A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of making my very own tuna onigiri and found that the results were just everything my little heart desired. Onigiri is amazingly easy and highly adaptable. During my research, I came across this rather intriguing little gem, spam onigiri, and I was immediately drawn to it, like a moth to a flame.
I know that spam may perhaps not be the most conventional or readily accepted product amongst many, but I have to say that if you don’t like spam, it’s really because you’ve never had it cooked and presented the right way. It’s all in the culinary treatment.
For this onigiri, I decided to prepare it as one usually does spam musubi, the spam sushi that originated out of Hawaii. Frying the spam beforehand in homemade teriyaki sauce gives it an extra boost of flavor that provides a great pairing for the sushi rice of the onigiri.
Perfect for a quick meal, lunch, or road trip food, this little gem is definitely a keeper!
As envisioned by TastyDesu
For Teriyaki sauce
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 ounce mirin
1 can of SPAM (I used the Lite version)
Nori, preferably the Korean type lavar
In a small saucepan, combine all teriyaki ingredients and bring to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer until all sugar has dissolved and sauce has begun to thicken. Remove from heat and set aside.
Slice spam into 8-10 slices. In a frying pan, preferably nonstick, place spam slices over medium heat and fry until golden. You will not require any extra oil for this. Once golden, lower heat to low and allow pan to cool and adjust appropriately. Spoon some teriyaki sauce onto the spam and continue to fry/simmer spam in teriyaki mixture until it has soaked up the sauce and becomes dark.
Prepare onigiri as you normally would, cutting spam to fit to size. Enjoy!