I grew up having Spam, eggs, and rice for breakfast. Spam fried rice for lunch, and of course, Spam musubi for a snack. So Spam has always been a favorite of mine. Every time I visit Hawaii, one of the first things I seek out is, musubi. Musubi is a thick layer of rice with a slice of Spam that’s been cooked in a sweet-ish sauce, and wrapped in nori. There are many different ways to make it. Sometimes the spam is sandwiched between the rice then wrapped, sometimes there’s only a thin strip of seaweed, and sometimes it’s fully covered. Some people say it’s “spam sushi” which, I guess it is, but I don’t like that description of it at all. But for lack of a better description, that’s what it is. Musubi is everywhere, and I do mean everywhere. From 7-11, all grocery stores, and ABC stores. But in my opinion, Walgreens has the best out there; specifically the Walgreens in Wahiawa. That probably just me, since Wahiawa is where my family lives. So, when I’m around I go to Walgreens for slippers and musubi. For people who didn’t grow up in Hawaii, Spam isn’t always a staple in their pantry like it is in mine. In fact many of my friends, even my husband at one point wouldn’t touch it with a 10 foot pole, but once I serve them musubi they quickly change their minds. If you’re looking for a good gateway Spam recipe to try out on hardcore spam haters, try this one. It works every time.
Spam Musubi Yield: 10 musubi
1 can Spam Sliced about 1/4 in thick, should get 10 slices
4c Prepared Sushi Rice
1/2c Teriyaki Sauce
Furikake to taste
5 sheets Nori, cut in half hamburger way
To cook the Spam:
Step One: In a fry pan over medium heat, sear the spam until it’s light brown and crispy but still tender on the inside. May need to cook in batches.
Step Two: Lay all the Spam in one layer in the fry pan, lower the heat a little, and pour the teriyaki sauce on top. Cook the sauce, turning the spam making sure it is evenly coated but make sure to not burn the sauce! Since the teriyaki sauce has a lot of sugar, it could burn fast.
Step Three: Once the Spam is good and covered, remove from the pan and set aside.
Rolling out the Musubi:
Step One: Cut the nori sheets in half so that it’s as wide as the spam.
Step Two: Take a musubi mold and place it on top of the nori about an inch from the edge. Fill the mold about 3/4th of the way with rice and press down so it’s about an inch and a half thick.
If you don’t have a mold, use the spam can! Lay a large piece of cling wrap over the opening of the can and fill the can with the rice and pressing it down with a spoon to form an even layer. Making sure the cling wrap is still sticking out of the sides so you can pull the rice block out easily.
Step Three: Sprinkle furikake on the rice and lay the Spam on top, press the mold down again then remove from the mold.
Step Four: Wrap the nori fully around and secure it with some water. Repeat until they are all done. I serve mine room temperature or heated just slightly if it’s a leftover.