This Fried Spam Musubi Rice Dog is a such a fun fusion dish and a perfect party food! Crispy panko crust, fluffy soft white rice inside, and salty savoury ham in the center. All this goodness topped with Japanese mayo, flavourful furikake, and fragrant green onions. What a dish!
This dish is basically our Asian/Hawaiian take on the popular corn dog. Spam is kind of like a sausage and it's often used in the Hawaiian dish called Spam Musubi, which is basically white rice and a slice of grilled spam wrapped in nori.
We first tried Spam Musubi when we travelled to Hawaii and absolutely fell in love with it. It’s a Hawaiian dish with Japanese influences consisting of cooked marinated spam, cooked white rice, wrapped in nori or seaweed. It’s a great for a snack or a quick lunch!
And as you know if you often read our recipes, we like to fry anything. So we thought, why not fry some spam musubi!? And since it's so similar to corn dogs concept wise, except that it's Asian style, we decided to call it a rice dog just to make it more fun! It's a great marketing strategy to promote this dish in a party setting!
And the toppings. Hmm the toppings. It’s so important in this dish since the Japanese mayonnaise, the furikake, and the green onions add so much flavour and add such a great balance to the dish.
This Asian/Hawaiian inspired corn dog is delicious dish with great fusion flavours, and just overall a really fun dish to eat! We hope you enjoy it and happy eating!
Spam & Marinade
- 1 can spam 340 grams
- 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp canola oil
Fried Spam Musubi Roll
- 3 sheets roasted seaweed or nori
- 1 1/2 cup cooked white rice
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 whole eggs beaten
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- canola oil for frying
- Japanese mayonnaise
- green onions
Spam & Marinade
- Cut the spam into 2x2x7 cm rectangular prism. One can of 340g of spam should yield about 6 rectangular prisms.
- In a flat-bottomed bowl or container, combine low-sodium soy sauce, sesame oil, and sugar with a whisk until the sugar is well dissolved. Lay the spam prisms flat in the container, making sure there is enough space for each spam prism’s bottom side to be covered with the marinade. Marinate each side of the spam prism for 5 minutes. Once all sides are well marinated, remove spam prisms from the marinade and set aside to dry off excess liquid.
- Heat 1 tbsp of canola oil in a frying pan over medium heat and fry the spam prisms for 1 minute on each side, or until slightly browned. Remove from heat and let cool.
Fried Spam Musubi Roll
- Cut nori seaweed sheets into 6 rectangles of 7x12 cm. We used 3 nori sheets to get 6 rectangles.
- To make a spam musubi roll, lay one nori seaweed rectangle coarse side up flat on a cutting board. Spread about 2 tbsp of cooked white rice on the coarse side of the nori sheet. You should get a flat, thin, uniform layer of white rice that covers the whole coarse side of the nori. To make spreading the rice easier, you can use the back of a wetted metal spoon.
- Lay a saran wrap on a flat surface and place the nori rectangle on the saran wrap rice side down. Place a cooked spam prism at one end of the nori rectangle, aligning the 7 cm edge of the spam prism with the 7 cm edge of the nori rectangle. Spread about 1 tsp of cooked white rice along opposite end of the nori rectangle. Gently roll the spam prism and the nori sheet towards the opposite end using the saran wrap to avoid the rice from sticking to the board and to your hands. You should have a sushi-looking roll with spam inside, covered with a layer of nori sheet, and white rice on the outside.
- Cover each side of each spam musubi roll with all-purpose flour. Then, dip the roll into beaten egg, covering all sides of the roll. Cover the roll generously with panko breadcrumb and set aside.
- Repeat steps to make the other spam musubi rolls.
- Add enough oil into a frying pan to get about ½ inch of depth and heat over medium high heat. Fry each spam musubi roll for about 30 seconds to 1 minute each. Make sure to regularly turn the rolls around while frying to get an even goldening on each side. Remove from heat and set aside to drain off excess oil.
- Enter a stick into each fried spam musubi rolls.
- Garnish with Japanese mayonnaise, furikake, and green onions.