Air Fryer Spam Musubi: A Taste of Hawaii At Home!

The air fryer does something magical with a can of Spam. So much so, I’m never going back to pan frying it! This air fryer Spam musubi is an easy and flavorful way to showcase the brilliant caramelization and flavors you can achieve with it!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

The air fryer is the absolutely perfect tool for cooking Spam. It delivers crispy, caramelized edges to your meat, and you only need to flip it once. That’s low effort for a lot of flavor!

Did I mention it cooks in under 10 minutes as well? Whether you choose to make yours into musubi like I am here, enjoy it on its own, or even throw it into a hash, air fry Spam is truly the best!

holding up air fryer spam musubi cut in half

Musubi is a great choice, though, as it’s easy to make, flavorful, and also a great way to use up leftover rice. It packs easily in lunches, and only requires one hand to eat so you can keep on multitasking!

What You’ll Need: Ingredients

ingredients to make air fryer spam musubi
  • 12-ounce can low sodium Spam
  • ¼ cup prepared teriyaki sauce
  • 2 cups sticky or sushi rice
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar or mirin
  • 8 strips nori seaweed (approximately 2” wide)
  • Furikake or togarashi (slightly spicier) seasoning
  • Spicy mayo for serving (optional)

Ingredient Tips & Substitutions

  • You can use any flavor of Spam that you like! I just prefer the low sodium
  • Use your favorite prepared teriyaki sauce, or you can even make your own. Check out my quick Microwave Teriyaki Sauce for inspiration!
  • If you buy sheets of nori, they often have perforated lines on them – you’ll want 2 sections for the width (make sure to cut off the scrap edges)
  • I don’t add salt to my rice since I find the Spam salty enough, but you can add 1 tsp of salt to it if you’d like

Variations For Spam Musubi

  • Bacon Wrapped. Wrap your musubi in bacon for an extra crunchy, salty bite. I cook mine for about 5 minutes, then wrap it around the Spam and proceed as normal
  • Spicy. Use jalapeno or a similar spicy Spam, and finish your musubi with a drizzle of spicy mayo or sriracha aioli for a kick!
  • Breakfast. Fry or scramble an egg, then layer it between the rice and the cooked Spam for a breakfast sandwich twist!

How to Make Air Fryer Spam Musubi

  1. Cook your sushi rice in 3 cups of water (you want it to be on the overdone side and “sticky” for best results). You can use the stove, the microwave (15 minutes on high, stir after 10), an instant pot, or a rice cooker for this. Mix in the rice vinegar or mirin and allow the rice to cool
cook sticky rice in the microwave before cooking the spam
  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F
  2. Open the can of Spam and slice the loaf into 8 equal slices lengthwise. Wash the can out, but do not discard
slice spam into eight even segments
  1. Place the Spam slices into the preheated air fryer basket in a single layer, then brush the meat with half of the teriyaki sauce
brush spam slices with teriyaki sauce in air fryer basket
  1. Cook on the air fry setting for 4 minutes, then flip, apply the other half of the teriyaki sauce, and cook an additional 3-4 minutes until browned on the edges
  2. To assemble the Spam musubi, line the empty can with plastic wrap or nonstick spray. Then, place ½ cup of the cooked rice into the bottom of the can and pack it down firmly. Sprinkle furikake or togarashi seasoning over top of the rice, then top it with a slice of cooked Spam.
layer the rice with seasoning and spam inside container
  1. Remove the Spam and rice from the can, and transfer it over top of a strip of seaweed. Bring the edges of the seaweed together, and seal with a little bit of water
wrap seaweed around your spam and rice layers
  1. Top with spicy mayo (or serve on the side) if desired. Enjoy!
overhead view of spam wusubi stacked up on a plate with miso soup

What to Serve With Spam Musubi

  • Fried rice
  • Kimchi
  • Stir Fry
  • Miso soup
  • Edamame
  • Noodles
  • Spring rolls
  • Wontons
  • Pickled radish
  • Tempura
  • Sushi
  • Poke
  • Hawaiian sweet rolls
  • Hawaiian macaroni salad
  • Pineapple coleslaw
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Green salad

There are lots of great dishes to serve with Spam musubi to complete your meal!

Try my air fryer Spam musubi recipe with my spicy garlic Frozen Edamame in the Air Fryer, crispy Frozen Tempura Shrimp in the Air Fryer, quick Frozen Fried Rice in the Air Fryer, or some crunchy Air Fryer Frozen Spring Rolls.

Recipe FAQs

Can I Use Other Meat Besides Spam in This Recipe?

While the traditional Spam Musubi recipe features Spam as the primary meat, you can certainly experiment with other meats like grilled chicken, teriyaki beef, or even tofu for a vegetarian option.

Just ensure the meat is cooked and seasoned to your liking before assembling the musubi.

Can I Prepare a Large Batch of Spam Musubi in the Air Fryer?

Yes, you can prepare a large batch of Spam musubi in the air fryer. You can cook as many slices of Spam at a time as fit in a single layer in your air fryer.

If needed, cook in batches to maintain proper air circulation, ensuring the slices cook evenly. Then, just scale up the other ingredients accordingly for the number of servings you’re making.

Should I Brush the Spam With Oil Before Air Frying?

Spam contains a lot of natural grease, so there should be no need to brush it with oil before air frying.

However, if you feel your Spam is looking dry or isn’t browning the way you’d like, feel free to add a small amount of oil spray to it to assist.

What’s the Best Way to Reheat Leftover Air Fryer Spam Musubi?

To reheat leftover air fryer Spam musubi, you can use the air fryer again for about 3 minutes at a lower temperature of 350°F, or until warmed through. You may want to line your air fryer with parchment or foil to keep the rice from falling through the grate.

Alternatively, you can reheat them in the microwave for a short time, but be cautious not to overheat to avoid making them too dry.

Can I Use Short-Grain Brown Rice Instead of White Rice?

No, unfortunately brown rice doesn’t work the same in this recipe. You’ll need to use sushi or sticky rice, or overcooked regular short grain white rice to achieve the stickiness needed to get the rice to form.

Brown rice doesn’t have the same level of stickiness, so it won’t adhere properly. You can, however, make Spam fried rice with brown rice.

Can Spam Be Cooked in an Air Fryer?

Spam can absolutely be cooked in an air fryer. In fact, it comes out with the same browning as pan frying, with less attention required.

In fact, Spam cooked in an air fryer may even be crispier than the stove, due to the higher temperatures you can achieve.

How Many Minutes to Cook Spam in an Air Fryer?

On average, it takes about 8-10 minutes to cook Spam in an air fryer at 400°F.

Time will vary slightly based on your air fryer, variety of Spam, and your desired level of browning.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • It’s fine to lower the amount of rice per musubi if you want it less thick. About ¼ cup will give you equal thickness to the Spam
  • The seaweed has a naturally fishy smell from the ocean that may be off-putting to those who don’t like fish. It does not taste fishy, though. However, you can substitute soy wrappers instead if you really want to avoid this (but they’ll look different!)
  • This recipe for Spam musubi was tested in a Ninja air fryer. Other air fryer times may vary slightly. Add additional time in small increments until desired level of browning is achieved
  • Of course, if you don’t want to make musubi, you can follow the directions for the Spam cooking only and use it in any other dish you like!
cut in half roll of spam musubi stacked on top of each other

Storage and Reheating Tips

  • Any leftover Spam musubi can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days
  • To reheat Spam musubi, air fry for 3-4 minutes at 350°F, or until warmed through. You may want to use parchment to line the basket to keep the rice from falling through (or heat just the Spam by itself). You may also microwave it for 45-60 seconds, but it tends to dry out and lose crispiness this way

More Air Fryer Recipes Featuring Teriyaki Flavor

Final Thoughts

The air fryer is the perfect way to create delightful, crispy Spam for your musubi. Not only is it convenient, but it gives you an even better result than pan frying!

Of course, you’ll still have to cook your rice in a more traditional manner, but the air fryer makes sure that the meat portion of the recipe is perfect and ready to go.

You can play with the flavors of Spam and the seasoning you choose to create unique combinations that fit your taste preferences perfectly.

I love to serve my Spam musubi with some miso soup and Hawaiian rolls, but you can choose your favorites!

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Easy Air Fryer Spam Musubi

Your air fryer is the perfect way to cook up Spam for musubi. It’s golden brown and perfectly done, with the Spam taking under 10 minutes!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, Hawaiian
Servings 8
Calories 355 kcal

Equipment

  • Measuring cups & spoons
  • Plastic wrap (or nonstick spray)
  • Sharp knife
  • Rice cooker (or pan for stove or bowl for microwave)

Ingredients
  

  • 12 Ounce can low sodium Spam
  • ¼ Cup prepared teriyaki sauce
  • 2 Cups sticky or sushi rice
  • 1 Tsp rice wine vinegar (or mirin)
  • 8 Strips nori seaweed (approximately 2" wide)
  • Furikake (or togarashi for more spice) seasoning
  • Spicy mayo for serving (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Cook your sushi rice in 3 cups of water (you want it to be on the overdone side and “sticky” for best results).  You can use the stove, the microwave (15 minutes on high, stir after 10), an instant pot, or a rice cooker for this. Mix in the rice vinegar or mirin, and allow the rice to cool
    2 Cups sticky or sushi rice, 1 Tsp rice wine vinegar
  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F
  • Open the can of Spam and slice the loaf into 8 equal slices lengthwise. Wash the can out, but do not discard
    12 Ounce can low sodium Spam
  • Place the Spam slices into the preheated air fryer basket in a single layer, then brush the meat with half of the teriyaki sauce
    ¼ Cup prepared teriyaki sauce
  • Cook on the air fry setting for 4 minutes, then flip, apply the other half of the teriyaki sauce, and cook an additional 3-4 minutes until browned on the edges
  • To assemble the Spam musubi, line the empty can with plastic wrap or nonstick spray. Then, place ½ cup of the cooked rice into the bottom of the can and pack it down firmly. Sprinkle furikake or togarashi seasoning over top of the rice, then top it with a slice of cooked Spam. Remove it from the can, and transfer it over top of a strip of seaweed. Bring the edges of the seaweed together, and seal with a little bit of water
    Furikake (or togarashi for more spice) seasoning, 8 Strips nori seaweed
  • Top with spicy mayo (or serve on the side) if desired. Enjoy!
    Spicy mayo for serving

Notes

  • You can use any flavor of Spam that you like! I just prefer the low sodium
  • Use your favorite prepared teriyaki sauce, or you can make your own homemade
  • If you buy sheets of nori, they often have perforated lines on them – you’ll want 2 sections for the width (make sure to cut off the scrap edges)
  • I don’t add salt to my rice since I find the Spam salty enough, but you can add 1 tsp of salt to it if you’d like
  • It’s fine to lower the amount of rice per musubi if you want it less thick. About ¼ cup will give you equal thickness to the Spam
  • The seaweed has a naturally fishy smell from the ocean that may be off-putting to those who don’t like fish. It does not taste fishy, though. However, you can substitute soy wrappers instead if you really want to avoid this (but they’ll look different!)
  • This recipe for Spam musubi was tested in a Ninja air fryer. Other air fryer times may vary slightly. Add additional time in small increments until desired level of browning is achieved
  • Of course, if you don’t want to make musubi, you can follow the directions for the Spam cooking only and use it in any other dish you like!
  • Any leftover Spam musubi can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days
  • To reheat Spam musubi, air fry for 3-4 minutes at 350°F, or until warmed through. You may want to use parchment to line the basket to keep the rice from falling through (or heat just the Spam by itself). You may also microwave it for 45-60 seconds, but it tends to dry out and lose crispiness this way
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand and flavor of ingredients, any sauces or sides added, and actual quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 108gCalories: 355kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 11gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4.6gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 1028mgPotassium: 18mgFiber: 2.3gSugar: 1.1gVitamin C: 0.6mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 2.3mg
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