Spam Onigiri



Easy and fun spam recipe with in the package of an exotic japanese rice ball (Onigiri). A great recipe to make with your family, and the kids get to bring it to school the next day for lunch too!

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Step 1: How to Cook Rice

Using a rice cooker:

add 2 cups of medium/short grain rice; Koshihikari is the preferred brand but any rice with medium/high starch content is okay.

rinse the rice once with water, drain, and then add 3 cups of water for 2 cups of rice.

start the rice cooker and let it cook for ~20 minutes.

Step 2: Making Sushi Rice

You will need (for 3 cups of cooked rice - 4 rice balls):
  • 1 table spoon sugar
  • 2 table spoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

First take the rice in to a mixing bowl and loosen it with using a spatula;

then, sprinkle in the ingredients and knead lightly, get as much air contact on to the rice as possible.


  • Cut a chunk of spam into think slices, and then cut the slices into threads
  • season with rosemary, cardamon, thyme and black pepper

Step 4: Onigiri

  • Wash hands thoroughly and dab with salt water
  • Scoop a generous amount of rice in one hand, hold it in palm, and squeeze with palm and fingers into a C shape. With the other hand, make a similar C shape between fingers and palm, and press down from the space between the palm and fingers of the first hand.
  • once the rice is firmly shaped into the triangular shape, press a small dent in the center of the rice with your thumb and place some spam in side.
  • Cover the dent with some more rice and another press.

Step 5: Completion

  • Cut a piece of nori about 1 inch wide and 3 1/2 inch long
  • wrap it around the bottom of the onigiri
  • Enjoy the food while being grateful for the hard work done by the planters and harvesters!

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