How to Make Salted Salmon: (Omit this step if you are able to buy Salted Salmon at the market.) Remove the skin from the salmon fillets. Then dice the salmon into ½ inch chunks. Set out a large bowl or container. Place 1 ½ cups of cold water in the bowl followed by ¼ cup of kosher salt. Stir the salt into the cold water until it is fully dissolved, about 2 minutes. It’s ok if there’s still a little salt at the bottom. You just don’t want the water to be cloudy.
Mix the chopped salmon cubes into the salted water. Allow them to soak for 5 minutes. Then scoop them out of the salted water and place them in a colander to drain. Do not rinse. You can do this ahead of time, to further cure the salmon and create a firmer texture, but it is not necessary.
While the salmon is draining, chop the tomatoes, and both types of onion.
Wash and dry the large bowl. Then mix the salted salmon, tomatoes, sweet onions, and green onions together in the bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Then toss and serve.
Our quick curing method is not the traditional Hawaiian method, because that takes 3 days are dry brining, and reapplying salt every day. This method does a good job of simplifying the process, but if you can find official Salted Salmon, go ahead and buy it.If you buy salted salmon, simply chop it and toss it with the tomatoes and onions.The salted salmon will flavor the tomatoes and onions. Do not rinse it. If curing it yourself, make sure to only leave the small chunks in the brine for 5 minutes, or they will be too salty.
Can this recipe be made ahead?
Yes, lomi salmon salad is great to make ahead! Prepare and chill it several hours or up to a full day in advance of when you plan to serve.
How long does lomi salmon last?
Keep the salad in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Can I freeze lomi lomi salmon?
Absolutely! Transfer the salad to a freezer-safe zipper bag, and seal shut with all of the air removed. Keep in the freezer for up to 1 month. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, or run the bag under cool water to defrost more quickly.