Spam musubis are pretty much a daily thing where I live. They’re cheap (spam, rice, seaweed), they’re tasty & salty, and they’re real easy to make. If you don’t have a musubi mold, you can make a ghetto one like we did by cutting the bottom off of a spam can!


  • 2 cans of Spam! If you’re not from Hawaii you can probably find it in camping food supplies or near the corned hash.
  • 3 cups cooked White Rice
  • Nori aka seaweed that you can get in big square sheets at your local Asian food market.
  • Shoyu aka soy sauce to taste
  • 1 pkg fine panko aka Japanese bread crumbs, also found at an Asian food market.
  • 1 egg


Making the musubi:

  • Start cooking your rice either by the directions on the bag or with a rice cooker.
  • Open your can of Spam and let the block of meat slide out. Slice it (top-bottom style) into ~1/4” slices, larger or smaller as you prefer. Heat a skillet with a splash of shoyu and brown the spam slices on both sides.
  • Pull out a sheet of nori and cut it in half, one piece of nori makes 2 musubis. Either using an actual musubi mold or your cut spam can, place it over the center of your nori sheet which should be the same height as your can.
  • Pack in rice about 1/4 of the way up the can, packing it down tightly with a fork. Place a piece of spam over the rice and put more rice over the spam. Press it down firmly so it all sticks together and then, using your fork to hold it steady, slowly bring your mold up. Wrap the edges of the nori around the rice block and use a dab of water to make the edges stick together.
  • TIP: If your nori doesn’t fit all the way around, next time use less rice!

To deep fry it:

  • Crack open one egg in a small bowl and whisk. Pour about 1 1/2 cups of panko into another bowl. Heat a little oil in your frying pan. Roll your musubi in the egg and then the panko and place in the pan. Cook until the panko starts to brown a little and it isn’t runny or egg-y anymore.
  • Set aside to cool for a little bit before eating. To store extras, place in a tupperware and put a damp paper towel over top of them all. If you don’t the rice dries out and gets crunchy and gross. :]

Credit for the spam-can-mold idea goes to: