How to Make Spam Musubi

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Spam Musubi is a popular food item here in Hawaii.  When the Japanese/Chinese brought rice to our island back in the early 1900’s, it started slowly replacing the Hawaiian “taro” as the prefered starch eaten by locals.

When I was in grade school, if there was a field trip, every parent made the same thing for their child; a tupperware container filled rice and hotdogs or Spam – that was it, maybe a fried egg if you were lucky.  So it would seem only natural that some local-Japanese (Japanese who are born and raised in Hawaii) would invent an Onigiri or Musubi version of this popular kid lunch/meal and turn into Hawaii’s most desired snack food item.

Made with just 3 ingredients; white rice, Spam and nori – The Spam Musubi can be found at almost any convenient store (7-11, etc.) on the island.  My kids absolutely LOVE spam musubi.  They would eat it everyday if they could, but because it lacks nutritional value, I limit it to once a week or every other week.

Tonight is special, the kids wanted to blog “how to make a spam musubi” for you and so our adventure begins;

"The tools and ingredients"

“The tools and ingredients”

Here’s what you’d need:

  • 1  Pack – Japanese Seaweed “Nori”
  • 1 Can – Spam (there’s other flavors like jalapeño, try it if you can find it)
  • 3 Cups – Cooked Short Grain Japanese Rice (preferably cooked in a rice cooker, rice should be sticky, follow recipe on bag)
  • Musubi Maker or Onigiri Maker (this makes it so much easier)
  • Small bowl of water (incase rice sticks to mold, loosen with a little water)

First, you’ll need to slice the spam and pan fry it.

Lou Lou carefully cutting the "spam" with a plastic knife

‘ Lou Lou carefully cutting the “spam” with a plastic knife

Like this :)

Should look something like this 🙂

The adult “that’s me” in the house fried the spam and placed them on a plate to cool while we waited for the rice to cook.  We use a 3 cup rice cooker and followed the instructions on the bag.  If you want the perfect rice for a spam musubi, you’ll need short grain and preferably a Japanese brand.

Next, we started to cut up the nori to fit the mold we purchased from the store.

Jaf cutting the nori...

Jaf cutting the nori…

 

Then eating it...

Then eating it…

It should look like this!

It should look like this!

The rectangle mold below is the perfect shape for spam and can be found at Japanese stores in the sushi section or you’ll probably need to order it online since I’m not sure where you can get it from.  We used another “common” onigiri mold just incase you can’t find the square one, use this.

Rectangle mold and Onigiri molds

Rectangle mold and Onigiri molds

"How to use the spam mold"

“How to use spam musubi mold”

Once the rice is finished and was still a bit HOT not steaming, we began putting the first musubi together.

Place thin 1" thick piece of nori into onigiri roll

Place thin 1″ thick piece of nori into onigiri roll

 

Fill halfway with rice, add odd pieces of spam or triangular cut spam into mold, top again with rice.

Fill halfway with rice, add odd pieces of spam or triangular cut spam into mold, top again with rice.

 

Wrap nori around remainig rice and….

Wrap nori around remainig rice and….

Press :)

Press 🙂

2 perfect musubi's emerge :)

2 perfect musubi’s emerge 🙂

These little guys are perfect size for kids and they love the triangle shape.  We prefer this mold for lunches and snacks.

Lou Lou then began making the more popular shaped spam musubi with almost little or no help at all!

Next, the rectangle mold!

Next, the rectangle mold!

Place mold on top of pre-cut nori

Place mold on top of pre-cut nori

Fill halfway with rice

Fill halfway with rice

Add a piece of spam

Add a piece of spam

Fill with more rice till it just about loosely fills the top

Fill with more rice till it just about loosely fills the top

Press and wrap!

Press and wrap!

Cut in 2 pieces for the little ones! :)

Cut in 2 pieces for the little ones! 🙂

Enjoy!!

Enjoy!!

It’s really that simple!  Many people add fried eggs or furikake to the musubi to give it more flavor.  The kids prefer the simple version and can eat 2-3 of them in one sitting.  You are now filled with the knowledge to go forth and make your spam musubi…

ENJOY!!

Here’s some videos we took. I find them more funny than useful!

OUR FIRST ATTEMPT CUTTING SPAM…

CUTTING NORI WITH GREAT PRECISION…

 *Onigiri in Japanese literally means rice ball.  In Japan, a traditional onigiri is filled with pickled plums, salted salmon or any salty or sour ingredient, wrapped in nori (seaweed) and sold widely throughout Japans convenience stores as a quick snack or lunch.  

"Musubi's or Onigiri are sold in convenient stores throughout Japan"

“Musubi’s or Onigiri are sold in convenient stores throughout Japan”

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