Revisited: Sweet and Sour Spam

Day 17 – We are in a small rural county in Michigan. Even here the Coronavirus has reached us. We are not like other areas with huge numbers of people infected (well at least identified as infected) or dying from it. But, we are not as immune as we think we are. We live near a main street and the traffic has abated some but not as much as I thought it would have by now. Our little county with about 150,000 people has 22 people that have tested positive. If you don’t know someone now who has it or has had it you will.

When we were at the store the other day I noticed that ALL the canned meats were gone. Tuna, chicken, Vienna sausages, and even Spam were out. I had a hard time finding two cans to make this recipe. I first made this several years ago when I found two cans of Spam hanging around my pantry that I didn’t even remember buying. I figured with everyone buying all the Spam now would be a good time to revisit this recipe.


This is super simple to make and is ready in about 30 minutes. It has a nice flavor and my whole family was actually surprised at how much they liked it. The Spam texture is soft so if you would like it a bit more firm I suggest frying it a bit first in a bit of butter to get a better texture. But, made just as the recipe calls for it is fine too.

Serve this with a green salad and a green vegetable and your meal is ready.

Sweet and Sour Spam

  • Servings: 6-8 large
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 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
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons+ apple cider vinegar
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 6 tablespoons cold water


  1. Drain pineapple, reserving about 1 cup of juice; set pineapple aside.
  2. In a large bowl,combine the reserved juice, ketchup, soy sauce, vinegar and sugar. Add Spam and chopped peppers to the mixture.
  3. In a large skillet, cook and stir Spam mixture over medium heat for 10-12 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. Taste and adjust spices to liking. Add more vinegar or sugar as needed.
  7. Serve over rice as desired.
  8. HINT:  Start your rice and sauce about the same time and both will be done in about 25 minutes.


One Comment Add yours

  1. Erika says:

    That’s a nice idea to make a sweet and sour dish with spam. You are son inspiring, Marci 😊

    Liked by 1 person

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