Making Lau Lau

On my recent trip to Los Angeles, I met up with a friend that grew up on Oahu. She taught me about the traditional Hawaiian dish of Lau Lau. It is very simple to make provided you don’t mind waiting 3 hours for it to steam cook.

Summary: The traditional Hawaiian dish.



  • pork butt
  • steak
  • sweet potato
  • fish pieces (cod or salmon)
  • collard greens (or taro leaf)
  • sea salt



  1. Chop up meat, fish and sweet potatoes into cube sized pieces.
  2. Salt the meat.
  3. Place a collard green leaf on top of a piece of foil large enough to wrap it (think burrito).
  4. Add pieces of pork, beef, fish and sweet potatoes.
  5. Wrap up leaf into foil.
  6. Finish wrapping all leafs.
  7. Place wrapped lau lau into stock pot with steamer.
  8. Steam for 3 hours.
  9. Unwrap and eat!

Preparation time: 30 minute(s)

Cooking time: 3 hour(s)
Culinary tradition: Hawaiian

Note: I have made this dish 3 times now. I prefer to have twice as many pieces of pork butt and sweet potatoes as beef. Personal preference is best.