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A Little Aloha! Spam Musubi Recipe

Spam musubi is a Hawaiian favorite, a piece of pan fried and seasoned spam with rice, wrapped with nori.
Author Sharon Wong


  • 2 1/4 cups of short grain or Calrose rice
  • 1 can of Spam turkey, low sodium or regular
  • 1 teaspoon of canola or olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Mr. Yoshida's Original Gourmet Sauce or 2 tablespoons soy sauce and 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 sheets of Yamamotoyama nori
  • Spam musubi maker mold 8 inches wide


  1. Rinse and cook rice in a rice cooker with water up to the 3 scoop line.
  2. Heat up a large frying pan on medium heat.
  3. Tap the can of spam on a cutting board until it slides out.
  4. Place spam flat side down and cut into 8 equally sized pieces that are the shape of the spam lid.
  5. Add 1 teaspoon of oil and fry the pieces of spam for 2-3 minutes at medium heat on each side.
  6. Brush with the spam pieces with teriyaki sauce (or soy sauce/sugar mixture), flip, repeat until both side are seasoned and the spam is slightly brown, set aside.
  7. Place a full sized sheet of nori on a cutting board and place musubi mold on top of the nori.
  8. Scoop 1 or 2 small scoops of rice into the mold and gently spread and pat down so that there’s a ½ inch layer of rice.
  9. Press down gently with the press and add two slices of spam, another ½ inch of rice, press down with the press.
  10. Holding the press in place, very carefully remove the mold and fold the nori over the spam musubi.
  11. Flip the spam musubi logs over and set aside until ready to cut.
  12. Repeat with remaining amounts of rice, nori and spam.
  13. Cut each spam musubi with a moistened serrated knife into four pieces and serve.
  14. Have a moistened paper towel handy to clean the knife in between cuts or wash the knife as needed.