Wondering how to cook spam? If you’re like most people, you’ve been told that Spam is unhealthy and that it should be avoided at all costs. This may be true (it is, after all, essentially just a hunk of processed meat), but we’d argue that it’s worth indulging in the occasional can of spam every once in a while.
Not only does its mild saltiness pair well with other ingredients, but the gelatin gives it a texture unlike other meats—one that can make for some seriously tasty dishes.
Spam is a type of canned meat that is often used in recipes as a cheaper alternative to other meats. It is high in sodium and fat, but it can be a good source of protein. When cooked properly, spam can be a delicious and versatile ingredient. Here are some tips on how to cook spam.
Steps Involved In Cooking Spam
Cut spam into cubes, skewer them and grill them
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons oil and 1 teaspoon chopped garlic. Stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add drained coconut milk and 3 cups water (or vegetable stock). Bring to a simmer. If you’re using canned tomatoes or tomato sauce, add those now along with any additional spices (salt, pepper). Simmer for 10 minutes so that flavors can meld together while you prepare your skewers.
Skewer the cubed spam on bamboo skewers or wooden sticks/chopsticks/whatever you want to use. You can also just put it in an oven-safe dish if you don’t feel like grilling outside! Brush each piece lightly with oil before baking it at 400°F for 15 minutes until browned slightly on all sides.*
Grind spam, mix with flour and water until desired thickness
- To make the doughnuts, grind spam and flour until a dough is formed. Roll out the dough and cut it into shapes with a cookie cutter.
- Fry the doughnuts in oil until they are golden brown on both sides, then serve with your favorite dipping sauce (such as hot sauce or honey).
Cube spam and freeze overnight
- Use the frozen cubes to keep your cooler cold while camping or while traveling with meat in a vehicle during hot weather.
- To create a cube, first wrap some aluminum foil around the spam to avoid any leakage. Next, place the wrapped package in an empty freezer bag, remove excess air from it by pressing all sides of the bag against a flat surface such as a table or countertop, and seal tightly with tape or an iron (if you don’t have an iron handy).
- Place this package into another freezer bag that has been slit open lengthwise so that you can get it out later without ripping open both bags at once—this is helpful if you want to eat some other food from your refrigerator before returning here later on!
- After 24 hours of freezing time has elapsed, use a knife to cut through each layer of aluminum foil and then slice up each piece of frozen spam into cubes using whatever tool feels most comfortable (e.g., steak knives work well because they’re sharp enough but not sharp enough).
Stir-fry your favorite noodles with cubed spam
Add any toppings you like such as diced green onions, crushed peanuts, bean sprouts and/or soy sauce. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week or freeze for up to three months.
We hope you learned something new about this misunderstood meat. And the next time someone asks you to cook spam, don’t worry—you have the skills to make it awesome.