Tastes of Hawaii Recipe – Malasadas From Kauai’s Old Plantation Days

Week 1—Malasadas!


Freshly made Kauai malasadas!

Malasada Recipe

  • 1 pkg. dry yeast
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. lemon extract


Dissolve the yeast and the 1 tsp. sugar in the ¼ cup warm water. In a small bowl, beat the eggs until thick. Put the flour in a large bowl, make well in center. Add the yeast mix into eggs and add lemon extract, sugar, butter, milk, water, and salt. Mix thoroughly to form a soft dough. Cover and let rise until double. In deep fat, drop dough by spoonfuls, fry until brown. Drain and roll in sugar.

I hope that you will enjoy these “Tastes of Hawaii.” This is one of the Plantation Day’s favorites and is also a favorite to visitors to Kauai. Anyone that has been to the K-Mart in Lihue has had an opportunity to buy this yummy treat from the Malasada Lady!


Get your fresh malasadas at the Kauai malasada stand

I’ve heard it said that, “Nature made Hawaii beautiful, but her people made her great.” Hawaii is a wonderful mix of cultures and each of these peoples brought with them their customs and foods. The early plantation days saw these combining cultures creating foods that are unique only to Hawaii.

We thank these early pioneers who planted and nurtured these plantation fields, and created many of these amazing recipes. Because we have this rich Hawaiian heritage, I am going to start a running blog that will feature recipes with a Hawaiian flair. If you love collecting recipes, please check back, so that you can collect your favorites.

These will be recipes I’ve gotten from old Hawaiian cookbooks, and family and friends that have been willing to share their family “secrets.” I’m going to try to limit these recipes to those with ingredients that can be found almost anywhere, so don’t worry, you won’t have to shop for Poi, or other food items that you can only find here in Hawaii!

Collecting and sharing recipes of Hawaii is our hobby, but our passion is helping people with their real estate needs. Hawaii offers some of the most beautiful islands in the world and we believe Kauai has some of the very best real estate available. My sister and I work as a team to help people make their dreams come true. Please contact us with your real estate needs, we are here to assist.

Ilona Coffey, RS

Lucy Adams, RS

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11 Responses to “Tastes of Hawaii Recipe – Malasadas From Kauai’s Old Plantation Days”

  1. Laura
    July 4, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    I love Hawaii and I will check back weekly to start my collection of Hawaiian Favorites. Thanks. Laura

  2. Randy Brummett, RA
    July 4, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

    Aloha, Lucy.

    I love nothing more than discovering a new favorite dish. I can’t wait for for you to share some recipes with the rest of us. (So my wife can prepare them up for me) I’m not that good of a cook!


  3. Ken Molina R(S)
    July 5, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    I will be giving this recipe a try as soon as I burn through my Red Velvet Cake and Lilikoi Meringue Pie. Why does sugar and flour have to taste so good? Drat!

  4. Tara Kelly
    July 6, 2011 at 10:51 am #


  5. Lucy Adams, RS
    July 6, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

    You got it right–Yummy is a great description!

  6. Gary Siracusa
    July 12, 2011 at 7:10 am #

    If you’ve ever stood in line in front of KMart to grab a few of these hot tasty morsels coming out of the fryer you’re one of the fortunate ones …

  7. Lin
    April 15, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

    The malasadas that we had at the Grand Wailea resort in Maui were made with taro powder and incredibly delicious with a very unique and yummy flavor. They also had a vanilla creme in the middle. Do you have a recipe with taro powder?

  8. Iris
    September 6, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

    I have been fortunate enough to have fresh and hot malasadas made by the lady outside of the K-Mart 4 different times (twice my first trip and twice again this recent trip) and they are THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Like I told my husband, I dare not try them elsewhere as I fear they will not taste as good.

  9. Jennifer
    March 18, 2015 at 4:45 pm #

    I LOVE Malasadas!! As a family tradition, since way before I was born, we make Malasadas every Christmas morning. Although we have never used lemon extract. I think I may try making 2 batches this year and use the lemon extract in one batch to try it out!

  10. Debby
    March 19, 2015 at 4:30 am #

    I will attest to this. We went here nearly every day they were open. Best malasadas we ever had.

  11. Sharonann Topasna-Lujan
    March 21, 2015 at 12:50 pm #

    Thank you for the recipe, i made it n it was so awesome!

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