Recipe courtesy of Sam Choy

Squid and Luau

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 2 hr
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cook: 1 hr 30 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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2 pounds calamari

3 pounds luau leaves

3 cups water

1 tablespoon Hawaiian salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

6 tablespoons butter

2 medium onions, diced

3 cups coconut milk

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 tablespoon sugar


  1. Clean calamari and slice into rings; set aside. Wash luau leaves, remove stems and thick veins. In a pot, boil 3 cups of water with the Hawaiian salt and baking soda. Add the leaves to the boiling water and reduce heat. Simmer, partially covered, for 1 hour. Drain, and squeeze out liquid. Saute onions and calamari in butter until the onions are translucent. Add the coconut milk, cooked luau leaves, salt and sugar. Simmer for 30 minutes.