Spam Musubi

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If you love Hawaii and all things delicious, you’re in luck! A delicious and easy homemade Hawaiian Spam Musubi is just one of the great things you can make at home with this recipe.

Close up of Spam Musubi on a cutting board.

What is Spam Musubi?

Now, you may be wondering what Musubi is. You also may be asking yourself why I want you to try Spam. Well, a little history, Spam became increasingly popular in Hawaii after WWII, it was sent to the troops stationed in Hawaii and kind of spread from there. It was cheap. It was easy to cook. And it still is! It is actually still one of the staple foods there today. It is so famous that even McDonald’s Hawaii breakfast platters includes Spam.

Three Spam Musubi lined up on a cutting board.


Ingredients in Spam Musubi

  • Spam
  • Oyster sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Sugar
  • Nori roasted seaweed
  • Sushi rice
  • Furikake (optional)
Spam frying in a pan.

What is Spam?

Spam is a canned meat made mostly with ham. When I lived in Hawaii, I had Spam all the time, mainly because it was pretty much all I could afford. I had it for breakfast with eggs and rice and dinner with noodles and rice. And for lunch, I made this Spam Musubi. You can buy Spam Musubi in Hawaii at any grocery store or gas station but on the mainland it’s a bit harder to find. Luckily, it’s super easy to make and the ingredients can be found at most grocery stores.

You may be skeptical (I know Spam has a bit of a reputation), I was too until I tried it. Even if you aren’t the biggest fan of Spam, this is worth a try! No joke, if you ask any of my kids what their favorite snack or school lunch is, they will all tell you it’s Spam musubi. Last time we went to Hawaii it was all they wanted to eat (especially when it was Mickey shaped). Don’t knock it ’til you try it!

Mickey Mouse shaped musubi at Aulani in Hawaii
Mickey-shaped Spam Musubi at Disney Aulani resort on Oahu

Make your own Musubi mold

First of all, you will need a Musubi mold. You can also make your own. First, you will need to get a Spam can (you will need Spam anyway to make the Musubi). If you use the full-size can, cut it down to about half the original height. Clean it out well with soap and water. CAREFULLY cut off the bottom with a utility knife or an exact-o knife, then cover the sharp edges with electrical tape or duct tape (make sure the tape you use non-lead based).

Cutting board with plastic mold on the side of unwrapped Spam Musubi.

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How to Make Spam Musubi

Close up of Spam Musubi on a cutting board.

Spam Musubi

5 from 214 votes
You don't need to fly to Hawaii to try this tasty, authentic Hawaiian Spam Musubi. With this easy recipe, you can make it yourself at home!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, Lunch
Cuisine Hawaiian
Servings 8

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Ingredients

  • 12 ounces Spam
  • 1/4 cup oyster sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Nori roasted seaweed used for sushi, cut into halves or thirds (I cut it into thirds to make it go further)
  • 6 cups cooked sushi rice WITHOUT the vinegar mixture added –Click HERE for the Sushi Rice Recipe

Instructions

  • Slice the SPAM into about 8-10 slices (depending on how thick you like it) and put in a Ziplock bag. Mix oyster sauce, soy sauce, and sugar until sugar is dissolved and add to the bag with the SPAM. Marinate for about 15 minutes.
    Marinating spam in a ziplock bag.
  • Drain off marinade and fry SPAM on each side over medium heat until slightly crispy or until desired doneness. Some people like to glaze the SPAM with the marinade/sauce AFTER frying, either way tastes great! 
    Cooking spam in a skillet.
  • Place a strip of nori on a cutting board or clean surface (shiny side down). Place your Musubi mold across the middle of the nori.
    Cutting board with a strip of Nori and Spam Musubi mold.
  • Add Sushi Rice to the mold, pressing down firmly and evenly so there is about 1-1 ½ inches of rice. Dip the mold and your fingers in water as you go to prevent sticking.
    Cutting board with pressed sushi rice in musubi mold.
  • Optional: Add a sprinkling of furikake (a mixture of sesame seeds and little bits of nori) for extra flavor.
    Cutting board with sesame topping on sushi rice in a musubi mold.
  • Next, remove the mold from the rice. Now you will have a nice little block of rice right on the nori. Add some of the cooked SPAM to the top. Wrap up one side of the nori and stick it to the top of the SPAM, then wrap up the other side. Just like you are wrapping a nice little package. Use a little water on your finger to seal if needed. Serve warm.
    Cutting board with plastic mold on the side of unwrapped Spam Musubi.
  • Some like it dipped in soy sauce, some like it with ketchup, and some like it as is.
    Cutting board with constructed Spam musubi.

Notes

If you are making a lot and saving it. Wrap individually in some plastic wrap and keep it in the fridge for up to a week. When you are ready to eat it, unwrap and place in the microwave for 15-20 seconds.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 317kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 9gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 1210mgPotassium: 202mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gCalcium: 6mgIron: 0.6mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her three beautiful girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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