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Traditional Hawaiian Food and Luau Recipes

Hawaiian Luau Recipes

Traditional Hawaiian Food and Luau Recipes

    1. Kalua Pua'a

      Kalua Pua’a

      kalua pig

      Overview

      Kalua pua’a, or roast pork, as its prepared in the Hawaiian imu or underground steam oven. Kalua pork is usually seasoned with sea salt and sometimes green onions and a staple at all luaus.

      Yield: 4 servings

      Ingredients

      • Pork butt, 3lbs
      • Hawaiian (or sea) salt, 3 tbsp
      • Water, 1/2 gal

      Directions

      1. Defrost pork butts
      2. Rinse pork with cold water and place in medium roasting pan.
      3. Rub Hawaiian (or sea) salt on center and add water. Cover pork with ti leaves and cover roasting pan with aluminum foil.
      4. Bake at 350 degrees for 2-3 hours, or until meat is soft.
      5. Remove foil and ti leaves, debone and shred pork; add more Hawaiian salt if needed for taste.
    2. Teriyaki Beef or Chicken

      Teriyaki Beef or Chicken

      teriyaki beef

      Overview

      Beef or chicken slices grilled our broiled in a sweet teriyaki marinade.

      Ingredients

      • 3 – 4lbs beef or chicken
      • 2/3 cups soy sauce
      • 1/2 cups sugar
      • 2 tablespoons of orange or pineapple juice
      • 3 cloves garlic, minced
      • 1 inch piece ginger, crushed
      • 3 stalks green onion, finely chopped
      • Chinese parsley (cilantro)

      Directions

      Mix all ingredients. Soak beef or chicken for 4 hours or overnight in sauce. Bake in shallow pan. Turn pieces over and marinate with sauce. Bake 325 degrees for 1 hour or less – medium is best. Serves 6 people.Ten minutes before turning heat off, pour rest of soy sauce mixture. Serve with chopped green onions and Chinese parsley.

    3. Shoyu Chicken

      Shoyu Chicken

      Overview

      Chicken marinated in soy sauce, sugar, garlic and ginger.

      Ingredients

      • 3 lbs fryer chicken
      • 1 cup shoyu (soy sauce)
      • 1/2 cup sugar
      • 2 tablespoons honey
      • 1/2 cup chicken broth
      • 1 teaspoon hoisin sauce
      • 1 whole star anise, mashed
      • Chinese parsley and green onion garnishes

      Directions

      Steam chicken for 30 minutes. In a frying pan, combine ingredients for sauce and let simmer for 15 minutes. Place chicken in sauce and simmer chicken for 5 minutes on each side till chicken is well coated with sauce. Chop chicken and arrange on platter. Garnish with Chinese parsley and green onion. Serves 6 people.

    4. Huli Huli Chicken

      Huli Huli Chicken

      Overview

      Grilled chicken halves flavored with soy sauce, pineapple juice, brown sugar, ginger, garlic and wine.

      Ingredients

      • 9 – 12 lbs chicken wings, thighs, and breasts pieces
      • 1/4 cup frozen pineapple juice concentrate
      • 1/3 cup white wine
      • 1/2 cup chicken broth
      • 1/4 cup soy sauce
      • 1/4 cup ketchup
      • 1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger or a pinch of fresh ginger
      • 1 – 2 drops Worcestershire sauce

      Directions

      Wash chicken parts and pat dry with paper towels. Mix all sauce ingredients in bowl.Brush over chicken parts. Grill over barbecue for about 40 minutes. Turn and baste with sauce until chicken is done. Serves 10 – 12 people.

    5. Baked Mahi Mahi

      Baked Mahi Mahi

      Overview

      White fish fillets with mild or sweet flavor.

      Ingredients

      • 2 lbs mahi mahi (fish) fillets
      • 1 lemon, juiced
      • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
      • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
      • 1 cup mayonnaise
      • 1/4 cup white onions, finely chopped
      • 1 – 2 bags bread crumbs

      Directions

      Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Rinse fish and put in a baking dish. Squeeze lemon juice on fish then sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper. Mix mayonnaise and chopped onions and spread on fish. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and bake at 425 for 25 minutes. Serves 4 people.

    6. Lau Lau

      Lau Lau

      Overview

      Steamed boneless pork, chicken or beef salted and wrapped in taro or ti leaves.

      Ingredients

      • 30 luau leaves
      • 6 large ti leaves
      • 6 boneless chicken thighs
      • 1 lb belly pork boneless pork chops, cut into 6 pieces
      • 1/4 lb salted butterfish, cut into 6 pieces
      • 1-1/2 teaspoon Hawaiian sea salt
      • Toothpicks or rubber bands to seal

      Directions

      Wash luau and ti leaves removing stems and fibrous parts of the veins. Layer 5 luau leaves then place one piece each of chicken, pork, and fish on luau. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon Hawaiian salt. Wrap to form a bundle. Place the bundle on the end of a ti leaf and wrap tightly; fasten with toothpicks or rubber bands. Wrap remaining bundles. Bring water to a boil in a steamer. Place laulaus in steamer; lower heat and simmer for 6 hours or until done. Serves 6 people.

    7. Chicken Long Rice

      Chicken Long Rice

      Overview

      Sometimes called thread or bean noodles, they are boiled and served hot with pieces of chicken. You may also want to try this over a little white rice, with soy sauce. Another popular dish at all Hawaii luaus.

      Yield: 4 servings

      Ingredients

      • Chicken thighs, 2 lbs
      • Round Onions, 1 each
      • Long Rice (bean thread), 1 pkg
      • Chicken Base, 2 tbsp
      • Ginger, crushed, 2 tbsp
      • Garlic Powder, 1 tsp
      • Ground Ginger, 1 tsp
      • Water, to cover chicken

      Directions

      1. In a pot, parboil chicken until soft; save broth for later use; run chicken under cold water and shred into large container.
      2. In another large container or mixing bowl, soak long rice in hot water until soft; drain water and cut long rice (with a scissors).
      3. Add water, chicken base, ginger, onions and seasonings to shredded chicken; Bring to a boil.
      4. Add Long rice and simmer until soft.