Vegan Spam Musubi Recipe

Vegan Spam Musubi recipe

This vegan musubi, also known as vegan spam musubi, mimics spam musubi which is a Hawaiian dish that traditionally isn’t vegan.

I’ll show you how to make vegan spam and then how to make vegan musubi with it!

Recipe for Vegan Spam Musubi

Recipe for Vegan Spam Musubi

To make vegan spam musubi, all you need is a block of tofu, rice, nori sheets, and some sauce!

Spam is a brand of canned pork, which was created in Austin, Minnesota in the late ‘30s. But spam musubi, however, is from Hawaii! This dish can be considered a snack or a standalone dish that may be served along with soup or a vegetable side. 

I wanted to make a vegan musubi using my vegan spam recipe as it brings together the combination of Western and Asian cultures, by combining the taste of the grilled “spam” on top of a block of rice that is wrapped in a nori sheet.

TIP: For a bold flavour, marinate the tofu longer and instead of baking, consider frying in a pan.

Vegan Spam Musubi Cheap Lazy Vegan

To make this recipe gluten-free, swap the soy sauce and liquid smoke for alternative gluten-free brands.

The recipe is vegan, vegetarian, nut-free, dairy-free and egg-free!


Ingredients

  • White rice (sushi rice or short-grain rice)
  • Rice Vinegar
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Nori sheets
  • Vegan Spam
    • Tofu (extra firm)
    • Soy sauce
    • Maple syrup or agave syrup
    • liquid smoke
    • Mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)
    • Garlic powder
    • Ground ginger
Recipe for Vegan Spam Musubi

How To Make Spam Musubi (Vegan)

To start making your vegan spam musubi, start by making your vegan spam! Cut up your tofu and slice horizontally into thin rectangular pieces – one block will make approximately 10-12 pieces. You can cut off the edges to make them round so that your tofu slice is more of an oval vs rectangle (to make it more spam-like).

In a small bowl, create the vegan spam marinade by adding the soy sauce, maple syrup, liquid smoke, mirin, ground ginger, garlic powder, and water. Mix well. 

In a flat container, lay your tofu slices flat and pour in the vegan spam marinade, making sure each tofu piece is soaking well. I recommend marinating for at least an hour to overnight or if short for time, marinate for 10-15 minutes (preferably 15) on each side.

To bake your vegan spam in the oven, transfer tofu pieces onto a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes at 375°F. After 15 minutes, flip the tofu pieces and pour the rest of the marinade on the tofu. Bake for another 15 minutes. This makes the total baking time 30 minutes. 

Alternatively (for a quicker method), you can pan-fry on medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes on one side (when it’s caramelized), then flip and pour in the remaining marinade and pan fry for another 2-3 minutes. 

Next, we’ll begin to make our vegan musubi using the vegan spam! You can use whatever cooked short-grain rice that will stick together. I made sushi rice in a bowl by mixing white short-grain rice with rice vinegar, salt and sugar. It’s perfect for forming shapes like this musubi.

Now take your nori sheets and cut them into 3 long pieces using scissors or folding and tearing them slowly.

Use 1/4 cup of your rice and use your hands to form it into an oval ball, similar size as your vegan spam. Dip your fingers in water to help form your sticky rice into the shape you want. Place shaped rice and slice of vegan spam on your nori sheet and roll it into your spam musubi!

Tip: Use your finger with water to seal the end of the nori sheet so it sticks together once wrapped around.

Vegan Spam Musubi

Vegan Spam Musubi

This vegan musubi, also known as vegan spam musubi, mimics a traditional Hawaiian spam musubi but is made vegan!
5 from 5 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: Hawaiian, Vegan
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 338kcal

Equipment

  • Small Mixing Bowl to add ingredients for the marinade
  • Flat Container to lay out tofu pieces flat
  • Spatula to flip tofu in marinate (chopsticks work well)
  • Knife and cutting board
  • Baking Sheet or Large non-stick pan

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked rice sushi rice or short-grain rice
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 2-3 nori sheets
  • 1/2 block tofu extra firm tofu
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce or alternative
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1/2 tbsp liquid smoke
  • 1/2 tbsp mirin Japanese sweet rice wine
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp water

Instructions

  • To start making your vegan spam musubi, start by making your vegan spam! Cut up your tofu and slice horizontally into thin rectangular pieces – one block will make approximately 10-12 pieces. You can cut off the edges to make them round so that your tofu slice is more of an oval vs rectangle (to make it more spam-like).
  • In a small bowl, create the vegan spam marinade by adding the soy sauce, maple syrup, liquid smoke, mirin, ground ginger, garlic powder, and water. Mix well. 
  • In a flat container, lay your tofu slices flat and pour in the vegan spam marinade, making sure each tofu piece is soaking well. I recommend marinating for at least an hour to overnight or if short for time, marinate for 10-15 minutes (preferably 15) on each side.
  • To bake your vegan spam in the oven, transfer tofu pieces onto a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes at 375°F. After 15 minutes, flip the tofu pieces and pour the rest of the marinade on the tofu. Bake for another 15 minutes. This makes the total baking time 30 minutes. 
  • Alternatively (for a quicker method), you can pan-fry on medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes on one side (when it's caramelized), then flip and pour in the remaining marinade and pan fry for another 2-3 minutes. 
  • Next, we'll begin to make our vegan musubi using the vegan spam! You can use whatever cooked short-grain rice that will stick together. I made sushi rice in a bowl by mixing white short-grain rice with rice vinegar, salt and sugar. It's perfect for forming shapes like this musubi.
  • Now take your nori sheets and cut them into 3 long pieces using scissors or folding and tearing them slowly.
  • Use 1/4 cup of your rice and use your hands to form it into an oval ball, similar size as your vegan spam. Dip your fingers in water to help form your sticky rice into the shape you want. Place shaped rice and slice of vegan spam on your nori sheet and roll it into your spam musubi!
  • Tip: Use your finger with water to seal the end of the nori sheet so it sticks together once wrapped around.

Nutrition

Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1134mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 156mg | Iron: 2mg

NEED MORE VEGAN RECIPE INSPO? CHECK THESE OUT:

Spread the love
the ultimate bundle

Check out the ULTIMATE Bundle!

  • Includes all THREE of my eBooks -- Cheap Lazy Vegan Recipes eBook (Vol. 1), Everyday Asian Recipes (Vol. 2), and the NEW How to Go Vegan Guide (Vol. 3)! 
  • Your all-in-one bundle to becoming the ULTIMATE cheap lazy vegan!
  • All the recipes, tips, and advice that you need to thrive as a vegan!

5 thoughts on “Vegan Spam Musubi Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    I’ve never had spam or spam musubi before but after watching your YouTube video I was intrigued to make it and I absolutely loved it! The crispy “spam” wrapped and dipped in soy sauce was SO GOOD.

  2. Martina McMayo

    5 stars
    I LOVE your channel and your recipes. I have made many of them. I will definitely be making this one as well. I have never had it, but it looks simple and tasty…and mainly it is VEGAN!

  3. 5 stars
    Made it tonight. Didn’t hold out a lot of hope but they were actually quite tasty. My husband was dreading it and ate 2 and liked them. I think I used too much rice. I would caution using too much as it takes away from the Spam. I will definitely make again.

  4. 5 stars
    Spam has never appealed to me so I have never tried real spam. So I can’t compare with the “real” thing but I tried these last night and it is absolutely delicious. I left the marinade on for over three hours and I used the frying pan method. I think the tofu can be eaten in many ways so I’m going to make these a staple, not just for musubi. The flavour is unreal and I think even just to eat with plain rice would be fantastic.

  5. 5 stars
    This recipe was a hit. I had vegan musubi in Maui and this recipe totally captured everything I loved about it.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




0