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SPAM Pork Tsukune (Japanese Teriyaki Meatballs)

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Tsukune are Japanese meatballs. We use minced chicken, pork, or fish to make Tsukune and it can be fried or grilled. Cooked with salty sweet sauce and yolk for dipping is a popular Izakaya style. I arranged it with SPAM and a hint of ginger! It's a perfect recipe for bento since it goes great with white rice. At the same time, it's a tasty appetizer for your sake!
  Spam 150 Gram
  Mixed vegetable 50 Gram
  Ground pork 300 Gram
  Garlic 1 Clove (5 gm), grated
  Ginger 1 Tablespoon, grated
  Egg white 1
  Starch 1 Teaspoon
  Salt To Taste
  Cracked black pepper To Taste
  Soy sauce 2 Tablespoon
  Mirin 2 Tablespoon
  Cooking oil 1 Tablespoon
  Egg yolk 1 , beaten (Optional)
  Scallions 1 Tablespoon, finely chopped (for garnish) (Optional)

1. Dice SPAM into small pieces.
2. In a bowl, mix together ground pork, garlic, ginger, egg white and starch.
3. Season with salt and pepper. Mix with your hands until the mixture comes together and sticky.
4. Add mixed vegetables and diced SPAM, and mix well. Roll the mixture into 12 small oval balls.
5. In a frying pan, heat cooking oil, place the meat balls; cook until the surface is lightly golden. Flip them over.
6. In a bowl, add soy sauce and mirin. Stir to mix.
7. Season the meat balls with this sauce and simmer until the sauce thickens and almost dry.

8. Sprinkle chopped scallions and serve with fresh egg yolk sauce (if preferred).

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
15 Minutes
Ready In: 
30 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 129 Calories from Fat 84

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 10 g15.4%

Saturated Fat 3.4 g16.9%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 42.2 mg14.1%

Sodium 363.8 mg15.2%

Total Carbohydrates 3 g1.1%

Dietary Fiber 0.27 g1.1%

Sugars 1.2 g

Protein 7 g13.2%

Vitamin A 4.9% Vitamin C 1.8%

Calcium 0.9% Iron 2.2%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

SPAM Pork Tsukune (Japanese Teriyaki Meatballs) Recipe