Spam Musubi

Spam Musubi

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 12
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 155.5
  • Total Fat: 4.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 21.0 mg
  • Sodium: 293.9 mg
  • Total Carbs: 22.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.7 g
  • Protein: 6.6 g

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A favorite Hawaiian way to eat Spam is in the form of a musubi (pronounced moo-soo-bee, with no accent). It is a fried slice of spam on rice pressed together to form a small block, then wrapped with a strip of seaweed. A favorite Hawaiian way to eat Spam is in the form of a musubi (pronounced moo-soo-bee, with no accent). It is a fried slice of spam on rice pressed together to form a small block, then wrapped with a strip of seaweed.
Number of Servings: 12


    Hormel Spam Lite
    Brown or white rice (use Brown rice for a healthy alternative)
    Sushi Nori wrap


A special kitchen gadget, known as the Spam Musubi Maker, is responsible for the proliferation of this treat. It is a special plexiglas mold with the outline of a single Spam slice. The Spam musubi is eaten as a sandwich, and it is perhaps the Island's favorite "to go" or snack food. Spam musubi is literally everywhere in Hawaii, including local convenience stores, grocery stores, school cafeterias, and even at the zoo. Eating a Spam musubi seems to serve as a rite of passage for newcomers anxious to attain "local" status.

4 cups uncooked short- or medium-grain rice (white)
1 cup brown rice
5 cups water
5 sheets of sushi nori (seaweed in big squares)
1 (12-ounce) can Spam lite

Wash rice, stirring with your hand, until water runs clear. Place rice in a saucepan with water; soak 30 minutes. Drain rice in colander and transfer to a heavy pot or rice cooker; add 5 cups water. If you don't have a rice cooker, place rice and water into a large heavy saucepan over medium-high heat; bring just to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 15-20 minutes. Turn off heat and leave pan, covered, for 15 additional minutes.

Cut nori in half widthwise. Place cut nori in a resealable plastic bag to keep from exposing the nori to air (exposing the nori to air will make it tough and hard to eat).

Cut Spam into 12 rectangular slices approximately about 1oz each. In a large ungreased frying pan over medium heat (Spam has plenty of grease to keep it from sticking), fry slices until brown and slightly crispy. remove from heat, drain on paper towels, and set aside.

In a small bowl, add some water to use as a sealer for the ends of the nori wrapper; set aside.

Using a Spam Musubi press, place a piece of nori on a plate. Position press on top of the nori so the length of the press is in the middle of the nori (widthwise). The press and the width of the nori should fit exactly the length of a slice of Spam. (Note: If you don't have a musubi maker, you can use the empty Spam can by opening both sides, creating a musubi mold.)

Spread approximately 1/4 cup cooked rice across the bottom of the musubi maker, on top of the nori; press rice down with flat part of the press to compact the rice until it is 1/4-inch thick (add more rice if necessary). Place a slice of Spam on top of the rice (it should cover most of the length of the musubi maker). (You can sprinkle furikake on the Spam before you add the next layer of rice)Cover with an additional 1/4 cup cooked rice; press until 1/4-inch thick. remove the musubi from the press by pushing the whole stack down (with the flat part of the press) while lifting off the press. Fold one end of nori over the musubi and press lightly onto the rice. Wet the remaining end slightly with water, then wrap over musubi and other piece of nori; press down on the other end. cut log into 4 pieces. Repeat with the other 12 Spam slices, making sure to rinse off musubi maker after each use to prevent if from getting too sticky.

Do not refrigerate musubi, as they will get dry and rubbery.

Makes 12 musubi.

Number of Servings: 12

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user LILMISS808.

Member Ratings For This Recipe

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    yum - 7/20/21

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    Very Good
    This was really good. Hubby really liked. - 7/13/21

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    Tasty recipe. - 9/25/20

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    Very Good
    interesting as this is actually a Japanese term(also the name of a stance in Karate). - 8/7/10

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    My family normally cooks Spam when there's nothing else to eat & I heard about this recipe from a previous coworker. I was shocked to see it on here, definitely going to try this later today! - 5/13/10