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Watch: Lucy Brown attempts to improve James May's Spam ramen (Spamen) recipe

Will it be better than James' (burnt *in Lucy's words*) efforts from the Oh Cook! show?

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Is there any end to Lucy Brown's skills? After telling us she's not up to much in the kitchen, she decided she wanted to improve on James May's Spam Ramen (Spamen) from his Oh Cook! cookbook.

She changed up the recipe, as well as the cooking method. James' efforts using a frying pan for the Spam, ended up with things looking a little... well... extra crispy (*burnt*). Lucy however, used the Tefal ActiFry Genius XL 2 in 1 to cook her vegetables in the bottom section, and then when they were cooked, used the top tray to fry up those delicious cornflake covered Spam fritters while everything stayed warm in the bottom tray.

The handy top tray is useful for more delicate things (like Spam fritters!), as there's no paddle keeping things moving. The paddle however is really useful to keep your chips or stir-fried veggies moving around and getting air fried from all sides and angles, without you having to shake it like a Polaroid picture.

See how she got on, and if DriveTribe's Mike Fernie reckons she's improved on James May's recipe. If you'd like to have a go at Lucy's recipe yourself, find it below the video.

Lucy Brown's Spam Ramen

(aka James May's Spamen 2.0)

Prep time10min
Cook time30min
Total time40min
CuisineJames May


  • ...The soup...
  • 2 tbsp gochujang
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp distilled vinegar
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • ...The SPAM fritters...
  • 1 tin of Spam (you only need three fingers, but you can eat the rest in a sandwich)
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 tbsp cornflakes (crushed, sorry Lucy)
  • ...Vegetables and garnish...
  • Handful of mushrooms, sliced
  • Handful of spring onions, finely sliced
  • 1 red chili, sliced
  • Pak choi


...The vegetables and the Spam...

  1. Chop your Spam into chunky finger pieces.
  2. Using three bowls, coat each piece in flour, then the egg mixture, then the crushed cornflakes. Set aside.
  3. Using your Tefal Actifry Genius XL 2 in 1, pop your mushrooms and most of the spring onions (save some for a garnish at the end) into the bottom tray with a tiny bit of oil. Set onto Programme 7: wok, and set the timer for 15 minutes. While your vegetables are stir-frying, time to work on your soup.
  4. After the time is up on your vegetables, add your Spam fritters to the top tray, set onto Programme 1, and set the timer for 15 minutes.

...The soup...

  1. Add your gochujang, soy sauce, garlic, sugar and distilled vinegar into a deep frying pan and heat for a couple of minutes. Add your chicken stock and turn down the heat to a simmer.
  2. A few minutes before your Spam fritters and stir-fried vegetables will be ready, add your noodles to your soup and cook through, ensuring they're submerged in the liquid.

...Finishing touches...

  1. When everything's ready, combine your mushrooms and spring onions with your soup and noodles. Ladle into a bowl, top with the Spam fritters, and garnish with sliced red chilli, spring onions and a few pak choi which you can quickly stir fry or blanch in boiling water.

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Lucy Brown/James May

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Comments (3)

  • What about dicing or cubing the spam?

      23 days ago
  • This was such a great video

      23 days ago
  • Not watched this yet. Can't knock a bit of spam 😋

      23 days ago