6 Ways to Spice Up Your Can of SPAM

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Many of us would have at least a can of SPAM stocked up somewhere in the pantry. Yes, it’s probably not the most nutritious choice of food delicacies, but it’s convenient and kind of addicting.

If you’re a fan of deliciously efficient goodness then scroll down to see six different ways you can spice up your canned SPAM.

Recipes adapted from www.spam.com

SPAM Fries

Let’s start with something easy. SPAM fries? Yes, it’s as easy as it sounds. Dip them in your favourite sauce or switch it up with a hint of spice!

Ingredients:

  • 1 12-ounce can SPAM Classic
  • Peanut oil, for frying
  • Stir-fry sauce or Sriracha ketchup, for dipping. Or any sauce that suits your belly.

Method:

  • Heat about 4 inches of oil in heavy pan or fryer to 180°C.
  • Cut your SPAM lengthwise into six slices. Cut each slice into four thick matchsticks.
  • Place the SPAM fries in hot oil (in small batches) and fry until golden brown and crisp (about three minutes).
  • Drain on paper towels. Serve warm fries with dipping sauces.

SPAM Fried Rice

Who doesn’t love a good bowl of fried rice? And with the recent internet battle started by Uncle Roger’s review on BBC’s fried rice, I wonder if he will approve this SPAM fried rice recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 12-ounce can SPAM, diced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup diced carrots
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce

Method:

  • In a large skillet, heat one tablespoon of oil. Add eggs. Cook, stirring, to the desired doneness. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  • In same skillet, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Cook SPAM, carrots, green onions and bell pepper 4 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  • Stir in rice and egg. Sprinkle with soy sauce. Heat thoroughly.
  • Garnish as desired with additional green onions.

Two-Step SPAM Grilled Cheese

Time to switch up your grilled cheese game and slap some spam pieces in between!

Ingredients:

  • 1 12-ounce can SPAM Classic, sliced into 8 pieces
  • 2 slices of bread
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 slices of cheese

Method:

  • In a small skillet, cook SPAM Classic over medium-high heat, turning once, for about five minutes.
  • Spread one side of each slice bread with butter. Place in skillet, butter-side-down; top 1 slice with cheese. Cook until cheese is melted and bread is toasted.
  • Cover cheese with 2 pieces of SPAM Classic and one slice of cheese. Cover with top slice bread.

Yum yum yum!

SPAM Breakfast Hash

By all means, potatoes are literally a stomach’s best friend. Potatoes and SPAM? What heavenly taste will this combo create?

Ingredients:

  • 1 12-ounce can SPAM, diced
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large baking potatoes, peeled and diced
  • ½ red bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ green bell pepper, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Method:

  • In 10-inch cast-iron skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook onions 3 minutes or until translucent.
  • Add potatoes and cook 7 to 10 minutes or until golden. Stir in SPAM, red and green and bell peppers and cook until heated through and browned.
  • Stir in chopped parsley and pepper.

SPAM Carbonara

Last but not least, the classic with a twist. Next time you are feeling some carbonara but don’t have any bacon? Pull out your can of SPAM from the pantry!

Ingredients:

  • 1 12-ounce can SPAM Classic, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh sage, finely chopped
  • 1 cup of frozen green peas (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 16-ounce package pasta, cooked and drained
  • 1 pinch pepper, or to taste
  • 1 pinch salt, or to taste
  • 3 cups whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup white wine

Method:

  • Heat sauté pan over medium heat. Add SPAM Classic; sauté until lightly golden brown. Add sage; sauté 1 minute or until crispy.
  • Add wine to deglaze the pan. Stir in cream; cook 2 minutes.
  • Stir pasta into pan; cook 3 minutes or until sauce is thickened. Stir in peas. Sprinkle with lemon juice, salt-free seasoning and pepper.

SPAM Musubi

SPAM Musubi originated from Hawaii and is a snack loved by many. it is influenced deeply by Japanese culture and it totally looks like sushi to us!

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices SPAM Classic- sliced 3/8
  • 3 ounces cooked white rice, seasoned with furikake and toasted sesame seeds if desired
  • 1 tablespoon Sweet Ginger Sesame Sauce or anything similar
  • 1 whole sheet nori

Method:

  • In a large skillet, cook SPAM Classic until lightly browned and crisp. Drizzle cooked SPAM® Classic with grill sauce or cooking sauce.
  • Place rice into musubi press or line inside of empty SPAM can with plastic wrap and place rice in the can. Press rice down firmly.
  • Sprinkle with seasoned furikake and toasted sesame seeds, if desired.
  • Place SPAM Classic on rice in the press or in the can.  Press down firmly.
  • Optional (not as pictured above):  Top with remaining rice; press down.
  • Remove SPAM and rice from musubi press or can.
  • On a work surface, cut nori to the desired width.
  • Lay nori shiny-side-down; top with pressed SPAM Classic & rice. Wrap nori around pressed SPAM Classic & rice. Serve immediately.

All hail the worthy can of SPAM – our saviour when we’re too lazy to cook actual food… which recipe will you try out?