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20+ Quick & Easy Hawaiian Recipes

Make these easy Hawaiian recipes for potluck events, dinner, dessert, or anytime!

By: Jordan Sward, Editor, RecipeLion.com
Updated May 29, 2020
Easy Hawaiian Recipes

Are you a fan of all things coconut, pineapple, and generally island-related? Or are you in the mood for vintage recipes from one of the best retro party trends ever?

Whether you're throwing a luau party or are ready for some Hawaiian recipes from yesteryear, tropical recipes are always a hit. We've compiled a list, so you'll never run out of delicious ideas. Take a culinary trip to the islands with super easy tropical cakes, pineapple pies, quick chicken recipes, and more.

Although the dishes are loaded with flavor, they couldn't be easier to make. Simple grilled chicken is transformed into a deliciously marinated meal, and cakes and pies get a tropical makeover with these easy recipes.

Many of them require few ingredients and little time, but turn out so well that everyone will be asking how you made them (while you hand them another umbrella drink, that is!). Channel your tropical side with these quick and easy recipes today! The combinations of flavors will make it easy to imagine yourself under a palm tree.

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Best Hawaiian Recipes for Dinner

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken Rice Bowls

If you're looking for a quick chicken or pork recipe for dinner, these savory and sweet easy Hawaiian recipes may become your new favorite. Transform a plain chicken breast into one with flavors of soy sauce, coconut milk, and more. If you're a fan of pork, try our slow cooker Hawaiian ribs recipe, which is especially great during the summer because you won't heat up the house.

These recipes are also perfect if you need an easy Hawaiian recipe for potluck events. You can make one of these dishes in a flash and take it over to your fun tropical or retro recipe themed party!

  • Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken

    Test Kitchen Approved! This easy Hawaiian dinner recipe takes almost no effort to make, which is great news because you are going to want to make it again and again! It's a delicious tropical take on pulled chicken, and everyone in your house will love it.

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  • Hawaiian Hamburger Steaks

    This 30-minute meal is a copycat from a restaurant in Hawaii. It's totally delicious and easy enough to make on any weeknight!

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  • Dump and Go Hawaiian Chicken

    This delicious Hawaiian chicken recipe will make you look forward to dinner tonight. All you have to do is combine chicken, pineapple, mandarin oranges, and a few other ingredients in the slow cooker and then wait while your kitchen starts to smell amazing.

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  • Copycat King's Hawaiian Rolls

    Making King's Hawaiian rolls at home is truly a treat, and this recipe makes it easy! You'll enjoy the smell of fresh bread baking, and then you'll get to nosh on a King's Hawaiian roll fresh out of the oven (smeared with butter, of course!). Yum!

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  • Simple Grilled Hawaiian Chicken

    Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best! This easy Hawaiian chicken recipe is perfect for any weeknight dinner, but it's also fancy enough for a special occasion.

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  • Slow Cooker Hawaiian Ribs

    These melt-in-your-mouth ribs are the perfect addition to any Hawaiian menu. The flavor is rich and delicious, and you know they are easy to make because they just go in the slow cooker.

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Tropical Dessert Recipes

Graham Cracker Crusted Pineapple Dessert

Hawaiian recipes make us think of summer, and nothing's better during the summer than a cool, creamy tropical dessert. Many of these easy dessert recipes use ingredients like pineapple, Cool Whip, and coconut to make delectable cakes, pies, and other sweet treats. These ingredients are perfect for any tropical-themed party, and for many of us they'll inspire a trip down memory lane. Vintage dessert recipes like this never go out of style.

  • Make Ahead Pina Colada Pie

    Pina coladas in pie form? Yes, please! This delicious no bake dessert couldn't be easier to make, and yet it's such an impressive addition to a dessert table. And it tastes as good as you imagine it does.

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  • Easy Hawaiian Dump Cake

    Dump cakes are a great way to get a delicious dessert on the table in a hurry. And we're crazy about this Hawaii-inspired version! It's so good that no one will guess how easy it was to make.

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  • Shortcut Tropical Upside Down Cake

    There's nothing wrong with a shortcut recipe, especially when it tastes this good! A box of yellow cake mix does a lot of the work for you, so you can enjoy this dessert in no time at all.

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  • Tropical Dream Bars

    We definitely wouldn't mind dreaming about this delicious dessert! These tropical dream bars are a great easy Hawaiian dessert to make for any occasion.

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  • Layered Pineapple Dream

    If you like Cool Whip desserts, then you are going to love this pineapple dream dessert. It's layered with tropical fruit flavor and creamy whipped topping, for a dessert that will have everyone going back for seconds.

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  • No-Bake Coconut Graham Cracker Cookie Bars

    These Hawaiian cookie bars are one of those desserts that seem to disappear almost as fast as you can make them. The good news is that they are really easy to make! You don't even need to turn on the oven, making them an ideal warm weather dessert.

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  • BBQ Pineapple Recipe

    This simple grilled pineapple recipe is the perfect summertime dessert! It's light and simple, and yet the grilled flavor is absolutely amazing. Get out the grill and try this island-inspired dessert!

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  • Classic Pineapple Upside Down Cake

    Test Kitchen Approved! We couldn't make a list of Hawaiian desserts without a pineapple upside down cake recipe! This recipe is a classic for a reason, and this version will soon become one of your favorites.

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  • Pineapple Dump Cake

    Test Kitchen Approved! If you like pineapple upside down cake, then you're going to love this pineapple dump cake! It's loaded with fruit flavor, but it's almost effortless to make. It will be an instant hit with your family!

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  • Pineapple Bars

    Test Kitchen Approved! If you're looking for an easy Hawaiian dessert, this is the perfect one to try. It's made with lemon cake mix and plenty of shredded coconut for a delicious tropical flavor.

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  • Pineapple Coconut Better Than Sex Cake

    Test Kitchen Approved! This is one of our favorite versions of better than sex cake! Yellow cake and vanilla pudding get dreamy upgrades with pineapple and shredded coconut. We even added a little chocolate for extra decadence!

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  • Dole Whip with Rum

    This isn't a dessert, strictly speaking, but we think it's definitely worth making if you want something sweet to add to your tropical feast! Need something kid-friendly? No problem! Try these Dole Whip Popsicles instead.

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  • Easy Hawaiian Poke Cake

    Test Kitchen Approved! This easy Hawaiian poke cake is a great way to make a tropical dessert in a hurry. This dessert might take almost no effort to make, but it's absolutely loaded with flavor. Your family will request it again and again!

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