SPAM Recipes – Hawaii's Favorite "Meat"

As an avid viewer of Bizarre Foods in any variety I’m always waiting to see what strange thing Adam Zimmern will eat that will finally turn his stomach. There aren’t very many things that will. There’s the ever famous durian fruit, rotten meat mixed with scrambled eggs he had in the Middle East, and to my utter surprise – SPAM! On Bizarre Foods America the other night he was sampling the wares of food trucks in Washington, DC and came upon one who’s specialty it was to make SPAM sushi rolls – complete with sticky rice and nori. His reaction was not complete aversion but I think contempt summed up the emotion evoked. Enjoying a good fried SPAM sandwich is not exactly my idea of a fantastic lunch, but I have been known to choke it down without complaint.

If you are a devotee of the pressed, canned, salty meat then this article is for you –

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If you think we’re here to hate on Spam, you’re wrong, at least in a historical context. We love the theory behind Spam. Created (and we do mean “created”– Spam does not, in fact, grow on trees) in the 1930s, Spam was big during World War II for obvious reasons. Food shortages weren’t uncommon. Items that didn’t spoil were heavily sought after. Soldiers needed shelf-stable goods and, as a bonus, Spam’s packaging allowed it to be packed easily and shipped in large quantities. By definition we have no problem with Spam. Sold in over 40 countries around the world, it’s arguably pretty darn popular. However, it is also, arguably, jellified meat, to use my newly created technical term. Here’s the catch. You, dear users, appear to like it. Of the recipes calling for Spam on, 80% are community recipes, meaning that you liked them so much that you typed them up and added them to our recipe file. Loud and proud you say, “I like Spam!” in your potato salad , in your fries , and even in your sushi . (Psst! We agree with you there. Yea, Spam Sushi! ) We aren’t here to hate! We have our own love for Spam, especially in this delicious burger: hawaiian-burger-su-x   Hawaiian Pig-Out Burger Spam may be one of the only ingredients that you can eat straight from the can at room temperature, chilled, grilled, baked, or fried. And for that, we love it, even if it does make a “slooshing” noise as it slides from its tin home. What recipes do you want to learn about? Come back each Thursday as we revisit the classics in our recipe collection!

13 comments for “SPAM Recipes – Hawaii's Favorite "Meat"

  1. January 17, 2014 at 9:34 am

    I had no idea Spam could look so good!!! I actually remember as a kid this lady I babysat for would make Spam with this mustard barbecue sauce type thing going on…. and it was delicious! Seriously!!! The pic you have posted looks gourmet! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Dorothy Teel
    January 17, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Many years ago in early 60″s my dad was stationed in Hawaii, we started eating SPAM while there as it was before Hawaii became a state and our foods arrived in the commissary about every two weeks, fresh, so fresh meats, dairy and fresh veggies were usually served on commissary days or around the, but items like SPAM, canned Corned Beef, dried beef etc were used in between commissary shipping, besides military paydays. My hubby and I still eat SPAM and we love it, in its glory is sliced thin and pan fried in butter and served with fried taters, is yummy

  3. February 5, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Totally NOT a fan of spam but my hubby would eat it if I’d let him.

  4. February 16, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    I don’t eat SPAM, but must admit is smells good cooking.

  5. February 16, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    I haven’t eaten too much SPAM. My niece loves it though. I didn’t know it was so loved in Hawaii.

  6. February 16, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    I’ve never eaten spam before but I am curious to know how it taste.

  7. February 17, 2014 at 1:03 am

    We are split on this at our house. About half the crew will eat it and the other half..not a chance!

  8. February 17, 2014 at 3:41 am

    My husband is from Hawaii & I am always surprised by how integrated spam is in the menu there!

  9. February 17, 2014 at 5:42 am

    We love spam, we don’t keep it in the pantry often b/c it probably isn’t the healthiest option but we love to pick it up occasionally as a treat.

  10. February 21, 2014 at 10:16 am

    I have not had spam in years!

  11. February 23, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    It’s been so long since I had SPAM I can’t even remember i I like(d) it :O

  12. February 24, 2014 at 12:18 am

    I have NEVER had or seen SPAM in real life.


    Feel like I’m missing out. 😉

  13. Vanessa: thequeenofswag
    February 24, 2014 at 2:12 am

    I don’t eat much spam but I do know it’s a hawaiian favorite.

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