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Palusami Recipe

A recipe for Palusami. See also more Recipes from Hawaii, about Hawaii Dining and our Hawaii Travel Guide.

I was introduced to this version of the famous Samoan dish many years ago, when I was a guest at the luxurious Turtle Island Resort in Fiji. This Palusami recipe includes canned corned beef, coconut cream, and onions which are formed into bundles, wrapped in taro leaves, and baked. Other common fillings for Palusami are fish, shrimp, and meatless Palusami containing only coconut cream mixed with onions. I often make the corned beef version using spinich leaves instead of taro and some recipes use Luau leaves.


- 1 can of corned beef (#3 size)
- 1 cup finely chopped onions
- Unsweetened coconut milk
- 10 young taro leaves, or 2 pounds of fresh spinich leaves
- Aluminum Foil

Stuffed Leaves Instructions

Cook onions in butter until tender. Mix with corned beef and coconut milk and forum the mixture into bundles. Wrap bundles with taro leaves or spinich leaves. Bake 30 to 60 minutes at 350 degrees.

Casserole Instructions

Line the bottom of an 8 or 9 inch square pan with half the taro or spinach leaves. Cook onions in butter until tender and mix with corned beef and up to 8 ounces of unsweetened coconut milk. Pour the mixture over the leaves, and top with the remaining leaves. Cover pan tightly with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 60 minutes.

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