malasada recipe

Kid Foodie Fridays: Hawaii-Kine, Easy Malasadas

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.

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Check out our guide on 5 of the best kid-friendly hotels on Oahu and 10 local foods you HAVE to try!

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 watch our video below and jot down the recipe. Jump to Recipe

Easy Kid-Friendly Malasada Recipe Video

Easy Kid-Friendly Malasada Recipe

malasada recipe

Easy Kid-Friendly Style Malasadas

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.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Hawaiian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 dozen
Author Pint Size Gourmets


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


  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. Turn stove on to medium heat for at least 4-5 minutes. 

  4. Oil should reach a temperature of 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) so it cooks evenly.
  5. Drop dough by big teaspoonfuls into oil, fry until golden brown.
  6. Remove and drain oil on paper napkin.

  7. Dip and roll biscuits in sugar until fully coated.
  8. Eat and enjoy!

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5 thoughts on “Kid Foodie Fridays: Hawaii-Kine, Easy Malasadas”

  1. 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.

    1. Pint Size Gourmets

      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! 🙂

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