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Lazy Lu'au with spinach and taro leaves

 Came up with this recipe because I realized I really wanted to make Lu’au stew and low and behold, I did not have enough taro leaves. It came out winner because the spinach thickened it a little and it had the taste of lu’au as if spinach was not there.
Besides in my neck of the woods it cost a lot to buy one package of frozen taro leaves so we slice the budget down a tad bit. For all of us that have cooked taro leaves before, it’s a pain of an extra step…Worth it for lau lau, however. Not today!
Posted By: Caroline's Food Creations Blogspot
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Hawaiian
Calories 1739 kcal


  • 2 lbs. beef brisket cut into 1 inch cubes (I don’t trim fat)
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 tbsp. Hawaiian or rock salt
  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 or 2 pkg. (1 lb. bag) frozen taro leaves ** I used 1 pkg. and 2 pkg. fresh spinach
  • 1 whole onion diced
  • 10 cloves garlic
  • 5 cups beef stock **sometimes 1 cup diced carrots 


  • In a pot, heat oil and brown beef with garlic.
  • Add onions and sauté until translucent.
  • Add beef stock and 2 cups water, and 1 tbsp. Hawaiian salt.
  • Bring to boil and simmer, partially covered, until the meat is fork tender, 2 or more hours.
  • Add the remaining water and spinach, melt down spinach for a few minutes and then drained frozen taro leaves.
  • Simmer for about 20 more minutes. 
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

How To Serve:

  • Good to go! Splash of chili pepper water if you like spice. Serve over one bowl rice and BAM! There you go lazy ONO lu’au.


**you can add beef bouillon cubes if more beef flavor desired. At anytime if liquid evaporates, add more beef broth to keep beef emerged.
Note that nutrition information is as per recipe not as per servings.


Calories: 1739kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 214gFat: 83gSaturated Fat: 25gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 41gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 562mgSodium: 8885mgPotassium: 5356mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 147IUVitamin B1: 1mgVitamin B5: 3mgVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 238mgIron: 21mg
Keyword lu'au, stew, spinach, taro leaves,lau lau
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