Gale's Shortcut Beef Luau Stew Recipe

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Gale's Shortcut Beef Luau Stew

Gale Medeiros-Costa


I used to make beef luau stew the traditional way with fresh luau leaves that take time to clean, de-rib and cook down. Now I just use leftover laulau from my freezer or buy it fresh from Costco. So fast and easy! My recipe was just featured in Hawaii's HMSA Online magazine (HMSA is Hawaii's largest health insurer and my employer). I hope you can find laulau in your neck of the woods or you perhaps even make your own.

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4-6 people


10 Min


2 Hr


2 lb
stew meat, cut in chunks
3-5 large
laulau, fresh (or thawed if using frozen laulau)
hawaiian salt (rock salt; kosher works as well)
water to cover

Directions Step-By-Step

Place stew meat in a Dutch oven or large pot and fill with enough water to cover. Boil till meat is tender but not falling apart, approximately two hours.
Once meat is fork tender, remove but do not discard water, leaving about a cup or two remaining in the pot.
Lower heat to medium low. Remove the outer ti leaves from the laulau and place in the pot with the beef and remaining cooking water. With a wooden spoon, gently break apart the laulau and mix together with the beef. Be careful not to scorch. You may add salt if desired. Check consistency and add a little of the reserved liquid from the stew meat if need to. You don't want it too watery or soupy. Serve over hot rice or with poi.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Other Main Dishes
Other Tag: Quick & Easy