I am so happy to be FINALLY writing this post!  Not just because I love musubi, but because it’s my inaugural SPAM post!!!  (Applause, applause, LOL)

I love SPAM!  If you’re from Guam, chances are you love spam too.  If not, well, don’t criticize until you try it.

This reminds me of a time when I was a young Army Captain several years ago.  I was an instructor at the time, and our unit took the students out for a week-long field training exercise.  Being the good Chamorro that I am, I did NOT pack any MREs (meals, ready to eat).  Instead, I packed some pan-de-leche and SPAM!  🙂  My students knew I brought Spam to the field.  Their reaction was, “Ewwww!  Spam!  No thank you!  Never in a million years would we eat SPAM!  They wouldn’t dare corrupt their bodies with SPAM!”  I told them they didn’t know what they were missing.  My NCO (non-commissioned officer) brought along a field stove and later that evening, we fried up some spam and made sandwiches with the pan-de-leche.  As the spam was cooking, we heard some trampling in the bushes–soon, a couple of our students showed up, asking what it was they were smelling.  I asked why–they replied, “It smells GOOOOD!!”  Of course, being the good instructor I was, I told them I wouldn’t DARE corrupt their bodies with my delicious fried SPAM……….and my NCO and I promptly ate the last few sandwiches in front of them.  😉

Now, back to the important stuff…MUSUBI!

Musubi is a popular snack, not just on Guam, but in Hawaii as well.  Sometimes you’ll hear it referred to as Spam Sushi.

It’s made of a slice of spam that’s been grilled, then topped with rice and wrapped in nori seaweed wrapper.

I like to soak the fried spam in a sweet soy sauce mixture before assembling the musubi.  The sweet-saltiness of the spam takes this to a whole new level.

The photos below show my step-by-step process for making Spam Musubi.  If you’ve never tried it, now’s the time.

I just remembered ANOTHER story about Spam…one where I won a radio contest…but I’ll save that for another Spam recipe post.  In the meantime, make some Musubi.  Or, just fry up some Spam and serve it with hot white rice, fina’denne’ and some kimchi.  Mmm Mmm Good!


Musubi 1


Musubi 2


Musubi 3


Musubi 4


Musubi 5


Musubi 6


Musubi 7


Musubi 8


My OFFICIAL TASTE TESTER, my 11 yo daughter, Alyssa.  🙂

Musubi 9


Musubi 10


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Be creative!  You can make Musubi with any type of filling.  I used Chicken Kelaguen to make the musubi pictured below.

Musubi 11


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  1. Lisa says:

    Hey Annie! I was wondering if you might be able to write the steps to go along with your photos? I’m blind and would like to surprise my husband with a recipe from his hometown. Village? You can correct my noun choice later. I love musubi! It was one of my favorite things to eat while visiting his family on the island. It’ll probably be a while before we get back there, but in the meantime… I’d like to bring it here in any way that I can.
    Thanks for creating and maintaining this blog

    • Unfortunately, I don’t have those original photos anymore (the ones in the collages). However, if you click on each photo, you can expand the photo to zoom in and see the accompanying text. I hope this helps.

  2. Shirley says:

    I know they will and it will remind me of my beautiful island of Guam :] !!!
    And yes just if it was much closer 🙁
    Thank you !

  3. Shirley says:

    OMG!! now now I’m really just going nuts looking at all these delicious recipes of foods I love to eat and it reminds of back home.. Hate that I can’t walk to the store and just buy it . I love this!!!!! And of course who doesnt love spam! You are a true CHAMORRO cause you just didn’t bring spam but PAN DE LECHE!!!That made me laugh cause I would of did the same. I would buy me one of these and drink some strawberry Assam milk tea 🙂 I need to try and make this now!! Thanks Annie your a CHAMMORO FOOD LIFE SAVER:)) …. Especially being far away:(

    God bless !

  4. Wenie says:

    Thanks Annie for the tutorial and the wonderful recipes.

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