Jamaican Jerk Spam


Never let it be said that we’re food snobs. We occasionally slip a can of Spam in between the foie gras and black truffles. When we do, you can be sure there’s more to it than just eating it right out of the can.

Our favorite Spam recipe by far involves thin slices of spam coated in a crispy panko crust, but sometimes we’re in the mood for something more exotic. This easy and surprisingly tasty dish starring the flavors of Jamaican jerk spices is one of our more recent successes.

This recipe is perfect for a quick midweek meal. It features a store bought Jamaican jerk sauce (any brand will do) and a few stir-fried veggies studded with pineapple chunks similar to those found in a Chinese sweet & sour dish.

Sure, you can substitute ham or turkey chunks for the Spam if you insist (or better yet, big, plump shrimp), but trust me on this one, try it with Spam. This is pretty darned good. And if one of you enters this into a Spam recipe contest, let me know when you win first prize.

Jamaican Jerk Spam

1 medium sweet potato, peeled
1 can Spam (the “lite” version)
1 medium sweet onion
1 can pineapple chunks, drained
6 green onions
½ cup bottled Jamaican jerk seasoning
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Plain white rice

Cut the sweet potato, Spam and onions into 1 inch pieces.

Heat the oil in non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Pan fry the sweet potatoes until cooked through and the edges are lightly browned.

Add the Spam pieces and continue frying until slightly browned on a few sides.

Add the white onion pieces and stir fry until slightly cooked through, but still crisp-tender.

Add the pineapple chunks and the Jamaican jerk sauce, stir well to coat everything with the sauce. Heat through then add the green onions. Remove from heat and serve with plain cooked white rice.

Serves 4

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    • joshsuds
    • May 10th, 2013

    That looks great!

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