What to serve with luau pork, you ask?
As I sit here salivating at the thought of mouthwatering luau pork, I can’t help but crave the perfect sides to complement this delectable dish.
Lucky for you, I’ve rounded up the 15 best options to satisfy your taste buds.
From classic Hawaiian rice to tangy macaroni salad, and even grilled pineapple for a burst of sweetness, these sides will take your luau experience to a whole new level.
So, get ready to indulge in a symphony of flavors that will transport you straight to the islands.
To make this rice, start by rinsing 1 cup of jasmine rice under cold water until the water runs clear. Then, in a saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter and add the rice. Cook for a few minutes until the rice is lightly toasted.
Next, add 1 and 3/4 cups of water, 1/4 cup of coconut milk, and a pinch of salt. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the rice is tender.
Fluff with a fork and serve alongside your juicy luau pork. Aloha!
For a classic Hawaiian meal, don’t forget to include a delicious macaroni salad as a side dish.
Macaroni salad is a staple in Hawaiian cuisine and adds a creamy and refreshing element to any meal.
I love making my macaroni salad with elbow macaroni, mayonnaise, diced onions, and celery.
Sometimes I even add a little bit of grated carrot for some extra color and crunch.
The combination of flavors and textures in the macaroni salad perfectly complements the rich and smoky flavors of luau pork.
It’s a match made in heaven!
If you’re looking for a delicious and tropical addition to your meal, try grilling some pineapple to bring out its natural sweetness.
Grilled pineapple is a fantastic side dish that pairs perfectly with luau pork. The smoky flavor from the grill enhances the pineapple’s already sweet and juicy taste.
To prepare it, simply slice the pineapple into rings or spears and brush them with a mixture of melted butter, brown sugar, and a pinch of cinnamon. Then, grill the pineapple for a few minutes on each side until it gets those beautiful charred grill marks.
The heat caramelizes the sugars in the fruit, creating a delightful combination of flavors. Grilled pineapple adds a refreshing and tangy element to your meal, making it a must-try side dish for your next luau feast.
It’s a match made in culinary heaven.
The creamy texture of the coconut coleslaw complements the smoky flavors of the grilled pineapple and adds a refreshing element to the meal. I love how the richness of the coconut pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the pineapple.
Making the coleslaw is a breeze – just combine shredded cabbage, carrots, and coconut flakes in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, coconut milk, lime juice, and a pinch of salt. Pour the dressing over the cabbage mixture and toss until everything is well-coated.
The result is a creamy and tangy coleslaw with a tropical twist. It’s the perfect side dish to serve alongside luau pork, adding a burst of flavor and a cool contrast to the smoky meat.
You can easily make a delicious mango salsa by combining diced mango, red onion, jalapeno, lime juice, and cilantro in a bowl.
It’s a refreshing and tangy side dish that pairs perfectly with luau pork.
First, I dice the ripe mango into small pieces and finely chop the red onion. Then, I remove the seeds from the jalapeno and dice it as well.
I add all these ingredients to a bowl and squeeze fresh lime juice over them. Finally, I sprinkle chopped cilantro on top and give everything a good mix.
The flavors of the sweet mango, spicy jalapeno, and tangy lime juice blend together beautifully.
This mango salsa adds a burst of tropical flavors to the meal and is sure to impress your guests.
To make a delicious sweet potato casserole, simply combine mashed sweet potatoes, brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon in a mixing bowl.
I love the combination of the creamy sweet potatoes with the rich brown sugar and butter. It creates a heavenly, sweet and savory flavor that is irresistible.
After mixing everything together, I transfer the mixture into a baking dish and sprinkle it with a generous amount of cinnamon. Then, I bake it in the oven until it’s golden brown and bubbling.
The aroma that fills the kitchen is absolutely mouthwatering. Once it’s done, I let it cool slightly before serving it.
The sweet potato casserole is the perfect side dish for any occasion, whether it’s a holiday feast or a simple weeknight dinner.
For a refreshing twist, try adding a variety of tropical fruits to your salad.
I love creating a tropical fruit salad because it adds a burst of vibrant flavors to any meal.
To give it a little kick, I squeeze fresh lime juice over the fruits and sprinkle some shredded coconut on top. The combination of flavors is simply irresistible.
This tropical fruit salad is not only delicious, but it also adds a pop of color to your plate.
Whether you’re serving it as a side dish or a refreshing dessert, this salad is sure to be a hit at your next gathering.
Lomi Lomi Salmon is a traditional Hawaiian dish that combines diced salmon with tomatoes, onions, and seasonings. It’s a dish that holds a special place in my heart because it reminds me of my trips to Hawaii.
The salmon is typically marinated in salt and then combined with fresh tomatoes and onions. The flavors are bright and refreshing, with a hint of acidity from the tomatoes and a slight crunch from the onions.
The dish is usually served chilled, making it perfect for hot summer days. I love the way the flavors meld together and how the salmon becomes tender and flavorful after marinating. Lomi Lomi Salmon is a delicious and unique addition to any Hawaiian-inspired meal.
You’ll love the refreshing flavors of Green Papaya Salad, a vibrant dish that combines shredded green papaya with a tangy dressing and crunchy peanuts.
I first discovered this salad during my trip to Thailand, and it instantly became one of my favorite dishes.
The crispness of the shredded green papaya, combined with the zesty dressing made with lime juice, fish sauce, and chili, creates a burst of flavors in every bite.
The addition of crunchy peanuts adds a delightful texture to the salad.
It’s the perfect balance of sweet, sour, and spicy, making it a great accompaniment to any meal.
Whether you’re serving it as a side dish or as a light lunch, Green Papaya Salad is a must-try.
I can’t resist the irresistible aroma of Hawaiian Sweet Bread fresh out of the oven. The moment I catch a whiff, my mouth starts watering and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into a warm, fluffy slice.
The sweet, buttery taste melts in my mouth, making it the perfect accompaniment to any meal. Whether I’m having a backyard barbecue or a casual dinner at home, Hawaiian Sweet Bread always takes the spotlight. Its soft texture and delicate sweetness make it a crowd favorite, and it pairs well with everything from savory meats to tangy spreads.
I love how versatile it is, whether I’m using it to make sandwiches or simply enjoying it on its own. Hawaiian Sweet Bread is truly a treat that I can never resist.
The kalua pig sliders are a delicious and savory option for any gathering or party. These sliders are a crowd favorite and always a hit whenever I serve them.
The tender and juicy kalua pig, slow-cooked to perfection, is piled high onto soft and fluffy slider buns. The smoky and flavorful pork is complemented by a tangy and slightly sweet barbecue sauce, and topped with crispy, tangy coleslaw for the perfect balance of flavors and textures.
These sliders are not only incredibly tasty, but they are also easy to make and can be prepared ahead of time, making them a convenient choice for any event. Whether it’s a casual backyard barbecue or a festive luau, the kalua pig sliders are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
For a delicious and refreshing appetizer, try mixing fresh shrimp with soy sauce, sesame oil, and other flavorful ingredients to create a mouthwatering shrimp poke.
I love making shrimp poke because it’s so simple yet packed with amazing flavors.
First, I marinate the shrimp in a mixture of soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and a touch of honey for sweetness. Then, I let it sit in the fridge for about 30 minutes to let the flavors meld together.
Once marinated, I add in some diced cucumber, green onions, and sesame seeds for added crunch and texture.
The result is a mouthwatering dish that is perfect for serving as an appetizer or even a light lunch.
After enjoying the delicious Shrimp Poke, I couldn’t resist trying another traditional Hawaiian dish called Haupia. This coconut pudding is the perfect way to end a luau meal.
The smooth and creamy texture of Haupia melts in your mouth, leaving a subtle taste of coconut. It’s like a tropical dessert paradise!
The simplicity of the ingredients, which include coconut milk, sugar, and cornstarch, allows the natural flavors to shine through. I love how versatile Haupia is too.
You can serve it plain or get creative by adding fresh fruit, such as pineapple or mango, for an extra burst of sweetness. Whether you’re a coconut lover or simply looking to indulge in a delightful dessert, Haupia is the ultimate treat to complement your luau pork feast.
Ben, a culinary enthusiast and owner of RelishedRecipes.com, shares his passion for food and cooking through delectable recipes and valuable tips. Ben delights in exploring international cuisines and inspiring home cooks on their culinary journeys.