Hawaiian food has such a wide range of flavor, variety and history. Whether or not you’re on the Big Island, we’ve got plenty of Hawaiian-inspired recipes you might want to include in your weeknight dinner rotation. You’re probably familiar with poke bowls (packed with sushi-grade fresh tuna), or even the components of a classic Hawaiian lunch plate, loco moco, and my personal favorite, Spam musubi.
Spam deserves all the recognition it can get. And spammusubi? It is an ideal beach snack, picnic treat or any other snack. The delicious saltiness of spam and soy sauce mixed with soft sushi rice and nori is a combination that’s hard to beat, and you can deep-fry them for an even more delectable mix of textures. Fun fact: in Hawaii, seven million cans of spam are consumed each year (that’s nearly five times the state’s population!). You may not eat That many cans in a year, but you might get close if you try our Spam Breakfast Tacos or Peanut Butter Spam Shells.
You’re probably no stranger to deliciously buttery, yet slightly sweet Hawaiian sandwiches. Hawaiian sandwiches were actually invented by Robert Taira, a Hawaii-born son of Japanese immigrants. Today you can find them all over the country and in the hearts of every Delish test kitchen editor. They make the best ham and cheese sliders, Hawaiian-inspired hot dog sandwiches, and these killer Hawaiian roll s’mores. Do you see our obsession now?
And pineapple! We could write a whole novel about how much we love it. We can’t get enough of pineapple desserts and the fruit is an incredibly sweet addition to any chicken marinade. We love all these savory pineapple dishes, especially if it means adding pineapple to pineapple fried rice.