Vegan Spam Musubi Recipe

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!

I purchased the Veggie Fillet mix at my local vegetarian market here on Oahu.You could also use tempeh,tofu or make your own seitan for the Sham Spam.

Vegan Spam Musubi Recipe
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This Vegan Spam Musubi recipe leaves out the cruelty and the cholesterol but still satisfies the craving when you're ono for some local comfort food.
Serves: 6
  • For the Sham Spam
  • 7 oz. water
  • 4.5 oz Veggie Fillet mix
  • ¼ cup dried shiitakes,pulverized in the food processor
  • 2T. tomato paste
  • 2T soy sauce (or coconut aminos)
  • 2T liquid smoke
  • 2T smoked paprika
  • For the teriyaki sauce
  • 1 tsp. fresh grated ginger
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce (or coconut aminos)
  • For the musubi
  • 6 cups cooked medium grain sushi rice
  • 1 large nori sheet (or seasoned seaweed strips)
  • 2T vegetable oil for pan frying the Sham Spam
  1. In a large bowl, mix the veggie fillet mix,dried shiitakes,tomato paste,2T soy sauce,liquid smoke and paprika.
  2. Mix until well combined.Allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  3. Spray a square-shaped glass baking dish with olive oil.
  4. Press the Sham Spam mixture into the container and cover with parchment paper.Secure with a rubber band.
  5. Place in to a large pot and steam for 20-30 minutes.
  6. Remove pot from stove and carefully lift out the container.
  7. Run a knife around the edges and invert onto a cutting board.
  8. Slice into ¼ inch pieces.
  9. In a small bowl,combine soy sauce,brown sugar,garlic and ginger.
  10. Marinate the pieces of vegan Spam for about 1-2 minutes each side.
  11. Heat olive oil in a non-stick pan and pan fry the spam until carmelized,about 2 minutes on each side.
  12. Moisten your hands with water to prevent the rice from sticking.
  13. Rub a pinch of sea salt between your palms.
  14. Shape the cooked rice into rectangles and place vegan Spam on top.
  15. Wrap with nori strips.
  16. Musubi tastes best when eaten the same day it was made.
  17. The rice will harden if you refrigerate and the texture will not be as enjoyable.


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  1. Delicious vegan food is one reason why the number of vegans has doubled in less than 3 years. Here are two uplifting videos that will help people understand just some of the implications of this lifestyle: and

  2. Haha! I remember a Dane opening a can of Spam and she would butter these ryes up and fry Spam and then eat it as a sandwich. I was gross by it. I love your clever “veganized” recipes!

    • Ah yes, I remember many weekends started off with the aroma of fried Spam for breakfast.But any meat in a can is particularly gross IMO now 😉

  3. Who puts a cow in a can? who does that! really?

    • Spam is actually pig in a can but the concept of any canned meat has always seemed odd to me.Are you familiar with haggis? *shivers*

  4. the link for the veggie fillet mix doesn’t work 🙁

    • Aloha Stephanie,Oops they changed the website! I can’t link directly to the single product now but if you try the link again and scroll to the bottom of the page, you will see it in a few different portion sizes.

  5. HI Cobi, I live in Canada (Vancouver) and don’t have access to Veggie fillet. Any ideas on what I can use as a substitute?
    thanks for your help! 🙂

    • Aloha Krystle! You can use seitan, tempeh or tofu marinated in the teriyaki sauce and that works well.Let me know how it works out for you 🙂

      • Aloha Cobi. I used tofu since pea protein is nowhere to be found in my area. The tofu substitution does not work at all. The texture of the mix turns out much more liquidly than your video. (I tried to thicken it using cornstarch but that just ruined it.) I feel like it has to do with you using veggie fillet powder vs something solid, such as tofu, seitan, &tempeh. What would you suggest? Also, what can I substitute for liquid smoke? Thanks! 🙂

        • Aloha Sophia! If you are using tofu, drain and press the excess water out. Slice tofu into 1/2 inch thick slices and marinate the slices in the teriyaki sauce.Pan fry and assemble musubi, enjoy 🙂

  6. trashchan says:

    how much like spam does the sham spam taste? i’ve been looking everywhere for a good veggie spam recipe but most of those i’ve found end up being– off? my family won’t let me make fake spam until they know it’ll taste like spam.

    • Sorry,this recipe does not taste like Spam out of the can. This recipe replicates the taste of teriyaki Spam musubi.

  7. Aloha Cobi,

    I am from Hawaii and currently live in San Francisco. I turned vegan here and my ohana hates it. I want to throw them off with a dish that I can cook myself that tastes similar to the spam musubi’s we have at home. Will this recipe work? Can I use any pea protein or does it have to be this one you have listed? Mahalo.

    • Aloha William- You cannot use plain pea protein, as there is no binder. If you cannot find/order the mix I used, you could make a temnpeh of tofu musubi, using the same teriyaki marinade but it will not taste like the Spam in a can. I’m still working on remastering this recipe with some ingredients that are easier to find.

  8. L.N. Linders says:

    Hello from England 🙂
    Is the vegan fillet mix still available, because I cannot find it on line. I did find a pdf of the packet though and I think with some experimenting I could make it from pea protein isolate and besam flour.
    When you make spam, how long can you store it for if you have any left over?
    Thank you for sharing this recipe, if I get a good substitute mix I will share it right back 🙂
    Take care,

    • I don’t think the mix is available anymore 🙁 When I made it in the past, I’ve kept it in the fridge for up to 3 days. Please keep me posted if you make your own version with the pea protein!

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