Mo's Authentic & Easy Squid Luau Recipe

Updated on March 13, 2019
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Growing up in a multiracial Hawaiian family, I was blessed to have been able to watch my elder family members cook traditional dishes.

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Mo's authentic squid luau
Mo's authentic squid luau
Mo's authentic squid luau

What Is Squid Luau?

Squid Luau is a traditional Hawaiian dish that is typically served at luaus (feasts) alongside other traditional dishes such as laulau, kalua pig, lomi-lomi salmon, chicken long rice, poi, and a host of raw marinated seafood and steamed starches.

This dish bursts with a complexity of flavors that comes from stewing the squid in taro leaves and coconut milk. It has just the right balance of salty, sweet, and creamy—all of which comes together to make a deliciously hearty stew.

The Nutritional Benefits of Taro Leaves

Taro leaves are a great source of vitamins A and C. Vitamin A is important for healthy vision, the immune system, and reproduction. Vitamin A also helps the lungs, heart, kidneys, and other organs function properly.

Vitamin C is a nutrient that acts as an antioxidant to help protect cells from damaging free radicals. The body also needs vitamin C to make collagen, which is a protein required to heal wounds. In addition, vitamin C helps to improve the absorption of iron from plant-based foods and helps the immune system work properly to protect the body from disease.

Traditional and Authentic Flavors

Growing up in a multiracial Hawaiian family, I was blessed to have had the opportunity to watch my elder family members cook traditional dishes. I kept these recipes and techniques in my head, and I am now able to recall them from memory.

This recipe is based on the authentic and traditional version of squid luau—with the exception of the butter and baking soda. The reason I use baking soda is that it helps the leaves retain a fresh green color; otherwise, they would tend to get quite dark. I incorporate butter because it brings out the naturally rich and buttery taste of the taro leaves. This step adds richness to the complexity of flavors.

The reason I use a mixture of sweetened and unsweetened coconut milk is to add a just a hint of sweetness without it being too overpowering

I hope you enjoy this recipe.

Enjoy,

Moani

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 1 hour 40 min
Ready in: 2 hours 10 min
Yields: 12-24 servings
2.8 stars from 65 ratings of Mo's Authentic Squid Luau Recipe

Ingredients

  • 10 lbs taro leaves (purple or Hawaiian taro leaves), washed, peeled, stemmed, and chopped
  • 5 lbs squid or octopus, cleaned, cooked, and chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking soda (to help retain color)
  • Hawaiian or course sea salt, to taste
  • 1 can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 can sweetened coconut milk

Instructions

  1. Peel and wash the taro leaves thoroughly. Peel the woody flesh off of the stems, ends, and leaves. Cut the stems from the leaves. Roll and chop your leaves like you would collard greens. Be sure to chop up the stems and throw them in there, too. Set everything aside in a large bowl.
  2. Next, clean and cook the 10 lbs of squid or octopus in boiling water for approximately 15-20 minutes. (If using squid, be sure to remove the hard cartilage from each squid). Chop and set aside. Reserve 1 cup of the squid broth. Discard or freeze the remaining broth for other dishes requiring a fish broth.
  3. In a large stew pot, add 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Add taro leaves and baking soda. Cover the pot and bring to a rolling simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Add the cooked squid and reserved cup of squid stock. Cook for another 30 minutes.
  5. Add the butter and coconut milk and simmer on low for 15 minutes. Add salt to taste and serve.

Nutritional Value of Taro Leaves

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 145 Grams
Calories 35
Calories from Fat9
% Daily Value *
Fat 1 g2%
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 6 g2%
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 4 g8%
Sodium 3 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Questions & Answers

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        Monica Lunasco 

        3 years ago

        I live in Oklahoma, where can I get luau leaves?? Uggg, I soooo need to make this.... like, NOW!!! Help!!

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        kawika 

        4 years ago

        i going make squid luau fo' da firs time. i love squid luau. but only eat baby party lie dat. haad fo' fine place dat make wea i stay. So anyway, i stay ono fo' squid luau. plus dat, i get plenty leaf my house, so i wen buy one frozen tako and da' frozen coconut milk. Dat's da one right? So i ready. i tink.

        Well now I'm googleing for guidance. I like the way you present your recipe, Easy to follow and makes sense to me. I'm pleasantly pleased as it doesn't sound hard at all. I neva no! So I'm on it. Squid Luau ala Kawika.

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