With the passing of time, commercial fishermen made their way to Hawaii bringing with them some new flavors. On their frequent, but long journeys overseas, these fishermen usually had some type of salted fish on board their ships. The Hawaiian people incorporated some of these new flavors together to create a few new dishes for the lu'au spread -- one of these being lomilomi salmon. A truly fusion style dish, lomilomi salmon combines salted salmon and tomatoes for the ultimate "side salad".
Lomilomi salmon (serves two)
1 large tomato, diced
2 ounces salted salmon*, diced
1/2 cup crushed ice
2-3 stalks green onions, chopped
- If salted salmon is not available, substitute fresh salmon and a quarter teaspoon Hawaiian salt.
- If you'd like, a Maui onion may be chopped and added to this dish. If Maui onions are not available, substitute using a sweet onion such as Walla Walla.
- For a spicy kick, try adding a finely chopped Hawaiian chili pepper or two. If Hawaiian chili peppers are not available, substitute with a choped bird's eye chilli.
Soak salted salmon in water overnight. Rinse salmon well and dice. Place in a small bowl with crushed ice. Add diced tomatoes and chopped green onions, then gently "lomilomi" (masssage) by hand until well combined.
To be continued...