I live in beautiful Hawai’i nei. The only thing we love more than our beautiful beaches and sharing the Aloha spirit is,Spam. Auwe! That’s right,per capita, Hawaii eats more Spam than any other state in the nation. Months back, I half-jokingly posted a photo Sham Spam musubi. I received so many requests for the recipe that I decided to go all out and actually do a video recipe for Vegan Spam Musubi.
Sometimes my friends get involved in my culinary shenanigans.This time, I thought it would be fun to see what sort of Texas twist Hilah of Hilah Cooking would put on this Hawaiian style snack. You can check out her musubi recipe for the omnivores here. I’m getting ready to make her vegan-friendly recipe for Sweet Potato Salad for dinner tonight!
Vegan Spam Musubi
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Keywords: steam snack nut-free vegan vegetarian Japanese Hawaiian
Ingredients (6 musubi)
For the Sham Spam
- 7 oz. water
- 4.5 oz Veggie Fillet mix
- 1/4 cup dried shiitakes,pulverized in the food processor
- 2T. tomato paste
- 2T soy sauce
- 2T liquid smoke
- 2T smoked paprika
For the teriyaki sauce
- 1 tsp. fresh grated ginger
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
For the musubi
- 6 cups cooked medium grain sushi rice
- 1 large nori sheet (or seasoned seaweed strips)
- 2T olive oil for pan frying the Sham Spam
In a large bowl, mix the veggie fillet mix,dried shiitakes,tomato paste,2T soy sauce,liquid smoke and paprika.Mix until well combined.Allow to rest for 10 minutes.Spray a square-shaped glass baking dish with olive oil.Press the Sham Spam mixture into the container and cover with parchment paper.Secure with a rubber band.Place in to a large pot and steam for 20-30 minutes.
Remove pot from stove and carefully lift out the container.Run a knife around the edges and invert onto a cutting board.Slice into 1/4 inch pieces.
In a small bowl,combine soy sauce,brown sugar,garlic and ginger.Marinate the pieces of vegan Spam for about 1-2 minutes each side.Heat olive oil in a non-stick pan and pan fry the spam until carmelized,about 2 minutes on each side.
Moisten your hands with water to prevent the rice from sticking.Rub a pinch of sea salt between your palms.Shape the cooked rice into rectangles and place vegan Spam on top. Wrap with nori strips.
Musubi tastes best when eaten the same day it was made.The rice will harden if you refrigerate and the texture will not be as enjoyable.
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