This recipe for luau stew is made quick and easy in the Instant pot. Say what? What used to take hours to make can now be made in just about 45 minutes.
Juicy, tender beef chunks with vibrant green luau or kalo (taro) leaves pressure cooked in a beef broth come together in this classic Hawaiian dish. Growing up in Hawai’i meant always having this yummy meal at family gatherings.
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What are luau leaves?
Luau leaves come from the kalo (taro) plant and are used in various Hawaiian dishes. Luau leaves contain calcium oxalate crystals which can cause throat and mouth itching if not cooked down thoroughly. This is why stove top cooking usually takes 2-3 hours to get the leaves to an edible state. Not to fear though, this recipe uses the Instant Pot and speeds up the whole process.
Where can I find luau leaves?
Here in Hawai’i they can be found in the produce section of your local grocery stores. If you are in the mainland it may be a little harder to do so. Leave it to good old Amazon to find just about anything you could ever need, including luau leaves. I’ve found other sites online that also ship luau leaves.
If you can not find luau leaves you can try spinach or collard greens.
How to clean luau leaves?
Remove the stems from the leaves and any thickened raised veins. Rinse leaves in cool running water and dry before use.
Are luau or taro leaves healthy?
Yes. Luau leaves are rich in vitamin A and C
What type of meat is used in luau stew?
I like to use beef stew chunks.
Let’s talk about what goes well with luau stew
- Sticky white rice
- Macaroni salad
- Lomi salad
- Sweet potato
- Chicken long rice
How to store luau stew?
Once cooled, place in a airtight container and store in the fridge for a few days.
Can you freeze luau stew?
Yes. Make a big batch and freeze the extras for another night. It will keep for a few months.
How to make luau stew?
Set Instant Pot to saute mode. Trim off stems and thick veins from luau (taro) leaves. Rinse leaves well. Roll up leaves and cut into strips. To the Instant Pot add beef, ginger, Hawaiian salt, beef paste, and water. Then add luau leaves. Place lid on Instant Pot and set valve to sealing. Cook on manual high pressure for 25 minutes. Allow natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then quick release the remainder of the pressure.
- 1 pound luau (taro) leaves
- 1 1/2 pounds beef stew meat
- 4 slices ginger
- 1/2 - 1 tablespoon Hawaiian salt
- 1 teaspoon Better Than Bouillon Beef Base
- 1 cup water
- Set Instant Pot to saute mode.
- Trim off stems and thick veins from luau (taro) leaves. Rinse leaves well. Roll up leaves and cut into strips.
- To the Instant Pot add beef, ginger, Hawaiian salt, Better Than Bouillon Beef Base, and water. Then add luau leaves. Place lid on Instant Pot and set valve to sealing. Turn off saute mode. Cook on manual high pressure for 25 minutes. Allow natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then quick release the remainder of the pressure.
*You can replace Better Than Bouillon Beef Base with beef bouillon.
* If you can not find luau (taro) leaves, you can replace this with spinach or collard greens. This will change the taste of the recipe, however still yummy.
* Add salt to taste. Start with less. You can always add more. If adding Hawaiian salt after the dish has completed cooking be sure it is still hot and stir well to disolve the large crystals.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 366Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 169mgSodium: 939mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 56g
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