Fried Spam

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Fried Spam on plate with breadI grew up on a farm way out in the country. When my husband and I were dating, he told his friends that I lived in Plum Nelly, plum out of the country and nelly out of the world. Our family didn't have a lot, but we did eat well. Most of our food was grown on the farm. For meat, we had cows, pigs and chickens, plus bass and crappie we caught while fishing in the pond and occasionally we even went frog gigging. Frog legs were a real treat.


After finishing school, I got my first full time job and moved from home to the big city of Raleigh, NC and shared an apartment with one of my classmates. I was like a fish out of water. It was a big change of life for me and I had a lot to learn. The two of us had to live on a tight budget.

My roommate introduced me to Spam, which I had never heard of. I found it to be quite tasty. Spam is not what I would call a health food, however we do enjoy having it once in a while. When battered and fried crispy, it is delicious.



* I get the lite as it has less fat, calories and sodium.
** I have to use gluten free Bisquick or gluten free flour.


  1. Open the can and take a knife and go around the edge to loosen the spam. Dump it out on a plate.
  2. Spam out of can on plate

  3. Slice spam into 8 or 9 slices.
  4. Coat each slice with flour.
  5. Fry in a little hot Crisco, 360 F, uncovered until well browned on each side.
  6. floured Spam slices in pan
  7. To keep the grease from spattering, I cover the pan with a splatter screen.
  8. Fried Spam
  9. Remove and place on paper towels to drain.
  10. Fried Spam on paper towel
  11. Enjoy!

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November 10, 20181 found this helpful

I've been frog gigging, too. Some people say frog legs taste like chicken. I think maybe that's because they're fried like chicken. I didn't find much of a taste at all. Maybe just a whisper of chicken.


Did you ever have them jump around in the pan while you were frying them? They do, you know. Well, actually, 'twitch' would be a better word.

My cow girl aunt used to talk about Plum Nelly. She said there's one thing about it; 'When you're there, you're there'. I knew exactly what she meant, but could never explain it to anyone else.

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November 6, 20191 found this helpful

Our go to dinner when first married and my husband was in college was Spam, coated with mustard and dipped in corn flake crumbs and baked. We had many a meal with it and thought it was great.

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November 3, 20200 found this helpful

I missed this when it was posted in 2018 and your Spam sounds enjoyable.
I believe a lot of people just place a 'dislike' in front of some foods and have no knowledge as to why, except for rumors they have heard or comments that others have made (that most likely had never eaten either).


I'm not saying that all of these foods really taste good but usually the taste difference is from some expectation before they even tasted it. Many children are never fed some kinds of foods due to the 'dislike' of the parents so they just naturally think it must taste bad.
How many people would even think of trying foods like this:
Powdered eggs or Dehydrated milk (powdered milk)?
Some may use powdered milk in recipes but few will actually make a milk substitute and drink it on a daily basis.
With my young family of six I had to devise ways of stretching every dollar and we generally had half and half - half regular milk (no low fat then) and half powdered milk. Complaints were never spoken to me (maybe to each other?) but they drank lots of milk and still love milk today.
How many have even heard of powdered eggs? Yet when my children were young it was available and I often added it to other food hoping to improve the 'healthiness' of sometimes slim pickings.

Spam is a favorite food of South Korea and has been since the Army introduced it during the Korean war.
Believe it or not it is big business in the US.

Just commenting that sometimes cooking a 'new' food can be improved by the way you cook it and - also present it.
I like your recipe and hope others will try it.

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November 3, 20200 found this helpful

Now you got me wanting to cook some Spam. I have a can in the pantry.

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