Aloha In The Kitchen: Spam Musubis

Posted by Island Sotheby's International Realty on Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 at 10:35am

To live in Hawai’i means to eat as the locals do. If we had to choose one dish that is not only a staple but a rite of passage when you come to the island, it wouldn’t be at a 5-star luxury restaurant or even at any restaurant for that matter. The dish we would choose is served hot and ready at most run-down gas stations and small convenience stores. You might have guessed it, we’re talking about the delicious and infamous Spam Musubi.

If you grew up in Hawai’i you remember your mom stopping at the gas station before school on days you needed home lunch for a field trip, your teammates bringing them for after practice snacks, picking them up for every beach day, and buying in bulk for any family BBQ because let’s face it - it’s a crowd-pleaser for any local family!

If we were to deconstruct the Spam Musubi we are looking at can of Spam, cooked nice and crispy with some soy sauce, topped on one side with sticky white rice, and wrapped in a nice coat of nori. BOOM! The most famous dish in Hawai’i has been made in less than 10 minutes.

You don’t have to be a seasoned chef or even a beginner cook for that matter! This can be done in the smallest of dorm rooms or tiny kitchenette. Let’s get cooking!

What you’ll need:

  •       1 can of Spam
  •       3 cups of white rice
  •       1 package of nori sheet
  •       soy sauce
  •       sugar
  •       A Spam musubi shaper found on amazon (or you can use your empty Spam can)


  1. Let’s start with washing and cooking about 3 cups on sticky white rice. This should take about 20 minutes to cook.
  2. While the rice is cooking, grab your can of Spam and place the can on the side for later.
  3. Depending on how much meat to rice ratio you want, cut the Spam into thin or thick slices. Remember the bigger it is the heavier it will be to wrap everything in nori.
  4. Turn your stove on to about medium heat. Place the spam in the pan and cook until it is brown enough to your liking. The crispier you like it the longer you let it cook.
  5. Mix about ½ a cup of soy sauce and a tablespoon of sugar in a separate bowl. You can add more of each ingredient to taste.
  6. Once the spam is cooked and the pan has cooled off, add the sugar soy sauce mix. This creates a delicious sweet flavor that takes any musubi to the next level.
  7. Get your nori sheets and cut them in half with some kitchen scissors.
  8. By now, the rice should be cooked and the spam ready to assemble.
  9. Take one of the cut nori sheets and place a slice of spam in the middle, vertically. Put about as much rice that covers the spam, how high you want it is up to you.
  10. Here is where you can use your spam musubi molder or your empty spam can. Shape the rice using the spam can so that it makes a perfectly rounded spam shape.
  11. Once your rice is shaped, wrap the nori around the spam and rice horizontally. You can seal the edges with water so it keeps it shape.

That’s it! Share your beautiful musubis with us on social media @islandsothebysrealty.

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