Easy Peasy Spicy Spam Musubi

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by Cook Omnivoraciously
8 musubis
40 min

This is my take on spam musubi, a Hawaiian favorite!

The musubis I've seen involve a mold to create the perfect rectangle. Because I didn't have a mold like that, I decided to freestyle it! My version allows you to make this beloved classic in a jiffy without any special molds. If you know how to fold, that's it!

And because I can't go a day without eating something spicy, I made a sweet spicy gochujang paste, taking inspiration from the spicy pork bulgogi, where pieces of pork are marinated in a similar sweet spicy sauce.

As you can see from one of the photos, I put in a dab of extra sauce on the rice itself. But that is optional, for the spicy lovers.

Easy Peasy Spicy Spam Musubi
Recipe details
  • 8  musubis
  • Prep time: 30 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 40 min
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  • 2 cups cooked sticky white rice
  • 4 sheets nori, cut in half into 8 pieces total
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 can spam, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1/8 cup gochujang
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • vegetable oil, enough to coat a pan you are using
Mix the gochujang and the sugar together.
Start putting and spreading a little bit of the marinate on both sides of the spam slices. You'll have a little bit of the marinade left. You can discard or keep it to put extra marinade when
Put the marinated spam slices in a container and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes. This keeps for a few days!
When you are ready to eat, heat a frying pan on medium heat with enough vegetable oil to cover the pan. When the pan is preheated, add spam slices, cooking for 2 minutes on each side. Be careful of the heat, as it can burn if the pan is too hot.
Place cooked spam on a plate lined with paper towels.
Make sure the cooked sticky white rice is warm but not hot. If it is too hot, it will make the nori sheet soggy and tough. Add rice vinegar to the rice and mix well.
Place a half sheet of nori, with the long side facing you.
Add a bit of rice on the nori, covering almost the entire nori.
Add spam slice on one half of the nori sheet. If you'd like, add a little bit of the leftover spicy marinade. This is optional.
Fold the nori sheet in half. Tuck one of the ends into the nori and press the other end of the nori on top of the musubi so the ends are tucked nicely.