover ham, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas and corn mix
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced diagonally


  1. Combine fish sauce, soy sauce, rice wine, sesame oil, and sugar in a small bowl and set sauce aside.
  2. Make the rice: Put rice into a bowl and use your hands to break up any clumps; set aside. Heat a wok or a 12" nonstick skillet over high heat until hot. Add 1 tablespoon oil and swirl to coat cooking surface. When oil begins to smoke slightly, add the eggs and stir quickly to scramble until eggs are medium, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Transfer eggs to a plate and break into small pieces.
  3. Wipe out wok or skillet with a dry towel. Heat over high heat until hot. Add 2 tablespoons oil and swirl to coat cooking surface. Add ham and stir-fry for 1 minute. Transfer ham to a plate and return the wok or skillet to the heat. Add remaining 2 tablespoons oil to pan, swirl to coat, and add the rice, using a spatula to spread it into an even layer. Cook rice over high heat for 6 minutes, stirring every minute. Add the peas and carrots and sauce and stir-fry until rice is coated with sauce and the peas and carrots are hot, about 2 minutes. Mix in reserved eggs, ham, and green onions and cook for 1 minute. Transfer fried rice to a warm platter to serve.
Yield: Serves 4 to 6
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 05 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Total time: 20 mins.
Tags: ham, peas, carrot, rice, egg, green onion, Asian

Adapted from Saveur

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  1. But then it wouldn't be LEFTOVERS. Duh. I totally get you. And I have random food thoughts and ideas, often in the middle of the night too. But I've learned not to wake my husband up and share. Love this ham fried rice, Bobbi! Inspired!

    1. Haha glad to know I am not the only one Stacy!!

  2. Oh, yeah, with all these terrific ham recipes this week (yours included!), I'm glad I bought a big ham!!! I'm certain this would rival even your grocery store fried rice, Bobbi ;)

    1. Thanks Liz! Ya, I have been getting ideas to tackle some of our other take out faves, and make them healthier while I am at it.

  3. I think my husband would rather have this fried rice than any at a Chinese or Thai restaurant, mainly because how much he loves ham.

    1. I was surprised that Kevin wasn't on the pork bandwagon to begin with! But he is there now :)

  4. Today's theme is so awesome! I always have leftover ham and would have never thought to make it into a fried rice - genius!

    1. Thanks Nicole!! I always make the same things every year so I wanted to try something different this year. Now this may be what I do with the leftovers from now on!

  5. Yay for fried rice! Looks amazing! I'd rather make it at home than get takeout anyway.

    1. Yes, I totally agree with you. I loved being able to control (and know) what was in this rice! I am glad you like it Laura :)

  6. I love fried rice so much that there are days when I eat it for 3 meals straight!! I know so crazy!! But this one looks so good that totally making it soon!

    1. Nope, I don't think you are crazy Ami. I would be right there with ya nomming away!! I really hope you enjoy the rice, and would love it if you would come back and let me know.

  7. Yesssss! We are still on the same wavelength this weekend! Chinese take-out really is the best way to use leftovers. Adding your version to my long list of beloved fried rice is to make!

    1. I totally agree with you Ala. Why did it take me this long to figure that out?? I am honored to be on your list :)

  8. I'll bet plenty of people are turning to this recipe for all their leftover ham!

    1. Oh I sure hope so Shaina! It is sooooo good!!

  9. This one would be a big hit with my kiddos! Looks delicious Bobbi!

    1. Thanks so much Amee! You will have to let me know if you make it for them.

  10. I LOVE how you think AND blog!!! Fabulous idea with this rice!

  11. Haha! I was up all night thinking about recipes I wanted to make... it's a problem!

    1. Yup Lauren. The things we do when food rules our lives LOL