Today’s lomi lomi recipe may take some time to make, but it’s actually simple and requires only minimal effort. Let’s begin!
What Is Lomi Lomi Salmon?
Lomi lomi salmon is a popular Hawaiian side dish.
In the Hawaiian language, the word “lomilomi” means kneading or massaging. The name hints at the technique used to prepare the salmon.
Traditionally, Lomi lomi is made with homemade salted salmon. A particular type of Hawaiian salt is rubbed onto a salmon fillet to cure it.
This cured fish has an enjoyable texture and addictive flavor. We’re willing to bet that once you take a bite, you won’t be able to stop.
Once the fish is salted, you can begin making your lomi lomi salmon.
Cut the cured fish and mix it with sweet onions, tomatoes, scallions, cilantro, and whatever spices your heart desires.
Is Our Recipe Healthy?
Like many of our other recipes, today’s lomi lomi salmon also follows our healthy eating guidelines. This means that you don’t have to worry about excessive amounts of calories, saturated fats, or sodium.
Now, let’s take a look at salmon’s nutritional values.
Salmon is high in protein. A 3-oz fillet can give you roughly 19g of protein, which is relatively high compared to other types of fish.
Overall, though, salmon is fairly low in calories compared to many similar protein sources. So, when you eat salmon, you consume fewer calories but feel full longer.
Not only does salmon provide you with protein, but it also gives the body omega-3, a good type of fat that can have positive effects on your cholesterol levels.
In addition, salmon also provides the body with many antioxidants and micronutrients such as potassium, selenium, and B vitamins.
How Many Calories
Our lomi lomi salmon contains about 207 calories per serving. One serving provides you with a hefty portion of protein and vegetables.
Since this is a side dish, you will want to pair it with another dish in order to feel full. You will also need more calories to fully fuel your body and keep it functioning.
The main ingredients for this dish are often salted salmon, tomatoes, onions, and scallions. However, we have customized the recipe to make it more flavorful and enjoyable.
Here are our ingredients:
Raw salmon: We’ll use a boneless, skinless sockeye salmon for today’s recipe.
Onions and shallots: You may think these are quite similar in taste, but shallots are actually milder and a bit sweeter.
Tomatoes: We’ll use roughly one part of diced tomatoes for every two parts of salmon so that you get a bit of freshness in each bite.
Lime juice: This adds acidity and brightens up the dish. It also helps “cook” the salmon, reducing the raw taste as well.
Olive oil and sesame oil: The oils add fragrance and bring the dish together.
Jalapeño: These spicy peppers add heat to your dish. The spice 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 to cure 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 in today’s recipe. You can find it in a fishmonger, or save on costs by making it yourself.
We recommend buying a boneless, skin-on fillet and curing it yourself to make the 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 any scraps.
Thoroughly pat it dry with a kitchen towel.
Now your fish fillet is ready to be salted.
1. Tips on Serving Lomi Lomi
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.
2. How Long Does It Last?
Since our lomi lomi salmon contains cured fish mixed with vegetables, it can only last 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.
3. Can You Freeze?
Since this lomi lomi salmon is so addictive you may need to make a big batch to satisfy your cravings.
Although this cured fish will only last 3 days in the fridge, it can be preserved for a month in the freezer. Putting it in a ziplock bag or an airtight container will help prevent freezer burn and retain more 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.
What to Do With Leftover?
You can make some burgers with the leftover salmon, but if you’re into the rich and melt in the mouth sort of texture, you must give this salmon dip a try. It’s cooked salmon whipped in this luscious, tantalizing white sauce.
Prepare the fish: Gently rinse and clean 12 oz salmon. Use a kitchen towel and pat it dry thoroughly.
Cure the fish: Place the salmon on a piece of plastic wrap. Sprinkle 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp sugar on the salmon. Coat all sides evenly. Fold the plastic wrap over the salmon to cover and put it in the freezer for at least 10 minutes.
Cut the fish: Once cured, rinse the salmon to remove the salt and sugar. Pat it dry with a paper towel. Place it on a cutting board and cut into small cubes. Put the salmon into a bowl and marinate with 2 tbsp lime juice for 5 minutes.
Mix the salad: In a large bowl, combine 1/4 tsp sugar, the rest of the ingredients (1/4 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp olive oil, 1 tsp sesame oil, 2 oz onion, 0.5 oz shallot, 1 oz cilantro, 0.2 oz scallions, 1 oz jalapeno, 7 oz tomatoes, 1.5 oz cashews), and the salmon along with lime juice. Mix gently.
Serve: Transfer the salmon to a serving platter. It will taste better when served chilled.
For the salmon to achieve a better texture, it's best to cure the filet with salt and sugar in the fridge for at least 8 hours or overnight. Not only the texture, but the flavor will be far more superior.
Lomi Lomi Salmon
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 207Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Vitamin A 978IU
Vitamin C 23mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
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Lizzie Streit is a Minneapolis-based dietitian and founder of It’s a Veg World After All. She completed her MS in Human Nutrition from Drexel University, and is an expert in culinary nutrition, recipe development, and nutrition communications. Lizzie’s philosophy is centered around making nutrition recommendations, and especially the advice to eat more vegetables, approachable and realistic. She is excited to be working with the team at Healthy Recipes 101 to ensure that their recipes are both nutritious and delicious.
A great way to enjoy salmon in a unique Hawaiian style. Loved it!