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Step aside french fries, SPAM fries are here. Sliced pieces of SPAM battered and fried to golden brown perfection. Grab your favorite dipping sauce and make this delicious finger food treat.

spam can filled with spam fries

Did you know that Hawai’i itself consumes 7 million cans of SPAM each year? Needless to say, we love SPAM here.

Everything from SPAM musubi, fancy it up with SPAM katsu musubi, and even chow fun.

can of spam

Most people fall in two categories: I love SPAM or I don’t like SPAM. If you’re on the latter team, this recipe just may change your mind.

I mean what’s better than breaded and deep fried food?

For this SPAM fries recipe you’ll need

SPAM fries ingredients

spam fries ingredients
  • Cooking oil of choice                   
  • Flour. I use all purpose, but you can use your flour of choice here.
  • Panko. Panko is Japanese style bread crumbs. You can find this in the Asian aisle at many grocery stores. 
  • Eggs. Eggs function as a binder to help the flour and panko stick to the spam.
  • SPAM. Of course you can’t have SPAM fries without SPAM. I like to use the reduce sodium can, but you can use any type of SPAM you’d like.

How to make crispy SPAM fries?

SPAM straight out of the can is soft. The best way to eat SPAM is to make it crispy. You can do this by slicing and frying the SPAM. Adding a layer of breading also adds a layer of crispiness. Use your favorite cooking oil and fry to the doneness that you like.

Can you cook SPAM fries in the air fryer?

You bet. The great thing about the air fryer is the ability to “fry” things without all the excess oil. I use a 6 quart air fryer https://amzn.to/3oMIzG9 which works well to feed my family of 4.

hand dipping spam fry into ketchup

How long should you fry SPAM?

Frying SPAM only takes a few minutes on each side to get it crispy. The longer you fry the SPAM the more crispy it will get.

How to store?

SPAM fries are best eaten fresh. If you happen to have leftovers you can store in the fries in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This will keep for 4-5 days.

Can you freeze SPAM fries?

Another great thing about this recipe is the ability to freeze it. You can opt to batter SPAM fries and store in the freezer until ready to eat. Or you can par fry and then store. Fries should be placed in an airtight container or  zip top bag. This will keep for 3-6 months.

can of spam filled with spam fries on a plate

How to reheat?

The best way to reheat SPAM fries is to shallow fry in your cooking oil of choice, air fry, or bake. Using a microwave will reheat, however you will lose the crispiness.

Other great appetizers to try

How to make SPAM fries?

  1. Heat 2-3 tablespoons of the cooking oil of your choice over medium high heat and heat to 350F. Ensure you have enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan.
  2. While the oil is heating up you can prep the SPAM.
  3. You’ll need 3 plates for your breading station. To one plate add flour, to another add eggs, and to the last plate add panko.
  4. For the breading: Dip the SPAM in the flour mixture and ensure all sides are coated. Then dip in eggs, again ensuring it is completely coated. And lastly, dip in the panko.
  5. Place the SPAM in the oil and fry for 3-5 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  6. Remove and place on a napkin to drain excess oil.
  7. Serve with dipping sauce of choice.
spam can filled with spam fries

SPAM Fries

Relle
Step aside french fries, SPAM fries are here. Sliced pieces of SPAM battered and fried to golden brown perfection. Grab your favorite dipping sauce and make this delicious finger food treat.
4.78 from 9 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizers
Cuisine Local
Servings 12 ounces
Calories 354 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • Cooking oil of choice
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup panko
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can 12 ounce SPAM

Instructions
 

  • Heat 2-3 tablespoons of the cooking oil of your choice over medium high heat and heat to 350F. Ensure you have enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan.
  • While the oil is heating up you can prep the SPAM.
  • You’ll need 3 plates for your breading station. To one plate add flour, to another add eggs, and to the last plate add panko.
  • For the breading: Dip the SPAM in the flour mixture and ensure all sides are coated. Then dip in eggs, again ensuring it is completely coated. And lastly, dip in the panko.
  • Place the SPAM in the oil and fry for 3-5 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  • Remove and place on a napkin to drain excess oil.
  • Serve with dipping sauce of choice.

Notes

*Use any oil suitable for frying.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 354kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 13gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 269mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2g
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By on October 10th, 2021

About Relle

Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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6 thoughts on “SPAM Fries”

  1. This is the wayI like it the best. I was born and raised in Indonesia, where i got it from an American sailor. It was the best meat I ever tasted after eating dog, cat, eel and birds (There was so much hunger on this island during WW-2 and it was like heaven’s send!) I just love SPAM! Thanks for the recipe! It really taste a lot better your way!!!!!

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