When you travel, do you get jealous of other tourists sampling all the local dishes? That’s what happened to me on my recent trip to Hawaii. Spam Musubi is a Hawaiian dish traditionally made with teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, and often other ‘secret’ family ingredients — it is not gluten-free and celiac-safe. But it looks so delicious -- I wanted to know what everyone was raving about!
So I asked locals for advice, took to the grocery store to find what I could, and came up with a Gluten-Free Spam Musubi bowl! My partner has been asking me to make it again, so spam may be a staple in our camper van pantry.
Related: Gluten Free Hawaii: a perfect day of food and sight-seeing on the Big Island and Gluten Free Weekly Wins & Losses (my Gluten Free Living on-the-go series)
What to know before you make this Spam Musubi Bowl:
- This recipe is in our new “on-the-go” category. That means the priority is fast, easy, and minimal ingredient recipes. While the other recipe categories are intended for sharing with friends and family, these would be best served a little ‘dressed up’ for special gatherings. I offer suggestions in the section below.
- Since I am not Hawaiian and this is the deliciously modified gluten-free version, I would never claim that this recipe is authentic. It is easy, delicious, and celiac friendly — I call that a win in my book!
Is Spam Gluten Free?
Name brand Spam is gluten-free! The ingredients include pork, salt, water, potato starch, and sodium nitrite (preservative). The company even puts a gluten-free label on the tin.
How to dress up this Spam Musubi Bowl for sharing:
- Use good gluten free sushi rice. We actually made this with Minute Rice since we were in a hotel room with limited time, but at home we use sushi rice prepared in a rice cooker.
- Pro travel tip: The brown Minute Rice has a nicer texture than the white (though it still doesn’t quite compare to rice made in a rice cooker)
- Add a little gluten free rice vinegar to your rice for a more authentic twist. We add about 1 Tbsp of rice vinegar per 1 ½ cups of cooked rice.
- Wrap the Spam Musubi traditionally. This requires creating a quick rice mold using the spam can -- more details are in the recipe notes below.
- Dress up the bok choy with chopped onion or shallots and garlic to give it a little somethin’ extra (be sure to use Gluten-Free Soy Sauce for this recipe).
Ready for some quick cooking? Let’s go!
Easy Spam Musubi Bowl RecipePrint
Check out these other easy gluten-free recipes & blog posts:
- Thai Red Curry Soup
- Deconstructed Sushi Bowl: an easy no-cook (or low-cook) recipe
- Rice Paper Wraps with Tangy Peanut Sauce
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Enjoy this super easy and delicious recipe, my friend!
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