‘Ulu Recipes

Browse our tested breadfruit recipes for everything from appetizers and main courses to side dishes and desserts. Soon you’ll be asking yourself, What can’t ‘ulu do?

Breadfruit Recipes

Ratatʻulu

Check out this ratatʻulu recipe, a ratatouille using breadfruit.

‘Ulu Lilikoi Cheesecake

This easy to make no-bake ʻulu lilikoi cheesecake uses ripe ʻulu!

Mapo ‘Ulu

Try out this local twist on a popular Chinese dish from Sichuan province.

Kansui ʻUlu Noodles

Slurp up these homemade noodles by Chef Harrison Ines of Restaurant XO.

ʻUlu & Black-Eyed Pea Burger Patties

Easily add plant-based foods to your diet with these breadfruit & black-eyed pea patties.

Handmade Farm-to-Table ʻUlu Pierogies

This spectacular pierogi recipe uses breadfruit flour for the dough & mature breadfruit for the filling.

NOT SURE HOW TO COOK BREADFRUIT?

Easy ʻUlu Recipes

How to Cook Breadfruit

Learn how to cook ‘ulu (breadfruit), a nutritious well-balanced traditional polynesian staple.

How to Cook ʻUlu the Traditional Way

We learned from ʻUlu Ambassador Ricky Rocker how to cook ʻUlu over the fire the traditional way, a method he has been using for 50 years.

Baked ʻUlu Chips

Try this simple, tasty snack! It has less fat than fried potato chips and is just as ‘ono!


KNOW YOUR ‘ULU

ʻUlu Maturity Stages

Breadfruit can be eaten at every development stage. As the fruit grows, each stage yields a different taste and texture profile that can be used for specific culinary purposes. Watch our video: ʻUlu Maturity Stages.

Baby – Young ‘ulu has a taste and texture similar to artichoke hearts and is ideal for pickling, marinating, or used like a firm vegetable in salads and stir-fries.

Mature – Larger but nearly as firm as baby ‘ulu, Mature fruit has a potato-like consistency and can be steamed, boiled, fried, baked, or cooked the traditional way: roasted directly in a fire or imu!

Ripe – As ‘ulu ripens it becomes soft and sweet and can be eaten raw or used in desserts and baked goods. Ripe ‘ulu has hints of sweet potato, banana, and pineapple flavors.

Baker's Ripe – ‘Ulu at its ripest. The super soft, sweet, and fragrant fruit is used in desserts, baked goods, breads, batters, ice cream, smoothies, sauces, and more. 

Baby – Young ‘ulu has a taste and texture similar to artichoke hearts and is ideal for pickling, marinating, or used like a firm vegetable in salads and stir-fries.

Mature – Larger but nearly as firm as baby ‘ulu, Mature fruit has a potato-like consistency and can be steamed, boiled, fried, baked, or cooked the traditional way: roasted directly in a fire or imu!

Ripe – As ‘ulu ripens it becomes soft and sweet and can be eaten raw or used in desserts and baked goods. Ripe ‘ulu has hints of sweet potato, banana, and pineapple flavors.

Baker's Ripe – ‘Ulu at its ripest. The super soft, sweet, and fragrant fruit is used in desserts, baked goods, breads, batters, ice cream, smoothies, sauces, and more.

Kalo

The most quintessential of all Hawaiian crops, kalo has been a local staple in the islands for millenia. Now it’s easier to access and incorporate into your menu than ever before! Simply heat and serve, pound into poi or pa‘i‘ai, or get creative with contemporary dishes such as kalo hash, patties, fries, salads, and more!

Kalo

The most quintessential of all Hawaiian crops, kalo has been a local staple in the islands for millenia. Now it’s easier to access and incorporate into your menu than ever before! Simply heat and serve, pound into poi or pa‘i‘ai, or get creative with contemporary dishes such as kalo hash, patties, fries, salads, and more!

Pala‘ai

Sweet, orange squashes with a pumpkin- like texture are delicious roasted, grilled, in stews and stir-fries, or puréed in mashes, soups, pies, and desserts.

Pala‘ai

Sweet, orange squashes with a pumpkin- like texture are delicious roasted, grilled, in stews and stir-fries, or puréed in mashes, soups, pies, and desserts.

‘Uala

Add nutrients, antioxidants, and vibrant color to your plate with our recipe-ready ‘uala. Perfect for mashes and hashes, chips, salads, pies, soups, and more!

‘Uala

Add nutrients, antioxidants, and vibrant color to your plate with our recipe-ready ‘uala. Perfect for mashes and hashes, chips, salads, pies, soups, and more!

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Sam Choy's ʻUlu Cookbook is a rare recipe collection devoted to a truly Hawaiian and Polynesian staple. The recipes are Sam's own, from friends, and from the Hawaiʻi ʻUlu Cooperative, who partnered in creating this book.