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Spam-O-Rama recipes - What can you do with Spam®?

Updated on August 19, 2016
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L. Cargill, B.A., Sam Houston University, Huntsville, TX., has been writing cool and interesting articles for the internet world since 1995.

Recipes using Spam® - What could be easier?

Ahhh, Spam® - it takes me back to Hawaii where it is the state dish! Every morning that I lived on Maui, I had Spam® Musubi (or however you spell it). Loved the stuff. It was a slice of Spam® that had been pan fried and then added to a mold with 'sticky' rice and the whole thing was wrapped in some sort of seaweed. I know it sounds yucky, but it was delicious!

I would love to have some more of the many Hawaiian Spam® recipes again. Guess what? When I moved back to Austin, Texas, they have Spam®-O-Rama too! Every conceivable Spam® concoction is available here except that incredible Musubi. I must find the recipe for that tasty breakfast food.

Hormel Spam® - Meat in a can

What can you do with Spam®?
What can you do with Spam®? | Source

Spam® for breakfast

In Hawaii, Spam® is the state dish and almost everyone eats Spam®. The favorite breakfast food on the go is Spam® Mu-Su-Bi (with emphasis on the last syllable. I always wanted to know how to make this little sandwich thingy, so I looked it up.

Spam® Musubi Recipe:

Surprisingly, it only has six ingredients, but needs a necessary "spam musubi mold" which is an acrylic plastic mold with a plunger to press the rice together so it sticks together without falling apart. The link (click on the title here) contains complete directions for making musubi and as soon as I get hold of the musubi mold, I'm going to enjoy one of my favorite breakfast treats!

Ingredients for Spam® Musubi:

  • a can of Spam® (you can use the "light" versions) sliced into eight slices
  • 3 cups of uncooked sushi rice cooked according to directions or use a rice cooker which is a standard kitchen appliance in Asian or Hawaiian homes.
  • Soy sauce or 'shoyu'
  • Sugar if desired (although this is not a sweet sandwich)
  • Nori sheets (these are very thin sheets of edible seaweed for wraps)
  • Furikake or Li hing mui (japanese or chinese spice)
  • a musubi maker

I will not repeat the directions here. If you have the ingredients, you can pretty much figure out how to make it. If you don't know how, then click on the link as there are very good instructions and photos there.

Using Spam® for quick and easy breakfasts:

  1. Spam® and eggs go together just like ham and eggs
  2. Spam® can be used just like bacon or other breakfast meats
  3. Spam® can be chopped and added to omelets or scrambled eggs
  4. Spam® is great inside a biscuit or bagel for a quick breakfast sandwich
  5. Some people even use Spam® in pancakes and waffles!

Basic instructions for Spam musubi

Spam® for lunch or dinner

There is no end to the ways and means of using Spam® to cook main meals. Spam® is substituted for any kind of meat you can imagine. It's like peanut butter. It is high fat and high protein. Sure it's mystery meat, but it has a distinctive flavor that inspires people to use it over and over again in just about any recipe.

Spam® fed the armies of WWII and it has an incredible shelf life. Spam® has been around since 1937. By the 1940s millions of cans of Spam® luncheon meat had been sold by the factory in Austin, Minnesota. Today, 90 MILLION cans of Spam® are sold in the U.S.A. every year, 122 millions cans per year are sold worldwide. It's a popular ingredient for millions of recipes!

My favorite Spam® recipe - Cobb Salad:

Get a salad bowl and add your favorite greens (romaine lettuce is good) and tomatoes

Top the salad with the following:

  • Spam® cubes (use the meat right out of the can) or pan fry it and cut into strips
  • chopped boiled eggs
  • black olives
  • sliced avocado
  • chopped or cubed cooked turkey breast
  • crumbled blue cheese

Add your favorite dressing and enjoy. I prefer Blue Cheese dressing, but Ranch dressing works well too. The Spam® gives the salad a very unique taste that is better than bacon. It is meatier too.

Cobb Salad with cooked Spam strips


Did you know?

Spam® comes in the following flavors:

  • Spam® Classic
  • Spam® Low-Sodium
  • Spam® Lite
  • Spam® Hot and Spicy
  • Spam® spread
  • Spam® singles
  • Spam® singles lite
  • Spam® Hickory Smoke Flavor
  • Spam® with bacon
  • Spam® with cheese
  • Spam® oven roasted turkey

Spam kabobs with fruit

I did not have any cherries! Still good though.
I did not have any cherries! Still good though. | Source

How about Spam® for dessert?

This may sound weird for dessert, but it's a recipe I created (as far as I know) and everyone loves it!

Spam® dessert ka-bobs:

Using a wooden skewer for making ka-bobs, alternate the following on each skewer:

  • a cube of Spam®
  • a chunk of pinneapple
  • a maraschino cherry without stems
  • a slice of banana or whatever cubed fruit you want - tropical fruits work well.

Repeat layers until skewer is full. Prepare about 12 skewers.

In a bowl, mix a stick of melted butter with one half to one cup of brown sugar (depending on how sweet you want it).

Lay the skewers on a foil lined cookie sheet and brush the butter/sugar mixture over the skewers. Coat all sides of the skewers.

Grill the skewers over medium heat until done to taste.

Drizzle sour cream over the dessert if desired. The Spam® and fruit chunks give this a salty/sweet taste that goes well with the sour cream. Enjoy!

Spam - the State Food of Hawaii

The Spam Cookbook
The Spam Cookbook

The SPAM ® Cookbook is a prized collection of sentimental favorites and exciting new recipes selected from the kitchens of over 60 million Americans who eat 100 million cans of SPAM ® Luncheon Meat every year.


© 2012 Lela

Comments - What is your favorite recipe for Spam?

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  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    And I miss them! It does not taste the same if you make musubi here. The rice has no flavor and no one has a rice cooker :-(

    I'll have to order one online. Learn to make my own.

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    6 years ago from Hawaii

    Since I live in the SPAM capitol of the world (Hawaii), I know a lot of great recipes...SPAM musubis are some of the most popular dishes!

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Yes, it sounds pretty disgusting. But millions of people eat it everyday. I don't buy it very often. Maybe once a year, but it is tasty! It's probably the same stuff they make vienna sausages and hot dogs out of.

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    Sharon Smith 

    6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

    Hi Lela ~ great hub, great information, photos, video and all that stuff. For me, the thought of Spam just grosses me out. BUT, I figured I would see what you have to say and maybe I would change my mind. My conclusion: Nah, can't do it. (just being honest) But I very much appreciate your well put together articles so I am voting and sharing your great work. Great presentation!


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    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Spam Spam Spam Spam wonderful Spam. Check out the Spam song by Monty Python! This is such a revelation. I love Spam. We make Spam Fritters in the uk. They are battered and deep fried and are delicious.Well done and thanks for writing this hub. Voted up and awesome.

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    Om Paramapoonya 

    6 years ago

    I have to admit I've never tried spam. I guess the fact that it seems so processed and comes in cans just doesn't sit well with me. Having said that, I think I'll buy some spam next time I go shopping. You've made it sound like a pretty interesting and versatile ingredient, so I'm gonna go against my food prejudice and give it a try.

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Spam sushi sounds divine. I would eat that. Do you put avocado in it? I think avocado is my favorite fruit(?) or is it a veggie?

    drbj - It's like Chili here in Texas, although I do believe that our legislative gods that be actually did make Chili the state dish of Texas. I'm sure someone has made Spam Chili somewhere along the culinary line.

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    Kelly Umphenour 

    6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Oh I was thinking after I read this Lela - how about if I try to make Spam sushi?? Ha! I will and I'll let you know how it is! Lol

    I love the yellow stars you added to the hub - very nice!

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    drbj and sherry 

    6 years ago from south Florida

    Hi, Lela, I noticed, too, how popular Spam is in Hawaii the last time I was fortunate to visit there. How did it become so popular? The state dish, you say? Who knew?

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    Stacy Harris 

    6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

    My parents always had spam in the house... I am not sure if it was because it was cheap or if it was because they like the taste. For me, it has that mystery meat sausage hot dog type taste that I just can't choke down. However, I am probably one of the few considering so many people love the stuff!

    Cool recipes, but I will admit that I will never use them! But I will pass it on to others who like spam! :)

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Funny you should mention gout. I ate shrimp for the last two days and now I have an inflamed big toe again. Shrimp is supposed to be HEALTHY! But now, every time I eat shrimp I get a gout attack. Pisses me off to no end.

    Christopher - Spam is relatively cheap until you could the medical expenses, eh?

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    6 years ago from UK and Mexico

    You have made in attractive, but it's eat that crap and die!

    HIya 'Star...Processed meat is akin to poison. I like the taste, too, and pam fritters were good; corn beef, too.

    But I am too gouty these days to eat that stuff.


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    Christopher Antony Meade 

    6 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

    Very cost effective too. Thanks for the recipes.

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    My favorite recipe is the spam fried rice (Ono). Fried rice is like popcorn, you can shove a large amount into your mouth and then chew for 5 minutes and it still tastes good.

    RH- I too have had the fried balony samiches! The musubi is better.

    hush - Which island are you on? Gosh I miss Maui so much sometimes I could just sell everything and move back. I have 3 dogs that keep me here, though. I couldn't put them through that much of a move.

    Dave - interesting pancake recipe! I just might try that. I make pancakes in my quesadilla maker and they turn out perfect! Hmmmm - Spam quesadeilla!

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    Kelly Umphenour 

    6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Omg! Lela - I totally thought you were kidding about doing a spam hub! Lol. I have to admit the Spam Musubi sounds awesome. We used to fry Spam and make sandwiches on plain white bread...we fried baloney too. I had no idea it had gotten so fancy! Lol

    I love sticky rice and seaweed paper, I have experimented with sushi making and it's not so hard. I think I could even do one of your fancy spam recipes!

  • hush4444 profile image


    6 years ago from Hawaii

    You're so right, Spam is ubiquitous here in Hawaii. I tried to switch my kids to the lite and the turkey versions, but they won't have it. Spam musubi are their favorite snacks to take to the beach. I'm glad you still get a taste of the islands in Texas, and I really enjoyed your hub!

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    6 years ago from Cottage Grove, MN 55016

    Even easier. Take a thin slice of spam and pour pancake batter over it. We called it spamcakes and it is surprisingly good with syrup.


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