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SPAM! Spreadable meat in a can. Spoonable ham? Whatever it stands for, we love it. Upon further research, we’ve discovered that SPAM contains just six ingredients. Pork with ham, salt, water, potato starch, sugar, and sodium nitrate, a preservative. A classic addition in Hawaiian cuisine and a fail-safe when you’ve got nothing in the fridge, check out these 9 recipes for Spam that you didn’t know would actually be as mouthwatering as they are easy to get on the table.
1. Spam and Pineapple Fried Rice
Cold rice (preferably day-old) works best for this recipe. Sear the SPAM cubes over medium-high heat until slightly caramelized. Make sure not to overcook the eggs and throw in any seasonably appropriate vegetables you have on hand. Get the recipe here.
2. Bacon Wrapped Spam Bites
Pork wrapped in pork? Sounds good to me. These bacon-wrapped spam bites are easy to make on the grill and a quick protein hit that doesn’t skimp on flavor. Get the recipe here.
3. Spam Musubi
SPAM musubi means serious business. Slice the SPAM in thick slices (only 7-8 per can) and sear in the soy sauce-sugar mix over medium heat. Fry until crisp. Get the recipe here.
4. Spam Fries
A truly bizarre combination, SPAM fries with key lime dip depend on the flavor juxtaposition of the key lime-based aioli mixed with the expertly fried slices of SPAM. Get the recipe here.
5. Hong Kong Style Spam and Egg Macaroni Soup
This soup is so simple and delicious you can hardly call it a recipe. Pan fry cubes of SPAM, fry and egg, and boil cooked macaroni, peas, corn, chicken broth, soy sauce, and SPAM together until it boils. Season with sesame oil and top with the fried egg. Get the recipe here.
6. Spicy Caramelized Spam and Scallion Pasta
SPAM, sugar, chile flakes, and sesame oil are cooked together and then added to perfectly cooked al dente pasta, seasoned with butter, salt, pepper, and scallions. Get the recipe here.
7. Spam Ramen
SPAM ramen is a great improvisation that you can make when you only have a few ingredients on hand. Supplement with fresh vegetables, aromatics like ginger, thyme, and sesame oil, and let your imagination go wild. Get the recipe here.
8. The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich
This breakfast sandwich recipe from LA’s Eggslut is seasoned with mayonnaise and Sriracha as well as seared SPAM. Use Hawaiian dinner rolls for the most authentic take. Get the recipe here.
9. Kimchi and Spam Bokkeumbap
Cooked rice, kimchi, fresh vegetables, and SPAM come together for this delicious Korean take on fried rice. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and top with a fried egg. Get the recipe here.
Caitlin M. O'Shaughnessy is a New York City–based food writer and editor at Penguin who has worked on and recipe-tested several cookbooks. She is currently in search of NYC's best ramen, and is one of the few people who admit to disliking brunch.