Spam Recipes and Serving Suggestions

What do you think of when you think of spam, megabytes and microchips? Maybe this recipe - featured below - will change your mind...
What do you think of when you think of spam, megabytes and microchips? Maybe this recipe - featured below - will change your mind...

Spam is an ugly word for many people. Junk e-mails are perhaps what will automatically spring to mind when spam is mentioned in the modern world of online access but the pork and ham canned luncheon meat combination that is Spam predates the commercial Internet by many years and frequently knows a fairly negative reputation of its own. There is often a perception that Spam is among the lowest of the low when it comes to meat offerings and that it is a status symbol of the lower classes or those who can't afford to buy proper meat. Widespread though this idea may be, it is both unfortunate and inaccurate as there are a great many delicious dishes which can be prepared using Spam.

Not convinced? Below are a few examples of ways in which it is possible to prepare, cook and enjoy Spam that will hopefully change the way you view it forever.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 56g
Calories 174
Calories from Fat135
% Daily Value *
Fat 15 g23%
Carbohydrates 2 g1%
Protein 7 g14%
Cholesterol 39 mg13%
Sodium 767 mg32%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Spam Fritters and Potato Skins with Pickles

Thick slices of spam in batter with deep fried potato skins and pickles
Thick slices of spam in batter with deep fried potato skins and pickles

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min

Cook time: 10 min

Ready in: 30 min

Yields: One serving

Ingredients

  • Skins from two large potatoes, evenly peeled
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons self-raising/rising flour
  • Salt
  • 2 thick Spam slices
  • Pickled onions
  • Tomato relish (or similar)

Instructions

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Steeping potato skinsPreparing batter for Spam frittersThick Spam slices for frittersDeep frying Spam frittersDrying potato skins for deep fryingDraining Spam frittersDeep frying potato skinsDraining potato skinsSpam fritters and potato skinsTucking in to Spam fritters
Steeping potato skins
Steeping potato skins
Preparing batter for Spam fritters
Preparing batter for Spam fritters
Thick Spam slices for fritters
Thick Spam slices for fritters
Deep frying Spam fritters
Deep frying Spam fritters
Drying potato skins for deep frying
Drying potato skins for deep frying
Draining Spam fritters
Draining Spam fritters
Deep frying potato skins
Deep frying potato skins
Draining potato skins
Draining potato skins
Spam fritters and potato skins
Spam fritters and potato skins
Tucking in to Spam fritters
Tucking in to Spam fritters
  1. Put the potato skins in to a large pot or bowl of cold water and leave to steep for ten to fifteen minutes. This removes the excess sugars/starches.
  2. Add the flour and a little salt to a suitable bowl. Mix with cold water - beating with a fork - until you have a thick, smooth batter. Rest in the fridge for ten minutes.
  3. Bring a deep frying pan of vegetable or sunflower oil to a high heat. Dredge the Spam slices in the batter, allow the excess to drip off and deep fry for around three minutes each side until crisp and golden. Drain on a plate covered with kitchen paper.
  4. While the Spam fritters are frying, carefully drain the potatoes skins and pat dry with kitchen paper (see relevant photo above).
  5. Deep fry the potato skins for two or three minutes until crisp and drain on the kitchen paper.
  6. Plate the Spam fritters and potato skins, adding the pickles to garnish and serve.

Cheese and Spam Toastie

Cheese and Spam toasted sandwich
Cheese and Spam toasted sandwich

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 5 min (approximately)

Ready in: 15 min (approximately)

Yields: One serving

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of bread
  • Butter
  • 4 or 5 slices of cheddar cheese (or as required)
  • 2½ thin slices of Spam (or as required)
  • Chopped chives to garnish

Instructions

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Buttered bread and cheese for toastieSlicing Spam for toastieStarting to build toastie with Spam on breadCheese slices are laid on SpamCheese and Spam toastie is briefly restedTrimmed and sliced cheese and Spam toastie is plated
Buttered bread and cheese for toastie
Buttered bread and cheese for toastie
Slicing Spam for toastie
Slicing Spam for toastie
Starting to build toastie with Spam on bread
Starting to build toastie with Spam on bread
Cheese slices are laid on Spam
Cheese slices are laid on Spam
Cheese and Spam toastie is briefly rested
Cheese and Spam toastie is briefly rested
Trimmed and sliced cheese and Spam toastie is plated
Trimmed and sliced cheese and Spam toastie is plated
  1. Sandwich toasters vary, so be sure to refer to the manufacturer's instructions for your particular model.
  2. Start your sandwich toaster heating while you slice the Spam and cheese and lightly butter both slices of bread on one side only.
  3. Lay the first slice of bread in the sandwich toaster buttered side down followed by the Spam slices in a single layer.
  4. Top the Spam with a layer of cheese slices.
  5. Lay on the second slice of bread, buttered side up and close over the sandwich toaster.
  6. The sandwich takes around five minutes but cook until done to your liking. Lift to a chopping board with a spatula.
  7. Remember that toasted sandwiches - particularly when made with cheese - stay incredibly hot for a lot longer than you may expect. Leave to rest for a few minutes before trimming and slicing in half. Plate and garnish with the chopped chives.

Spam and Egg Salad Wrap

Spam slices and salad leaves with hard boiled egg wrap
Spam slices and salad leaves with hard boiled egg wrap

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 10 min

Ready in: 20 min

Yields: One serving

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg
  • Generous handful mixed salad leaves of choice
  • 2 or 3 thin slices of Spam
  • 1 tortilla wrap
  • Mayo
  • Chopped chives

Instructions

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Salad leaves are thoroughly washedSpam and hard boiled egg slicesQuickly heating tortilla wrapSpam and salad leaves arranged on wrapHard boiled egg slices are arranged on wrapRolling wrap for eating
Salad leaves are thoroughly washed
Salad leaves are thoroughly washed
Spam and hard boiled egg slices
Spam and hard boiled egg slices
Quickly heating tortilla wrap
Quickly heating tortilla wrap
Spam and salad leaves arranged on wrap
Spam and salad leaves arranged on wrap
Hard boiled egg slices are arranged on wrap
Hard boiled egg slices are arranged on wrap
Rolling wrap for eating
Rolling wrap for eating
  1. Put the egg in to a pot of cold water. Bring the water to a simmer for about eight to ten minutes, depending upon the size of the egg.
  2. Wash the salad leaves thoroughly under running cold water and set aside to drain.
  3. Take the pot with the egg to the sink and run in cold water until the egg is cool enough to handle. Crack the shell, peel and resubmerge in cold water for two or three minutes to cool it quickly. (Cooling it quickly prevents the blue/grey tinge from forming around the yolk.)
  4. Slice the egg to around a quarter of an inch thickness.
  5. Heat the wrap per the instructions on the pack. This one took ten seconds in a very hot, dry frying pan.
  6. Lay the salad and Spam slices on the wrap as shown above. Top with the egg slices, mayo and chives.
  7. Fold and roll the wrap to eat.

Spam and Egg Fried Rice with Curry Sauce

Spam, egg and curry sauce stirred through fried rice
Spam, egg and curry sauce stirred through fried rice

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour

Cook time: 15 min

Ready in: 1 hour 15 min

Yields: Two servings

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces basmati or long grain rice
  • Salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 inch thick Spam slice, chopped in to slivers
  • 3 tablespoons curry sauce
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped coriander leaf/cilantro

Instructions

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Boiled rice is thoroughly drainedStarting to fry beaten eggsSimple omelette is formingChpped Spam and omeletteStarting to fry cooled riceSpam and egg is added to frying riceSpam and egg fried riceCurry sauce is added to fried riceSpam and egg fried rice with curry sauceFreshly chopped coriander is stirred through fried rice
Boiled rice is thoroughly drained
Boiled rice is thoroughly drained
Starting to fry beaten eggs
Starting to fry beaten eggs
Simple omelette is forming
Simple omelette is forming
Chpped Spam and omelette
Chpped Spam and omelette
Starting to fry cooled rice
Starting to fry cooled rice
Spam and egg is added to frying rice
Spam and egg is added to frying rice
Spam and egg fried rice
Spam and egg fried rice
Curry sauce is added to fried rice
Curry sauce is added to fried rice
Spam and egg fried rice with curry sauce
Spam and egg fried rice with curry sauce
Freshly chopped coriander is stirred through fried rice
Freshly chopped coriander is stirred through fried rice

Important Note: When preparing the rice in the first instance for this recipe, it is imperative that the cooked rice not be left at room temperature (even covered) for more than about an hour. Otherwise, harmful bacteria potentially leading to food poisoning can form. If preparing further in advance, refrigerate the cooled rice in an appropriate dish.

  1. Bring a large pot of slightly salted water to a rolling boil. Wash the rice in a sieve under running cold water before adding to the pot. Bring back to a simmer for ten minutes, stirring briefly but well after one minute.
  2. Drain the rice well, spread on a plate, cover and leave for half an hour to an hour to cool completely. It is vital that the rice be completely cool before it is subsequently fried.
  3. While the rice is cooling, beat the eggs in a small bowl until just combined. Do not season.
  4. Heat a little oil in a small omelette pan and add the eggs. Work briefly with a plastic spatula until the egg starts to set. Leave alone for a minute or so until the eggs are just set and no more. Transfer to a chopping board, carefully roll and slice. Cover and leave to cool.
  5. Heat a couple of tablespoons of oil in a wok. Add the rice and stir fry for about a minute or so.
  6. Add the egg and Spam and stir fry for another minute before adding the curry sauce. for a final minute's frying. Most of the coriander (reserve a little to garnish) should be stirred through at the last minute.
  7. The fried rice can either be divided between two serving plates or added to a communal bowl for sharing before it is garnished with the remaining chopped herb.

Cheese and Spam Finger Bites

Spam and cheese on toast party snacks
Spam and cheese on toast party snacks

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 10 min

Ready in: 15 min

Yields: One serving

Ingredients

  • 4 slices of Spam
  • Vegetable oil
  • 2 slices of bread
  • Slices of cheddar cheese as required
  • Chopped parsley to garnish

Instructions

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Moderately thin slices of Spam taken from blockShallow frying Spam slicesFried Spam slices on toastTrimming Spam slices on toastCheese laid on SPam on toastCheese melted on Spam on toastCoriander garnish is scattered on cheese and Spam finger bites
Moderately thin slices of Spam taken from block
Moderately thin slices of Spam taken from block
Shallow frying Spam slices
Shallow frying Spam slices
Fried Spam slices on toast
Fried Spam slices on toast
Trimming Spam slices on toast
Trimming Spam slices on toast
Cheese laid on SPam on toast
Cheese laid on SPam on toast
Cheese melted on Spam on toast
Cheese melted on Spam on toast
Coriander garnish is scattered on cheese and Spam finger bites
Coriander garnish is scattered on cheese and Spam finger bites
  1. Heat a little vegetable oil in a frying pan and fry the Spam over a fairly high heat for about a minute each side while you toast the bread.
  2. Lift two slices of Spam on to each slice of toast and trim the toast around the slices.
  3. Top the Spam with cheese and melt the cheese under a hot grill/broiler.
  4. Scatter with the chopped parsley.

This recipe could also very effectively be made in much larger quantities as a (hot or cold) party buffet platter.

Spicy Spam, Peppers and Cheese Sandwich

Spam slices with bell peppers and cheese sandwich
Spam slices with bell peppers and cheese sandwich

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 10 min

Ready in: 15 min

Yields: One serving

Ingredients

  • Handful of mixed, sliced bell peppers
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2½ slices of Spam (or as required)
  • 2 slices of bread
  • Slices of cheese as required

Instructions

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Briefly frying bell pepper slicesSpam slices are fried with bell peppersFried Spam slices on breadFried peppers are added to fried SpamSliced cheese tops Spam and peppersMelted cheese is seasoned with black pepperSpicy Spam, peppers and cheese sandwich is sliced to serve
Briefly frying bell pepper slices
Briefly frying bell pepper slices
Spam slices are fried with bell peppers
Spam slices are fried with bell peppers
Fried Spam slices on bread
Fried Spam slices on bread
Fried peppers are added to fried Spam
Fried peppers are added to fried Spam
Sliced cheese tops Spam and peppers
Sliced cheese tops Spam and peppers
Melted cheese is seasoned with black pepper
Melted cheese is seasoned with black pepper
Spicy Spam, peppers and cheese sandwich is sliced to serve
Spicy Spam, peppers and cheese sandwich is sliced to serve
  1. Heat a little oil in a frying pan and add the peppers. Season with salt and pepper and stir fry for a minute or so before adding the Spam slices to fry for a minute each side.
  2. Lay the Spam slices on one of the bread slices and top with the peppers followed by the cheese.
  3. Melt the cheese under a hot grill/broiler and season with black pepper.
  4. Place the second slice of bread on top and slice to serve.

Spam Megabites with Microchips

Thick slices of Spam, cabbage and onion wraps with homemade small cut chips/fries
Thick slices of Spam, cabbage and onion wraps with homemade small cut chips/fries

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour

Cook time: 15 min

Ready in: 1 hour 15 min

Yields: One serving

Ingredients

  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and sliced/chopped in to microchips/fries
  • 2 Savoy cabbage leaves, tough central stalk removed, sliced
  • ½ white onion, peeled and sliced
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 medium thick Spam slices
  • 2 large tortilla wraps

Instructions

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Cut microchips ready for fridgeOnce fried microchipsTough central stalk cut from cabbage leavesSliced cabbage and onion for braisingModerately thick Spam slicesBraising cabbage and onionFrying Spam slicesFrying microchipsCabbage and onion on Tortilla wrapSpam slice tops cabbage and onion on tortilla wrap
Cut microchips ready for fridge
Cut microchips ready for fridge
Once fried microchips
Once fried microchips
Tough central stalk cut from cabbage leaves
Tough central stalk cut from cabbage leaves
Sliced cabbage and onion for braising
Sliced cabbage and onion for braising
Moderately thick Spam slices
Moderately thick Spam slices
Braising cabbage and onion
Braising cabbage and onion
Frying Spam slices
Frying Spam slices
Frying microchips
Frying microchips
Cabbage and onion on Tortilla wrap
Cabbage and onion on Tortilla wrap
Spam slice tops cabbage and onion on tortilla wrap
Spam slice tops cabbage and onion on tortilla wrap
  1. Put the chipped potatoes in to a large pot of cold water and allow to steep for ten minutes. Drain and add to a large plastic dish. Refrigerate for half an hour to partially dry them out.
  2. Deep fry the microchips in moderately hot oil for five minutes. Lift to a plate covered with kitchen paper, cover and leave to cool for ten to fifteen minutes.
  3. Add about a tablespoon of vegetable oil to a large pot and gently heat. Add the cabbage and onion, season with salt and pepper and sautee over a low heat for about five minutes until softened.
  4. Put the microchips in to hot oil for a further five minutes until crisp and golden and drain again on kitchen paper.
  5. Fry the Spam slices in a little oil over a fairly high heat for about a minute each side.
  6. Heat the tortilla wraps per the instructions on the pack. Add a generous spoonful of the cabbage and onion mix followed by a Spam slice (see relevant photos above). Carefully fold and wrap, securing with cocktail sticks/toothpicks.
  7. Plate the drained microchips and sit your Spam megabites on one side to serve.

© 2014 Gordon Hamilton

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Gordon Hamilton 2 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

I thought brand name Spam would have been the same all over the world, grand old lady - interesting to know that it's not. I'm glad you like some of these ideas, though, and hope you enjoy them when you give them a try. Thanks for visiting and commenting.


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grand old lady 2 years ago from Philippines

Never thought of spam like this before. However, before trying your recipes, I'll have to buy the American spam at S & R. My brother buys it and it's so delicious. The Philippine spam is not as good. The cheese and spam finger bites will be my first attempt. The family is sure to love it, because we love bread, spam and cheese, even if we only buy the local spam. Fun!


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Gordon Hamilton 2 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Thank you tirelesstraveler :) I'm surprised about Spam being expensive. I suppose, however, different foodstuffs sometimes differ hugely in price in different parts of the world for no apparent reason.


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Gordon Hamilton 2 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Glad you think so trusouldj and thanks for commenting. I have to admit - I did enjoy them!


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California

You could convince me to eat just about anything. The toastie looks really yummy. Spam is expensive here.


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trusouldj 2 years ago from Indiana

Those wraps look amazing.


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Gordon Hamilton 2 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

I'd definitely recommend trying it Sheri Faye - it doesn't deserve its sometimes unfortunate reputation. Re the junk mail, someone once told me that the name comes from a Monty Python sketch but I don't know whether that's true or not. Thanks for visiting :)


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Sheri Faye 2 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

Well I have never had spam but might be worth a try. I wonder why junk email got nicknamed spam?


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Gordon Hamilton 2 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Thank you NornsMercy - I hope these ideas appeal to a true fan of Spam! :)


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NornsMercy 2 years ago from Charlotte, NC

I'm gonna share this with my sister. She LOVES Spam! :)


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Gordon Hamilton 2 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Hi VVanNess. The truth actually is that I had never tasted Spam either until I came up with the (tentative) idea for this page. The first step was obviously to buy a can and make sure I liked it before I started writing about it. I was actually very pleasantly surprised. You're definitely right about helping to save money for college students. Thanks for reading.


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VVanNess 2 years ago from Prescott Valley

I've never had Spam before but I've heard that it's good. I'm sure these would be great ideas for college students trying to save some money. :)

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