Spam Musubi
Servings Prep Time
7servings 10minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
7servings 10minutes
Cook Time
  • 2cups medium grain Calrose rice
  • 2cups cold water
  • 1can Spamcut into 7 pieces to 10 pieces
  • 3pieces noricut into 9 long strips
  • Furikakedry Japanese seasoning, optional
Spam Musubi Sauce
  • 2tablespoons Japanese soy sauceor light soy sauce, not low sodium
  • 2tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2tablespoons mirinoptional
  1. Rinse Rice: Gently rinse Calrose rice under cold water. Drain very well.
  2. Pressure Cook Calrose Rice: Place 2 cups medium grain Calrose rice and 2 cups cold water in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 6 minutes. Turn off the heat and Full Natural Release (roughly 10 minutes). Open the lid carefully. Fluff and set aside to cool to touch.
  3. Create Spam Musubi Sauce: While the rice is pressure cooking, mix 2 tablespoons Japanese soy sauce, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, and (optional) 2 tablespoons mirin together in a glass measuring cup.
  4. Cut Nori: Cut 3 pieces of Nori into 9 long strips.
  5. Prepare Spam: Open 1 can of spam, cut spam into 10 pieces. Wash & set the can aside as we will use it as a mold.
  6. Brown Spam Slices: In a medium heat skillet, brown each side of the spam pieces for 1 – 2 minutes. Brush sauce mixture onto each side of the spam pieces and caramelize for 10 – 20 seconds per side. Set aside on a plate.
  7. Create Spam Musubi: Place a piece of plastic food wrap in the spam can. Pack portions of cooked Calrose rice in the spam can and cover the rice with food wrap. Use your fingers to tightly press down the rice. Remove wrapped rice from the spam can by pulling the food wrap upwards. Unwrap the rice and add a layer of Furikake.
  8. Place a piece of browned spam slice on top of the rice and wrap a piece of nori around the rice. Use a few grains of rice as glue to seal the ends if necessary.