Spam Musubi in a Bowl

This Spam Musubi in a Bowl is a healthier, sugar-free version of the famous Hawaiian recipe you all know and love.  It’s made easily with all the same flavors in one delicious bowl!

Spam musubi fans are going to love this low carb version that’s not only a healthier alternative, but also so easy to make.

There’s no getting messy and no need for a musubi mold maker with this recipe.  Everything is cooked and goes into a bowl for a quick no fuss meal!

Hawaiians inspired spam musubi served in a white bowl with a wooden spoon, side angle.

What is Spam Musubi in a bowl?

Spam musubi is a recipe that originated in Hawaii and consists of a pan fried sliced spam placed on top of a rectangular shaped rice ball and wrapped with a strip of seaweed.

It’s loaded with savory flavor from the spam and is usually eaten as a quick snack.

What ingredients are needed to make this spam musubi recipe?

  • Rice (cauliflower rice for a healthier version)
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Can of Spam (low sodium to reduce sodium intake)
  • Cooking Oil
  • Japanese Sake
  • Sweetener of choice
  • Soy Sauce
  • Dried Seaweed Nori

What kind of spam musubi sauce is served with this recipe?

This recipe uses a sugar-free garlic teriyaki sauce.

Why do you use cauliflower rice instead of traditional white rice?

With the use of cauliflower rice, this recipe offers a healthier more nutritious alternative that’s keto and low carb friendly.

You can also use white rice if that is preferred.

Hawaiians inspired spam musubi served in a white bowl with a wooden spoon, side angle.

What is Monkfruit Erythritol Blend and can I use other sweeteners?

Monkfruit Erythritol is a 1:1 sweetener containing 0 net carbs.  It’s a great substitute to keep recipes sugar-free and keto friendly.  Feel free to use any type of preferred sweetener.

What other toppings can I add to this spam musubi in a bowl?

  • Egg
  • Bacon
  • Sprinkle of Furikake
  • Cut Nori Strips

Do you have any tips on making this spam musubi recipe?

  • If you have leftovers, wrap in plastic wrap and save the sauce for drizzling right before serving.  When ready to eat heat up in the microwave for 1 minute.
  • Use a non stick pan to sear and cook the spam cubes.
  • Use low sodium spam to reduce sodium intake.
  • Use low sodium tamari soy sauce to make this recipe gluten-free.

Hawaiians inspired spam musubi served in a white bowl with a wooden spoon, close up shot.

Looking for more Hawaiian inspired recipes?

Now, let’s get started with this Spam Musubi in a Bowl recipe!

  • Prepping Time 5M
  • Cook Time 10M
  • Total Time 15M
  • Net Carb/Serv ~5g
  • Servings 1 Bowl 

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Cauliflower Rice (or preferred rice of choice)
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1-2 Garlic (use 2 if you like garlic)
  • 4 oz Spam (about 1/3 of the can)
  • 1 tbsp Cooking Oil (neutral taste preferred)
  • 2 tbsp Japanese Sake
  • 1 tbsp Monkfruit Erythritol Blend (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/8 Sheet of Dried Seaweed (optional)

Directions

1) Gather all the ingredients.

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2) In a small skillet, add Japanese sake, Monkfruit Erythritol Blend and Soy Sauce and bring to boil.  Once boiling, reduce heat to med-low and let it cook/reduce for 1 minute while stirring occasionally.  Once a minute has passed, remove from heat and set aside.

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3) In the meantime, grate garlic with a grater and set aside.

4) Dice spam into small cubes, about 1/8 x 1/8 inch.   Set aside.

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5) Cut sheet of nori into thin nori strips (about 1 x 1/8 inch) with kitchen sheers.  Set aside.

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6) In a large skillet, add cooking oil on medium high heat.  Once oil is up to temperature (about 2 minutes), transfer diced spam.  Cook until the outside is nicely crusted, stirring frequently, about 2-3 minutes and set aside in a small bowl.

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7) In new/cleaned large skillet, melt butter on high heat.  Once butter is melted, add cauliflower rice and garlic.  Stir often and cook for 4-5 minutes or until desired texture is reached.  Note – if using traditional steamed rice, skip this step and serve directly into the bowl.

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8) In a serving bowl, combine cooked cauliflower rice and spam. Drizzle with sauce from 2) and top with optional shredded seaweed.  Enjoy hot!

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Hawaiians inspired spam musubi served in a white bowl with a wooden spoon, side angle.

Spam Musubi in a Bowl

This Spam Musubi in a Bowl is a healthier, sugar-free version of the famous Hawaiian recipe you all know and love. It’s made easily with all the same flavors in one delicious bowl!
4.75 from 8 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian Fusion, Hawaiian
Keyword: Hawaiian recipes, spam musubi
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 Bowl
Print Recipe
Calories: 433kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Cauliflower Rice or preferred rice of choice
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1-2 Whole Garlic use 2 if you like garlic
  • 4 oz Spam
  • 1 tbsp Cooking Oil neutral taste preferred
  • 2 tbsp Japanese Sake
  • 1 tbsp Monkfruit Erythritol Blend or sweetener of choice
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/8 Sheet Dried Seaweed optional

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Hawaiian Garlic Spam Musubi in a Bowl Recipe (1)
  • In a small skillet, add Japanese sake, Monkfruit Erythritol Blend and Soy Sauce and bring to boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to med-low and let it cook/reduce for 1 minute while stirring occasionally. Once a minute has passed, remove from heat and set aside.
    Hawaiian Garlic Spam Musubi in a Bowl Recipe (24)
  • In the meantime, grate garlic with a grater and set aside.
    Hawaiian Garlic Spam Musubi in a Bowl Recipe (15)
  • Dice spam into small cubes, about 1/8 x 1/8 inch. Set aside.
    Hawaiian Garlic Spam Musubi in a Bowl Recipe (3)
  • Cut sheet of nori into thin nori strips (about 1 x 1/8 inch) with kitchen sheers. Set aside.
    Hawaiian Garlic Spam Musubi in a Bowl Recipe (2)
  • In a large skillet, add cooking oil on medium high heat. Once oil is up to temperature (about 2 minutes), transfer diced spam. Cook until the outside is nicely crusted, stirring frequently, about 2-3 minutes. Set aside in a small bowl.
    Hawaiian Garlic Spam Musubi in a Bowl Recipe (20)
  • In new/cleaned large skillet, melt butter on high heat. Once butter is melted, add cauliflower rice and garlic. Stir often and cook for 4-5 minutes or until desired texture is reached. Note - if using traditional steamedrice, skip this step and serve directly into the bowl.
    Hawaiian Garlic Spam Musubi in a Bowl Recipe (10)
  • In a serving bowl, combine cooked cauliflower rice and spam. Drizzle with sauce from 2) and top with optional shredded seaweed.  Enjoy hot!
    Hawaiian Garlic Spam Musubi in a Bowl Recipe (22)

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Nutrition

Calories: 433kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 2206mg | Potassium: 46mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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10 Comments

  1. This looks fantastic! I am trying to figure out how many servings this recipe makes…can you please provide that info? Thanks!

    • Never mind, I see it makes one serving now! Was tired when I first read the recipe!

      • LowCarbingAsian

        Hey Emily! Glad you found it! You also can adjust the serving size on the recipe card on the bottom of every page. If you click the blue number next to ‘servings’, a slider will pop up and adjust the ingredient qty according to how many serving you would like to make! Let us know if you have any other questions!

        • Wonderful, thank you! I can’t wait to try this!

        • I finally made this and it came out beautifully, but I’m puzzled by your net carb count of ~3g per serving. When I plug in the ingredients for the recipe I get 7g. Can you tell me how you reached that number? Thanks! Great recipe!

          • Hey Emily! So glad that you enjoyed the recipe and it came out well for you!! As for the net carb count on the serving, you are absolutely correct, we made a mistake! I think what happened was we calculated the recipe for 2 servings, but when we made it, we decided it was only 1 serving and never updated the carb count. Thanks for catching that and we have corrected it!

  2. What would you recommend to substitute the sake?

    • LowCarbingAsian

      Hey Amber! The only sub we would recommend is dry sherry wine. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  3. I’m just very curious. I guess I don’t know much about Keto per say. Is your sight about healthy low calorie recipes or just low carb. That’s a whopping amount of calories for one bowl! Thanks in advance.

    Laura

    • LowCarbingAsian

      Hi Laura! We focus our recipes on low carb/keto than ‘low calories’. Since low carb/keto recipes still use fats/oils, the calories counts are going to be higher than recipes focused solely on ‘low calories’. Hope that helps.

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