How to Make Spam Musubi

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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!

Spam Musubi, rice and spam wrapped in seaweed, on a bamboo sheet

What is Spam Musubi?

OK, I know what you are thinking right now. What the heck is Musubi? Maybe the next thing you are thinking is “EW…SPAM!” Am I right? The only people who might know what this is are those of you visiting this site from Hawaii or another Pacific island (I’m sure you know exactly what Spam Musubi is).

For those of you who have never lived in or visited Hawaii, allow me to enlighten you for a moment. 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 one of the staple foods there still today.

A piece of spam musubi

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. I had it for 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. On the mainland, it is available in most grocery stores where you buy canned meats.

I know you are skeptical, I was too until I tried it. Even if you aren’t the biggest fan of SPAM, this is worth a try! I made it for some of my family members last week and they all were pleasantly surprised by how good it was. Think of it as a Hawaiian hot dog… really, it’s good! Don’t knock it til you try it!

Spam frying in a pan

Make your own Musubi mold

First of all, you will need to make or buy a Musubi mold (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases). I didn’t want to fork out $10 to have one sent to me from Hawaii so I made my own. First, you will need to get a mini 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 it NON-lead based).

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Three pieces of spam musubi

Spam Musubi

4.95 from 20 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 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Lunch
Cuisine Hawaiian
Servings 8

Ingredients

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.
  • 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! 
  • 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. 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)  
  • 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.
  • Some like it dipped in soy sauce, some like it with ketchup, and some like it as is.
    A piece of spam musubi

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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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  1. Hello,
    Thanks for the recipe. Can I put a dollop of wasabi before wrapping, or does wasabi not go with spam musubi?

    1. You can add wasabi if you’d like! It is not in traditional spam musubi, but I don’t think it would be bad.

  2. 5 stars
    This is THE one!! Perfection. I only used about 3 cups of cooked rice though, I like my rice to spam ratio a little more even. The sweetness of the marinade goes perfectly with low sodium spam.

  3. 5 stars
    Just tried this. Came out PERFECT!!! The marinade was delicious and the mold made out of the can was an awesome idea!

    1. We don’t actually own the triangle molds for musubi, just the rectangle. I will have to check them out! Thanks for the head’s up!

      1. Triangle molds are for Onigiri a Japanese rice ball, google for recipes. If you have a Japanese market in your city you can purchase there. Lots of you tube videos on the use of this mold.

    1. Hi Phyllis – Rice actually doesn’t freeze very well. To store, we will wrap tightly and refrigerate and eat within a few days. It might be easiest to make smaller batches at a time rather than freeze for later. Musubi definitely tastes the best when it is fresh! Hope this helps!

  4. I was very happy to see that someone actually wrote about Spam musubi! I am native Hawaiian and now living in West Texas where Spam musubis are unheard of. You can even make a thin layer of egg and add it to the musubi between the rice and the Spam. It’s soooo good! I hope your readers try this recipes and make it for their families.

      1. Unfortunately, the jasmine rice won’t stick together the same way sushi rice or calrose rice does.

  5. I am born and raised in Hawaii. Nobody I know who makes musubi marinates their Spam before frying! Just slice, fry, make musubi. This is a different recipe for Spam musubi, but it’s not what you buy in the stores in Hawaii. Auwe.

    1. Yeah, no one I know in Hawai’i ever marinates their Spam, either. If anything, we always put a LITTLE oyster sauce on the rice before we put the Spam on.

      1. Aloha all, I too am from Hawaii and normally we’ve never marinated the spam, but I do know a few that have tried this version and I must say it is wonderful! Like any other recipe, some people like myself love to experiment with recipes and much to my surprise, I really prefer my teriyaki musubi marinated. So now I make them both ways, depending on what I’m craving. Either way, both methods are very good!.

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