Wednesday, July 14, 2010

How to: Spam Musubi (by Evan)

From Wikipedia: "Spam musubi is a very popular snack and lunch food in Hawaii made in the tradition of Japanese onigiri, also known as omusubi. Spam musubi is composed of a block of rice with a slice of grilled spam on top and nori (seaweed) wrapping to hold it together."

Last Friday, Evan W. (who grew up in Hawaii, of course!) had us over to teach us how to make this simple but deliciously filling food, and I'm here to share it with you! 

Seaweed, White Rice, and Spam...and a bowl of water!
NOTE: Spam prep involves marinating in soy sauce and sugar for a few hours, and then pan frying it!

The secret behind putting it together is the clear, plastic hollow rectangle spam musubi maker...and "The Masher".
  • Before you begin, make sure the inside edge of the rectangle is wet.  This is key so your rice doesn't stick!
  • After preparing a clean surface and laying the seaweed down, place the rectangle a little off of center.  Fill it with white rice, and then use the masher to flatten the rice.
  • The rectangle is designed to fit the spam perfectly!  Place two pieces on top of the rice, and fill it with another layer.
  • It's time for The Masher again, but don't forget to wet it or else it won't work.
  • Press the layers together!
  • Then, with The Masher still pressed down, slip the rectangle off from the top.
  • And now, the hardest part...carefully remove The Masher without moving the rice or the spam from its place.


  • Almost there!  Take one edge of the seaweed, wet the edges like an envelope, and stick it to the rice.  Then take the other edge and do the same.  Make sure it's snug like a hug!

  • Cut it into a few cubes, and it's ready to eat!

Yay - always so fun to learn something new.  Justin got creative and added egg to his too, and it was also delicious.  Add a side of macaroni salad, and you got a true Hawaiian meal.