Spam Hash

published May 10, 2023
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Spam Hash Recipe

A hearty and homey one-skillet dish chock full of cubed Spam, red potatoes, and scrambled eggs.

Serves4 to 6

Prep10 minutes

Cook25 minutes

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A serving bowl filled with scrambled eggs, chunks of potato, and chunks of spam on a cream textured surface. A pile of pandesal bread is next to it on a small plate
Credit: Photo: Vicky Wasik; Food Styling: Kristina Razon

When I was a kid, my mom was constantly on the move, whether it was hustling to her overnight shifts at the hospital as a nurse, taking my sister and me to our ballet lessons, or helping my grandmother around the house. And she always made sure we were well-fed. My dad, younger sister, and I had three full meals every day with multiple snacks in between. 

Dinner was the most generous meal of the day. Food was served family-style (which is customary in Filipino culture) and everyone helped themselves to steaming hot bowls of chicken adobo, platters of slippery noodles known as pancit, fried lumpia shanghai (egg rolls), and plenty of white rice. Any empty space on the table was taken up by small bowls of cane vinegar, fish sauce, and bagoong (fermented shrimp paste) — collectively known as sawsawan — which are used to season the food to one’s individual taste. Now that I have two young kids of my own, I’m both flabbergasted by and extremely grateful for the fact that my mom was able to create such feasts for us every single night! 

Even though dinner was always fantastic, I looked forward to our big weekend breakfast the most. Whether it was Saturday or Sunday, my mom pulled out all the stops. There would be white rice, garlic fried rice, two platters of eggs (one scrambled and one fried), corned beef hash, toasted and buttered pandesal (a popular Filipino bread), longanisa (Filipino pork sausage) or tocino (sweet cured pork), and Spam hash — the crowning jewel — which was, and continues to be, my favorite dish of the bunch. 

Credit: Photo: Vicky Wasik; Food Styling: Kristina Razon

Tender cubes of Spam and potatoes coated in scrambled eggs might not sound like much, but in our house, it was a big deal. On those mornings, it was all my sister and I would eat. We’d stuff it into a warm pandesal or drizzle it with ketchup and eat it straight-up. Then later that day, my mom would sandwich leftovers between two slices of Wonder bread and call it lunch — I loved it so much. Now, years later, when I bring my family to visit my parents, my mom just knows to make Spam hash for us (it’s my husband’s favorite, too). 

Making spam hash is easy, and it comes together in one skillet (which is a dream come true for most moms — myself included). All you need is a can of Spam, two red potatoes, five eggs, some vegetable oil, and a bit of ground black pepper. Dice the spam and peeled potatoes into small cubes and whisk the eggs with black pepper in a bowl. You’ll cook up the Spam first, then the potatoes, combine the two together in the skillet, and pour the eggs over the top. Stir until the eggs are just cooked then pile it into a large bowl. I could eat the whole thing all by myself, but I’m nice enough to leave some behind for my family to enjoy as well. 

If You’re Making Spam Hash, a Few Tips

  • Dice the Spam and potatoes into evenly sized cubes. It’s important to cut the Spam and potatoes into the same size, as it ensures they cook evenly. It also helps the hash look more homogenous in appearance.   
  • Whisk the eggs really well. Whisking the eggs vigorously until they’re completely combined reduces the chance of any stray bits of egg whites. 

Spam Hash Recipe

A hearty and homey one-skillet dish chock full of cubed Spam, red potatoes, and scrambled eggs.

Prep time 10 minutes

Cook time 25 minutes

Serves 4 to 6

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1 (12-ounce) can

    Spam luncheon meat

  • 2

    medium red potatoes (about 1 pound total)

  • 5

    large eggs

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons

    vegetable oil, divided

Serving options:

  • Kewpie mayonnaise

  • Ketchup

  • Homemade or store-bought pandesal or sliced bread, toasted or untoasted

Instructions

  1. Cut 1 (12-ounce) can Spam into small dice. Peel 2 medium red potatoes and cut into small dice. Crack 5 large eggs into a medium bowl and season with freshly ground black pepper. Whisk vigorously until the whites and yolks are completely combined.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add the Spam and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl.

  3. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon vegetable oil to the skillet and heat until shimmering. Add the potatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and lightly browned, 10 to 15 minutes (reduce the heat as needed if the potatoes are browning too quickly).

  4. Return the Spam to the skillet and stir to combine. Pour the eggs evenly over the top of the Spam-potato mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, until the eggs are cooked through, about 1 minute. Serve with Kewpie mayonnaise, ketchup, and bread if desired.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days.