I have wanted to make Spam Musubi since we came back from Hawaii four months ago; everyone in the family really enjoyed Spam musubi while we were there. Since the girls are all home this weekend, I decided to give this recipe a try. Ashely reminded me to flavor the rice, so instead of using plain cooked rice, I made sushi rice instead. We indulged today.
- Prep Time: 1 hour
- Cook Time: 1/2 hour
- Serves: 8
- 1 can of Spam, cut into 8 slices. Save the empty Spam can. Wash and dry to use as a mold.
- 2 Tbsp mirin
- 2 Tbsp sake
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 6 eggs, lightly beaten with 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 cups short-grain rice
- 2 cups water (I use the rice cooker to cook the rice, only 1 3/4 cup is needed)
- 4 Tbsp rice vinegar
- 3 Tbsp sugar
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp mirin
- furikake (optional)
- 2 Nori sheets cut into eight 2″ strips.
- Beat six eggs with the salt and divide into two batches
- Make two 10-in omelettes.
- Cut each omelette into four Spam-size slices. Set aside. Note: I used the empty Spam container as a mold to cut the omelettes.
- Pan fry the Spam slices over medium high heat until lightly browned on each side.
- Mix mirin, sake, soy sauce, and sugar in a bowl and pour over the fried spam.
- Continue cooking over medium heat until the sauce thickened and coats the Spam slices.
- Remove from pan and set aside.
- Heat any remaining sauce and set aside.
- Wash and drain the rice and transfer to the rice cooker.
- Add water per the rice cooker instructions.
- While the rice is cooking, prepare the mixture of rice vinegar, sugar, salt and mirin in a measuring cup. Stir and mix well.
- When the rice is cooked, let it stand for 10 minutes. Rake and loosen the rice with a rice spatula.
- Stir the vinegar/mirin mixture into the rice slow;y, folding and mixing with the rice spatula until all the liquid mixture is blended with the rice.
- Transfer the rice into a glass bowl. Cover with a wet cloth and let the rice cool to room temperature.
To assemble the musubi
- Divide the cooled sushi rice into 8 equal portions.
- Tear a piece of cling wrap and push it into the empty Spam can.
- Using a chop stick, push a slice of Spam to the bottom of the can.
- Add a slice of omelette.
- Sprinkle with a little furikake on top of the omelette.
- Press one portion of the sushi rice over the omelette until the rice is level.
- Remove content with the cling wrap.
- Twist the cling wrap over the rice and shape if needed.
- Unwrap and place a strip of Nori over a clean sheet of cling wrap. Transfer the musubi over the Nori strip and wrap the nori around the musubi.
- Wrap the musubi tightly with the cling wrap.
- Serve the musubi with leftover sauce from cooking the spam.