How to Video: Aulani Inspired Hawaiian Snapper Lau Lau Recipe

hawaiian snapper lau lau recipe 2Last month I had the amazing opportunity to spend a few days at Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa in Hawaii. While there, I had the pleasure of meeting with Chef Kevin Chong for a delicious cooking tutorial on how to prepare a traditional Hawaiian dish served at the onsite Ama Ama restaurant. 

The Snapper Lau Lau is a fresh, light dish that would be perfect for these warm spring and summer evenings under strings of paper lanterns in your back yard. For a detailed step by step of the process, check out our video below and please feel free to download the recipe here to try it for yourself!

Since Ben was not able to join Whistler and I on our trip to Aulani, I wanted to try and bring back a little bit of Hawaii for him by preparing a slightly edited version of this dish using Mahi Mahi for dinner last week. I was so pleased with the results!

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Sauteed Spinach
2 cups Fresh Spinach
1 tsp Garlic, minced
1/2 tsp butter
1/2 tsp olive oil

2 tbsp Maui Onion, sliced
1 oz Citrus Champagne Vinegar 634039000115
2 oz Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 tsp Fresh Lemon Juice

1/2 tomato, sliced
1/4 Maui onion, thinly sliced
1 tbsp green onion, diced
1 tbsp basil, diced

1 7oz Snapper or Mahi Mahi filet
Hawaiian Sea Salt
Fresh Ground White Pepper


  1. Saute spinach and garlic in olive oil and butter until just barely wilted.
  2. Season Mahi Mahi with Hawaiian sea salt and fresh ground white pepper.
  3. Place the sautéed spinach in the center aluminum foil sheets.
  4. Place the Mahi Mahi on top of the spinach.
  5. Fold to create a packet.
  6. Steam for about 7-10 minutes or until the Mahi is cooked thoroughly. (you could also throw this on the grill!)
  7. Meanwhile, place onion and vinegar in a blender and blend on high speed.
  8. Lower the speed of the blender and drizzle in the extra virgin olive oil.
  9. Season with lemon juice, sea salt and fresh ground white pepper and strain through a fine sieve.
  10. Place the dressing in a bowl.
  11. Add the finely sliced Maui onion, tomatoes, green onions, basil and toss. Season with sea salt and fresh ground white pepper.
  12. Open the lau lau and carefully scoop spinach with fish onto a plate. 
  13. Spoon the sauce on top of the fish.

This is just a small taste of the Disney Aulani Resort – I have soooo much more to share with you including information about their new expansion, our vacation experience including Auntie’s Beach House and the Spa – OH THE SPA! So please be sure to stop back next for our next article with Disney Aloha Magic!

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Thank you to Disney for hosting me and my son at the incredible Aulani Resort. We created a lifetime of memories and can wait to tell you all about our stay. Even though our travel expenses were graciously covered, our opinions remain our own.

33 thoughts on “How to Video: Aulani Inspired Hawaiian Snapper Lau Lau Recipe”

  1. What a beautiful post and your Mahi Lau Lau looks delicious! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. What a fantastic opportunity and this looks amazing! Thanks for sharing at the #WWDParty – Happy Summer Solstice 2014!

  3. This recipe looks fabulous and so fresh. Is this recipe for a single serving? How many ounces of fish per serving?

    • Oh my goodness! I can’t believe I forgot to list the most important ingredient – the FISH!! LOL! Yes, this recipe is for a single serving. Use one 7 ounces filet.

  4. I love mahi mahi. This looks amazing. I imagine it tastes even better in that setting:)

  5. I’m not even a fish-eater and I think your recipe looks great! What a beautiful setting you had for cooking in Hawaii!

  6. Oh my gosh – the food looks delicious and the location looks wonderful! I hubby was just talking about getting some Mahi Mahi to grill. I have pinned your recipe! Thanks

  7. That looks so pretty (and tasty)! We’re working on getting more fish in. And what a great trip you had I’m sure!

  8. You’re got food on my mind now, and Hawaii. That dish looks great, especially on warm days when you don’t want to make anything too heavy. I’ll have to show this recipe to my husband, he’s the cook in the house.

  9. Gorgeous photos! I can’t wait to try this recipe. I’m so tired of winter comfort food, I need light and tropical!

  10. This is so much fun! I love the video, I always find it intriguing to watch people cook in their element. This recipe looks amazing and I love that it’s so fresh and has an abundance of natural ingredients. Thanks for giving us a peek of the food out at the resort!

  11. What a delicious looking recipe. I love Hawaii (in fact I got married in Maui) and also love Disney so would love to check out Disney Aulani Resort, maybe even next year for my 10th wedding anniversary.

  12. I wish my husband enjoyed seafood, because that dish looks so tasty! Going to Hawaii is on my bucket list, since we love the Disney cruise ships, I’m pretty sure that we’d like staying at the Aulani.

  13. That sounds incredibly tasty and the background of those pictures with the water/beach make me LONG for summer. It looks gorgeous!

  14. Thank you so much for this recipe. I have a hard time finding recipes that I can eat. This is one I know both my Hubs and I will enjoy.

  15. I am trying to incorporate more fish in my diet. This throwback to my honeymoon days in Hawaii is a great way to start!

  16. Wow! Hawaii, one of my bucket place to visit someday. The beach looks refreshing and oh what a paradise. You look beautiful :-) The chef is hot too :P I love to eat fish. This recipe is driving me nuts and you make me drool lady :-) Thank you for sharing the recipe :-)

  17. Wow, that looks amazing! I love seafood and all the fresh ingredients! Yum! I’m glad he said you could use aluminum foil…. since that’s much more readily available for me. :)


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