Spam Kelaguen

Spam is a staple on Guam.  In fact, Spam has been called the “poor man’s steak” by many, although a can of Spam is not cheap!  I have a friend who lives in an area where Spam sells for about $5.00 per can!  At that price, I’d rather buy real steak! 😀

Chamorros can be quite innovative when it comes to creating Spam dishes.  An easy and classic dish is Spam Kelaguen.  This is my sister’s version.

Give it a try; I think you’ll like it. 🙂

Spam Kelaguen

Spam Kelaguen - Carol's


  • 1 can Spam, cut into thin strips
  • 4-6 stalks green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup freshly grated coconut
  • Lemon juice, to taste
  • Salt, to taste
  • Hot pepper, to taste


1.  Lightly pan-fry the spam (for only 1-2 minutes) then place in a bowl.

2.  Add green onions, coconut, lemon juice, salt, and hot pepper.  Mix, taste, and adjust seasonings and lemon juice, to taste.

3.  Serve with titiyas or hot steamed white rice.



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  1. P. Scott says:

    I love the Kelaguen I have tried in the past! This sounds interesting!

    There doesn’t seem to be any coconuts on the shelf here. Could one substitute shredded coconut?

  2. Nancy says:

    During the quarantine, I’m getting more than a little bored with the same old stuff. Getting ready to do an online grocery order and decided to get some Spam.

    This dish is on my list, along with a dish of Spam, green beans, stewed tomatoes, on rice (what’s this called???)

    Love your site and plan to make more of these in the future!

  3. Mark Wallig says:

    I am planning a fiesta sytle meal using your recipes. Although I have made some of them for two this a crowd of 24. I am making the following items from your recipes. What can I prepare ahead of time then freeze or refrigerate for cooking or reheating?
    BBQ Chicken
    Ribs in tomato sauce
    Red rice
    Bunuelos Uhang
    Span Kelaguin

    Others will bring dishes to share. A July1 feast is planned.

    • Hafa Adai, Mark! Go glad to hear you’re enjoying my recipes. 🙂

      You can make/prep several items on your menu ahead of time.
      BBQ Chicken – marinate them in a freezer-safe ziplocked bag then freeze for up to a week. The day before the BBQ, defrost in the refrigerator then BBQ a few hours prior to eating.
      Ribs in tomato sauce – cook in a slow cooker/crock pot overnight (or start the cooking in the morning) to save time.
      Red rice – this is best made fresh
      Shrimp patties – you can prepare the batter the night before; refrigerate then fry a few hours before the party
      Lumpia – you can roll the lumpia and freeze in a freezer-safe bag. Fry the day of (no need to defrost)
      Spam kelaguen – you can make this the day before and refrigerate; if you like it warm, you can heat it in the microwave for a couple of minutes, or bring it to room temperature before serving.

  4. in567 says:

    Best lookin’ Spam kelaguen I ever saw! Will try your recipe!

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