I know. Spam- you either love it or hate it. I understand. But Spam Musubi is a staple in Hawaii, and while I am totally biased, I think mine tastes the best. Props to me. Just think of it as a teriyaki sauce, it’s really really tasty.

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

spam musubi

Open a can of Spam. One can should be able to be cut into 9 slices, pretty evenly.

spam musubi

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

spam musubi

I like to cook it until the sugar gets good and caramelized and you get a nice sticky teriyaki color on the outside. Turn them to make sure the other side cooks the same. Take them out of the pan and set them aside.

spam musubi
spam musubi

Now the prep. Obviously, you need a musubi maker. If you don’t live in Hawaii, you’re in luck, now you can buy them online! Without one, well, ferggit I say. Put the top half of the maker in a bowl of water. This will keep the rice from sticking later. Fluff up your rice and let it ‘air’ out a little to get rid of the moisture.

spam musubi

Get the large sushi sheets of Nori and cut them in half. Lay the folded sheets down (I have two musubi makers for speeding up the process…) put the bottom half of the musubi maker on top of the sheet, somewhere in the middle.

spam musubi
spam musubi

The first layer is rice, then I sprinkle some furikake on top. This is my secret for adding way more taste than plain old Spam alone. You can find it in the asian grocery aisle or online. But if you’d rather leave it out – no biggie. Next layer, Spam…

spam musubi

Finally, more rice. I’d say about half a paddle for the top and the bottom. Take the top part of the maker and push down, squishing the rice, just so. Then pull the bottom part off, then remove the top.

spam musubi

Now fold the nori up, and to ‘seal’ the top flap, dap some water along the edge.

spam musubi

Here they are all lined up pretty like. I leave them like this and wrap them in plastic for my kids to eat on the go. But for parties, I cut them in half, and dip them in some furikake which makes it look nice and pretty. Believe me, even if you are afraid of spam, try these, you won’t regret it.

spam musubi