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Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Salmon Recipe

Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Salmon Recipe

It’s not a luau if there’s no lomi lomi salmon. It would be like trying to eat a PB&J without any jelly. You just can’t do it. Fortunately, no matter where you live in the US, it’s pretty easy to make your own kalua pig and lomi salmon at home. Here’s our version of lomi lomi salmon below.


  • Salted Salmon (About 1 pound)
  • 3-4 Ripe Tomatoes
  • 1 Sweet Onion (Maui onion is our favorite)
  • Green Onion
  • Hawaiian Salt (Do not use table salt!)


  1. Buy a slab of salmon, rub Hawaiian salt all over it, Lomi (massage) that buggah and place it in a glass dish. Cover it with saran wrap and place it in your fridge to cure overnight. Using fresh salmon really makes a difference. The salted salmon you buy in the store is often way too salty. Fresh kine is da best.
  2. On day 2, take out your salmon. Wash it, pat it dry, and then dice it. Also make sure to take out all the skin and bones!
  3. Dice your tomatoes and sweet onion, and chop up a few stalks of green onion.
  4. Throw everything in a large bowl and add Hawaiian salt to taste. Lomi or massage the ingredients with your fingers to combine. Let the mixture rest and soak up flavor for at least a few hours before your party starts.
  5. About an hour before serving, add crushed or cubed ice. The melting ice will make the lomi salmon nice and juicy!!

Again, this is something we usually only make for parties in large quantities, so apologies if the measurements aren’t very exact. Just eyeball your ingredients to make sure you have the right ratio of tomato to onion to salmon. Also, the above Hawaiian plate can not be mailed to you :( 

P.S. Click here for our Kalua Pork Recipe.

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Merle - October 10, 2022

Since I stock up a lot of smoked sliced salmon lox to eat with bagels & cream cheese, I also use the lox to make lomi salmon and happy because it is tasty, not toxic farmed-raised salmon, but wild caught.

Serena - April 15, 2021

Thank you for putting the real way to make it, Food Network did an insult to Hawaii and it’s culture/traditions when they put a recipe they called Lomi Salmon on it. I love yours I’ve never made my own I always bought at the stores so not that I’m not living at Home in Hawaii but now in California I needed a recipe and found yours!

DOminic Jetnill - January 10, 2020

Always wanted to make some… thought it was hard to make when my Hawaiian in law “told me how,” but then it sounds pretty simple! Just like you say, " it’s like eating PBNJ without “Jelly” thaaat simple! Thank you for sharing and will do sure make one!
Thank You

Bruce D Drury - May 7, 2019

Being a born and raised Kailua boy who loves to cook, I found the best measurement is, for example, 1 cup cut up salmon, one cup tomato, one cup onion, one cup green onion, thats it ! Equal amounts of ingredients…

Cam Miller Olela - June 21, 2017

It’s mean to show the plate lunch and then tell us we can’t have it!

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