The name Hawaii is borrowed from the largest of the eight islands on the tropical archipelago where the state lies. The other islands are Maui, Kahoolawe, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu, Kauai and Niihau. The people of Hawaii speak Olelo Hawaii or Hawaiian, which is a Polynesian language.
Ethnic Hawaiian food is consumed during festivals or occasions like weddings. Okolehao, a traditional Hawaiian liquor made from the ti plant is served at all luaus or Hawaiian festivals, along with kalua pig, a Hawaiian roast delicacy made from the butt of the pig and cooked in an imu or underground oven.
Kava, a traditional beverage of this country is served commercially at kava bars. Sparkling pineapple wine is also a popular drink of Hawaii. A popular barbecue chicken recipe is cooked with the huli huli sauce (made with brown sugar cane, ginger and soy sauce, ginger).
Over the years, the Hawaiians have imbibed the culinary skills of the settlers, mostly from the Asian continent, so the modern cuisine is quite multi-ethnic but imbibes the distinct flavors of Hawaii.
- soy sauce, 1-2/3 cups
- garlic clove, 2 - crushed
- cider, 3/4 cup
- pineapple (canned), 3/4 cup - drained
- dried and ground ginger, 1-1/2 tsps
- sugar, 1-2/3 cups
- In a saucepan, mix all the marinade ingredients. Place saucepan over the flame and bring to a boil.
- Cover with lid and simmer on low flame for an hour.
- Remove from heat, place aside and allow to cool entirely.
- Take a glass baking dish and the steaks in it.
- Pour the marinade over it and refrigerate for about 4 hours.
- In the meanwhile, get your grill ready. In case you have a gas grill, set to medium temperature.
- If you like smoked meat, use a charcoal grill.
- Heat the grill till the coal glows and spread them evenly.
- Remove the steak from the marinade and place on the grill for 4-6 mins per side.
- When done, remove from grill and keep aside for a few mins before serving.
Blackened Hawaiian Steak
- ribeye steaks, 2 - 6 to 8 oz.
- olive oil, 2 cups
- blackening seasoning, 1 cup
- pineapple juice, 2 cups
- teriyaki or soy sauce, 1 cup
- garlic, 1 tsp - fresh or powdered
- ginger, 1 tsp - fresh or powdered
- Mix the marinade ingredients well.
- Place the steaks in a sealed plastic bag and pour the marinade over it.
- Refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours till the steaks are well marinated.
- Heat the grill, till it is hot. Remove steaks from the plastic bag and place on grill.
- Top with black seasoning and cook to desired doneness.
- Serve with steamed vegetables, baked potato and rice molds (steamed in buttered ramekins).
- Top the rice with crushed parsley.
- You can sprinkle shredded coconut for a touch of Hawaiian sweetness.
- Serve with tropical fruit pieces.
- soda pop or fruit punch, 1 can
- tomato sauce, 2 cans - small size
- Hawaiian style sweet and sour sauce, 1 bottle - small size
- soy sauce, 2 tsps
- basil, 1 tsp
- oregano, 1 tsp
- garlic, 1 tsp - crushed
- onions, 1 tsp - finely chopped
- Prepare the marinade by mixing all the ingredients mentioned.
- Soda pop used in the marinade will make the ribeye tender and help the flavors to enter the meat.
- Soak the ribeyes in the bowl containing the marinade and keep turning it every half hour for about 4 hours.
- You can also keep it soaked overnight.
- Remove the ribeye from the marinade and grill over low heat till they are cooked as you desire.
- soy sauce, ¼ cup
- sugar, ¾ cup
- vinegar, 1/3 cup
- ginger, ¼ tsp - ground
- Salt and pepper the meat and then roll in flour. Heat oil in a skillet and fry the meat until brown.
- Drain the oil on a paper towel. Prepare the marinade by mixing the mentioned ingredients.
- Pour the marinade over the meat. Dip both sides in the marinade, one at a time.
- Place over electric grill and cook for 45 to 60 mins at 350 degrees F; keep moistening it, while it cooks.
- Serve with grilled shrimp (optional), boiled vegetables, rice molds (add sweet onion and finely diced almonds for flavor, while steaming) and pineapple slices or cubes.
- watercress, 6 oz.
- grape tomato, 6 oz
- chives, 2 oz - finely chopped
- roasted sesame seeds, 1 tsp
- sweet onions, 4 oz - julienned
- garlic, 2 tsp - finely chopped
- sesame oil, 1 tsp
For poke sauce:
- soy sauce, ¾ cup
- hot chili sesame oil, 1 tbsp
- oyster sauce, 1 tbsp
- oriental ground chili paste, 1 tsp
- fresh ginger, 1 tsp - finely chopped
- Season the steak and cook till it is medium rare.
- Rest the meat for 3 mins and dice it into cubes and set aside.
- In a hot pan, add sesame oil and quickly sear the watercress.
- Add the poke sauce (you can make it or buy it from a store).
- Place the watercress in a mixing bowl and toss in the other ingredients.
- Add the meat and poke sauce. Serve.
Try these Hawaiian ribeye recipes at a small get-together in your backyard. Nothing like topping off with the coconut flavored Haupia, a traditional Hawaiian pudding. Aloha!