Sous Vide Spam Musubi
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Ingredients for 4
3/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 (12-ounce) can regular or low-sodium Spam, cut horizontally into 8 to 10 slices
6 cups freshly cooked sushi rice
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs, beaten
Canola or vegetable oil for frying
6 sheets toasted nori (seaweed) wrappers, sliced in half
Set the Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker to 140ºF (60ºC).
In a small saucepan, sir together soy sauce and sugar. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Continue to simmer until the mixture reduces slightly and becomes syrupy, about 5 minutes.
Generously brush each slice of Spam with the soy sauce-sugar mixture. Reserve leftover sauce.
Place the spam in a large zipper lock or vacuum seal bag. Seal the bag using the water immersion technique or a vacuum sealer on the moist setting. Place in the water bath and set the timer for 45 minutes.
About 5 minutes before the timer goes off, prepare the ingredients for dredging: Place 1/4 cup of the flour in a shallow bowl. Place the beaten eggs in a second shallow bowl. Place the remaining 1/4 cup flour in a third shallow bowl.
When the timer goes off, remove the bag from the water bath. Remove the Spam from the bag and pat them very dry with paper towels.
Heat about 1 tablespoon canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat. While the oil heats, dip each Spam slice first in flour, then egg, then in flour again. When the oil is shimmering, add about half of the Spam slices. Cook, undisturbed, until golden brown on each side, 2 to 4 minutes total. Transfer to a plate and repeat with remaining Spam. Add more oil to the skillet as needed.
To prepare musubi, place 1 nori sheet on a dry cutting board. Place a musubi mold on top of nori. Add about 1/4 cup of cooked rice. Press it down with the top of the mold. Next, dip one piece of seared Spam into remaining soy sauce-sugar mixture. Place Spam on top of the bottom layer of rice. Add another ¼ cup of rice, and press down with the top of the mold.
Carefully remove the mold, and roll the nori around the Spam Musubi, creating a neat little package. Repeat with remaining nori, rice, and Spam. Serve with remaining soy sauce-sugar mixture.