Today’s lomi lomi salmon recipe may take some time to make, but it’s actually simple and requires hardly any effort at all.
And unlike a parmesan crusted salmon or one of our best fish pies, lomi lomi has no heat applied (but turns out quite spicy!) Let’s begin.
What Is Lomi Lomi Salmon?
Lomi lomi salmon is a popular Hawaiian side dish.
In Hawaiian language, the word “lomilomi” means kneading or massaging. While it’s the name of a Hawaiian massage technique, it also refers to the preparation method for the salmon.
Traditionally, lomi lomi salmon is made with preferably homemade salted salmon. A special type of Hawaiian salt is used to rub onto a piece of salmon fillet and cure it.
This cured fish has an enjoyably interesting texture that makes you keep on eating and chewing it. Once you have the salted fish, you can start making lomi lomi salmon.
Simply cut the cured fish and mix it with sweet onions, tomatoes, scallions, cilantro, or whatever your heart desires.
Is Lomi Lomi Salmon Healthy?
Like many of our dishes, today’s lomi lomi recipe also follows our healthy eating guideline. This means that you don’t have to worry about excessive calories, saturated fat, or sodium when it comes to our recipe.
Now, let’s take a look at salmon nutritional values.
Salmon is high in protein. A 3-oz fillet can give you roughly 19g of protein. Thanks to its high protein content, salmon may help you lose weight.
Compared to other types of meat, salmon is fairly low in calories. So, when you eat salmon, you consume fewer calories while staying full longer.
When you eat the right food, you’ll be satiated and won’t snack on too much food. This can reduce your calorie intake significantly.
In addition, high protein foods such as salmon help build muscle. So, we recommend working out regularly to gain muscle and tone your body.
Besides protein, salmon can also provide you with omega-3, a good type of fat that won’t have negative effects on your cholesterol levels. It can also give you many antioxidants and micronutrients such as potassium, selenium, and B vitamins.
How Many Calories Are in Our Recipe?
Our lomi lomi salmon contains about 207 calories per serving. One serving can give a hefty portion of protein and vegetables.
Since this is a side dish, you will need to pair it with a main dish to consume for food to be full. You will also need more calories to fuel your body and keep it functioning.
Main Ingredients for This Dish
The main ingredients for this dish are often salted salmon, tomatoes, onions, and scallions. However, we customize the recipe to make it more flavorful and enjoyable.
Here are our ingredients:
- Raw salmon: We use boneless, skinless sockeye salmon for today’s recipe.
- Onions and shallots: Though at first glance, they may taste similar, but shallots are actually milder and a bit sweeter.
- Tomatoes: We use roughly 1 part tomatoes to 2 parts salmon so that you get a bit of freshness in every bite.
- Lime juice: This adds acidity and brightens up the dish. It also help “cook” the salmon, taking the raw taste off as well.
- Olive oil and sesame oil: A touch of oil adds fragrance and brings the dish together.
- Jalapeño: These green spicy peppers add heat to our dish. It also balances out the lime and fatty olive oil.
- Cashew: Adding these crunchy nuts to the dish will give it an interesting mix of textures.
- Salt, sugar, and pepper: Sugar is not a traditional seasoning in a lomi lomi recipe. However, it helps curing the fish better and makes the sour taste of lime less sharp.
- Herbs: Scallions and cilantro. These fresh herbs give the dish more flavor and aroma— making it tasty and wholesome.
How to Prepare Salmon for This Recipe
As mentioned, salted salmon is a crucial ingredient for today’s recipe. You can find it in a fishmonger’s, but it can cost less making your own.
We recommend buying a boneless, skin-on fillet and cure it yourself to make salted salmon. Here’s how you prepare it:
- Place the fillet on a cutting board, skin-side down. Cut into the fish, as close to the skin as possible, and remove the skin.
- Rinse the salmon gently to remove and scraps.
- Pat it dry thoroughly with a kitchen towel.
Now your fish fillet is ready to be salted.
It doesn’t make a difference whether you plan on curing or cooking salmon, the preparation is essentially the same. Check out these maple glazed salmon, pan seared salmon, and poached salmon recipes and give it a try.
How to Make Lomi Lomi Salmon
Here is a brief step-by-step instruction of our lomi lomi salmon recipe:
Prepare the fish.
Cure the fish.
Cut the fish.
Mix the salad.
Full ingredient measurements and detailed instructions are available in the recipe section below.
Lomi lomi salmon can be served at room temperature but it will taste better when chilled. If you have the time, we recommend putting it in the fridge for a couple of hours before serving.
More Salmon Recipes to Try Out:
- Salmon Steak. Seasoned, then seared steaks create a flavorful dinner enriched with a delectable wine and butter sauce.
- Salmon Burger. Turn your home meal into an envious restaurant dish with boneless salmon and some lightly seared buns.
- Broiled Salmon. A golden baked fish seasoned with a honey and Worcestershire sauce is served along with cooked quinoa and asparagus.
- Lemon Pepper Salmon. Along with this self-revelatory dish is a white wine and butter sauce that makes it ten times more lush and irresistible; it easily creates a fancy meal.
- Blackened Salmon Tacos. These scrumptious tacos are a fun way to end your night. They feature Cajun-seasoned fish and a mango salsa served in crunchy corn tortillas.
- Salmon Piccata. Fresh pink fish dusted in flour and pan-seared in butter then simmered in a lemon and capers cream sauce to finish a rich, redolent dish.
How Long Does Lomi Lomi Salmon Last?
Since our lomi lomi salmon contains cured fish mixed with vegetables, it can only last for about 3 days.
That being said, the salted fish alone can last up to 5 days. We recommend keeping it in its curing salt and in an airtight container to prolong shelf life..
Can You Freeze Lomi Lomi Salmon?
Since this lomi lomi salmon is so addictive, you may need to make a big batch to satisfy your cravings.
Although this cured fish can only last 3 days in the fridge, it can stay good for a month in the freezer. Putting it in a zip lock bag or an airtight container can prevent freezer burn and retain its flavor.
Keep in mind that you should freeze the cured fish only and leave all fresh ingredients out. When you want to eat lomi lomi salmon, prepare the fresh ingredients while you wait for the fish to thaw.
Other recipes you may want to try:
Lomi Lomi Salmon RecipePrint RATE
- 12 oz skinless boneless salmon
- 3/8 tsp salt divided in ¼ tsp and ⅛ tsp
- 1/2 tsp sugar divided
- 2 tbsp lime juice freshly squeezed
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 2 oz onion finely diced
- 0.5 oz shallot finely minced
- 1 oz cilantro roughly chopped
- 0.2 oz scallions finely chopped
- 1 oz jalapeno finely diced
- 7 oz tomatoes seeds remove, finely diced
- 1.5 oz cashew roasted, roughly chopped
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- Prepare the fish: Gently rinse and clean the salmon. Use a kitchen towel and pat it dry thoroughly.
- Cure the fish: Place the piece of salmon on a dish. Sprinkle ¼ tsp salt and ¼ tsp sugar on the salmon. Coat evenly on all sides. Cover with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for at least 8 hours.
- Cut the fish: Rinse the salmon to remove the salt and sugar. Place it on a cutting board and cut into small cubes. Put the salmon into a bowl and marinade with lime juice for 5 minutes.
- Mix the salad: In a large bowl, combine ⅛ tsp salt, ¼ tsp sugar, the rest of the ingredients, and the salmon along with lime juice. Mix gently.
- Serve: Transfer the salmon to a serving platter. It will taste better when served chilled.
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