Musubi Steamed Buns with Teriyaki Fried Spam, Pineapple + Nori

musubi steamed bun
musubi steamed bun with teriyaki spam, pineapple and nori. Grilled Cheese Social
  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 3 steamed buns (3 servings)

Yeah, that's right - there's Spam on this steamed bun, but wait, don't get freaked out! This version is an adaptation of musubi, a traditional Hawaiian sushi snack. It's typically made by grilling Spam and then brushing it with teriyaki sauce. The glazed Spam is then placed on top of pressed sushi rice and wrapped in nori to make it handheld. Musubi is sweet and savory and despite Spam's questionable reputation, it's surprisingly delicious!

Oh, and FYI, I've written this recipe as if you've got frozen steamed buns on hand - However, if you'd like to dare to make them yourself I recommend following {this recipe} from Epicurious.


  • 3 steamed buns (frozen or homemade)
  • 3 thin slices of Spam
  • 1 tbsp teriyaki sauce
  • 3 thin slices of pineapple
  • 3 slices of nori
  • 1 tbsp kewpie mayo

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Prepare steamed buns accordingly and place under a warm moist towel so they don't dry out.

  3. In a small frying pan, add the spam and cook over medium heat until spam has browned.

  4. Once the meat begins to crisp up, brush each side with teriyaki and continue to grill for another 30 seconds.

  5. Once the spam and the buns are ready, it's time to assemble the sandwich. Gently open the buns and smear a little kewpie mayo equally onto the interior of each bun. Layer with grilled spam and pineapple and close the bun.

  6. Using your fingers and a little bit of water, add the nori to the exterior of the bun and press so that the nori sticks to the bun. Serve immediately and pair with soy sauce and Sriracha if desired.