Spam is a convenient canned food that anyone loves. You can prepare it for any meal or make it into a tasty breakfast addition. One of the simplest dishes is fried spam.
So, how to cook fried spam properly? It’s very simple; just follow the steps below:
- Heat the oil in a skillet or frying pan.
- Cut the spam into matchsticks.
- Place the slices in hot oil and fry them until golden brown.
- Serve the spam fries.
To go deeper into the detailed instructions on how to cook spam, read the article below by Battersby Restaurant!
How To Fry Spam: Step-by-step Guide
Frying spam is quite an easy cooking food method and does not take too much time to prepare. Even so, if you follow our instructions, the results you get will be much more delicious and unique.
If you need a visual tutorial on how to deal with spam, check out the video.
Heat the oil
The first step is to heat the oil to medium heat. You will need about 4 inches of oil to fry the spam. We recommend choosing healthy oils such as coconut oil, peanut oil, or avocado oil.
In case you want to cut down on fat or are on a diet, you can completely fry spam without using cooking oil.
Use a cast iron pan for frying because this type of pan retains heat very well. Heat the oil until the temperature reaches 350°F.
Cut or slice the spam
Slice the spam into matchsticks
The next step is to cut or slice the large piece of spam into bite-sized pieces. You are completely free to choose the size and shape of spam as you want. However, we suggest you cut them into thick matchsticks like potato chips.
With a 12-ounce box of SPAM, you can cut it into six large pieces. For each large piece, cut into four matchstick-thick sticks.
If you’re going to grill spam, cut the pieces as big as possible. You can even keep the shape and start cutting after the baking is done to retain the water. Large spam slices are also great for fast foods like hamburgers.
Fry the spam matchsticks
Fry the spam matchsticks
After the oil has reached the ideal temperature and you have also finished cutting spam, we come to the most important step. Break the slices of spam you just cut into small pieces and drop them slowly into the hot oil pan. You can add one clove of minced garlic for more flavor.
Deep-fry in a skillet over medium-high heat oil for 3 minutes until spam turns golden brown with an eye-catching coating. You should stir them often in medium heat to burn spam when frying.
After frying, remove the spam fries to a plate lined with greaseproof paper. This step will help remove the oil on the spam to help it become drier and more crispy.
Serve the spam fries
Serve the spam fries with sriracha mayo sauce
Depending on your preference, you can add a little bagel seasoning or whatever flavor you feel is appropriate. We recommend serving this fried spam dish with a mix of mayonnaise and a little chili sauce or mustard.
The rich flavor of the mayo goes well with sliced spam. To reduce the fat of the dish, we need the spiciness of chili sauce or mustard. This fried spam dish is very suitable for a snack while watching a movie or chatting with friends.
How To Store Spam
SPAM (as known as Special Processed American Meat) is a globally popular canned food. Many people consider it to be the best spiced cold cuts they have ever eaten. This dish became famous during World War II and gradually built its status in the Uk, and then the whole world.
Since spam is related to the canning process, preserving them is extremely simple. You can keep spam cans on shelves or in cabinets. With the spam box opened, keep it in the refrigerator.
Don’t forget to check the expiry date on the SPAM website before processing and enjoy spam. After opening the can, you can use the spam within three to five days. You also need to preserve foods that contain cooked spam.
The Taste Of Spam
Spam tastes fine. It often reminds many people of their childhood memories. The flavor is very powerful and unforgettable.
The main ingredients are spam including pork, with ham, sugar, water, modified potato starch, sodium nitrite, and quite a lot of salt. Potato flour acts as a binder while sodium nitrite is a familiar food preservative.
Because of the presence of chemical ingredients, many people raise concerns about the nutritional level of spam. The fat content in a can of spam is often a lot higher than the norm, but that is what makes the spam taste good.
We can’t help but mention salt. Spam usually tastes very salty.
The main reason for this taste is because spam is a portion of canned food and requires a lot of substance to preserve meat for long shelf life. Salt will prevent the growth of pathogenic bacteria.
The idea of using salt has been around for a long time. Sailors often process salty luncheon meat for long-term storage when traveling at sea.
To make the dish less salty, prepare spam with side dishes. One of the most popular dishes is spam fried rice with soy sauce.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you still have any spam-related questions, find the answers in this section.
Spam with salad is a perfect combination
Can you eat spam without cooking?
Canned meat foods are often pre-cooked, and spam is no exception. You can fully eat straight spam right out of the can. It requires minimal preparation prior.
There are many flexible formulas involved in the use of canned spam. One of the most popular ways to eat it is with hamburgers, sandwiches, or pasta dishes. These recipes are extremely time-saver, so you can prepare them like breakfast.
Another way to eat spam without processing is to use it with salad. The freshness and frugalness of vegetables combined with spam will help you not feel bored even though you eat a lot.
Can you air fry your spam?
You can absolutely use the air fryer to cook spam. Follow the steps below:
- Preheat the air fryer.
- Prepare the spam (you can cut it into smaller slices).
- Set the temperature to 400°F and set the time to 4 minutes. Then flip them over.
- If you want more crunch, order another 5-6 minutes. You can also do this with thick slices of spam.
Can you boil spam?
You can completely boil spam. Its taste is still very good. The spam also doesn’t fall apart during the process.
How long to cook spam?
Usually, you only need from 45 seconds to 1 minute to heat spam in the microwave. Very quick.
If you want to fry spam, fry it for 4-5 minutes. One note is that you need to let the oil boil to the ideal temperature before frying. This will keep the water and crispy outside.
Spam is a time saver and delicious treat for all ages and in any situation. It is that convenience that has made spam popular and increasingly loved everywhere.
Hopefully, our spam frying recipe will help you have a new cooking method. Don’t forget to follow Battersby for more interesting and useful recipes.
Thank you for reading!