Spam is a popular ingredient in Hawaii, and a fun way to enjoy it is making musubi, a sushi-like sandwich of spam and sticky sushi rice, secured in place with a strip of nori. The size of the sandwich is correlated with the shape of the spam, which is in turn the shape of the spam can. The basic recipe gives way to many variations, such as adding seasoning to the rice, including an egg, or cooking the spam differently.
This recipe uses a sushi mold, but if you haven't got one, don't worry. You can use the spam can or just wing it hand-roll style. It won't be as cute, but it will still be delicious.
- 1 can spam (cut into 8 slices approximately 3/8-inch thick)
- 1 teaspoon cooking oil
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 4 sheets nori (cut in half lengthwise)
- 3 cups cooked sushi rice
- Furikake seasoning to taste
Gather the ingredients.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Spray or oil the pan. When the pan is hot, add the spam and cook for about 2 minutes on each side, or until warmed and lightly browned.
In a bowl, mix the soy sauce and sugar together, then pour over the spam in the hot skillet. Reduce the heat to medium and sauté for 2 or 3 minutes, moving the spam around to coat it well with the soy and sugar. When the sauce has thickened and caramelized, remove the pan from heat.
Place the sheet of nori on a plate and put the sushi mold over the nori in the center. Put a few spoonfuls of sushi rice inside the mold and use the press to compact the rice.
Sprinkle the rice with some furikake.
Place a slice of spam onto the seasoned rice.
Spoon more sushi rice over the spam and press again.
Holding the rice and spam in place with the press, remove the sushi mold, then gently remove the press. Wrap the nori around the spam and rice. Seal the package with a few grains of rice or a small amount of water, as if sealing an envelope. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.
Serve immediately and enjoy.
Using the Spam Can as a Sushi Mold
There are 2 ways to use the spam can as your musubi mold. The first is to line the can with a big enough piece of plastic wrap that the sides hang over the edges, and press the ingredients in layers into the can. Pull the molded layers out using the plastic wrap, carefully remove the musubi, and place on top of the sheet of nori; wrap as instructed. The second way to use the spam can is to cut off the bottom with a sturdy pair of scissors and use it in the same way as the sushi mold.