Tropical Theme Recipes

Light those tiki torches! Find more than 130 tropical recipes for your luau, from colorful cocktails to finger foods and desserts.

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Easy Rumaki with Pineapple

Rating: 4.5 stars 39
This combines the crunchiness of bacon and water chestnuts with the wonderful flavors of pineapple. We make it right before watching football games, but it doesn't last long.

Guava Chiffon Cake

Rating: 4 stars 16
Moist and fluffy with a tropical twist. Great for a Hawaiian-style party! I frost the layers with either coconut or cream cheese frosting.
By Allrecipes Member

Luau Punch

Rating: 4.5 stars 92
This slushy fruit punch has been used for years by my family at birthday parties, summer gatherings and now my children ask for it at is our favorite punch. We make it in an empty gallon milk jug.

Polynesian Watermelon Drink ('Otai)

Rating: 4 stars 10
''Otai' is a fruit drink which originated in Tonga and is usually made as a summertime refreshment. It is a blend of water, coconut milk, and any variety of pulped tropical fruit such as coconut, watermelon, mango, and pineapple but is almost always watermelon as it is plentiful in Tonga. A small amount of sugar may be added, although the recipe is considerably sweet on its own. I lived in Sydney many moons ago and the Polynesian families drank this by the gallons in the summer. Soooo refreshing and yummy! Serve over ice cubes.

Tropical Salad with Pineapple Vinaigrette

Rating: 4.5 stars 244
An easy salad to make with a bag of salad greens, pineapple, bacon bits, nuts and toasted coconut. Use fresh pineapple, if you can, and substitute toasted almonds for the macadamia nuts, if desired.

Coconut Shrimp I

Rating: 5 stars 1987
These crispy shrimp are rolled in a coconut beer batter before frying. For dipping sauce, I use orange marmalade, mustard and horseradish mixed to taste.

Oven Kalua Pork

Rating: 4.5 stars 150
Fire up the tiki torches -- it's time for a luau! This delicious slow-roasted pork is rubbed with sea salt and liquid smoke to recall the glorious flavors of pig cooked in a traditional Hawaiian imu. Once cooked and cooled, it can be shredded and served with poi, yams or even on a bun. You may use ordinary sea salt for this recipe if the Hawaiian variety is unavailable.
By Allrecipes Member

Mango Pina Colada Smoothie

Rating: 4.5 stars 37
This is my take on a alcohol-free pina colada.

Pineapple Chicken Tenders

Rating: 4.5 stars 883
Delicious little bites for an appetizer or a light meal with a salad!

Bahama Mama

Rating: 4.5 stars 187
Bahama Mama is a delicious tropical adult drink!

Mai Tai

Rating: 5 stars 114
Two flavors of rum mix with pineapple and orange juices for a fruity drink.

Easy Key Lime Pie

Rating: 4.5 stars 1508
An easy, tart and creamy blue-ribbon key lime pie baked in a graham crust.

Inspiration and Ideas

How To Throw A Luau Party
Aloha, party people! Get tips on decorating, games, your hula playlist, and—of course—great food and drink ideas.
Chef John's Crab Rangoon
Rating: Unrated 75
"Absolutely delish. They not only looked fabulous but tasted amazing." – Sherry
Jamaican Beef Patties
Rating: 4 stars 251

Moist curry-flavored ground beef wrapped in buttery, flaky pastry dough.