Spam Onigiri Recipe

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Simply Onigiri funa dn creative recipes for Japanese rice ballsSPAM (or luncheon meat) onigiri is a popular snack in Okinawa. In recent years, however, you can find this onigiri in almost all convenience stores in Japan. Generally luncheon meat
contains a large amount of salt, so I recommend that you boil it in water before eating. Both teriyaki sauce and tonkatsu sauce go really well with this onigiri. I have included a simple and quick teriyaki sauce with this recipe. You can use this sauce when sautéing chicken, fish and fermented soy beans (tempeh).

  • Yield: 8


  • 4¼ (100–120 g) Luncheon meat, cut into 4 slices, about 1-cm (½-in) thick, then cut into your preferred shape
  • 17 oz (480 g) Cooked Japanese short grain rice
  • ½ tsp Freshly grounded black pepper
  • Nori seaweed sheets 4, cut into 2 x 10-cm (1 x 4-in) strips
  • White radish (daikon) sprouts to garnish
Teriyaki sauce
  • 4 tbsp Japanese soy sauce (shoyu)
  • 4 tbsp Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Sake
How to Make It
  1. Mix all the ingredients for teriyaki sauce in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Bring some water to the boil in a frying pan and cook luncheon meat for 2 minutes to get rid of saltiness in the luncheon meat. Discard water and pan-fry luncheon meat without adding oil until brown on both sides.
  3. Pour teriyaki sauce over luncheon meat and cook until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  4. Wet your hands and take one-eighth of the rice and shape to match with luncheon meat shape.
  5. Place 1 piece of luncheon meat on top of the rice. Wrap rice and luncheon meat with a strip of nori to form a bundle. Garnish with white radish sprouts. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

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