For decades, Spam has been a beloved pantry staple in many households around the world. Whether you’re a long-time Spam enthusiast or a newcomer curious to explore its culinary potential. In this article, I will instruct you on how to cook spam in 3 different ways

1. How To Cook Spam in Pan


  • 1 can of Spam (any variety you prefer)
  • Cooking oil or butter
  • Optional: seasoning or sauce of your choice


Open the can of Spam and slide the entire block out. You can slice the Spam into 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick slices. You can also cut it into cubes or any other shape you prefer.

Place a non-stick skillet or frying pan over medium heat. Add a small amount of cooking oil or butter to the pan. Allow it to heat up.

Once the oil is hot, carefully add the Spam slices to the pan. Make sure they are not overcrowded to allow even cooking.

Let the Spam slices cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side or until they develop a nice golden-brown crust. Use tongs to flip the slices gently.

Once the Spam is cooked to your desired level of crispiness, use tongs to carefully remove the slices from the pan and place them on a plate lined with paper towels.

Serve your pan-fried Spam slices as a main dish, sandwich filling, or side. They can be enjoyed on their own or with accompaniments like rice, vegetables, or eggs.

2. How To Cook Spam in Oven


  • 1 can of Spam (12 oz), sliced into 1/4-inch thick pieces
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard


Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

In a small bowl, mix together the maple syrup or honey and Dijon mustard to create a glaze.

Place the Spam slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

Brush the glaze over each slice, ensuring they are evenly coated on both sides.

Bake the Spam in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, or until the edges turn crispy and caramelized.

Oven-baked Spam can be enjoyed as a delectable appetizer or a flavorful addition to your lunch or dinner spread. You can serve it with steamed vegetables and rice for a complete meal or use it as a topping for homemade pizzas.

3. How To Cook Spam in Air-Fryer


  • 1 can of Spam (12 oz), sliced into 1/4-inch thick pieces
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Optional: Sriracha or hot sauce for added spice


Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C).

In a bowl, combine the soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic powder, and onion powder to create a marinade.

Add the Spam slices to the marinade and toss them gently until they are coated evenly. Let them marinate for about 10 minutes.

Place the marinated Spam slices in the air fryer basket in a single layer, making sure they don’t overlap.

Air fry the Spam for 8-10 minutes, flipping the slices halfway through the cooking time for even crispiness.

If you like some heat, drizzle Sriracha or your preferred hot sauce over the air-fried Spam before serving.

Air-fried Spam can be savored as a delectable snack or a fun appetizer at parties. Pair it with your favorite dipping sauce or include it in a Hawaiian-inspired poke bowl for a delightful fusion dish.

Spam’s distinct flavor and ease of preparation make it a go-to ingredient for quick and delicious meals that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. So, next time you reach for that can of Spam in your pantry, unleash your creativity and savor the tasty results of this timeless and beloved canned meat

Ella Hopkins

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