Spam "Macsubi" - Mac and Cheese Musubi

Spam “Macsubi” – Mac and Cheese Musubi

I was resharing my classic mac and cheese “sushi roll” the other day, and thought to myself, what else could I do with this idea of mac and cheese in place of a sticky rice. I came up with this play on spam musubi because spam is one of my favorite foods and I am always trying to think of something new and fun to do with it. I think this recipe achieved everything I was looking for!

The mac and cheese stuck together so well, and provided a great bed for the glazed spam to lay on top of. I added lots of chili paste and togarachi, cause I wanted it to be nice and spicy too! Furikake would be more traditional in this recipe, but I didn’t have any on hand, also this recipe is anything but traditional so I figured I would embrace the chaos.

I used Goodles Cheddy Mac for this cause I love it and have a lot of it in my cabinet! Pour the mac into a 5×7 baking dish and allow to cool fully in the fridge. (full disclosure – I have a professional relationship with Goodles, but this post is not sponsored)

Slice that spam up nice!

Use a peice of parchment paper as a guide. Measure the spam with it, then use it to cut the solidified mac and cheese.

Spam has browned on both sides, then gets tossed in with a spicy sweet sauce.

Wrap the mac and cheese and spam nice and tight with a toasted sheet of nori.

Everything I could ever want in each bite!

The sauce is so good on the spam and it drips down nicely into the mac and cheese and forms a great flavor combo!

And they held together really well too! By the end of course they were crumbling a bit but messy is delicious.

Spam “Macsubi” – Mac and Cheese Musubi

A twist on spam musubi that uses mac and cheese instead of rice
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
resting time4 hrs
Servings: 3 pieces


  • 1 box mac and cheese prepared according to package
  • 1/2 can spam
  • 1 sheet nori
  • togarashi


  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chili paste
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  • Make the mac and cheese and then pour it into a parchment lined 5×7 baking dish. Cover with more parchment, pressing down to compact the mac. Cool in the fridge for 3 hours. Flip the mac and cheese out so it is upside down on a piece of parchment that used to be on top. Remove the parchment form the top and return to the fridge for 1 more hour.
  • Slice the spam 1/2 inch thick and add it to a frying pan. Sear on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. There is extra spam but it's really good so that's fine.
  • Meanwhile, make the sauce by mixing together the sauce ingredients. Pour this sauce over the spam and stir to coat. Allow to simmer with the spam, flipping occasionally, until the sauce it thick and starting to caramelize. Remove from heat.
  • Use parchment paper to trace the shape of the spam, then cut out 3 pieces of mac and cheese the same size. Be careful as you cut to get clean lines and not have the mac and cheese falling apart. Sprinkle some togarashi over the mac and cheese.
  • Toast the nori over a burner that is turned on high (electric will work too!) just for a second or two.
  • Slice the nori into 3 strips. Place a slice of spam on each mac and cheese piece. Wrap the nori around the "macsubi" and seal at the bottom with a dab of water. Serve

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