Among the fresh, flavorful dishes of the Hawaiian cuisine is a side dish that can be found at almost any gathering or Luau: Lomi Lomi Salmon. If you’re a fan of poke tuna, you won’t help but love this similar, essential dish.
This week you won’t have to look for banana leaves or liquid smoke, since Lomi Lomi Salmon doesn’t require a particularly difficult preparation. It is a very simple recipe made of fresh ingredients, yet it is one of the most traditional Hawaiian dishes. All you need are tomatoes, sweet onions, green onion and red hot chili pepper if desired, crushed ice and of course, salted, fresh, raw salmon.
Introduced in Hawaii by western sailors, Lomi Lomi Salmon implies within its name to massage the mixture with your hands, as the word lomi suggests (lomi means “to rub, to massage” in Hawaiian). That’s right!, lomi is the same word used also in Hawaiian spas to indicate a massage, but in this case massaging the fish with your hands is necessary to help with melding the flavors together. Massaging the food could also have a secondary but therapeutic effect on who is mixing all the ingredients together! You have to try to believe it.
On curiosity side of things, Lomi Lomi Salmon is cured with Alaea Salt which is salt made of sea salt and a volcanic clay that gives it the reddish pink color. Alaea salt is mellow, but very earthy.
Lomi Lomi Salmon is perfect to compliment any Hawaiian themed dinner, but it is also a low calorie chunky snack that can easily accompany a glass of red wine on a pre-movie happy hour with friends.
Ingredients (serves 6):
1 lb Salted Salmon
3 Large tomatoes, diced
3 Green onions, chopped
1 Round onion, chopped
3 Ice cubes, cracked
Soak the salted salmon in cold water for about 1 hour. If the salmon is too salted repeat the process. Sometimes you might not be able to find salted salmon. In this case, rub it into rock or kosher salt and let it stand overnight. Then soak it for 1 hour.
Remove skin and bones and shed the salmon with the fingers. Place the shredded pieces in a bowl, add tomatoes and onions. Massage the ingredients until the ingredients are broken up and mixed. Let it chill for about 30 minutes and add crushed ice before serving.
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