best musubi recipe

by Obie Mertz Published 8 months ago Updated 5 months ago

How to make homemade Musubi?

  • Select and wash your rice The secret to cooking the perfect rice is adding the right amount of water to an exact weight of rice. ...
  • Cook your rice The perfect rice should be fully cooked through but still springy – imagine like al dente pasta. ...
  • Choose your fillings This is where you can use your imagination. ...

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How to make Spam musubi at home?

Spam Musubi Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup sushi rice (or white sticky rice), cooked according to package directions
  • ½ Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 Sheet nori seaweed
  • 5 Spam slices (1 can)
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil

How to make Spam musubi without mold?

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  1. Cut seaweed in half. Lay them shiny side down (so that the rough side is to you). Set these aside for now.
  2. Cut the spam. Open can, remove spam. ...
  3. Cook the spam. Try frying, baking, or boiling the spam. ...
  4. Create a "marinade" sauce. Mix equal parts of soy sauce and brown sugar in a small bowl and allow the cooked spam to soak for a little while.

How do you make a Spam musubi?


  • Prepare the Spam. Cut the Spam into 8 slices.
  • Prepare the sauce. Mix the soy sauce and sugar in a bowl.
  • Cook the Spam. In a skillet over medium heat, lay the Spam slices in a single layer. ...
  • Assemble the musubi. There are two popular methods. ...
  • Method #1 (Spam on top). ...
  • Method #2 (Spam in middle). ...
  • Eat and enjoy ^_^


Which Furikake is best for Spam musubi?

There's a large variety of furikake at the markets. Salmon, shiso, wasabi, and more. I favor the simple combination of nori flakes with black and white roasted sesame seeds. It's perfect for Spam musubi.

Is musubi Hawaiian or Japanese?

Musubi (aka omusubi or onigiri) is a Japanese rice ball that is mixed, filled, or topped with a variety of ingredients and sometimes wrapped in nori. People began making musubi as food to take into battle because of their portability and ability to keep throughout the day.

What is musubi sauce made of?

My mom's spam musubi sauce is a teriyaki-inspired mixture, made of shoyu (soy sauce), mirin (rice wine), dark brown sugar, & sesame oil.

Is musubi better hot or cold?

Enjoy the spam musubi immediately at room temperature. You can store them in an airtight container or wrap them with plastic wrap and place them in the fridge. To serve refrigerated musubi, warm them in the microwave for 20 seconds or so, to get the best texture.

What is the difference between musubi and onigiri?

Nigiri, or onigiri (the o- being an honorary prefix) is the same thing as musubi. The preferred term varies by household or region. For example, I use the word onigiri 95% of the time while my mother prefers the term musubi.

What does Spam stand for?

Special Processed American MeatSPAM is an acronym: Special Processed American Meat.

What do you put in musubi?

16:2218:29EASY Spam Musubi - 4 NEW Ways and Flavors To Try! - YouTubeYouTubeStart of suggested clipEnd of suggested clipSo this was actually in my original spam musubi video i put like a lot of furikake on my rice. SoMoreSo this was actually in my original spam musubi video i put like a lot of furikake on my rice. So furukake is like a japanese seasoning that you can add to flavor a whole bunch of stuff.

Does rice vinegar make rice sticky?

If you know How to Make Sushi Rice, then you can enjoy a Japanese favorite at home! Simply cook short-grain rice, vinegar, and sugar to make this fluffy and sticky rice.

How do you make musubi without mold?

Place ½ cup of rice into the lined can and a slice of Spam on top of the rice. Pat the rice and Spam down tightly to help the musubi form its shape. Then, lift plastic wrap out of the can to take out the musubi and finish by wrapping a slice of nori around it. Repeat this step for the rest of the Spam slices.

Can you make musubi the night before?

Spam Musubi is perfect for lunch/bento boxes, as a snack or to make ahead for the next day. It's made up of a slice of crispy grilled Spam, simmered in a sweet, salty, and tangy sauce then sandwiched between rice.

Does rice need to be cold for musubi?

You want to use fresh, hot rice (save the leftover rice for fried rice). I find that heat and steam it helps seal the final musubi so that it doesn't unravel.

Can I eat day old musubi?

After months of bargaining, the Health Department recently announced revised draft rules allowing local favorites like Spam musubi to be kept at room temperature for as long as four hours. After that, the food must be discarded.


In a small saucepan, cover the rice with 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of water. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand covered for 20 minutes.

Make Ahead

The musubi can be refrigerated overnight. It’s best eaten at room temperature You can also use a Spam musubi maker.


You will need the Spam can for this recipe. Using a can opener, remove both the top and the bottom of the can and remove the Spam. Use a spoon to push down any sharp edges on the side of the can. Wash and dry the can well before proceeding.

What is Spam Musubi?

OK, I know what you are thinking right now.

What is Spam?

Spam is a canned meat made mostly with ham. When I lived in Hawaii I had SPAM all the time, mainly because it was pretty much all I could afford. I had it for breakfast with eggs and rice. I had it for dinner with noodles and rice. And for lunch, I made this Spam Musubi. You can buy Spam Musubi in Hawaii at any grocery store or gas station.

Make your own Musubi mold

First of all, you will need to make or buy a Musubi mold. I didn’t want to fork out $10 to have one sent to me from Hawaii so I made my own. First, you will need to get a mini SPAM can (you will need SPAM anyway to make the Musubi). If you use the full size can, cut it down to about half the original height. Clean it out well with soap and water.

Spam Musubi

You don’t need to fly to Hawaii to try this tasty authentic Hawaiian Spam Musubi. With this easy recipe you can make it yourself at home!

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Hawaiian Style Spam Musubi

Learn how to make 4 types of Spam Musubi! A local Hawaiian version to the Japanese musubi. Super simple but super yummy to eat! Pack a spam musubi with plastic wrap and take it with you anywhere for lunch, dinner, or snack! Great for a picnic, swim at the beach, or any hangout.

What is SPAM musubi?

If you’re looking for easy Hawaiian food, SPAM musubi can’t be beat. At its most basic you have just three ingredients: SPAM, rice and nori (or seaweed).


My go to method for SPAM musubi is an easy basic one, with a simple marinade to give that extra pop of flavor. Some people say you need to use sushi rice, but in Hawaii we also used regular rice, just cooking it to be sticky. Just use 1.5 parts water to 1 part rice. For example: 2 cups of uncooked rice with 3 cups of water.

SPAM Musubi Recipe

This SPAM musubi recipe is an easy Hawaiian style snack that's as simple as it is delicious. Perfect for snacking on the go! If you don't have a musubi press, open both ends of the can and carefully use it to shape and press your rice. Cook time does not include cooking the rice.

Making rice for spam musubi

Spam musubi is influenced by a combination of American, Japanese, and Hawaiian cultural foods. The term “musubi” is taken from the Japanese dish “omusubi” or “ onigiri ,” which translates to rice ball.

Spam musubi sauce

Many Hawaiian-style Spam musubi has a slight teriyaki sauce cooked with the spam to give it even more flavor–I love the sweetness and saltiness of this and added it to my own recipe. I like to cut each spam block to about 8 even slices.

Types of seaweed to use

Like other types of recipes that use nori ( Californian rolls, spicy tuna roll, temaki ), it’s a very important part of Spam musubi. Nori typically has different rankings based on the quality. For instance, some brands use a color rating like green (best used for salads) and go up to gold or platinum (best used for nigiri and other forms of sushi).

How to form spam musubi with a special mold

There are different ways to assemble Spam musubi one of the easiest ways is using a specific Spam musubi mold. I’ve seen so many different types throughout the years and you can buy them straight from Mitsuwa, Daiso, or online. It typically is a rectangular mold and a flat press to shape the rice.

Making spam musubi without a special mold

If you don’t have access to a mold, there’s an even easier solution. You can use your hands to form rice balls and top them with Spam slices, but did you know Spam cans can act as a mold? All you need is some cling-wrap.

How to serve and and store

These are best served fresh so that the rice is nice and soft and the nori is not too soggy. It’s perfect with a side of ahi tuna poke or salmon poke bowls too. If you have leftovers, you can wrap them individually in a piece of cling-wrap tightly so they don’t dry out.

Spam Musubi

Sweet and salty Spam musubi is a great on-the-go snack and this recipe will teach you how to assemble this Hawaiian food in no time.

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