Making lau laus isn’t difficult at all – well, depending on how you make it. But this recipe is a quick, yes quick, and easy laulau recipe that you can make at home. You don’t need an imu (large cooking pit), nor even ti leaves. You’ll just need a few essential ingredients and a pressure cooker and you can make your very own laulaus.
Lau Lau Recipe
Credit to Ben of Hawaii Plumbing Contractors
- Pork Butt
- Luau Leaves
- Hawaiian Salt/Sea Salt
- Ti Leaves (Optional)
Cut the Pork Butt into approximately 1/2 a pound chunks and season well with Hawaiian Salt. De-stem the Luau Leaves, clean and rinse. Wrap the seasoned Pork Butt chunks with a stack of the cleaned Luau Leaves and wrap it tightly in foil.
In the pressure cooker, line the bottom with several balls of foil so that the foil wrapped Lau Laus won’t be touching the the bottom of the cooker. Fill the pressure cooker with Water about 1/3 of the way and place your wrapped Lau Laus in. Cover the pressure cooker with regulator attached and place it on the stove.
Once the pressure cooker starts sputtering, time it for 1 1/2 hours and your Lau Laus should be tender, moist, and “broke da mouth!”. Enjoy!
Tip: Add a piece of Butterfish or even Swordfish into your wrap for a more authentic Lau Lau meal!