As you may or may not know, I was recently introduced to Spam musubi and now it’s a meal that’s become part of my regular rotation. Not only is it incredibly inexpensive, it’s so damn good! Looking back, it shocks me how in my youth it was perfectly acceptable to eat canned tuna and canned vegetables, but if your family ate Spam “Gasp!” (clutches pearls), you were good-for-nothing, low-class peasants. Okay, so I’m exaggerating, but not by much! Anyhow, if growing up teaches you anything, it’s how wrong you were about so many things.
While I’ve keto-fied this, feel free to substitute the cauliflower with sticky rice or short-grain rice and it’s equally delicious. Plus, don’t fret too much if you can’t get your hands on furikake. It can be ridiculously expensive, depending upon where you get it (I should’ve went to Hong Kong Market!). You can use crumbled toasted nori and sesame seeds, and/or Togarashi which is like the Japanese version of Tony’s.
Keto Spam Musubi Bowl
1/2 12-oz can of Spam, chopped into small cubes (I use the low-sodium version)
1 bunch green onion, chopped
1 1 lb bag of frozen riced cauliflower (or use one head of fresh cauliflower and rice/grate it)
2 eggs, whisked
1 sheet of toasted nori
1-2 tsp. furikake
1-2 tbsp. avocado oil (or flavorless vegetable oil)
2 tbsp. soy sauce
2 tbsp. Swerve brown sugar
2 tbsp. butter
3 cloves garlic, chopped
In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce and Swerve brown sugar, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Set aside.
In a small pan, saute the Spam in the avocado oil. When it starts browning, add half of the soy sauce mixture and cook for a minute or two. Then add most of the green onion, reserving a little for garnish. Cook for a minute or two and then remove from heat and set aside.
In a large pan, saute the chopped garlic in butter for about 30 seconds on medium high heat. Add the frozen or freshly riced cauliflower in butter until done, and until most of the moisture/liquid is gone. Mix in the whisked eggs and stir until well-cooked. Add the Spam and onion mixture to the cauliflower egg mixture, mixing well. At this point, you may want to add more of the soy sauce mixture to your taste preference.
Serve in bowls and top with toasted nori (I fold it up a bunch and cut it into the bowl with scissors), furikake, and remaining green onion. Keu a ka ‘ono!