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How To Make Spam Musubi

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Learn how to make the ultimate favorite snack of Hawai'i, Spam Musubi.

Ever since i was little i remember my mom, grandma, and aunty always used to make me this for snack after school.  Ask any person from Hawai'i and they will tell you how important the spam musubi is in the lifestyle of Hawai'i.  I always tell friends that visit they have to try it because you haven't experienced Hawai'i if you haven't tried a spam musubi.

In this instructable i will show you how to make the four most popular varieties of this popular snack.

1. Regular Spam Musubi
2. Teriyaki Spam Musubi
3. Spam and Egg Musubi
4. Spam and Furikake Musubi

So, i hope you enjoy!
 
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Step 1: Ingredients

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What you will need...

3 cups cooked white sticky rice
1 package of nori(seaweed) sheets (7.5" x 8")
1 can of spam (doesn't matter what kind you choose)
1 bottle furikake (japanese rice seasoning)
1 egg (to be scrambled)

Teriyaki Sauce:
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp mirin

You can find all of these ingredients at the nearest grocery store in the Asian section or go to your local Asian Market. I'd prefer the latter because you are guaranteed to find everything.


Step 2: Spam musubi maker

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ALSO:
- you will need a spam musubi maker (see second picture below)
- comes in two pieces, the shaper and compressor

You can probably find this at the nearest Asian market.


Step 3: Cooking white sticky rice

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Fill rice cooker to how ever much it can hold. Wash and rinse rice atleast three times, then add water till the rice is covered.  The water should be about and inch above the rice.  Once that is done put in on the cooker and press the button down. Don't forget to press the button.

Step 4: Cutting spam

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1. open can of spam and put on cutting board
2. cut spam into ten slices
     ( more or less can be cut but keep it at an even number)

Step 5: Cooking spam

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1. heat stove to medium heat
2. place slices of spam on a pan
3. wait till it comes crispy and golden

NOTE:
if you want to make teriyaki spam musubi skip to next step

Step 6: Cooking teriyaki spam

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Teriyaki Sauce:
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp mirin

1. mix all those ingredients together till sugar dissolves.
2. place spam on frying pan
3. pour mixture over spam, enough so all sides are surrounded
4. let cook till the spam is caramelized with teriyaki sauce

Step 7: Making the Musubi

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Here is how you should set-up your kitchen table or counter...

1. bowl of cooked rice
2. plate of spam
3. nori
4. bowl of water, with spam musubi soaking inside
     *helps the rice not stick to the maker when it is wet
5. cutting board or mat so you don't dirty your table

Step 8: Laying down the nori

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1. lay sheet of nori with the longer side going horizontally
2. put maker in the center lining up the edges with the nori

Step 9: Adding rice and pressing down

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1. add a bed of rice about 1cm high and fill the entire space of the shaper
2. then press down with the compressor piece

*shaper: is the box shaped piece
compressor: the flat piece with knob on top

Step 10: Add spam then last layer of rice

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1. add two pieces of cooked spam (regular or teriyaki which ever you choose to use)
2. add last layer of rice, same amount as step before
3. press down hard till all ingredients are tightly compacted

Step 11: Taking rice and spam out of maker

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1. press down the rice with compressor with both hands
2. slowly using your fingers that are not touching the compressor lift up the shaper till its free of the rice and spam
3. slowly and carefully take compressor off the top layer bed of rice

Step 12: Wrapping the nori around spam and rice

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1. start with far side of nori and wrap over top of rice and spam
2. then grab entire musubi and fold it over towards you, so no rice is showing
3. lastly put musubi down, so all of the nori is wrapped around the rice and spam

*IMPORTANT
let the musubi lay flat for about five minutes so the loose ends of the nori can join together (by heat and moisture of rice) and hold the rice and spam firmly together.

Step 13: Cut and serve

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1.use a bread knife, or any knife that is really sharp
2. wet knife so the rice doesn't stick
3. first cut in half, make like you are cutting a log and go back and forth slowly making your way down till the end
4. wet knife again
5. cut the halves in half again
    *you can follow the picture and do it diagonally, or you can just cut it straight, it doesn't matter)
6.put on plate and serve

Step 14: Extras: Spam and Egg Musubi

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One awesome combination that many small lunch shops serve are spam and egg musubis.  it's just like its name, a spam musubi with spam & egg in between the rice.


1. Use regular spam, and scramble one egg
2. cut egg into small pieces
3. Follow step 8 & 9
4. Add spam, then add pieces of egg over spam
5.follow steps 10-13.
6. enjoy!

Step 15: Extras: Spam and Furikake

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1. Now you need your bottle of furikake
2. Follow step 8 & 9
3. once you have the first layer of rice, sprinkle enough furikake so rice is covered
4. add spam and press down like in step 10
5. add furikake over the spam
6. follow steps 11-13
7. serve and enjoy

Step 16: FINISH&ENJOY!

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Here is a serving suggestion...
JessieS7 months ago

Ya know, they make Spam Lite! I also like the fact they got rid of most of the gelatin.

Spam is one of the least healthiest "foodstuffs" you can pack into your gullet. I'd replace it with something made of non-gmo soy.
spam is not bad for you.

http://www.spam.com/spam-101/what-is-spam-classic
False, it is VERY bad for you. One of the primary ingredients, to start off with, is salt. It is LOADED with sodium (salt). Then there's the potato starch, a rather high concentration of it, which is also bad for you. Starches don't break down in the human body very well, they convert to sugars and then into fat. That fat then sits and stores in your body as fat cells, rather than flushing out of the body. Next is sugar. While not all sugar is bad, nowhere do they specify what kind of sugar, and if you've ever tasted SPAM, you'd know it's refined (white) sugar, which is not healthy at all. It does the same that starches do, only it's already in sugar form. Oh heck, here, I'll just leave you with this: http://www.naturalnews.com/sodium_nitrite.html (sodium Nitrite is the next ingredient on the list in SPAM, but the articles on the link are a big eye-opener)
salt is not bad for you. some people have a genetic predisposition for salt related diseases. everyone else can eat a pound of salt every day and be just fine.
starch is one of the three portions that constitute a complete meal: a protein, a starch, and a veggie/fruit. you need it to live. yeah, if you eat too much fat without exercise, you will get fat, but starch is not inherently bad.
refined sugar and raw sugar are almost exactly the same. the only difference is that refined sugar is, literally, nothing but pure sugar. it's white because pure sugar is white.
i've heard just as much good about sodium nitrite as bad. give me an actual laboratory study, not some website catering to people who think everything a human being has touched is inherently bad for your body and damages your soul.
realife112 years ago
Looks Deelish!!
I thought the egg was pineapple at first glance, which gave me the idea to use pineapple.
Maybe with a little brown sugar sprinkled on top? I love that combo.
Never had this, will definitely try, thanks :-)
austinquick2 years ago
Musubi is da bomb! Pretty great recipe too, just like aunty's!
ruthy nov2 years ago
Great! Thanks!
Next time my children are coming I'll surprise them with this beautiful dish!
If you want to add more Oriental depth to the flavor of the sauce, you can add some grated fresh ginger root, and a tablespoon of toasted sesame seeds. That kind of terri-sauce will do you well for grilled chicken, burgers, and Spam that's fried-up so that it becomes like bacon.
maxman2 years ago
I've always added sugar and rice vinegar to the rice. This is the first recipe where it's not done. It holds the rice together and adds a vinegar bite.
tgsimmons2 years ago
We love this stuff, have been eating it for years. We like to add avocado or pineapple.
yopauly2 years ago
Thank you for the Instructable! My favorite lunchable! I love Spam! I love Musubi! I add some corn starch to my teriyaki sauce to give it some body. It works great to use as glue to close the nori. I just tried a can of Spam Bacon Flavor. It isn't really very bacony. It's not bad but it could taste more like bacon!
katswan2 years ago
Thank you for sharing this great instructable!

I tend to be a lazy cook and I found that if I line my musubi maker with the the nori on the inside, rather than laying down flat, then I layer my ingredients, fold the nori flaps over the top and then use the compressor, my musubi slides out easier...easy peasy. Rice still makes a sticky mess but oh so ono!

Summer Obon festivals are here, I look forward to eating handcrafted musubi! Yum!

Thank you again for such a delicious post!
Malhecho3 years ago
i love eating the uso food in Vegas we got mad Hawaiians there
Dr.Bill4 years ago
I jus go 7 eleven. One dollah half I got.
Musubii Dr.Bill3 years ago
I go to foodland haha or up country store on maui
well i stock up when i go to the farmers market but i still keep a few cans of spam as a back up
you must be from the islands! I would be so happy if we have musubi at 7-11's here in CA
ksparks4 years ago
I read this yesterday, went out and bought what I needed, and made them last night for lunch today! My wife and 8-yr-old love them and next time we'll maybe use hot dogs, just for a change. BTW, I used the can as a mold and it worked great! Excellent Instructable!
sauwen4 years ago
Hawaii SPAM musubis represent!! Yeah ;) Haha.. Lovin' this tutorial!
parkerace4 years ago
Cool idea!
angelabchua4 years ago
I love you for posting this. This is one of my favorite things to make, and when I started working here at Instructables, I VOWED that this was going to be my first project to post, and of course, i never did it. So I love that this was your first!

mmmmm, i think im gonna go home and musubi myself tonight!

Before I had a musubi press, i used to use the actual spam can, but that was always sketchy with the sharp edges
rsagawa (author)  angelabchua4 years ago
thank you so much! this was actually a project for one of my college design classes, so i'm glad someone like you who works for this site approves of it.
oh, I TOTALLY approve. When I visit my family in Hawaii, I always hit up 7-11 for some musubi on the go. I'm sad that we don't have them out here in CA, however I feel that if we did, it just wouldn't be the same.

moochaka4 years ago
I don't have a musubi press, what else could I use?

on another note, I fell in love with these when I lived in Hawai'i. I used to either make them early in the morning or pick them up from 7-11 on my way to the beach every weekend.
rsagawa (author)  moochaka4 years ago
you could actually use the spam can.

here's a video i found online:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNL5YTsEJno

but yes, 7-11 has some of the best musubis.
Erfunden4 years ago
Great stuff. I don't live in Hawaii but my mom did and she used to make these for us sometimes. I introduced my wife to mushubi but she will only eat it if it's made with korean bbq chicken instead of spam.
rsagawa (author)  Erfunden4 years ago
thank you, and you can use any kind of meat. i've actually had a korean bbq chicken musubi and loved it.