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Spam Musubi 4-Ways

Jen Phanomrat

There's more than one way to enjoy this Hawaiian snack favorite!

Spam Musubi 4-Ways


  • 1 can Spam, sliced

  • 3 cups cooked short grain rice

  • Nori sheets

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce

  • 2 tbsp sugar


  1. Mix soy sauce and sugar in a small bowl and set aside. Use kitchen scissors to cut nori sheets into thirds lengthwise.

  2. Pan fry Spam slices, until lightly browned. Pour sauce over the slices, flip occasionally, and cook until caramelized. Set aside to cool.

  3. Line Spam can with plastic wrap as a mold. Place some rice inside and press a Spam slice on top. Remove from mold and wrap with nori strip.

  4. SPAM, EGG, AND CHEESE MUSUBI: Follow standard musubi steps, but add ketchup, cooked scrambled eggs, sliced cheese, Spam, and more rice. Wrap with nori.

  5. KIMCHI MUSUBI: In a pan, stir fry chopped kimchi, kimchi juice, gochujang, cooked rice, sesame oil, scallions, and sesame seeds. Follow standard musubi instructions, also adding cucumber between the rice and Spam.

  6. FRIED MUSUBI: Make standard musubi, but divide rice per musubi to sandwich the spam. Make spicy mayo by combining sriracha and mayo. Prep dredging bowls, one each for flour, egg, and panko breadcrumbs. Dip musubi in flour, then egg, and then panko. Fry on all sides until golden. Drain excess oil, slice in half, and top with spicy mayo and scallions.

Spam Musubi 4-Ways




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- When you think of sandwiches your brain automatically puts together stuff between two pieces of bread, but there is a whole world of other types of sandwiches, and one of my favorites comes from Hawaii and it's the spam masubi. It all starts with good old spam, oh yeah! It's delicious. It's the best little handheld snack. I'm gonna share four different ways to make it. First up is the standard one. So I'll walk you through all the steps. You will need not only the meat in this can but the can itself, because it is going to act as a mold. Oh yeah! When I was a kid I was like, "Oh, mystery meat, delicious!" It's basically salty pork, delicious. Just squeeze around the can to loosen it up and then, comes out. I'm a professional. So this is gonna get rinsed out. But before I do that, you gotta slice up the spam. You don't wanna make the slices too thick or too thin. If they're too thin they might break apart as your cooking it. This width is good enough. Okay, next, we gotta sear 'em up. My pan is nice and hot. Just brown 'em up a bit. Smells really good! Now you just need to get it a little bit golden. It's gonna caramelize next, so don't go too crazy browning it up. While that's browning up on the other side, go ahead and make the sauce. It's simple combination of soy sauce and sugar. So a little salty, a little sweet. Kind of like teriyaki almost. A little whisk. Little things can still get the job done. Just add it to the spam. You just want it to coat and caramelize, so just flip it over every once in a while until it becomes a nice deep color. Beautiful caramelization. All right, so just pull them out so that they could cool down a bit and put it aside. You'll also need some cooked short grain rice. This is the type of rice you'd use to make sushi. Let it cool down so that it's not too hot to handle. And then you gotta prepare your nori sheets. This is some roasted seaweed. All you have to do is cut it into thirds. Get that pay-pah! Take that can, make sure it's clean. And just line it with some plastic wrap all the way to the bottom. Grab a little bit of rice. Press it down into the can. Try to get it as even as possible. It's time for the spam. Just place it right on top of the rice. Again press it down. Lift out the mold. You could see that it's shaped perfectly to the slice of spam. Use the plastic to push it down ever more, then reveal. Then wrap it up. The cutest little package ever. There you have it, the standard masubi. Now gonna show you three other ways to enjoy it. This one's perfect for breakfast. I call it the spam, egg and cheese, inspired by the good old bacon, egg and cheese sandwich. In the mold add rice, squeeze a little ketchup, top it with some scrambled eggs and cheese. It helps if you eggs are nice and hot so the cheese can melt a bit. Top it with the spam and a little more rice on top. Wrap it up and there's you spam egg and cheese. Want something with a little kick? Make shortcut kimchi fried rice by stir frying some chopped kimchi, gochujang, cooked rice, sesame oil, scallions, and sesame seeds. Add that to the mold with some cucumber for color and freshness, and the spam. Wrap it up. Kimchi masubi, baby! Lastly, this if for you fried food lovers out there. Take your standard masubi and dredge it in flour, egg, and panko. Fry it up on all sides. Slice it and top it with spicy mayo, that's sriracha and mayo, and scallions. And there you have it! Spam masubi four ways. I hope you give these a try. It's hard to pick a favorite, but just because I want you to hear the crunch I gotta try this one. Mm-mm! Oh the textures! The right amount of rice for the salty pork. Mm-mm, we'll see you next time, bye! Mm-mm!