Hawaiian food is a tropical explosion of flavor that can be enjoyed any night of the week. If you are serving Hawaiian food, you might wonder, what to serve as a side dish?
Hawaiian food has become a part of our everyday lives. From punch to cake, Hawaiian foods are enjoyed all over the world.
17 Hawaiian Side Dishes
1. Hawaiian Fried Rice
Hawaiian style rice makes a great side dish to serve with just about any food you choose. Typical Hawaiian rice is veggies, protein and eggs.
Spam is the main source of protein in fried rice; however, beef, chicken or pork can be used in leu of spam.
2. Hawaiian Coleslaw
Hawaiian coleslaw is the perfect complement to your Hawaiian dinner. The pineapple and mango sweeten up this tangy treat.
The best thing about Hawaiian coleslaw is that is can be made up to 1 day in advance. If you are pressed for time, use premade coleslaw cabbage mix.
3. Lomi-lomi Salmon
Lomi-lomi salmon has been a favorite in Hawaii for some time. The salted salmon adds intense flavor to your Hawaiian meal.
It is best to prepare the salmon a day in advance. Salt the salmon and place in saran wrap for at least 8 hours before use.
4. Pipi Kuala
This salted beef jerky makes a chewy side that pairs well with your Hawaiian meal. It can be frozen and served later.
Making Pipi Kuala is simple, all you need is some flank steak, aloha shoyu, sugar, garlic and ginger. After you combine ingredient marinate steak overnight.
5. Hawaiian Poi
This soupy mixture may look like yogurt, but it is in fact it is a classic Hawaiian side dish. Slightly sweet, Hawaiian Poi is a delicious side.
Hawaiian Poi can be made with just 6 ingredients. Just mix up some water, sauerkraut juice, sea salt, lard, coconut oil, and taro root.
6. Hawaiian Vegetables
Hawaiian vegetables are a great go-to when looking for a nutritious and tasty side dish to serve with your meal. The pineapple really sweetens up this dish.
You can use frozen or canned vegetables for this recipe. Also, other vegetables can be used such as squash or zucchini.
7. Hawaiian-Style Poke
Who ever knew eating raw fish could taste so good? Hawaiian Poke uses traditional ingredients to flavor different fish.
The key to mouth-watering poke is to use quality fish. It does not matter if the fish you use is fresh or frozen just as long as it is sashimi-grade.
8. Hawaiian Potato Salad
Hawaiian potato salad has the best of both worlds, potatoes and pasta. This hearty side does well when you want something cold.
It is best to make your Hawaiian potato salad a day in advance to give the ingredients time to marinate. You can also sprinkle on a little paprika for taste.
9. Hawaiian Coconut Custard Mochi
This sweet treat makes the perfect desert to serve with your Hawaiian meal. The zest coconut pairs well with any entre.
Because of it is so chewy and dense, it is recommended to cut your Hawaiian Mochi into small squares before serving.
10. Pineapple Rice
Pineapple rice is a utopic blend of sweet and spicy flavors. This contrast in flavors makes this a versatile side dish.
For this recipe it is suggested to use canned crushed pineapple instead of fresh pineapple. Also cane sugar is best to use instead of granulated sugar.
11. Tropical Pretzel Rods
If you are looking for the perfect finger food to serve as a Hawaiian side, then go with Hawaiian pretzel rods.
When making your rods, avoid moisture. Do not use a wooden utensil because the wood will retain moisture.
12. Hawaiian Baked Beans
Packed with protein and robust taste, Hawaiian baked beans are a nutritious way to satisfy your taste buds.
It is best to use a slow cooker with this recipe, however, the beans can be cooked on the stove-top at low heat for a few hours.
13. Pineapple Salad
This desert boasts a rainbow of sweet ingredients that are sure to tempt your tastebuds. This salad is so diverse you use any fruit you like.
You can substitute ingredients in your salad, such as, using vanilla yogurt, or sweetened sour cream, instead of pudding.
14. Pineapple Upside down Cake
This dish was first popularized by the Hawaiian Pineapple company, currently known as dole, in the 1920’s and is still popular today.
Pineapple upside down cake is one of the easiest deserts to make. All you need are some eggs, cake mix, oil, pineapple, butter, and brown sugar.
15. Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
Hawaiian sweet rolls make the perfect side dish to serve with your Hawaiian meal because of their sweet taste and soft texture.
Hawaiian sweet rolls made from scratch are delicious, but if you are pressed for time, you can use store bought rolls instead.
16. Hawaiian Punch
No meal is complete without a refreshing beverage to wash it down. This non-alcoholic drink can be enjoyed by everyone.
Hawaiian punch taste great with passion fruit, but if you do not have any on hand, do not worry, this punch can be made without it.
17. Roasted Pineapple
Pineapple taste great on meat or in a dessert, but it is just as tasty alone. Serve up some roasted pineapple as your next Hawaiian side.
Roasted pineapple is super easy to make and only requires three ingredients: brown sugar butter and cinnamon.
These 17 side dishes are a compliment, of spicy and sweet flavors that puts them in a category all by themselves.
If you enjoy Hawaiian food and would like to share any ideas or suggestions about any of these delicious sides, leave a comment below.