Spam Musubi in a Bowl

Experience my Spam Musubi in a Bowl recipe, a convenient twist on the classic Hawaiian favorite, offering all the delicious flavors of traditional spam musubi in an easy-to-make bowl format! With seared spam mixed with garlic sauce-infused rice, this dish delivers a quick and satisfying lunch option perfect for any day. Say aloha to the familiar taste of spam musubi, now simplified and served in a bowl!

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

Why I Love This Recipe

What makes my recipe stand out is my unique take on the beloved Hawaiian favorite, Spam Musubi, offering the same delicious flavors in a simplified format! Just like my Loco Moco, Hawaiian Style Ahi Poke, and Candied Glazed Macadamia Nuts, it draws inspiration from the beautiful islands of Hawaii and their fusion of flavors!

Transforming the traditional musubi into an easy-to-make bowl format, I crafted it to be ideal for a satisfying lunch or light meal! With seared spam, garlic-infused soy sauce, and fluffy rice, each bite bursts with sweet, savory, and meaty goodness, making it a must-try for anyone craving the taste of Hawaii!



  • Rice – rice of choice, use cauliflower rice for a low carb recipe.
  • Garlic  freshly grated garlic.
  • Spam  low-sodium preferred, found in the canned meat section of grocery stores.
  • Neutral Oil no taste or flavor with high cooking temperature. Some choices are sunflower oil, peanut oil, sallower oil, vegetable oil, and canola oil. 
  • Japanese Sake – typically will come in a large bottle labeled junmai sake. Can also substitute with dry sherry wine or Chinese cooking wine, found at local grocery stores or Asian markets.
  • Sweetener – use your preferred sweetener.
  • Soy Sauce – low-sodium Soy Sauce preferred. Can also use tamari for gluten-free.
  • Dried Seaweed – strips of nori, pre-shredded preferred for ease.

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


☑ Before Getting Started

Ensure you have a Large Skillet or Wok on hand to provide ample space for searing your spam.

Step 1 Combine Japanese sake, soy sauce, garlic, and sweetener in a small skillet. Bring the sauce to a soft boil, simmer for a minute and then remove from heat.

Spam musubi sauce in a skillet.

🥄 Thickening Sauce Pro Tip

If you prefer a thicker sauce, create a Cornstarch Slurry by combining 1 Tablespoon of Cornstarch with 2 Tablespoons of Water. Slowly incorporate this mixture into the sauce until it reaches your desired thickness.

Step 2 In a large skillet coated with cooking oil, introduce cubed spam, searing for about 2 minutes until they have a delightful outer crust.

Chopped spam.

🍳 Searing Pro Tip

Preheat your Oil before adding the spam to ensure a perfectly seared crust.

Step 3 Assemble your bowl with rice as the base, top it with the seared spam, generously drizzle the soy sauce mixture, and add finishing touches with strips of nori seaweed or dash of furikake seasoning!

Spam musubi in a bowl.

🌿 Garnishing Pro Tip

Consider garnishing with Seaweed Strips or Furikake Seasoning to add visual appeal and flavor to the dish.

Pairing Recommendations

To complete your Japanese and Hawaiian-inspired meal, serve this Spam Musubi in a Bowl with a side of Simple Green Salad with Japanese Ginger Dressing, Tonjiru Pork Miso Soup, or Salmon Poke. Each dish complements the musubi’s flavors, providing a well-rounded dining experience.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of seaweed should I use for garnishing?

For garnishing, you'll want to use standard dried seaweed cut into thin strips.

How do I prevent the rice from becoming too soggy?

To prevent the rice from becoming too soggy, a helpful tip is to drizzle the sauce on the portion you plan to eat only.

How long does it take to cook the spam properly?

Cooking the spam properly typically takes about 2-3 minutes to sear on all sides under high heat.

Can I use a different type of rice for this recipe?

Yes, you have flexibility with the type of rice you use for this recipe. Whether it's white rice, brown rice, or even cauliflower rice for a low-carb option, feel free to choose what suits your preference best.

Storage Tips

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge, where they will remain fresh for 3-5 days.

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

Spam Musubi in a Bowl

Enjoy the flavors of spam musubi in a convenient bowl format with my Spam Musubi Bowl recipe. Try my delicious spam rice bowl today!
4.75 from 16 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian Fusion, Hawaiian
Keyword: spam musubi bowl, spam rice bowl
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 Bowl
Print Recipe
Calories: 433kcal


  • 1 Cup Rice use cauliflower rice for low carb
  • 1-2 Whole Garlic 2 for stronger garlic flavor
  • 4 oz Spam less sodium
  • 1 tbsp Cooking Oil neutral no flavor
  • 2 tbsp Japanese Sake can substitute with dry sherry wine or Chinese cooking wine
  • 1 tbsp Sweetener your preferred sweetener
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/8 Sheet Dried Seaweed optional


  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for spam musubi in a bowl.
  • Grate garlic with a grater and set aside.
    Grated garlic.
  • In a small skillet, add Japanese sake,sweetener, grated garlic, Soy Sauce and bring to boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium-low and let it reduce for 1 minute while stirring occasionally. Once a minute has passed, remove from heat and set aside. Note - if you want the sauce slightly thicker, mix in corn starch slurry or thickener of choice.
    Spam musubi sauce in a skillet.
  • Dice spam into small cubes, about 1/8 x 1/8 inch.
    Chopped spam.
  • Cut sheet of nori into thin nori strips (about 1 x 1/8 inch) with kitchen sheers.
    Shredded seaweed.
  • 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.
    Spam being seared in a skillet.
  • In a serving bowl, add rice and spam. Drizzle with sauce from 3) and top with optional shredded seaweed. 
    Spam musubi in a bowl.


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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  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.


    • 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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