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Let’s talk spam. No, not the stuff clogging up your email inbox. I’m talking about the glorious canned meat that will clog up your arteries. Except this recipe is veganized and actually good for you! Introducing: Vegan Spam Musubi!
Spam was a major part of my life growing up. My family is korean and was lucky enough to visit Hawaii multiple times. This canned meat is a staple in both culture’s modern diets. If you’ve never tried spam, it’s tastes like a cross between bacon and bologna and makes a great addition to eggs, fried rice, or sandwiches. It’s most famous rendition is probably the spam musubi from Hawaii. Warm rice, topped with a slice of spam fried in a salty sweet sauce, all wrapped in a crunchy nori sheet. Biting into it on the beach is pure bliss.
Now spam is in no way a health food and it’s not trying to be. It’s definitely a treat I enjoy every bite of, but it’s not something I should be having for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (as much as I may want to). To quell my excessive desire to enjoy it all day everyday, I decided to make my own, healthier version out of tofu. Now, I’m not going to lie and say it’s EXACTLY the same as spam. Nothing can truly replace the mystery that is canned meat, but it does satisfy those salty, umami cravings.
This vegan and keto friendly recipe is almost as easy as opening up a can of spam. It just takes a bit of for sight to press and marinate the tofu properly. If you want to make musubi with it, you can make the tofu ahead of time and the rice bee as needed. You can also throw it into fried rice, scrambled eggs, or sandwiches. I love meal prepping it over the weekend so I can enjoy it all week long.
Whether you’re a spam connoisseur like me, a spam newbie, or a low carb vegan missing your favorite island snack, you’ll love this vegan spam musubi.
If you make this recipe or any others on my blog, tag me in a photo on Instagram @figisisters . I would love to see your recreation!