Say aloha to your new favorite Spam merienda!

7 months ago


Easy-to-do and portable, SPAM musubi is a Hawaiian original that takes its inspiration from Japan’s omusubi. With Hawaii’s fascination with SPAM, it is unsurprisingly popular and sold in convenience stores all over the archipelago. As the absolute snack for SPAM lovers out there, this recipe is for you!

SPAM Musubi

Makes 8 servings


6 Tbsps Soy sauce

2 Tbsps Mirin

1 Tbsp Sugar

Salt and pepper, to season

1 can SPAM

4 cups Cooked Japanese rice

Furikake, to season

Nori sheets, cut lengthwise

1. Mix soy sauce, mirin, and sugar in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Cut SPAM into eight slices and fry in a pan over medium heat. Pour the soy sauce mixture in the pan. Keep frying until it caramelizes and reaches your desired level of crispness.

3. Lay out a sheet of nori on a smooth, clean surface. Moisten the bottom half of a musubi maker. You can also use a clean, empty SPAM can that has been opened on both flat sides as a musubi mold.

4. Scoop a generous amount of rice into the mold. Spread it evenly, then using the top part of the musubi maker, press hard. Sprinkle furikake over the rice and lay over a piece of SPAM on top, then sprinkle on another layer of furikake, add another layer of rice and make one final press. Make sure it’s tightly packed.

5. Once you’ve given it a firm press, remove the musubi maker mold. Quickly wrap the nori around the rice and seal the nori by dabbing the edges with water. Serve immediately.

GROCERY TIP: Furikake is a Japanese seasoning used for rice, fish, and vegetable dishes. It’s made up of dried ground fish, salt, sugar, sesame seeds, seaweed, and MSG. It’s readily available in Japanese grocery stores.


Recipe by Celine Clemente-Lichauco

Photographed by Floyd Jhocson of Studio 100


Try these other mouthwatering merienda ideas:

Mais Con Yelo Black Rice Pudding With Pinipig

Crispy Stuffed PB&J Sandwiches

Panqueques con Manjarblanco 

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