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Oh Hawai’i, I love you for gifting me with not only life but the delicious meat in a can that so many in the world disparage. For people who are new to Spam, you should understand the basics. There is regular Spam, lite Spam, 25% less sodium Spam, and then a host of other flavor varieties. I typically use 25% less sodium Spam – its flavor is identical to regular Spam without the extra salt. Lite Spam has a much different flavor and texture. Made with pork and chicken, it is firmer and not as flavorful. Don’t use that in musubi unless you are actively trying to hate the dish.


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Classic SPAM Musubi

1 can Spam
4 cups cooked short-grain rice
4 sheets of nori (sushi wrappers)

Frying pan
Musubi mold (optional)
*If you don’t have a musubi mold, you can cut the bottom of the Spam can off and use it. Just take care not to cut yourself!

Cut Spam into 8 pieces and fry on medium heat until crispy on both sides.
Cut each nori sheet in half, so you have 8 pieces.
Place musubi mold or Spam can on counter. Drape a strip of nori inside, with the sides sticking out of the top.
Inside of the nori, place 1/2 cup of rice. Your rice should be cool enough to handle with your bare hands. Lay one piece of Spam on top of rice.
Fold nori over Spam, and pack down tightly inside of mold.
Push musubi out through the bottom of the mold.

Superhero Tip: This is a very simple version of musubi – I chose it specifically to ease Spam beginners into trying the dish. Look for future recipes where I will share special sauces and toppings!

Second Superhero Tip: Try sushi rice! 2 TBSP rice vinegar, 2 TBSP sugar, and 1 TBSP salt. Combine ingredients, heat in microwave for 30 seconds. Mix into cooked rice and let it cool while frying the Spam.

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