Spam Musubi with a Pineapple Glaze

I have some very early memories eating Spam Musubi in Hawaii. My family would often vacation there and take us to a Luau. But these convenience store snacks were all around us. It's so simple to make so to give it a little extra island flavor, I decided to enhance the Spam in some Pineapple Glaze marinade before throwing it on the grill. Recipe video below!


  • 1 can Spam
  • 3-4 cups of hot steaming rice (Sushi or short grain rice)
  • Nori seaweed sheets (which is sushi paper)
  • Furikake (seaweed rice seasoning)

For the Pineapple Glaze:

  • ¼ cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger


Mix the Pineapple Glaze ingredients together in a bowl. 
Then cut the Spam into 1/4 inch slices and marinate it in the pineapple glaze for about 15 minutes. 

Now fire up the grill on low/medium heat and then grill the spam on each side for about 2-3 minutes. Feel free to pan fry them instead if you'd like. I love the grill because it leaves those nice caramelized marks. 

Take a sheet of the nori and cut it into a strip about 3 inches wide. Then, using about 1/4 cup of rice, spread it out on the lower third of the nori sheet, leaving enough room to fold it later. Make sure not to spread the rice out too much; keep it about the same shape/size as the slice of spam. 

Now, sprinkle the rice with some Furikake flakes and then top it with that slice of grilled Spam. At this point, you could top it with another layer of rice, but I like it with just one layer of each - keeps it simple. 

Now fold the bottom Nori piece over the Spam and rice. And, using the sushi mat, keep rolling until it’s completely wrapped. The sushi mat helps to form that neat rectangular shape. Finally dampen the ends of the Nori with the pineapple glaze to seal it. 

*Makes 8-10 Spam Musubi