The preserved, polarizing pork product is perfectly fine in the microwave!
With proper precaution, you’ll be on your way to a taste of the trademark-canned good of the last 100 years.
View our steps and suggestions below on how to heat Spam safely.
What You’ll Need:
- Spam: Usually found wherever you pick up your canned goods!
Microwave Safe Dish(es):
By nature, Spam comes in a can/tin container. This is definitely not suitable for microwaving. It must be removed first!
- Ceramics/glass dishes are safe!
- Designated plastics are safe for reheating, not for long-term cooking!
- Check out our review of the best microwave-safe plates!
Can Opener (Possibly): Though this may vary, some cans of Spam may need to be opened using a manual can opener or an electric one. Many containers of Spam have hand-held tabs on top, in which case an opener won’t be required. If you do have to use an opener, use caution! Metal edges will be sharp.
How to Prep:
After buying a can or two, here’s what to do:
- Remove Spam from the container
- Make sure any moisture is drained; if you refrigerated your Spam, then condensation may occur.
- Place Spam on or in a microwave-safe plate as described above.
Suggestions: To get a faster or more even heating, you may want to prep your Spam accordingly before using it!
- Slice Spam thinly for use in a variety of dishes, such as sandwiches or with a breakfast!
- Finely dice or chop Spam to use in place of meat-ground in many dishes!
Cooking and Heating: Note that “cooking” is essentially preparing and adding flavor, as Spam is already cured upon canning. It is safe to eat as-is without microwaving.
Cook time will vary with the wattage of your microwave and how your Spam has been prepared.
To warm properly: We suggest starting with 30 seconds, then testing carefully with a utensil.
Additional cook time should not exceed but may take up to 1 minute, especially if Spam was previously refrigerated.
For additional doneness and a well-known browned, sweeter crust, try tossing the preheated Spam into a skillet for a light sear or fry!
It may not be fancy, but it’s tried and true. Spam is simple, and we hope our tips for microwaving it have helped you!