Phil Vickery's curried Spam pilaff recipe

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Phil Vickery's curried Spam pilaff
Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Cost RangeCheap

Phil Vickery's curried Spam pilaff uses an old retro favourite with a tin of Spam to create a truly delicious curry.

Blending lovely spicy herbs like, chilli, turmeric, cumin seeds, coriander and garlic with cashew nuts, chick peas, natural yoghurt and veg, Phil creates a dish that tastes absolutely scrumptious.

The tender Spam mixes really nicely with the crunchy cashews - and you can add any leftover veg you might have into the mix too. This is a perfect meal for a cheap family dinner - and it tastes delicious too!

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  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • ½tsp dried chilli flakes
  • ½tsp turmeric
  • ½tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 courgette, cut into 1cm cubes, roughly
  • 1x 410g can chickpeas, drained well
  • 100g frozen peas
  • 225g Basmati rice
  • 2 x 200g cans Spam™, cut into 1cm cubes
  • 600mls boiling water
  • ½tsp pepper
  • 4tbsp unsalted cashew nuts
  • Chopped fresh coriander, optional
  • Natural yogurt, optional




  1. Heat the oven to 200°C or gas mark 6.
  2. Heat the oil in a deep pan.
  3. Add the spices and cook for 2-3 mins without burning.
  4. Add the onion, garlic and courgettes and cook for 2-3 mins to brown slightly.
  5. Next add the chickpeas, frozen peas and rice and mix well to coat the rice.
  6. Add the Spam, boiling water, pepper and nuts and mix well.
  7. Bring to the boil, cover with a tight fitting lid and place in the oven. Cook for 14-16 mins, or until fluffy and all the water absorbed.
  8. When cooked, remove from the oven, fork up well, then place the lid back on and leave for 10 mins before eating.
  9. Serve with a little chopped coriander and a blob of natural yoghurt.
Phil Vickery
Celebrity Chef

Phil Vickery has been part of the This Morning team for over 20 years and his recipes are unsurprisingly a huge hit with families as they are fuss-free, wholesome and delicious. He’s one of the country’s most-loved chefs and is passionate about using locally sourced ingredients to cook classic British dishes. In fact, in Phil’s spare time he likes to spend ours on his farm tending to the land and livestock, which includes pigs.