Hot and Spicy Spam Musubi

Spam musubi is probably one of my favorite foods. It is probably in my Top 3 items. It is in my top 5 favorite foods for sure! Whenever I have them, I’m reminded of Hawaii. It takes me back and just eating it makes my tummy so, so, happy.



When I was younger, my grandma and grandpa would take me to swap meets on the weekends. I would walk by each table, looking specifically for the table (or tables) that sold spam musubi. Other times when I would think about when we would go shopping at KTA Super Store. I would anxiously follow them around until we reached where the ‘Ready To Go’ meals were and would ask for either a bento or some spam musubi. Sometimes, I would ask my grandpa to take me to 7-11 after school, just so that I could get a Slurpee and some spam musubi.



Why get spam musubi at 7-11? Because I can! Aside from making musubi at home, I feel like 7-11 is probably one of the best places that you can get it from! I don’t know how they taste now since it has been a while since I’ve been. back to the islands, but growing up, it was 100% my favorite. Maybe I’m being sentimental because I had it a lot from 7-11 when I was younger. Maybe I didn’t know any better places when I was younger. One thing is sure, that no matter where I got it from, it always brought me back to my happy place.



Let me know in the comments down below if you tried this recipe! If you used a spam flavor other than what I used, let me know! I’d love to know what flavor you used and what you think!


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Tips For Making Spam Musubi


There are many different flavors of spam out there that you can use to make spam musubi. I would try the different ones and find whichever one you like. My personal favorite is the Hot N Spicy spam, because what can I say? I love spice.


Look into getting a spam slicer. Not only will it cut the spam into equal pieces (and your spam musubi will all look even in presentation), but it also makes cutting so much faster. Before I got my slicer (Thanks Sean & Priscilla!), I would cut it by hand and I would want every piece as close to the same size as possible. It took forever. Especially if I had to prepare a large amount for a party.


If you do not have a musubi mold, don’t throw the can away! You can use it as a mold! There are many videos on YouTube out there where they are able to use the can as a mold! I’ll try to record one in the future for you!


The sauce is optional. Some days I make my spam musubi with it and others I have it plain. It is completely up to you and what you want to try.



Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken – Another very popular dish that can be found in Hawai’i. Packed with flavor, especially ginger. It is so so good.


Hawaiian BBQ Chicken – Another great dish that can be found in Hawai’i. Easy and simple ingredients.


Kalua Pork with Cabbage – The ever-popular Kalua pork with cabbage. This is an InstantPot version with ingredients commonly found in a home or easily found at the supermarket if you need ingredients.

Hot and Spicy Spam Musubi

Hot and Spicy Spam Musubi
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: Hawaiian
Keyword: Rice, Spam, Pork, Musubi, Hot and Spicy
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 5 musubi
Calories: 224kcal


  • 5 slice Spam of your choice
  • 2 1/2 sheet Nori
  • 2 cup Cooked Jasmine Rice
  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Tamari
  • Furikake
  • 1 tbsp Oil* optional


Preparing Ingredients

  • In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar and tamari.
    Mix well and set aside.
  • Slice spam into equal pieces. (or whatever size you want.)
  • Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the skillet.
    I mainly do this so that it does not stick to the pan. If you do not want to use oil, you can totally cook the spam without it.
  • Once your skillet is hot, add spam.
    Do not overcrowd the spam.
  • Cook on one side for 4 - 5 minutes or until crispy. Flip.
  • Cook the other side for an additional 4 - 5 minutes or until crispy. Flip back onto original side.
  • Remember that sauce we made in the beginning? Lower your heat and pour that sauce over the spam.
  • Work quickly to coat both sides of the spam. The sauce will thicken slightly the more it is cooked.
    Remove from heat when you feel like it is saucy enough.

Assembling the Musubi

  • Take your nori and cut them in half. Set aside in a pile.
  • Take one piece of nori and place it smooth side down on the surface.
  • Take your musubi mold and place it in the middle of the nori.
  • Add however much rice you would like. Take the smasher and smash the rice down until packed and even.
  • Add 1 slice of spam on top of the rice.
  • Spoon another layer of rice on top of the spam. However much you want.
  • Take that smasher and smash the rice down until even and packed.
  • While pushing down on the rice, pull the musubi mold up. Remove the smasher and set it aside.
  • Take the bottom of the nori and fold it onto the rice. Continue folding until the nori is wrapped around the musubi.
  • Serve hot.


Please note that *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 836mg | Potassium: 171mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg