Sweet and Sour Spam


Sweet and Sour Spam. Wait, what? Yes, you read that right. Sweet and Sour Spam.

This is one of those foods that most people have some sort of love/hate relationship with. It may stir up bad memories of childhood dinners or good memories of grandma frying a slice for breakfast. Wherever you fall on the Spam spectrum this was a dish I had to try.

I don’t even remember buying Spam but when cleaning out my pantry there it was. I have a vague recollection of one of my children saying they wanted to try it and me picking up the cans but I don’t even remember when that was. As we are nearing the end of the month we use everything we can find so Spam for dinner it was!

Verdict:

My family actually really liked this dish. The Spam was not overpowering in saltiness or flavor which is what I was worried about. My son thought the texture of the Spam was a bit off in that he wanted something a bit harder to chew like chicken or shrimp (which can be substituted in this dish very easily).

I served this with a raw veggie plate to complete the meal.

Sweet and Sour Spam

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Time: 25-30 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice, cooked according to package instructions
  • 2 cans Spam, sliced and diced into bite size pieces
  • 1 (20 oz) can on pineapple in juice, tidbits or chunks are best
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 6 teaspoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 6 tablespoons cold water

Directions:

  1. Drain pineapple, reserving about 1 cup of juice; set pineapple aside.
  2. In a large bowl,combine the reserved juice, ketchup, soy sauce and sugar. Add Spam and chopped peppers.
  3. In a large skillet, cook and stir Spam mixture over medium heat for 5-7 minutes or until peppers are fork tender.
  4. Combine cornstarch and water in a small bowl.  Stir mixture until smooth.  Add cornstarch mix to the  skillet.
  5. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2-5 minutes or until mixture thickens.
  6. Stir in pineapple and heat through.
  7. Serve over rice if desired.
  8. HINT:  Start your rice and sauce about the same time and both will be done in about 25 minutes.

12 Comments Add yours

  1. I love spam, but have only eaten it on bread with a little mustard, or fried with eggs for breakfast. Thanks for a cool idea to liven it up.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      You are most welcome! Hope you like it!

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  2. Jessica says:

    Wow! I’m impressed that Spam is so versatile. My husband loves Spam.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! It was surely a leap of faith to make this. 😉

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      1. Jessica says:

        Ha ha. I bet so!

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  3. RobbyeFaye says:

    I have only eaten it battered in cornmeal or flour, then fried.This sounds good. This is a great recipe for those months that have more days than money!! Thanks for posting the recipe.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thanks. It was a leap of faith wondering how it was going to taste.

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      1. RobbyeFaye says:

        I can imagine. I don’t know that I would have been that adventurous. However, I do like to try new foods.

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  4. Reblogged this on mamabatesmotel.

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  5. When I was 12 (a thousand years ago) I tried to elevate spam to my Ohio family. I made Spam Wellington, Glazed Spam, Spam Tettrazini, Spam Kiev (Awful), Spam Oscar etc. I wish I had thought of your rendition. The family verdict? Fried Spam and Eggs for breakfast was the Bomb!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Spam Kiev, hmmm. Sounds like a challenge. Lol.

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  6. daisymae2017 says:

    Never had Spam so I can’t say I hate it or love it.

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