Early in our relationship, my partner discovered that I had never eaten Spam and noticed I would crinkle my nose in disgust at the mere mention of it. It really struck the wrong chord with him; his childhood pretty much revolved around the canned “meat” and the thought of living without it was visibly unsettling to him.
Spam wasn’t even allowed in my house growing up. We all rejoined in horror during our family trip to Hawaii as we encountered the ingredient on numerous menus. When hubs challenged me to finally try it, I half-heartedly agreed with zero expectation of a decent outcome. I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor and quickly realized I had been missing out! This was the ultimate case of “don’t knock it until you try it”.
It feels a bit awkward to publicly confess that I like it now… but here I am, Spam recipe in hand. Spam is low in carbs, but high in the protein and fat department like most other meats; pretty ideal macros for a keto diet.
But! Knowing Spam is a bit of a Frankenfood, I was a little nervous to scope out the ingredients list. There are small amounts of potato starch and sugar hiding at the tail end of the list, so while it is definitely low carb it is not technically keto-friendly. This recipe falls into IIFYM (if it fits your macros) territory. If you are a keto dieter that is exclusively concerned about macronutrient values without concern over “clean” ingredients or trace sugars and starches, this recipe is for you.
If you are a bit of a purist, you probably stopped reading as soon as you saw the word “Spam”. I totally understand.
It’s become my semi-embarrassing guilty pleasure. I actually went through a period of time where I was buying this crap in bulk from Costco. I think I love Spam, you guys. There I said it. Please revoke my foodie card.
This recipe is born out of a desire to develop a low carb version of Spam musubi and reconcile the years that I neglected to acknowledge Spam as a viable culinary option. Spam musubi is a wildly popular snack in Hawaii – they can literally be found in every shop and convenience store across the islands – and they are as tasty as can be. The Spam sits atop a compact patty of sticky rice and is neatly wrapped in nori. Think: Spam sushi.
Since my first and only trip to Hawaii was spent avoiding Spam at all costs, I hadn’t actually tried them until a Hawaiian restaurant opened down the street from my work. When I saw that my coworker had ordered a couple Spam musubis with his kalua pork, I took the opportunity to try one for myself and the rest is history. So damn good! I returned week after week to order more of these delectable treats and repeatedly kicked myself for being such a Spam-hating tourist while in Hawaii.
I had wanted to make a keto spam musubi using cauliflower rice for some time, but couldn’t quite master the sticky rice. Everything I tried mixing in was either too wet, threw the taste off, or didn’t help hold the shape well. I was ready to give up, when Alison at butterisnotacarb posted a recipe for keto sushi with cauliflower sticky rice that looked super promising. Once I tried making it for myself (seriously delicious!), I just knew it was the solution I had been searching for and would adapt perfectly to my keto Spam sushi! I tested the recipe and they turned out so wonderful, I felt obligated to share with the world despite my weird Spam-shame. If you are a Spam lover on keto, EAT THIS NOW. If you are apprehensive about Spam… try it, you just might be a convert like me!
|Ingredient||Total Carbs (g)||Fiber (g)||Sugar (g)||Net Carbs (g)||Protein (g)||Fat (g)||Calories|
|Head of Cauliflower (588g)||29||12||11||17||11||1.6||146|
|Cream Cheese (29g)||1.2||0||1||1.2||1.8||10||98|
|Soy Sauce (16g)||0.8||0.1||0.1||0.7||1.3||0.1||9|
|Nori (3 sheets - 7.8g)||0.39||0.03||0.03||0.36||0.45||0.03||2.7|
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