Kid Foodie Fridays: Hawaii-Kine, Easy Malasadas

malasada recipe

What do you call a donut without a hole?

A MALASADA

Pronouced Mah-Lah-Sah-Dah, it is one of the best desserts from the islands of Hawaii.

Deep-fried, doughy goodness…you can’t just have one.

Find out how to make our fast and easy recipe for Hawaii’s famous malasada…recipe below!

malasada recipe

Hawaii-Style Easy Malasadas

THE ORIGINAL MALASADA

Malasadas are one of the “must-have” local foods of Hawaii so make sure you try one when visiting the island of Oahu. It is a light, fluffy, delicious deep fried dough ball rolled in sugar.

They were introduced by Portuguese immigrants who worked in the plantation fields not too long ago.

Growing up on Oahu, our family would visit Leonard’s Bakery, the home of the original malasada, on weekends or buy them by the dozen whenever there was a potluck or family gathering. To date, almost every family in Hawaii still does the same.

malasada recipe

There are many different kinds of malasada recipe online which you could use…but if you want to try a tasty, quick and easy recipe then jot down our recipe and watch our video below.

EASY MALASADA RECIPE

malasada recipeIngredients:

  • Pilsbury Grand! Flaky Biscuit
  • 2 Cups of Sugar
  • 3 Cups of Oil
      

Instructions:

  1. Open can of biscuits, separate and place on a place.
  2. Pour sugar into a medium size bowl, set aside.
  3. Pour oil into medium size pot and place on stove.
  4. Turn stove on to medium heat for at least 4-5 minutes.
  5. Oil should reach a temperature of 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) so it cooks evenly.
  6. Drop dough by big teaspoonfuls into oil, fry until golden brown.
  7. Remove and drain oil on paper napkin.
  8. Dip and roll biscuits in sugar until fully coated.
  9. Eat and enjoy!


Hawaii-Kine, Easy Malasadas
 
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Malasadas are a doughnut without a hole. These deep fried balls of dough are cooked until golden brown on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside.
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Recipe type: Malasadas
Cuisine: Dessert
Serves: 1 dozen
Ingredients
  • Pilsbury Grand! Flaky Biscuit
  • 2 Cups of Sugar
  • 3 Cups of Oil
Instructions
  1. Open can of biscuits, separate and place on a place.
  2. Pour sugar into a medium size bowl, set aside.
  3. Pour oil into medium size pot and place on stove.
  4. Turn stove on to medium heat for at least 4-5 minutes.
  5. Oil should reach a temperature of 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) so it cooks evenly.
  6. Drop dough by big teaspoonfuls into oil, fry until golden brown.
  7. Remove and drain oil on paper napkin.
  8. Dip and roll biscuits in sugar until fully coated.
  9. Eat and enjoy!
 

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7 Comments

  • A native of Hawaii who migrated to PA, we love this recipe. My husband is Portuguese so we cook the traditional malasada for Fat Tuesday. Thank you for this EASy recipe. Mahalo.

    • Mahalo for the comment! We love malasadas and always miss them when we’re traveling, so this recipe is a good way to feel closer to home! 🙂

  • Sorry, this is a fried doughnut not a malasada. I’m from Hawaii and pure Portuguese. Yes, this fried doughnuts must taste good, but don’t call it a malasada it is insulting to my grandmother and our culture.

    • Dear Stacey,

      Thank you for your feedback, but I am also deeply offended by your post.

      1) I am a native Hawaiian and born and raised on the island of Oahu. My grandmother (who is pure-Hawaiian) made this easy version of a malasada for all 56 of her grandchildren. I clearly highlighted that this was an EASY version of the Portuguese malasada in my post. So I am offended that you are calling out my grandmother insulting your culture.

      2) Second, and more importantly; if you were born and raised in Hawaii you would know that people from all walks of life have plagiarized our Hawaiian and local dishes for years. I, of all people should be offended by the foods in Hawaii since I am Hawaiian. But I am not, I have evolved and so should you.

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