How To Make A Healthy Version Of Spam (Spam Musubi)

Spam musubi is a popular snack and lunch food in Hawaii composed of a slice of grilled Spam on top of a block of rice wrapped together with nori in the tradition of Japanese musubi. Inexpensive and portable, Spam musubi is commonly found near cash registers in convenience stores all over Hawaii.

On our recent hunting trip to Hawaii, we fell in love with these tasty snacks and decided to figure out how to make our own healthy version of them! Here’s the recipe.


  • 1 ½ lbs of ground pork
  • 4 oz of ham
  • 4 cups of water
  • 3 tbsp of tapioca starch
  • 2 tsp of salt
  • 2 tsp of coconut sugar


Process ham and a ¼ cup of water in a food processor until a paste.

Add raw ground pork and a ½ cup of water, salt, sugar, and starch, until a thick paste is formed.
Transfer in a bowl and refrigerate for at least one hour, overnight works too.

Preheat oven to 400º F.

Press the spam into a 9 x 5 x 3 in. loaf pan with the back of a spoon. Place loaf pans into a cake pan.

Boil 4 cups of water on the stove top. Pour the boiling water into the cake pan. The water level should go about halfway up the sides of the loaf pans. This is called a water bath.

Cover the loaf pan with aluminum foil. This will ensure that your spam remains moist.

Bake for 50 to 60 minutes. then you are going to take the spam from the loaf pan and cool for ten minutes.

Musubi Construction

Now that your spam is ready it is time to make some sushi rice and fry up some eggs.

Cut nori lengthwise. To construct the roll you will lay out a half sheet of Nori. Place the musubi maker on a short end of the nori. Spoon some sushi rice into the musubi maker and then us the provided press to press the rice down. Next, slice a bit of spam and lay it on top of the rice. The next layer will be the fried egg. To finish the layers you will add a small layer of rice. Finally, take the press and press all the layers down.

Now lift up the musubi maker mold and wrap the nori around your spam rice egg stack. Seal the nori like an envelope. Use water not your tongue 😉 Enjoy!

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