Easy Air Fryer Spam (3 Ways)

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Whether you enjoy classic Air Fryer SPAM slices or are looking for a unique way to satisfy your savory cravings, we have the perfect recipe for you.

Air fryer spam served on a black plate with ketchup.

SPAM is a beloved breakfast staple worldwide, particularly in developing countries, thanks to its affordability and remarkably long shelf life.

In this post, we’re going to recreate my favorite way to make Air Fryer SPAM—crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Or perhaps take things to the next level by making SPAM Chips.

If you want to learn more about the brief history of SPAM, you can find it in our Air Fryer SPAM Musubi recipe.

Air fryer spam recipe bite shot, served on a black plate with ketchup.

Another delightful way to savor this popular meatloaf is through Air Fryer Spam Fries. Simply add a thin layer of crust to achieve that extra crispy goodness.

SPAM has come a long way since its introduction in the late 1930s. Today, you’ll discover a variety of flavors inspired by different cultures.

Apart from the traditional SPAM, you can also explore options with lower sodium content or try one of these amazing flavors: SPAM Bacon, SPAM Tocino, Hickory Smoked Jalapeño, Hot & Spicy, Teriyaki, and Oven Roasted Turkey.

All that’s left is for you to choose your flavor, and let’s start frying!

All You Need Is SPAM!

Ingredients for crispy SPAM air fryer recipe

You can find the exact measurements of the recipe ingredients and customize the serving size in the recipe card after the detailed step-by-step instructions section.

A can of your favorite SPAM is all you need to create this crispy treat.

To bring some excitement to your spam slices, consider swapping the classic can of Spam meatloaf for a low-sodium alternative or one of the delicious flavors available, such as Spam Bacon, Spam Tocino, Hickory Smoked Jalapeño, Hot & Spicy, Teriyaki, or Oven Roasted Turkey.

While I personally savor the sweetness of Spam Tocino, you might find the savory delight of Spam Bacon more appealing to your taste buds.

Recipe Video

How to Cook Spam in the Air Fryer?

To make crispy air fried SPAM, follow these four simple steps.

Step 1: Preheat your air fryer to 400ºF (204ºC).

Preating Instant Pot Vortex Plus Air Fryer to 400°F (204°C).

If your air fryer doesn’t have a preheating option, you can set the temperature to 400ºF (204ºC) and then let it cook for 5 minutes.

You may also skip this step by adding 2-minute increments to your cooking time until you achieve your desired level of crispiness and browning.

Step 2: Slice the SPAM into ¼-inch thick slices.

Cutting SPAM meatloaf into 1/4-inch thick slices

Slice the SPAM meatloaf into your desired thickness.

A ¼-inch thick slice will result in a crispy outer layer that is tender on the inside. If you prefer it to be crispy all the way through, you can make the slices thinner.

Step 3: Air fry SPAM slices for 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway.

Cooking SPAM in air fryer

Carefully add your SPAM slices into the air fryer basket with even spacing. Then cook each side for 4-5 minutes until they become slightly golden and crispy.

I used a 6-quart air fryer to test this recipe. Cooking time and temperature may vary depending on your air fryer and the number of servings you are making. For optimal results, begin with the lower end of the suggested cooking time.

🚨 Important: Cooking SPAM in the air fryer may generate some smoke due to its high oil content. It is highly recommended to cook them in a well-ventilated area.

Step 4: Serve and enjoy your crispy air fried SPAM!

Air fried spam served on a black plate with ketchup.

Once the SPAM slices are cooked to perfection, remove them from the air fryer and let them rest for a few minutes to cool down before serving. 

The perfect side dish to accompany them is a bowl of rice, along with scrambled eggs or a sunny-side-up. You can also serve them with ketchup as a dipping sauce.

Or you could also make a SPAM sandwich with it. Layer slices of air fried SPAM with a fried egg and your favorite toppings, such as lettuce, tomato, and mayo, between two slices of bread for a tasty sandwich. Yum!!!!

More SPAM-tastic Recipes

While the classic slice of SPAM is already delicious on its own, there are even more ways to enjoy this humble piece of canned meatloaf.

SPAM Fries

This recipe is simple and involves cutting Spam into sticks, rolling it in egg and cornstarch, and air-frying it to golden perfection. The resulting fries are salty, meaty, umami and all-around delicious.
Check out the full recipe of Air Fryer SPAM Fries here →

Spam Musubi

If you're up for a little challenge, you can make this absolutely delicious Air Fryer Spam Musubi. This mouthwatering treat combines the irresistible flavors of crispy SPAM, seasoned rice, and a savory touch of nori seaweed. With the perfect balance of textures and flavors, each bite of this homemade Air Fryer Spam Musubi will transport you to the streets of Hawaii.

For the best and most accurate results, it is highly recommended to preheat your air fryer.

Flavor/DonenessTemperatureCooking TimeNotes
Classic400°F (204°C)8-10 minutesFlip halfway; for extra crispy crust cook for 2-4 more minutes
Sweet Flavor400°F (204°C)6-8 minutesFlip halfway
Extra Crispy400°F (204°C)6-8 minutesFlip halfway, ⅛-inch slices
Suggested cooking time and temperature for ¼-inch sliced SPAM, unless otherwise noted.

Classic Flavor: For the classic flavor, the ideal cooking temperature is 400°F (204°C), which requires a cooking time of 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway through. Cook them until they are slightly golden and crispy.
If you want the crust extra crispy, extend the cooking time by 2-4 minutes. Remember to check your SPAM slices frequently to prevent overcooking.

Any Sweet SPAM: For sweet SPAM flavors such as tocino and teriyaki, reduce the cooking time to 6-8 minutes to prevent the sugar from burning. The same cooking temperature will apply.

Extra Crispy: If you want your spam extra crispy, cut them into ⅛-inch thick slices or thinner. Then cook them for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden and crispy.

Cooking time and temperature may vary depending on several factors, such as the thickness of your SPAM, the number of servings you are cooking, and the specific type of air fryer you are using.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can cook SPAM in an air fryer. In fact, it’s one of the quickest and most convenient methods of cooking this beloved canned meatloaf.

At the maximum temperature, SPAM will cook in the air fryer for 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway through. However, please note that cooking times and temperatures may vary depending on the thickness of your SPAM, its flavor, and the specific type of air fryer you are using. Smaller air fryers may have higher temperatures due to the heating element’s proximity to the food.

To make crispy SPAM in the air fryer, first slice your SPAM into ¼-inch thick slabs. Then, preheat your air fryer to 400°F (204°C). Carefully add your SPAM slices and cook each side for 4-5 minutes or until they become slightly golden and crispy. You can also explore other delicious SPAM recipes like SPAM fries and SPAM Musubi.

prep time1 minute
cooking time9 minutes
total cooking time10 minutes

Easy Air Fryer Spam (3 Ways)

courseBreakfast, Dinner, Lunch
cuisineAmerican
Whether you enjoy classic Air Fryer SPAM slices or are looking for a unique way to satisfy your savory cravings, we have the perfect recipe for you. 😉 Fry it, to believe it!
Air fryer spam served on a black plate with ketchup.
5 from 2 votes
number of servings6 servings

This ingredients checklist is interactive; you can use it as your grocery list.

Ingredients
 

  • 1 can SPAM any flavor
  • Cooking oil spray optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (204°C).
    Preating Instant Pot Vortex Plus Air Fryer to 400°F (204°C).
  • Slice the SPAM into ¼-inch thick slices. You can adjust the thickness to your preference.
    Cutting SPAM meatloaf into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • Air fry SPAM slices for 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway through. Cook until crispy and lightly browned. For a crispier texture, extend the cooking time by 2-4 more minutes. See notes for suggested cooking times.
    Cooking SPAM in air fryer
  • Serve and enjoy your air fryer SPAM! Once cooked, remove them from the air fryer and let them cool for a few minutes before serving.
    Air fried spam served on a black plate with ketchup.

Recipe Video

Notes

  • If your air fryer doesn’t have a preheating option, you can set the temperature to 400°F (204°C) and then let it cook for 4-5 minutes.
  • You can also skip preheating by adding 2-4 minutes to your cooking time. Increment gradually, to prevent burning the SPAM slices.
  • Suggested Cooking Times for a ¼-inch thick SPAM slices : Classic SPAM: 8-10 minutes; Any Sweet Variety: 6-8 Minutes; Extra Crispy: 12-14 minutes.
  • You can make your SPAM thinner or thicker, depending on how you like it. Slicing it thinner will make it ultra crispy (cooked for 6-8 minutes). A thicker version will give you a crunchy outer layer that is soft on the inside.
  • Air frying any sugary food will require a shorter cooking time since the sugar will caramelize more quickly.
  • Prepare for Some Smoke: Processed meat like SPAM and sausage tend to release oil, which can result in smoke. When cooking SPAM, ensure you are in a well-ventilated space.
  • I used a 6-quart Instant Pot Vortex Plus to test the Air Fryer SPAM Recipe. Cooking time and temperature may vary depending on your air fryer, the thickness of your spam slices and the number of servings you are making. For optimal results, begin with the lower end of the suggested cooking time.

Nutrition

Serving: 6servings | Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 799mg | Potassium: 232mg | Iron: 0.4mg
Keywords: air fryer spam, spam in air fryer

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