Teriyaki Furikake Spam Musubi
This is a popular Hawaiian staple that originated from Japan consisting of just 4 easy ingredients: sushi rice, spam, furikake and teriyaki sauce that gets rolled into a sushi style sandwich. It will be a comfort food that everyone will love and crave!
I‘ve loved spam for a long as I can remember. It was a pantry item we always had in the house growing up. My mom would always make it for my family and pair it with some white rice, eggs and ketchup. So basic, yet SO GOOD. We would have it for breakfast, we would have it for dinner, it did not matter. So, essentially I learned to love it from her. I moved to Las Vegas at one point in my life and I would continue that tradition whenever I would get home sick. It reminded me of home and my Mom.
Musubi is another form of the spam and rice I would eat. So, naturally I automatically loved this when I first tried it. It is so easy and fun to make and extremely cost effective. It is perfect for breakfast, a snack, lunch or dinner. It is one of those items that truly is perfect at anytime when you need some comfort food.
Most of us seem to have an aversion to spam. In my experience, anytime anyone hears spam they get squeamish. But, I am here to tell you that there is no reason to steer clear and you will be pleasantly surprised because this popular Hawaiian item that is layered with sticky tangy rice, crispy soy glazed spam, furikake, more sticky rice and wrapped in flavorful nori sheet is totally addictive. Serve it will a dipping sauce on the side and BAM! You will have the tastiest Asian sandwich right in your own hands.
Serves 3-6, INGREDIENTS:
1 12 oz. can spam, sliced ** NOTE: Make sure to keep the spam container it comes in. Do not throw away. You will need this to make the musubi. **
2 Nori (seaweed) sheet, carefully cut in half
Sushi rice: 2.5 cups uncooked Sushi rice, cooked and marinated (1/2 cup rice vinegar, 2 TBSP sugar, 1/2 TSP salt. Marinate AFTER rice is cooked) cook with 2.5 cups rice + 3 cups water. When cooked the rice makes about 5 cups
Teriyaki spam marinade (recipe to follow)
Furikake seasoning from Trader Joe’s
** Cling plastic wrap needed to help make the musubi **
INGREDIENTS: For the Teriyaki Marinade
1/4 cup tamari soy sauce
1 TBSP brown sugar
1/4 TSP garlic powder
1/4 TSP fish sauce
1/4 TSP sesame oil
Place sushi rice in a pot and rinse under water until the water becomes clear. Add appropriate amount of water. Place on the stove and cook for about 15-20 minutes or until liquid has dissolved and rice is fluffy. While rice is cooking make the marinade.
When rice is done, remove from pot and place in a bowl to cool. Once cooled pour marinade over it and mix. Set aside.
Slice spam and set aside.
To make the teriyaki marinate mix all ingredients in a bowl and whisk.
Heat a pan over medium to low heat, add spam slices and cook on each side for about 3-4 minutes until golden brown and crispy. Add teriyaki marinade and cook for another 1-2 minutes until the spam is well coated. Remove from heat and let cool.
Slice nori sheets in half and place on a cutting board, so they are ready for wrapping.
PRETTY PLATE PRESENTATION INSTRUCTIONS:
Cut off a good length of plastic wrap and push it into the spam container. Make sure enough is flawed over the edges so you can easily pull out the musubi.
Start by placing 1/3 cup of cooked rice in the spam container. Push the rice down as much as you can and create clean edges. NOTE: I use a spoon dipped in water so the rice doesn’t stick to the spoon when trying to push it down.
Layer one teriyaki spam slice.
Followed by a layer of the Furikake seasoning.
Last, add another layer of 1/3 cup rice on top. Pushing down to make sure all items are compacted together.
When ready, take your plastic wrap edges and pull the musubi out. Place it about 1/4 of the way down on the cut nori sheet OR half way down.
Take one side of the sheet and fold it over and take the other side of the sheet and fold it over. Using your finger, dip it into some water and run it over the top of the nori sheet edge to close the musubi.
Using a knife, cut in half. Repeat the process with remaining rice and spam slices. Make as many or as little as you want and use the rest for left overs.
PRETTY PLATE KITCHEN ITEMS USED: