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Spam Musubi #FoodieExtravaganza

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This month Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm is hosting this month's #FoodieExtravaganza. She wrote: " February is National Canned Food Month. Share a recipe that uses one or more canned goods."

Here's the list of our 'starting with a can' creations...

Canned Goods

I don't usually have a lot of canned goods in my house. Dried goods, yes. Jars, yes. But cans? Not so much. I have shared Aash-e Reshte, a Persian soup made with beans; Tuna Noodle Casserole, as a college throwback; Corsican Fasgioli Incu Funghi (White Bean Stew with Mushrooms), made with canned beans as a shortcut; and, then, there was the canned wine I tried

Spam Musubi

Hearing 'Spam' might make you think of high-sodium military rations or something you don't want to see in your email in-box. But in Hawaii, it’s a popular ingredient that people use in comfort food. Spam and veggie stir fry, Spam omelette, Spam skewers, Spam fried rice, or Spam sandwiches. You name it. And my boys have spent enough time in the islands - with my parents - that they have grown to really love Spam.

So, I know that the photo isn't of actual Spam. But I took Spam more as a brand name that has come to designate a certain type of product. Take Kleenex, as an example. No one really calls other brands 'facial tissues,' right? When my Precise Kitchen Elf was with me at the Asian grocery store and walked up with that in his hand, he asked, "Will you make Spam Musubi for lunch, Mom?" I didn't quibble about it actually being Dong Won Luncheon Meat. Yes, I will.

Ingredients makes 8 pieces

  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 can Spam or other luncheon meat , sliced into 8 pieces
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons organic granulated sugar
  • 4 cups cooked sushi or seasoned rice (one of my recipes here
  • 3 sheets roasted seaweed nori, cut into 8 strips about 2” wide


Heat a skillet over medium heat. Pour in the oil and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan.

Add the Spam or luncheon meat slices and cook until browned and crisped on both sides, approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove the Spam to a plate and sprinkle the tops with sugar.

Pour water and soy sauce into the skillet and add the Spam pieces, sugar-side down. Let the Spam simmer until the liquid is almost completely absorbed, approximately 3 to 4 minutes. Then flip over and let the sugar-soy mixture caramelize on the Spam. Transfer Spam to a plate to cool.

Place a nori strip on a clean workspace and position one slice of Spam perpendicular to the strip on the bottom of the strip. Moisten your hands and scoop 1/2 cup of seasoned rice into your hands. Press the rice firmly into a rectangular shape about the size of the Spam slice. Place the rice on top of the Spam, then roll to let the nori sheet wrap around the package. Seal the end with a bit of water and place the musubi seam-side-down while you repeat until all of the Spam slices are done. 

Enjoy the spam musubi immediately at room temperature.

That's a wrap for the #FoodExtravaganza canned food event. We'll be back next month with Sue of Palatable Pastime leading our discussion of noodles for National Noodle Month. Stay tuned...


  1. I made SPAM Masubi a couple of years ago for a NYE gathering when we were in AZ. It was a hit but they were not as attractive as yours.

    1. I very rarely make it. But I couldn't resist, especially for this event. Thanks for hosting.

  2. Another great use for spam! I'm definitely going to have to pick up a can when I head to the market next time!

  3. I grew up eating fried spam too and still buy it for my mom on occasion. Never thought to pop it on top of sushi rice!

  4. Gosh it's been years since I've had any spam! I'll have to hit the L&L BBQ here to try spam musabi!

    1. It's one of the very salty guilty pleasures I will eat.

  5. This is a great idea to serve to friends who don't care for raw fish sushi. I love raw fish in sushi myself but apparently many do not. And even using cooked shrimp in nigiri freaks some of them out, but with spam, it is obviously cooked and thusly enjoyed.

  6. That's a great idea to serve as a sushi roll. Thanks for the recipe.

  7. You made spam beautiful. I am speechless!


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