Thursday, 14 May 2020

Recipe: Tofu & Spam Fritters with Egg Fried Rice

Tofu & Spam Fritters with Egg Fried Rice

Tofu & Spam Fritters with Egg Fried Rice

So this is two recipes I saw on Youtube combined to make a lovely meal. And I know you're thinking "Spam?!" - but trust me, this is delicious and really easy and it's the tofu that makes it so easy and the spam that makes it delicious. My husband hates tofu, but really loves this. Original fritter recipe is here on a wonderful site called Aaron & Claire's Korea and their Youtube channel is fab. This is one of the channels where I saw the steamed egg recipe too.

The spam provides a wonderful flavour which permeates the tofu, and the tofu provides a fabulous second texture, nutritious content and means the spam is not fatty or too salty. A great balance. I mean you could probably use some comfit pork belly if you want to go posh for a dinner party, but for a week night, spam is good ๐Ÿ˜„.

Makes 4 fritters & enough rice for 2


  • 1/2 block tofu (I used Cauldron Organic Tofu because that's what Morrisons had)
  • 1/3 of 200g can of Spam 
  • 1/2 cup plain flour (ish)
  • 1 egg
  • 50g panko bread crumbs (ish)
  • black pepper to season
  • oil for frying
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 spring onions (green onions/scallions) chopped 
  • salt and pepper to season
Tofu & Spam Fritters with Egg Fried Rice
Tofu & Spam Fritters with Egg Fried Rice


  1. Cook the rice per instructions on the packet and cool down with cold water.
  2. Cut 4 slices from the tofu about 1cm deep, then cut these in half. Season with black pepper (we don't need salt because there is plenty in the spam).
  3. Place the blocks on kitchen paper to soak up excess moisture.
  4. Cut 2 slices from the spam and cut each in half to the same size as the tofu. I was lucky, mine matched almost exactly, but trim to fit if they don't. The idea is to make a cube (ish).
  5. Dust one side of a block of tofu in flour and press onto the spam. Do the same on the other side so we have a spam sandwich with the tofu as the bread. Repeat for all 4 fritters. Then leave for a minute or so - the flour will bind and stick them all together.
  6. Beat the egg in a shallow bowl, and put the flour on one plate and the bread crumbs on another.
  7. Cover the tofu/spam tower in flour.
  8. Dip in the egg with right hand.
  9. Drop in the bread crumbs with right hand and use left to pat on the bread crumbs on all sides, turning with left hand. Using separate hands for wet and dry dipping will prevent our fingers becoming caked as well. Repeat for all fritters and leave to stand for 10 mins or so to set up.
  10. Preheat the oven to about 120C (~250F)
  11. Take a frying pan and put in about 1,5 cm of oil - heat until a little piece of bread sizzles.
  12. Place the fritters in the oil carefully and fry until the breadcrumbs go golden on the bottom.
  13. Turn over and repeat for the top.
  14. Then turn fritters onto their sides and repeat for each face. The easiest way to do this is use tongs and always turn all the fritters the same way so that there is no confusion.
  15. Pop the fritters in the oven to keep warm.
  16. Take the cold rice and mix through the egg yolks.
  17. In a pan, add a tbsp of oil and heat.
  18. Add the chopped spring onion and fry for a few moments.
  19. Add the rice and egg to the pan and stir fry until piping hot. (You can add other things to the rice if you like, like soy sauce or other veggies, but it is really nice as is).
  20. Serve with the fritters and sweet chilli dipping sauce, or dipping sauce of choice. Would be yummy with some stir fried broccoli on the side too.

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