Spam fritters are all about nostalgia with a little update, mine come wrapped in a crispy mustard and beer batter, school dinners but better!
These delicious crispy bites cook in just 10 minutes and take less than 10 minutes to prepare which makes them a quick and fun meal.
Crispy Luncheon Meat Fritters
When it comes to food very little is off the table for me and nostalgia plays a huge part in the food that I love.
Spam is something I became quite “snooty” about as I became more obsessive about food.
But we got someone in a “memories from home” package when we lived in Hungary and I rediscovered my love of this dish.
Spam fritters invoke memories of school dinners and the local chippy. However, you get no flabby and soggy batter with mine, they have a crisp mustard and beer batter.
They are also stupidly easy to make. There is no need to make the batter in advance, or indeed to beat it until it is smooth. In fact, some lumps are good!
Prep is a leisurely 10 minutes and cooking them takes just 8-10 minutes too.
Frequently Asked Questions
What beer should I use?
I have taken to using an IPA or APA of late but used to use Leffe Blonde, any beer typically served cold that is fizzy works well.
Lagers or Pilsner-type beers are good, as are weisbiers (wheat beers). Incidentally, this is a very similar batter to the one that I use for my beer-battered cod tacos.
Do I have to use beer?
No, but cold and fizzy really does help with getting a nice crispy batter. You could use carbonated water or even tonic water.
What is the difference between Spam and Luncheon meat?
Spam is just a type of luncheon meat and a brand name. You can make this recipe with many different types of tinned pork.
Can I make this in advance?
Not really, this dish is best made and served immediately. The longer that you leave it the soggier the batter will become.
Do I have to deep-fry spam fritters?
For me, yes! Any other method really does not work quite so well! Yes, they are indulgent, but they are a treat and we all deserve them sometimes!
Spam fritters are all about nostalgia and my serving suggestions lean into that nostalgia.
If you have your deep fat fryer all set up then why not make some proper chip shop style chips?
You could make it a little less indulgent but keep all the flavour by knocking up some air fryer wedges.
Baked beans are another firm favourite for me to dip this crispy batter in.
Now you could just open a tin and be done, which is more than acceptable. But I like to play around and serve them with my sage rich fagioli all’uccelletto, or Italian baked beans.
You could even play around with making your own British style baked beans.
I only mention specific brands of equipment if I think they make a material difference to a recipe. If you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comments section below the recipe.
- Wok or deep fat fryer.
- Thermometer for checking oil temperature. Not required if you are using a deep-fat fryer.
- Mixing bowl.
- Weighing scales and or measuring cups and spoons.
- Chopping board.
- Kitchen paper.
Memories of the local chippy and school dinners inspire this simple and easy spam fritters recipe, and they take well under 30 minutes to prepare and cook.
- 340g (12oz) Tin of Spam
- 85g (⅓ Cup) Self Raising Flour + Extra to powder the Spam
- 1 Tbsp Cornflour
- ½ Tsp Baking Powder
- ½ Tsp Salt
- 1 Tsp Powdered Mustard
- 100ml (⅓ Cup + 1 Tbsp) Cold Beer, I use an IPA
- Oil For Frying
- Open the spam and cut it into 6 slices.
- Heat some oil in either a wok (3-4cm deep) or a deep fat fryer to 170°-180°C or 340°-350°F.
- Mix together the flour, cornflour, baking powder, salt and powdered mustard.
- Whisk the beer into the batter taking care not to over mix, do not worry if there are a few lumps.
- Sprinkle a little flour over the sliced spam and pat off any excess.
- Dip the spam into the batter then drop the into the hot oil. You will need to batch fry, you will get 3 into a deep fat fryer or two into a wok.
- Fry for 2-3 minutes, then transfer to some kitchen paper to absorb any excess oil.
- You can keep them warm in an oven whilst you finish frying.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 837Total Fat: 62gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 41gCholesterol: 121mgSodium: 3254mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 27g
Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.