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Spam Musubi

Spam, you either love it or hate it but Spam Musubi is a staple in Hawaii. There’s no better portable food for hiking, going to the beach or just having a midday snack at home. A little sugar and soy sauce and the Spam becomes even more flavorful, making this savory dish irresistible.

At parties I make up two batches and they are the first thing gone off the buffet table. You can’t deny the Spam love!

spam musubi

spam musubi
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Spam Musubi


1 can Spam
3 cups cooked rice
soy sauce
Furikake (Rice Seasoning)
5 big sheets of nori (seaweed) cut in half
acrylic musubi maker


A can of Spam should be able to be cut into 9 slices, evenly.

Place the cut Spam slices in a pan, drizzle with soy sauce and sprinkle liberally with sugar. Turn over and do the same to the other side. Turn the pan on to medium high heat.

Cook until the sugar gets good and caramelized on both sides. Remove from pan and set aside.

Now the prep. If you don’t live in Hawaii, you’re in luck, now you can Spam Musubi makers online.

Wet the top of the press, this will prevent stickage to the rice.

If you have a small half press, cut large sushi sheets of Nori in half. Lay the folded sheets down placing the bottom half of the musubi maker on top of the sheet, somewhere in the middle.

The first layer is rice, then sprinkle some furikake on top. You can find Furikake in the asian grocery aisle or online.

Add a slice of spam followed by, more rice.

Take the top part of the maker and press down. Pull the bottom part off, then remove the top to remove the press completely.

Fold the nori sheet up and to ‘seal’ with water along the edge.

Eat whole or slice in half and dip in more furikake to serve.

10 Responses to “Spam Musubi”

  1. Gloria says:

    Would love to have your Ozoni recipe! It looks so pretty.

  2. blayne says:

    i was windering can u make it without the seaweed…like maybe use tinfoil or something?

  3. James says:

    Actually, there’s nothing mandatory about the nori (and actually, nori is cultivated algae sheets; originally, according to what I was told, it was algae scraped from pier pilings!), and most commercially made Spam musubi only has about a 1 1/2 inch “ribbon” of nori, rather than a full wrapper.

    When I visited Hawaii this past fall, I actually stripped off the nori on Spam musubi purchased from local grocers; to me, it tastes like grass clippings. My inclination is also to slice off part of the rice block (maybe enough to accommodate another slice of Spam!) on the commercial version; it just isn’t “Spammy” enough for my taste!

    But with or without seasonings, with or without nori, try it! Spam musubi is the ultimate Hawaiian delicacy.

    Oh, and by the way: the most traditional Spam musubi mold is the Spam can itself, with the bottom cut out of it.

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  7. Amber says:

    Hey Jenn, I just wanted to give you a heads up that the musubi maker is also available at Mitsuwa in Mar Vista! I just looked up this post to find the seasonings you used for my husband. He so can’t wait to try this. :) Thanks again.

  8. LeAnn Siegel says:

    Hi Jenn,

    My son Ben and I are sooooooo excited to make your spam sushi recipe tonight:) He was screaming when he saw the sushi maker lol. I will do my best and follow your recipe to the tee! Your a sweetheart thank you so much.


  9. LeAnn Siegel says:

    Hi Jenn,

    The boys were craving your spam masubi so were making it right now. Can’t wait yummo :)


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