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Barter-Worthy Spam Musubi

8 servings


45 minutes

total time


1 teaspoon vegetable oil

1 can (12 oz. / 340 g) low-sodium Spam , sliced into 8 pieces

1/4 cup water

2 teaspoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons sugar

4 cups cooked sushi rice (or regular cooked short grain white rice) (*Footnote)

3 sheets roasted seaweed (nori) , cut into 8 strips about 2” (5 cm) wide and 9” (23 cm) long


Start making steamed rice (or sushi rice) if you don’t have any already made.

Heat the oil in a 12-inch (30cm) nonstick or well-seasoned cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add the Spam slices and cook until browned and crispy on the bottom side, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip and cook until the other side is also browned and crispy, 2 to 3 minutes.

Whisk together the water and soy sauce in a small bowl. Sprinkle the sugar evenly over the Spam slices, then add the soy sauce mixture. Swirl to evenly distribute, then let the Spam simmer until the liquid is nearly absorbed, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip once in between, so the sugar will melt completely and camalize well. Transfer the Spam slices to a plate to cool.

To make the sushi: Place one slice of Spam perpendicular to the nori strip on the bottom of the strip (forming a cross shape). Wet the palms and fingers of both of your hands, measure 1/2 cup of rice, and transfer the rice to your palm. Use both hands to firmly press the rice into a ball. Then hold the rice ball with your left hand, with your thumb and the other four fingers to secure both sides, use your right hand to gently press the rice ball into a rectangular shape about the size of the Spam slice. Place the rice on top of the Spam. Roll up the Spam and rice so that the nori sheet wraps around it. Seal the end with a bit of water and place the musubi seam-side-down while you work on the rest. Repeat with the remaining nori strips, Spam slices, and rice. Remember to rinse your hands every time, to minimize rice sticking to your hands.

Enjoy the spam musubi immediately at room temperature. You can store them in an airtight container or wrap them with plastic wrap and place them in the fridge. To serve refrigerated musubi, warm them in the microwave for 20 seconds or so, to get the best texture.


Serving Size



279 kcal

Total Fat

12.4 g

Saturated Fat

4.6 g

Unsaturated Fat


Trans Fat



30 mg


525 mg

Total Carbohydrate

32 g

Dietary Fiber

0.5 g

Total Sugars

3.1 g


8.3 g

8 servings


45 minutes

total time
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