Basic Spam Musubi

Spam Musubi

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Basic Spam Musubi

We introduce the "omusubi / onigiri" (rice ball) that Japanese immigrating overseas brought with them from Japan. Now called MUSUBI, this food has become an indispensable part of the culture in places like Hawaii, where there is a large Japanese population.

In addition to SPAM, you will also find MUSUBI wrapped with pork cutlets, hot dogs and other salty sides. Here, we look at the basic process of making the SPAM MUSUBI. Once you know how to make this version, you will feel confident to try out other variations.

Nutrition per Serving
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  • 10.58  oz Cooked rice
  • slices SPAM (cut into 0.5 inch/1cm slices)
  • 0.5  piece Nori seaweed (about 7.5×4 inches /10×8cm)
  • 0.5  tsp Salt
  • Egg (optional)


Basic Spam Musubi

Step 1

Lightly season the cooked rice with salt and let it cool to a temperature that is not hot to the touch.

Basic Spam Musubi

Step 2

Cut SPAM into 0.5 inch/1cm thick slices and grill in a pan over medium heat until browned on both sides.

Basic Spam Musubi

Step 3

Divide the cooled rice into two equal portions and roll them together. Do not use too much force, but gently fold into a cylindrical shape.

Basic Spam Musubi

Step 4

Place a piece of nori (seaweed) cut into long thin strips on a piece of plastic wrap, followed by SPAM and rice.

Basic Spam Musubi

Step 5

If you want to add a fried egg omelette, place the omelette between the SPAM and the rice.

Basic Spam Musubi

Step 6

Roll everything up with nori (seaweed) like a belt.

Basic Spam Musubi

Step 7

If for later eating, wrap in plastic wrap to preserve the shape.

Basic Spam Musubi


  • The key is to salt the rice, just as you would when making onigiri. When making onigiri, do not grip the rice too tightly.
  • In Japan, rice balls are made by wetting your hands and applying salt to them. However, for hygienic reasons, more and more people wrap their hands in plastic wrap or use gloves. If you are making them with bare hands, wet them lightly before making them to prevent them from sticking to your hands.
  • The SPAM MUSUBI consists of seaweed, rice, and SPAM, but you can also add fried egg or other ingredients if you like.
  • White rice and jasmine rice are less sticky and do not hold together well, so I recommend using Calrose Rice.
Japanese Culinary Expert living in Hawaii

Yuri has lived in the U.S. for 19 years. Proud of her family roots, Yuri was born and raised in Japan where her mother's family ran a supermarket, All the relatives lived in the same area and worked by doing things together. The environment she grew up in, the cooking she learned from her mother and the flavors she learned in the U.S. all inform her home cooking. Yuri's dishes are those that her family would enjoy. She believes that "surrounding the dinner table with the people you love is one of the most important and happy times in your life".