Spam musubi is comparable to sushi. It is a Hawaiian dish made by sandwiching Spam between rice and/or seaweed and makes for a great snack or lunch or dinner piece. They can be found near the cash registers at grocery or convenience stores, or easily made at home with just a few ingredients.
Spam tastes like salty ham. It is a cooked, processed pork sold in a blue can. If you make your own Spam musubi, you will likely find Spam in a variety of flavors.
Unlike many foods, spam musubi can be left out for up to four hours. There has been some debate about if it can be left on the counter for longer, but the Hawaiian Health Department announced that four hours should be the maximum. After that, it should be discarded or stored properly.
The best and easiest way to reheat spam musubi is in the microwave. It can be stored for up to three days and is best eaten at room temperature.
Storing Spam Musubi
One of the most important parts of reheating any food is storing it properly. Many suggest leaving it at room temperature or at a cool temperature. So, if you are not going to eat your leftovers on the same day, they should be refrigerated.
Store spam musubi in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap in the fridge. It will last for around three days. If you feel like you won’t consume your musubi after three days, they can also be frozen for up to one week. This will just increase the reheat time and possibly affect their texture the second time around.
Making Spam Musubi
Making your own spam musubi is also relatively easy. You will need soy sauce, sugar, and a neutral oil like canola or vegetable oil. In addition, one can of spam, three sheets of nori, and five to six cups of white rice. Keep the Spam can to use for later.
First, coat the bottom of a skillet lightly and set the stove on medium heat. Slice the spam into eight separate slices, and fry them for two to three minutes on each side until they become crispy. Mix the soy sauce and sugar, and add it quickly to create a glaze and prevent the Spam from burning.
Once you’ve glazed the spam, remove it from heat and place the slices onto a plate. From here, place nori with the rough side facing up. Line the bottom of your (cleaned) empty Spam can with plastic wrap to act as a mold. Put Spam onto the can, and tightly pack rice over it.
Next, gently remove the Spam and rice from the mold and wrap it with nori. The smooth part of nori or seaweed should be facing out.
Reheat Spam Musubi in the Microwave
To reheat your spam musubi, grab a microwave-safe dish and place the musubi on it. Cover with a slightly damp paper towel to help trap in moisture. Reheat for about one minute on a low heat setting.
Reheating spam musubi may change the texture of the seaweed, but the rice will likely continue to have the same texture that it had before. After reheating, let it cool for one minute.
Spam musubi is a delicious and accessible Hawaiian dish. When stored properly, it can last in the refrigerator for around three days. The best way to reheat spam musubi is in the microwave, to prevent it from losing its original taste and texture.