How To Make Spam Musubi. So delicious and so easy to make! Seasoned rice and spam, with furikake and wrapped in nori. It’s so good!
My daughter, Madeline, recently asked me to make spam musubi. Spam musubi is a popular snack in Hawaii. It’s made up of a slice of grilled Spam on top of or sandwiched in between rice and wrapped together with nori. Inexpensive and portable, Spam musubi are commonly found near cash registers in convenience stores all over Hawaii.
When we were there, we went out of our way to try some of the best spam musubi we could find in Kauai. From that moment on, my youngest, Madeline, was hooked and now she asks for it all the time. Since being at home during the quarantine, it’s been a challenge finding Spam. I was very tempted to buy Spam from Amazon but when I looked it up, there were sellers trying to sell a 12-pack for $70. Insane.
I finally found some at Wegman’s.
What is Spam?
Since posting this on Instagram, I received many questions from people who have never tried it, asking what spam is. Growing up, my dad made many different recipes with Spam but I really didn’t know Spam was.
“Spam is a brand of canned cooked pork made by Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Minnesota. It was first introduced in 1937 and gained popularity worldwide after its use during World War II. Spam’s basic ingredients are pork with ham meat added, salt, water, modified potato starch (as a binder), sugar, and sodium nitrite (as a preservative).”
How To Make Spam Musubi
I actually find Spam musubi to be very comforting and delicious. There’s something familiar about it because of the rice and gim and, I grew up eating spam. Recipes with spam, such as fried rice and sometimes even in kimchi stew, we didn’t eat it often but when we did, I really enjoyed it.
The Spam Musubi Molds
You can buy the mold from Amazon, here. People also told me you can use the can that the spam comes in but I feel like the molds are a little more convenient and easier to use. Plus, it comes with a top piece that you use to press the rice together. Either way, I hope you make this and enjoy!
- Spam musubi mold or use the Spam can
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce low sodium
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon mirin
- 2 teaspoons canola or vegetable oil
- 1 (12 oz.) can Spam cut horizontally into 8 slices
- 3 sheets roasted sushi nori cut into thirds crosswise
- 5 to 6 cups medium-grain white rice cooked
- In a small bowl, whisk the soy sauce, sugar and the mirin. Set aside.
- Using a skillet over medium heat, add the oil and fry the Spam slices until evenly browned and crispy, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Add the soy sauce mixture and turn the Spam slices until evenly coated in the glaze. Remove from the heat and transfer the Spam slices and the glaze to a plate.
- To assemble the spam musubi: Start by placing a strip of nori, shiny side down, on a cutting board or clean work surface. Place a Spam musubi mold over it, in the center, then place a slice of Spam into the mold. Sprinkle a little furikake over the Spam, then fill the mold with some rice. Press the rice down with the musubi maker press or use your hands until it is about 3/4- to 1-inch thick, adding more rice as needed.
- Use the press to hold the rice down with one hand and pull the mold upward to unmold the musubi with your other hand. Wrap the nori around the Spam-rice stack, bringing both ends of the strip to the middle, folding one over the other, and flipping it over so the seam is down and the Spam is facing up. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Enjoy!