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Samoan Palusami Recipe

Samoan Palusami

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"Palusami is a main dish from Samoa made with coconut milk. In the islands of Samoa, we use taro leaves and the Samoan corn-beef but here in America, my family can not live with out it so we use other substitute you can buy at the grocery store."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    1 hr 5 mins


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Make a layer of spinach leaves in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Sprinkle with some of the corned beef, then keep repeating layers of spinach and corned beef until you run out of spinach. Don't worry about how full the dish is because the spinach will shrink as it cooks. Pour both cans of coconut milk over the dish, pressing the leaves down with a spoon. Cover tightly with a lid or aluminum foil.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 55 minutes, or until spinach has completely wilted and the sauce is bubbly. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 11, 2008

Very yummy when you can't have the real deal. I like to add finely chopped onion to my layers.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 23, 2011

The recipe is either missing ingredients and steps or incorrectly assumes a certain level of expertise. Should I have cooked the corned beef hash before spreading it across the spinach leaves? Or, from some prior life experience, should I have known the answer to that question before I even searched Google for recipes? But really, why would I have cooked the corned beef hash? The recipe, a set of INSTRUCTIONS the steps of which when followed correctly create a predictable outcome, said nothing about cooking the corned beef hash. Clearly, if the corned beef hash was supposed to be cooked, the recipe would have so indicated. If the corned beef hash was supposed to be cooked and that step was omitted from the recipe then it's not a recipe. It's a notional collection of shared experiences. And why, after cooking 20 ounces of coconut milk at 350 for almost an hour, would it become anything other than 20 ounces of HOT coconut milk? How does that turn into a sauce? Shouldn't there be something that thickens the 20 ounces of hot coconut milk? I followed the recipe and ended up with a pan of hot spinach water. It took three flushes of the toilet to make it all go away.


20 Ratings

Jun 15, 2010

Try shredded Pork, Chicken or Ground Beef in place of Corned Beef. Normally, I would use green onions or Garlic clove instead of white/yellow onions. Getting really creative can make a huge tasty difference to this dish. One last thought, season your cooked meat before adding to the whole mixture Tausami! (bon apetite)

May 04, 2009

I made this in my slow-cooker (low setting for about six hours) and was pleased with the results. As suggested by other reviewers, I added one medium yellow onion, sliced. Coconut milk here comes in 13.5-ounce cans, leaving me with about half a can leftover, but a friend tells me you can just add both cans in their entirety, which I will probably do next time. I ate this with steamed white rice and it was quite good. Thanks for introducing me to something completely new.

Mar 10, 2012

This recipe is very good....I had to modify it a bit. Since I had boxes of frozen chopped spinach, I used it instead (squeezed most of the liquid out). I sautéed the corned beef with chopped onions. To the person who rated this recipe with just "one" star....I noticed you mentioned several times that you used corned beef "hash" instead (yuck!). You should have used just the regular canned corned beef as listed on the recipe (I use the Palm brand). Corned beef hash has a whole different taste and texture....that's where your mistake was!

Jan 29, 2010

This is a great recipe! I had canned corned beef on hand & wanted to make something I've never made/tasted. I was so skeptical of this dish. But oh my, it completely satisfied my exotic food craving! Amazingly tasty & easy dish! (actually my "can't cook chef" husband made it :P) Thanks for this awesome recipe!!!!!

May 10, 2008

This is a great alternative to the real version with Taro leaves. Great recipe!

Jun 04, 2011

This had a very good and very interesting flavor. I did everything as written but will try onion next time as other reviewers said. I also did one can of coconut milk and one can of Light coconut milk to reduce the fat, and it was still yummy...nobody even noticed!


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  • Calories
  • 252 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 4.4 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 36 mg
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 20.7 g
  • 32%
  • Fiber
  • 2.3 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 14.8 g
  • 30%
  • Sodium
  • 487 mg
  • 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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