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Spam Musubi

Spam Musubi

Spam musubi is a popular snack in Hawaii and for good reason. It is delicious and portable.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Servings 4


  • 2 cups short grain rice
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 12 oz can Spam, cut crosswise into 8 equal slices
  • 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 3 sheets Nori seaweed, cut lengthwise in thirds
  • 1 tbsp Furikake Optional
  • 1 tbsp Ichimi Togarashi (Red Pepper) Optional
  • 1 tbsp Sansyo (Japanese Pepper) Optional


  • Rinse rice two to three times and drain well. Add the rinsed rice and measured out water into a rice cooker and cook until done.
  • In a small saucepan over low-medium heat, warm up teriyaki sauce. If your teriyaki sauce is on the thicker side add a splash of water and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and remove from heat. 
  • Heat oil in a large flat pan over medium-high heat. Add spam slices in single layer and cook 2 minutes per side or until slightly crisp and browned. Turn off heat and remove spam slices to a paper towel lined plate to soak up excess oil. 
  • One by one take the crisp spam slices and place them in the teriyaki sauce to coat. Then place the coated slices back into the large flat pan over medium-low heat to caramelize. Cook on each side for about a minute. Remove to clean plate.
  • With the spam and rice ready, you are now able to assemble the musubi. Place a strip of nori (shiny side down) onto a cutting board. Lightly wet the inside of the musubi mold with water. Place musubi mold across the middle of the nori.
  • Add rice to the mold about 1/2 to 2/3 cup rice (depending on what ratio of spam to rice you want), press down firmly and evenly. Remove mold from the rice. 
  • At this step you can add any of the optional ingredients listed above. Evenly sprinkle whichever optional ingredient you choose to the rice block. Ichimi togarishi will add a bit of heat, sansyo Japanese pepper will add a hint of citrus, or add your favorite variety of Furikake (dry Japanese seasoning).
  • Last but not least add your slice of spam on top of the rice block. Fold over one side of the nori and stick it to the sauced spam. Then fold over the other side, use a bit of water on your finger if needed to help it seal. 
  • Your spam musubi is now ready to eat. Enjoy!


To make it easier to take on the go I suggest wrapping each individual spam musubi in plastic wrap, keeps it together well and helps save you from having to clean your tupperware later on.