How To Slice SPAM Thin: A Quick Guide

By Ryan Leavitt •  Updated: 04/24/21 •  5 min read

SPAM is one of the most well-known and well-loved canned food in the world.

It has been enjoyed by people from many different walks of life for many years, so you can expect there are more than a couple of recipes that involve the beloved luncheon meat.

And a lot of those recipes involve slicing thin and uniform slices of SPAM before cooking it, which is something a lot of people have trouble with.

The best way to slice SPAM thinly and uniformly is by using a luncheon meat slicer.

These tools are designed to specifically slice canned meats such as SPAM and are a way to ensure that you get slices that are all the same thickness.

Some models are even adjustable so one can specify the thickness of the slices.

While that is arguably the best way to do it, here are a couple more tips that you can use to ensure that you’ll get just the right cuts.

Read on to learn more.


How To Slice SPAM Thin

We’ll be taking a quick look at some of the easiest methods that you can use to slice SPAM thinly at home.

Use A Slicer

As we mentioned earlier, this is by far the best way to cut SPAM and just about any other luncheon meat out there.

There are a bunch of different meat slicers out there specifically designed for this task.

Some of them will use a wire, while others will use blades to get the job done, but what either of the designs has in common is that you will always have even slices when you use it.

On top of that, there are some models on the market today that have an adjustable scale, meaning you can tweak the thickness of the slices specifically to your liking.

Use A Sharp Knife

If you go on any forums and message boards looking for ways to uniformly and neatly cut SPAM, most people will just tell you to get a good knife.

And if you don’t have access to a meat slicer, this method is a great alternative, and for some people, it’s even considered the better option.

It’s best to use a very sharp knife for this task, as this will require the least amount of pressure to slice through, and can also help you slice through it neatly.

To do this, you will have to get a good and steady grip on the knife, lay the SPAM down on a chopping board, and simply draw the knife through the meat slowly.

And that’s about all there’s is to it.

It might take some time and practice to get the hang of using a knife to cut slices thinly and uniformly, but it’s also a great way to practice your kitchen prep skills as well.

Once you actually get used to it, you might even find that you won’t want to use any other method for slicing your SPAM thinly and uniformly.

Use A Fishing Line

If the knife wasn’t doing it for you, this is your next best bet.

Simply line up the line to where you want to slice it and make sure that you are holding it straight.

From there, all you have to do is lower the line into the meat, and since SPAM is already cooked and fairly soft, the wire should just glide through it, giving you neat and clean slices.

The trick to getting this right is making sure that the fishing line is straight, otherwise you might end up with slanted slices.

If you don’t have a fishing line on hand, a piano wire would do the job just fine as well.

Why Should I Cut My SPAM Thin?

One of the main benefits of cutting your meat thin is that you will be able to get a nice texture on it quickly.

Since SPAM comes out of the can fully cooked, all it needs is a couple of minutes in a pan with medium-high heat and you will have a nice crisp crust, which is easier to achieve with thin slices.

On top of that, a lot of people find SPAM very salty, and having thick slices might be too much for them, so giving them thinner slices reduces the amount of salt in each bite, making it more pleasant to eat.

But what might be even more important than the thickness of your slices is how uniform they are, because if they aren’t all the same thickness, some slices will cook differently than others.

Any chef will testify that consistency is key in the kitchen, and this goes the same whether you’re making a 3-star dinner or a simple SPAM breakfast.


So those were just some of the methods you can use to slice SPAM thinly.

These are probably the most convenient, quickest, and simplest methods out there, and if you think these are the right ones for you, all you have to do is head to the kitchen and get cooking!

Ryan Leavitt

Hi my name is Ryan Leavitt a Marine Corps Veteran and currently an over the road trucker (Long Haul). I am no expert chef but am enjoying preparing my own meals on the road and testing all the different knives.