Vegan SPAM Recipe

Vegan spam

Today’s newest recipe is how to make vegan SPAM! All you need to do is marinate your tofu and bake it in an oven or fry it in a pan! You can eat this vegan spam on its own, with rice or even make vegan spam musubi!

All the measurements & instructions will be below in the recipe card 🙂

Recipe for Vegan Spam

Recipe for Vegan Spam

To make vegan spam, all you need is a block of tofu and 6 ingredients to make a smoky sauce to marinate your tofu!

The longer you marinate your vegan spam pieces the better but if you’re short on time, 10-15 mins each side will do!

This is a fantastic recipe to make in advance and keep in your fridge (or freezer) to eat throughout the week with pretty much anything. Cut it up into smaller pieces, and throw them into a yummy stir fry! Or perhaps you want to make vegan spam musubi. Options are endless!

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

Vegan Spam 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

  • Tofu (extra firm)
  • Soy sauce
  • Maple syrup or agave syrup
  • liquid smoke
  • Mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)
  • Garlic powder
  • Ground ginger

How To Make Spam (Vegan)

To start making your vegan spam by cutting up your tofu and slicing it horizontally into thin rectangular pieces – one tofu 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, add the rest of the ingredients to make your marinade — soy sauce, maple syrup, liquid smoke, mirin, ground ginger, garlic powder, and water. Mix well. 

In a flat container, lay the tofu pieces flat and pour in the marinade, making sure each tofu piece is soaking well. Marinate for 10-15 minutes (preferably 15) on each side. 

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. 

And voila! Vegan spam!

vegan spam recipe

Vegan Spam

To make vegan spam, all you need to do is marinate your tofu and bake it in an oven or fry it in a pan! You can eat this vegan spam on its own, with rice or even make vegan spam musubi!
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Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Vegan
Prep Time: 21 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 24 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 125kcal

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

  • 1 block tofu extra firm tofu
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce or alternative
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1 tbsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tbsp mirin Japanese sweet rice wine
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tbsp water

Instructions

  • To start making your vegan spam by cutting 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. 

Nutrition

Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 549mg | Potassium: 52mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 1mg

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6 thoughts on “Vegan SPAM Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe! Are there particular brands of the ingredients you used? I followed your recipe but couldn’t achieve the spam-like color in your pics.
    Mahalo!

    1. 5 stars
      Hi, Cyrus! I think it probably has to do with the maple syrup and liquid smoke mixture. Have you tried pan frying it instead?

  2. 5 stars
    I think I pressed my extra firm tofu but spam slices were still soft when finished. I cut my tofu thin as I don’t like thick spam. I baked. I will try frying next time. I want the firmer darker texture and color. It did taste wonderful though.

  3. 5 stars
    I was a bit skeptical because of the liquid smoke (It’s usually too strong for me in recipes) but this was just perfect! It tasted really good. Sweet, but smoky. My nonvegan uncle walked into the kitchen after I finished and said it smelled good, and liked it too.

  4. 5 stars
    I made your vegan spam musubi in June using this blog post and then made just the spam again today! Love it – especially marinating it overnight!

  5. 5 stars
    I highly recommend trying the spam musubi recipe that goes with this. I tried it and it’s definitely going to be a staple. But I think simply this spam recipe alone is worth making over and over again. This on a bowl of rice would be flavourful enough. I suggest marinating for a long time (I did three hours) and pan frying. So delicious and much healthier than questionable canned meat.

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