Like to come home to a ready-cooked meal? Short of kitchen time? Here are locally flavored recipes for the crock pot and slow cooker gathered by Hawaii’s leading food columnists.

Authors: Betty Shimabukuro and Joleen Oshiro


Kickoff Cookoff

Chicken Adobo
Chicken Long Rice
Portuguese Bean Soup
Shoyu Chicken

The Soup Pot

Lentil-Vegetable Soup
Chicken Jasmine Rice Jook (Soon Doo Bu)
Making Stock
Creamy Curried Butternut Soup
Pho Made Easy
Slow-Cooked Jook

Veggies & Sides

Taro Cake
Okinawan Sweet Potato Salad
Cauliflower Casserole
Miso Eggplant
Tofu-Stuffed Aburage
Mac-Nut Stuffing
Sweet Potatoes with Fruit and Mac Nuts
Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Slow-Simmered Kabocha
Steamed Whole Artichokes with Sriracha Sauce
Szechuan Eggplant with Daikon
Lemony Broccoli with Ginger Slivers

Enter the Entrée


Chicken Lu‘au
Chicken Papaya
Chicken Hekka
Thai Chicken Curry
Spicy Honey-Garlic Wings
Chinese Chicken Curry Hot Pot
Korean-Style Chicken Thighs
Spicy Miso Chicken


Local Style Curry
Oxtail Stew
Galbi Jim (Korean Short Rib and Pear Stew)
Oriental Steak
Kare-Kare Oxtail Stew
Short-Rib Stew with Sweet Potatoes and Taro
Chinese-Style Oxtail Stew
Corned Beef with Kim Chee and Guava
Hearty Poi Stew


Kalua Pig
Miso Pork
Ma Po Tofu
Portuguese Sausage Chili
Pulled Pork with Guava Barbecue Sauce
Stuffed Bittermelon with Black Bean Sauce
Stuffed Tofu
Sari Sari
Black Bean Spare Ribs
Hoisin-Guava Baby Back Ribs
Portuguese Sausage, Beans, and Beer
Stuffed Pork Chop Pasteles
Sweet-Sour Pig’s Feet
Deconstructed Lau Lau
Green Tea-Flavored Kalua Pork
Slow ‘Ono Lu‘au
Isle-Style Pulled Pork Sandwiches


Asparagus Risotto
Bean Casserole
Braised Abalone with Daikon
Salmon with Vegetables
Tofu Casserole
Vegetarian Oden with Black Sesame Drizzle
Black Sesame Sauce
Opah with Black Bean Sauce
Chinese-Style Steamed Fish
Dashi-Based Cioppino
Ginger-Lime Salmon Fillets
Lasagna, Like Magic
Liliko‘i BBQ Beans
Paniolo Chili
Thai-Style Vegetable Curry with Chickpeas
Spanish Rice

Desserts & Snacks

Jasmine Rice Pudding
Chinese Boiled Peanuts
Sweet Bread Pudding
Prune Mui
Easy Zenzai
Mango Crisp with Mac-Nut Topping
Chocolate Ensemada Bread Pudding Cake
Liliko‘i Cheesecake
Coconut Pudding with Tapioca Pearls
Chocolate Mochi Cake