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: 4.53 stars
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: 4.19 stars
Moist and fluffy with a tropical twist. Great for a Hawaiian-style party! I frost the layers with either coconut or cream cheese frosting.

Luau Punch

Rating: 4.71 stars
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: 4.2 stars
''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: 4.53 stars
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: 4.79 stars
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: 4.6 stars
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.

Mango Pina Colada Smoothie

Rating: 4.41 stars
This is my take on a alcohol-free pina colada.

Pineapple Chicken Tenders

Rating: 4.42 stars
Delicious little bites for an appetizer or a light meal with a salad!

Bahama Mama

Rating: 4.69 stars
A delicious tropical adult drink!

Mai Tai

Rating: 4.53 stars
Two flavors of rum combine with pineapple juice and orange juice to make a yummy, fruity drink.

Easy Key Lime Pie I

Rating: 4.66 stars
This is the 1999 American Pie Council 's National Pie Championship's first place winner in the Quick and Easy Category. Garnish each piece with a slice of lime and a dollop of whipped cream or whipped topping if you like.

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

"Absolutely delish. They not only looked fabulous but tasted amazing." – Sherry

Spam® Tacos

Rating: 4.67 stars

Yes, this dish is made with Spam®. I use the low-sodium Spam®. This dish is quick, easy and delicious. I also made Mexican Rice as a side dish to go with the tacos. You can also top your tacos with sour cream, guacamole, or salsa.