During WWII, many Hawaiians had a tendency to hoard cases of SPAM® out of fear that food shipments might not make it to the islands. Made of pork, salt, water, sugar, and sodium nitrate, a can of SPAM® can last up to three years. The snack is now associated with Hawaii, where some seven million cans of SPAM® are consumed a year (that’s almost five times the state’s population!).In Hawaii, you’ll find SPAM® everywhere from convenience stores to gas stations. Wrapped in nori (and often plastic), it’s an easy-to-pack hand-held snack perfect for beach life.SPAM® musubi is a popular Hawaiian snack. It’s typically made with short grain rice and grilled teriyaki-marinated SPAM®, sprinkled with furikake—a Japanese seaweed seasoning—and wrapped in nori. You’ll find many variations on musubi with different fillings, flavorings, and proteins: some even deep fry the whole package. This easy take is a perfect for picnics, beach hangs, or an afternoon snack.
A few tips to keep in mind as you assemble the musubi:
- Be sure to use short-grain rice. It’s stickier, so will help the parcels stick together.
- If you’re worried about the rice sticking to the inside of the Spam can, line it with a sheet of plastic wrap (but a coating of nonstick spray usually does the trick).
- Have fun with it! Season and dress up your musubi however you like. In this video, I made a Lao aioli using 1 part Jeow Bong (a sweet spicy Lao dip) and 3 parts mayo.