Spam Musubi Recipe

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Yesterday I suddenly had an idea: Spam Musubi Party. Oh it was such fun! It's super easy to put together at the last minute and will leave your guests feeling wholly satisfied with life.

The first time I encountered a spam musubi that blew my mind was in Hawaii. We visited Musubi Cafe Iyasume every morning and evening to get our fix. Hell, I even boarded the plane back to San Francisco with a few in my purse; one of which I gave to a stranger on the plane. He thoroughly enjoyed it and thanked me profusely. 

Back at home my mind kept dreaming of musubi, until finally I was spurred to action. I scoured blog posts and YouTube videos in search of the perfect recipe. I came up with this recipe using only the best parts of my research. I've made this multiple times now, and it's always been a hit. Oh and by the way, it makes for an amazing lunch at the crags, if anyone was wondering. 

Enjoy! ♥ 💣

 

Ingredients

  • 1 can of spam
  • 1/4 cup of soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup of dark soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 3 cups of cooked rice*
  • 3 tbsp Rice vinegar (optional) **
  • 3 scrambled eggs***
  • Cut seaweed wrapping paper
  • Sliced Avocado (optional)
  • Cooked Bacon (optional)
  • Furikake Rice Seasoning (optional)

Instructions

  1. Create your sauce. Mix your soy sauce, dark soy sauce, and sugar together in a bowl. Set it aside until you need it.
     
  2. Slice your spam. Not too thin, and not too thick. Spam is super salty, so it's important you don't get greedy with it. Less is more, trust me! Aim get 10 slices from your can.
     
  3. Fry your spam. The longer you fry each slice, the crispier it'll become, but be careful not overdue it and accidentally burn the spam. (Oops!)
     
  4. Pour sauce mixture into pan with spam. Turn the heat down to medium or low. What you're trying to do here is get the sauce to simmer down until it gets thicker and stickier. It's super important that the heat isn't too high because you can burn the sugar and get a taste you won't really like. Let this fry up for a couple of minutes on each side.
     
  5. Take your spam out of the pan and set aside. 
     
  6. Mix rice and rice vinegar together. In a bowl, place your cooked rice and mix in the 3 tbsp of rice vinegar. 
     
  7. Wrap your musubi. Start with seaweed paper on the bottom, top with a little rice, then add a slice of spam, then avocado, bacon, and finish off with a little more rice. If you need more structure, consider using a musubi maker to help you. Personally, I like the imperfect structure that comes from using my hands.

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This is the full version of the recipe, but you can swap out ingredients if you don't have them on hand. Get creative! It'll be hard to go wrong. This is why I love spam musubi so very much.


 

Notes

* Most recipes call for short grain or sushi rice, but sometimes that can get expensive. I usually have jasmine rice on-hand at home so I've used that and it turns out just fine. It doesn't disrupt the flavor at all. However, if you want to invest the $6-8 on short grain/sushi rice, it will give your musubi a slightly better texture. 

** You don't need to use rice vinegar, but I've found that adding it gives the rice a nice sticky consistency and brings out the flavor of the other ingredients.

*** You can probably cooke the eggs anyway you like, and it'll still be delicious. The important thing is just not to forget the egg!