Hawaii

Lomi Lomi Salmon

February 28, 2016

Lomi Lomi Salmon is a traditional Hawaiian side dish served at parties and gatherings. It requires only 4 ingredients and 10 minutes of your time! | cookingtheglobe.com
Many people call this place a true paradise on Earth. It is the birthplace of surfing and continues to be a surfing mecca for the world because of the killer waves. Beautiful girls dancing the hula in the moonlight, warm and friendly people living the aloha spirit, amazing beaches, mind-blowing sunsets, I could go on and on. What is this place? Of course it’s Hawaii, duh! I have never been there but saw enough movies to fall in love with this gorgeous island. Today I made a classic Hawaiian dish – Lomi Lomi Salmon. Love this name? Me too! Wait till I tell you that it’s not just a collection of words, it has a meaning and a very interesting one.

Lomi Lomi Salmon is a traditional Hawaiian side dish served at parties and gatherings. It requires only 4 ingredients and 10 minutes of your time! | cookingtheglobe.com

Lomi Lomi means “to knead, to rub, or soothe” in Hawaiian. Nowadays this word is used to describe the Hawaiian massage. Can’t see a connection with our dish? Well, you are supposed to “massage” all the ingredients by mixing and breaking them up with your bare hands. Isn’t it fun? Lomi Lomi Salmon is made with just 4 ingredients: raw salted salmon, tomatoes, white onion (can be substituted with any sweet onion) and green onions. If you can’t find salted salmon, I’ve added instructions in the recipe below on how you can easily cure it at home.

Lomi Lomi Salmon is a traditional Hawaiian side dish served at parties and gatherings. It requires only 4 ingredients and 10 minutes of your time! | cookingtheglobe.com

The most interesting thing is that salmon doesn’t live anywhere near Hawaii! How come it is so popular there and is considered a Hawaiian ethnic food? Salmon was first introduced to the island about 150 years ago by Western explorers. Obviously, the salmon they brought with them had to be cured. That explains the popularity of it in this sunshine state!

Lomi Lomi Salmon is a traditional Hawaiian side dish served at parties and gatherings. It requires only 4 ingredients and 10 minutes of your time! | cookingtheglobe.com

Today it’s impossible to imagine Hawaiian parties and gatherings (luaus) without Lomi Lomi salmon. It is traditionally served as a side dish alongside kalua pork, but it is also great with roast meats. I have personally enjoyed it as a standalone salad too. If you want a nice presentation, serve the salad on lettuce leaves. Enjoy!

Lomi Lomi Salmon Recipe - Just 4 ingredients!
 
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Cuisine: Hawaiian
Serves: 4-6
INGREDIENTS
  • ½ lb salted salmon
  • 2 large or 3 medium tomatoes, seeded, diced
  • ½ white onion (or any other sweet onion), chopped
  • ¼ cup green onion, chopped
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • Lettuce leaves for serving (optional)
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Remove bones and skin from the salmon. In a medium bowl, flake the fish into small pieces by hand. You can chop it roughly before doing that. Add tomatoes and white onion. Mix everything together with your hands. Chill covered for few hours and add the crushed ice and green onion just before serving. Mix thoroughly and enjoy!
NOTES
If using unsalted salmon, wash the fish and generously rub it with sea salt on both sides. Wrap the salmon tightly with plastic wrap and let stand in the fridge overnight. Remove from the fridge, rinse off the salt and soak in cold water for few hours, changing the water several times. It will remove the excess salt and soften the fish. Then use in the recipe as stated above.

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4 Comments

  • Reply Amira March 2, 2016 at 6:00 am

    Hmmm raw salmon ? I do not know if I am adventurous enough to try this although the name and the look makes it very tempting to try. May be I can try it with smoked salmon instead. What do you think?

    • Reply Igor March 3, 2016 at 7:38 pm

      Amira, it’s not raw anymore if it’s salted πŸ™‚ Salt kills bacteria! But you can easily use smoked salmon instead πŸ™‚

  • Reply Ahu @ Ahu Eats March 5, 2016 at 12:45 am

    This looks incredible! I love your blog – new fan here πŸ™‚

    • Reply Igor March 9, 2016 at 6:51 pm

      I am glad you loved it, Ahu. Thanks! πŸ™‚

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