Spam Musubi is a type of sushi that is made with rice, Japanese tamagoyaki (omelette), white rice, spam, and pressed seaweed (nori). This tasty dish comes from Hawaii, where it was derived from Japanese-style rice balls, known as musubi. I have eaten it quite often in Hawaii but I never realized how popular it is in Japan until I moved here. In Japan you can find canned spam at most grocery stores, and Musubi makers can be found at 100 yen shops and in cooking stores.
Don’t let the fact that this treat is made with canned meat scare you away – marinaded spam cooks up crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and is loaded with flavor.
Tomagoyaki is a rolled up Japanese omelette. It is easy to make yourself, but you can also buy Tomagoyaki already cooked and sold in the refrigerated section in Asian markets. Tomagoyaki can be sliced up easily and I like to trim down the omelette so that when I slice it, each piece fits perfectly into my Musubi maker. Single-piece Musubi makers usually are the same size as a slice of spam.
Spam is popular in Japan on the tropical island of Okinawa where Spam Musubi is a local favorite.
I wrap up all of my Musubi in plastic to shape it and to make sure the nori adheres to the Musubi all the way around. You can eat it right away or save it for later. Its fun to make your own Musubi and it’s an activity you can do with your friends or family. And you can vary the ingredients and create your own unique Musubi.
So try it out and let me know what you think by entering a comment into the section at the bottom of the page.