Hawaiian Recipes

Best recipes for authentic Hawaiian food. From kalua pig and poke to spam musubi, these recipes are so ono they broke da mouth.

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Chef John's Hawaiian-Style Ahi Poke

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The technique for making poke is so basic that even the most inexperienced cooks can get something close to what they'd get in a restaurant. But the one catch is you have to use only the freshest possible tuna, even if that means frozen.
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Grilled Hawaiian Chicken

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This is a family favorite! Every time I serve this chicken, I get rave reviews! I serve this over coconut rice garnished with green onions. It makes a beautiful presentation. To make coconut rice, simply replace half of the water with coconut milk and cook rice as directed. This recipe makes a lot of marinade. If I am serving more people I will increase the amount of chicken and keep the recipe for the marinade the same. Goes really well with steamed broccoli or edamame.

Furikake Snack Mix

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A sweet and salty mixture of crispy cereal with sugar and furikake seasoning makes this popular Hawaii snack a crowd-pleaser!

Huli Huli Pineapple Chicken

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This Hawaiian BBQ is commonly found at roadside fundraisers. This recipe uses crushed pineapple and brown sugar for caramelized texture and wonderful flavor. And, if you are wondering, 'huli' is the Hawaiian term for 'turn.'

Chef John's Loco Moco

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This amazing Hawaiian comfort food classic is made by topping rice with a fried burger, which is then smothered with a rich, brown gravy and finished with a fried egg. Seriously, how did it take until 1949 for someone to think of this combination? We all get hangry sometimes, so whether you're a broke student or an older professional who just wishes you were, this cheap, filling bowl of goodness is the perfect solution. Garnish with green onions.
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Aloha Teriyaki Shrimp Skewers

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This recipe is so tasty. Wonderful Hawaiian flavors combine to make a great meal of teriyaki shrimp. I serve the skewers with rice and scallions.

Deconstructed Spam® Musubi

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I was craving Spam® musubi. Without a musubi maker/rice press, I improvised with this deconstructed version. I was told this dish is required at all our future potlucks.

Ahi Poke Bowl with Rice Crackers

I first fell in love with yellow fin ahi when I lived in Hawaii. This is a recipe where I take my memories of living there for three years and have combined them into a nice burst of salty soy sauce, fresh lemon juice, and bright fresh tuna.

Maui Banana Cream Tube Cake

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This cake was created for Reds Espresso Gallery of San Diego, in the Maui test kitchen on Puunoa! It was first made with bananas from the back yard...yummy!

Ahi Poke Basic

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This is a standard raw tuna (poke) salad served in most Hawaiian homes. Although unconventional, it is sure to please the more adventurous seafood lovers. Be sure to use fresh tuna for the very best flavor, although fresh frozen tuna will produce acceptable results.

Spam Musubi

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Spam Musubi is a popular snack in Hawaii. It is a type of sushi that has marinated cooked spam in sushi. I got this recipe from a local Hawaiian friend when I was living there.

Kalua Pig in a Slow Cooker

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This is a simple way of making traditional Hawaiian kalua pig without having to dig a hole in your back yard.

Inspiration and Ideas

How To Make Hawaiian Poke

Poke delivers the freshness of a sit-down sushi bar with the convenience of take-away fast food.

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Quick and Easy Kimchi Salad

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Spicy salad, goes great with Oven Kahlua Pig. The longer it sits in the refrigerator, the bolder the flavor gets.