Ono Hawaiian-Style Fried Rice Recipe

Updated on February 19, 2020
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Fried rice is one of my all-time favorite recipes. On top of being crazy delicious, it's also super versatile!

TattooKitty's Fried Rice (with BACON!)  Mwahaha!
TattooKitty's Fried Rice (with BACON!) Mwahaha!

"Ono" means delicious in Hawaiian, and that's the perfect way to describe the fried rice in Hawaii! Essentially, fried rice is a dish you can make with whatever you have on hand. Got leftovers? Make fried rice! There's really no limit to what you can create. As Uncle Bobby says,

"Get steak fried rice, pork fried rice, shrimp fried rice, smoked meat fried rice, kim chee fried rice, char siu fried rice, ahi fried rice, da junk kine fried rice dat only get peas an' carrot inside..."

Okay—thank you, Uncle Bobby (we better stop him there, or you'll be reading forever). Island-style fried rice can be made with just about anything. As long as you have the essential components, you can make a batch that rocks your taste buds! Feel free to tweak this recipe to match whatever your tummy craves (or whatever you can find in the fridge!).

To give your fried rice the "island-style" feel, you will need four important items; Cooked white rice, shoyu (soy sauce), oyster sauce, and sesame oil. After that, the rest it up to you!

My version of island-style fried rice is dedicated to meat lovers. Here's how to make it!


  • 4 cups cooked white rice
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons shoyu
  • 3 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 large Portuguese sausage
  • 1 pound bacon
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons green onion or chives
  • Black pepper (to taste)

Helpful hint: If you don't like the strong flavor of oyster sauce, you can nix it altogether. Just use more shoyu instead.


  1. Chop up bacon and sausage into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Pan fry bacon and sausage.
  3. Drain and set aside.
  4. Scramble eggs (season to taste, if desired.)
  5. Cook scrambled eggs, breaking apart into bite-sized pieces.
  6. Set cooked eggs aside.
  7. Chop up green onion/chives & set aside.
  8. Pour sesame oil into wok/pot.
  9. Keep burner on a medium-low setting.
  10. Add cooked white rice to wok/pot.
  11. Add shoyu and oyster sauce.
  12. Mix rice until it is evenly coated.
  13. Add black pepper (to taste) and mix again.
  14. Pour in cooked bacon & sausage, scrambled eggs, and green onion/chives.
  15. Mix until all ingredients have been evenly distributed.
  16. TA-DAH! You're all done!

Some Great Variations:

  • My dad likes to use a mixture of jasmine rice and brown rice (instead of white), and he prefers using rice that is a day old. To give it a little kick, he also adds a chopped Hawaiian chili pepper (or three!)
  • Veggies also taste great in fried rice. Try using fresh green beans, peas, carrots, broccoli, zucchini, or tomato.
  • Most restaurants in Hawaii use Spam in their fried rice recipes.

Fried Rice Breakfast

Now that you're done making your very own island-style fried rice, what are you going to do with it? I'm going to indulge in a fried rice breakfast . . . it's DA BOMB! What is it, you ask?

Two eggs (over-easy) and your choice of breakfast meat served on a bed of homemade island-style fried rice. Can you say . . . ONO??!!

There is seriously NOTHING better than island-style breakfasts with fried rice!
There is seriously NOTHING better than island-style breakfasts with fried rice!

© 2011 TattooKitty


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      12 months ago

      Gotta use aloha shoyu sauce

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      6 years ago

      Peachpurple, Shoyu is just the Japanese word (which is used pretty commonly in Hawaii) for Soy Sauce. Looking at the pictures, I think that TattooKitty uses a locally made brand called "Club Shoyu". I'm not familiar with it. I usually use Kikkoman but that's what I grew up with.

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      6 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      this looks like our local "chow fan " fried rice. What is "Shoyu"? What kind of sauce? What brand do you use?

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      6 years ago

      THIS IS TOTALLY HOW I MAKE MY FRIED RICE!!! Exactly like this ever since I was one youngster in school!!! I don't use no peas or carrots...Gotta make me some tomorrow!!! LIVE ALOHA!!!

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe.. I also added Spam to mine.. Maybe had too much meat with Bacon, Spam and Portuguese Sausage (hot), but was ono.. Now to eat it for the next couple days... lol

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      7 years ago from Hawaii

      Hi there, RTalloni!

      Have fun experimenting with your favorite fried rice combos; my dad loves to add shrimp and local chiles, while my mom always liked using leftover chunks from the Xmas ham. I'm not a big fan of Spam either, but I definitely like it better when it's fried to a crisp. Still, you can't go wrong with bacon, LOL! Enjoy creating your family's favorite!!

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      7 years ago

      Your basic recipe here looks just wonderful--definitely ono--and the endless options make it adventurous, though I won't be doing the spam thing. I hope to do a version of the breakfast meal for guests after I develop it for our tastes. Thanks!

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      8 years ago from Hawaii

      I'd be honored, Austinstar!! Spread the love of fried rice everywhere!!

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      8 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

      Hope you don't mind, but I'm going to link to this hub for my hub on Spam recipes! It's the best hub I found on Hawaiian Spam dishes here. Looks double Ono if you ask me!

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      8 years ago from Hawaii

      Mahalo plenty, ytsenoh! Glad you like the savory pictures! I feel like making a batch of fried rice every time I look at them ;)

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      8 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      Oh, you make me miss the islands! What a wonderful mouth watering hub you've created. Great images to go with the text. Ono! Thanks much, thumbs up.

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      8 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks nebaker! Fried rice is yummy!!

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      Nathan Tarantla 

      8 years ago from Largo, FL

      Another AWESOME hub!

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      8 years ago from Hawaii

      Aloha SimpleGiftsofLove! Thanks for your kind words! Glad you'll be back to the tropics just in time for Lei Day ;) 'Til then, make sure to enjoy some ONOlicious fried rice!

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      8 years ago from Colorado

      Love the article, love the recipe, miss my Island, be back in May, can't wait. Mahalo! Up and following!

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      8 years ago from Hawaii

      No problem at all, randomcreative! It was a pleasure to make this hub- my tummy was stoked ;)

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      Rose Clearfield 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Yum!! I love fried rice. Thanks for all of the photos!

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      8 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for your comment, hush4444! I like furikake too, especially the aji nori one...its perfect for baked sushi!!

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      8 years ago from Hawaii

      Yum! I will definitely have to try this recipe. Great job with the pictures, too. I like mine with a sprinkle of furikake.

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      Brandon Lobo 

      8 years ago

      Lol! :-) I wish you could send me a sample as well :-) :-D

    • TattooKitty profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for the comments and votes, everyone ;)

      lobobrandon- Wish I could send you a sample, lol! Glad this hub will come in handy to your fried rice addict friend ;)

      kerlynb- Here in Hawaii, it's rare to find a plate that doesn't have rice on it ;) Some people even wrap the fried rice in cooked eggs to create an omelet-type dish! I wish you the best in your rice-cooking adventures!

      pharmacist- I know you'll just LOVE the flavor of island-style fried rice! Best part is it's easy to make and the ingredients are pretty inexpensive. Happy cooking ;)

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      Jason Poquette 

      8 years ago from Whitinsville, MA


      Great looking recipe. Never heard of this before. I love to cook and try new things. This is heading to the top of my list to try. Voted up and useful!!! Thanks!

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      8 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      Now this is one excellent twist to the usual fried rice. Great recipe, congratulations! I eat rice three times a day. It is a staple food in my country. So I really welcome any nice trick to bring in new flavors to my usual dish. Thank you! Voted your hub useful :)

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      Brandon Lobo 

      8 years ago

      I wish i was eating that at present!. The pics look so appetizing. Have bookmarked it and sent the link to my friend a real fried rice fan :-)


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