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What To Serve With Spam Musubi – 9 Delicious Side Dishes

If you’re wondering what to serve with your spam musubi, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I list 9 of the most popular side dishes for spam musubi.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best side dishes to serve with spam musubi are macaroni salad, Hawaiian sweet bread rolls, or pineapple coleslaw. You can also serve a side of wasabi mayo or mango and black bean salsa. For Japanese-themed side options, there’s gomae spinach salad, miso soup, or gochujang glazed onigiri.

Ready? let’s jump right in.

Hawaiian macaroni salad

An easy spam musubi needs an equally no-fuss side dish to go alongside it.

Just like this Hawaiian macaroni salad

The two together will make a delicious lunch. With the sweet-but-salty spam being balanced out by the cold, creamy dressing on the salad.

And you can even make this macaroni salad the day before, so all you need to do at lunchtime is grab it from the fridge.

Spinach salad gomae  

This is one of those small side dishes served in Japanese restaurants that I just can’t get enough of.

I always end up having 2nd and 3rd helpings of it. 

The nutty sauce is so moreish.

And you don’t have to stick to spinach, it works really well with green beans and even broccoli too.

And the best part? This spinach salad gomae only takes 15 minutes to make.

Miso soup

Spam musubi can be quite heavy and filling so a light side dish like miso soup goes wonderfully with it.

Warm and nutritious, this Japanese miso soup is comforting to its core.

It has soft umami flavors which makes it a great pick-me-up during cold or rainy days.

This 10-minute Miso soup is a must-try.

Pineapple coleslaw

Put a Hawaiian spin on the classic coleslaw by adding some pineapple.

Coleslaw is a crunchy and fresh side dish option that’s perfect for a hot summer’s day or a party.

The sweet notes from the pineapple will match up with the teriyaki sauce, while the vinegar in the dress will add some sharpness.

You’ll have to plan ahead with this easy pineapple coleslaw because it tastes best after resting for a few hours.

Mayo wasabi

Spam musubi is the Hawaiian version of sushi, and you can’t have sushi without some wasabi on the side!

Wasabi is definitely an acquired taste and while some people love it, others hate it.

If you’re in the hating camp, wasabi mayo is perfect for you.

The mayo mellows out the wasabi, giving it a more gentle and mild flavor. Perfect for dipping your teriyaki-drenched spam in.

Hawaiian sweet bread rolls

Spam musubi is a great meal that you can easily grab and get on the go.

Hawaiian sweet rolls are like that too, and together they make a great picnic meal.

The rolls are soft, fluffy, and buttery. I like to fill them with some ham and cheese to make sliders. YUM!

Psst… the big secret to making these rolls so addicting is the pineapple juice in the mix.

Gochujang-glazed onigiri

If you want to continue the Asian flair, these gochujang-glazed onigiri are the way to go.

Traditionally, onigiri is filled with tuna mayo, flaked salmon, or pickled plum.

But for these onigiris, Poke The Dough uses a teriyaki spam filling – just like the topping you use for spam musubi. 

The addition of gochujang adds a bit of spice and will help differentiate the two dishes.

Mango and black bean salad

We’ve had Hawaiin and Japanese sides, now it’s time for a Mexican-themed dish.

This salad features simple, tropical ingredients that combine to make a sweet but satisfying side.

Aside from the flavors, you also get a vibrant, colorful side dish that will instantly brighten up any plate.

Who wouldn’t want to dig into this fresh mango and black bean salad?!

Garlic chili spicy edamame

Edamame are so fun to eat and they’re amazing when you’ve left everything to the last minute!

Soy sauced dipped edamame are great, but for a bit of a spicy change why not try some chili-coated edamame. 

And yes, you can use frozen edamame to make these garlic chili edamame.

Get tips on cooking frozen edamame here.

The best side dishes to serve with spam musubi

  • Hawaiian macaroni salad
  • Spinach salad gomaae
  • Miso soup
  • Pineapple coleslaw
  • Mayo wasabi
  • Hawaiian sweet bread rolls
  • Gochujang-glazed onigiri
  • Mango and black bean salad
  • Garlic chili spicy edamame

What To Serve With Spam Musubi

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your spam musubi.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Hawaiian
Keyword: spam musubi side dishes, what to serve with spam musubi
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 150kcal


  • 1 portion spam musubi


  • Prepare your spam musubi according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: Hawaiian macaroni salad, spinach salad gomaae, miso soup, pineapple coleslaw, mayo wasabi, Hawaiian sweet bread rolls, gochujang-glazed onigiri, mango and black bean salad, and edamame beans.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 150kcal

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