Hawaiian luau recipes
Get Cooking Hawaiian-Style with Luau Recipes from Hawaii
Oven Kalua Pig
Traditionally cooked in pit with lava rocks Kalua Pig is the cornerstone
of many Hawaiian celebrations. This recipe will allow you to create this
delicacy without digging up the yard.
1 medium large pork butt (around 8 lbs.)
Cup Hawaii salt or Kosher Salt
2 Cups water
1-Tablespoon Liquid Smoke
Cut a few half-inch incisions into the pork. Place pork butt in large
roasting pan. Rub in salt and liquid smoke. Pour water into pan. Roast
in the oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for over 8 hours. Kalua pork is
usually shredded and may be served with poi or rice.
Huli Huli Chicken
Hawaiian barbequed chicken is an island favorite. In the Hawaiian language “huli” means “turn
over” or “flip,” which is precisely how Huli Huli Chicken
is cooked. The outstanding feature of Huli Huli Chicken is the sauce.
3 Fryers split or quartered
Cup Soy Sauce
Cup Pineapple juice concentrate
Cup Chicken broth
1/3 Cup White Wine
1 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
1 Pinch Ginger
Combine soy sauce, ketchup, pineapple juice concentrate, chicken broth,
white wine, Worcestershire sauce, and ginger in a large bowl. You may
marinate your chicken pieces in the sauce or brush on and barbeque immediately.
Grill the chicken turning and basting with the sauce until fully cooked.
Lomi Lomi Salmon
Lomi Lomi in the Hawaiian language means “massage,” which
refers to the way the ingredients are combined or massaged to create a
wonderful cold salad.
1 Pound salt salmon
4 Tomatoes peeled and diced
1 Medium Maui Onion chopped (mild white onion)
Green Onions for garnish
Soak the Salt Salmon in water to help remove the skin and excess salt
(If you cannot find salt salmon you may substitute canned salmon and
rub in a small amount of Hawaiian Salt or Kosher Salt). Shred the Salmon
with your hands. Combine shredded salmon, onions and tomatoes in large
bowl and massage until thoroughly mixed. At this point you may choose
to add some crushed ice to aid in chilling. Serve chilled.
Hawaiian coconut pudding is a wonderfully easy and delicious dessert.
12 Oz. can Coconut Milk
5 Tablespoons Sugar
5 Tablespoon Cornstarch
Combine ingredients into a saucepan. Stir well until all are completely
mixed. Bring mixture to a boil then simmer over low heat until mixture
thickens, stirring constantly. Pour thickened mixture into 8 inch square
pan. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into squares and serve.
Luau Food Preparation
One of the most important features of the luau is the sharing in the preparation of the food.
Guests gather well ahead of the meal and all participate in the food preparation, socializing and getting to know one another. Some will sing and play the ukulele while others put up the decorations, set up the tiki bar and put out the tableware settings.
An Historic Hawaiian Luau
One of the largest luaus ever held was in 1847, when King Kamehameha
III hosted a spectacular luau at his summer home Kaniakapupu on the
island of Oahu. Around 10,000 guests were present at this royal feast.
The provisions on hand included 271 hogs, 482 large calabashes of
poi, 602 chickens, 3 whole oxen, 2 barrels salt pork, 2 barrels of
biscuits, 3125 salt fish, 1820 fresh fish, 12 barrels luau leaf and
cabbage, 4 barrels onions, 80 bunches bananas, 55 pineapples, 10
barrels potatoes, 55 ducks, 82 turkeys, 2245 coconuts, 4000 heads
of taro and around 180 squid.