Fete Restaurant chef on how to cook with sea asparagus at home

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Eating healthier doesn’t have to mean losing all that flavor you love! Olakai Hawaii cultivates tasty superfoods like sea asparagus and ogo that are packed with vitamins and nutrients. HI Now host Kainoa Carlson is in the kitchen with Chef Robynne Maii from Fete Restaurant to share some ways you can use sea asparagus in your own dishes at home.

Recipe: Sea Asparagus Lomi

Yields: about 1 pint


1 cup diced tomatoes

1 cup rough chopped sea asparagus

2 Tbsp minced red onion

1 Tbsp fish sauce

1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar

1 Tbsp sugar


Toss all ingredients well. Serve with grilled fish, sliced tofu, or with sweet potato chips.

Sea asparagus, also known as sea beans, glasswort, or samphire, is especially popular in Europe and widely used in the U.S. market. The green ocean vegetable is crunchy and has a delicious, salty flavor. Sea asparagus is widely used in fine dining establishments to add wonderful flavors, textures, and color to the senses. In addition to Fete, restaurants like Alan Wong’s, Roy’s, and Senia also incorporate the ingredient into dishes.

Sea asparagus tips are used to create flavorful dishes and are often used fresh as a garnish, in salads, or even blanched and pickled. Sea asparagus adds an exotic gourmet vegetable to any meal, and it’s very easy to use in while cooking at home.

Olakai cultivates and produces sea asparagus in saltwater special aquaponic systems in Hawaii. Sea Asparagus is grown hydroponically with fish and seaweed and the resulting symbiotic relationship creates the perfect environment for organic farming without the use of fertilizers or pesticides. The Hawaiian location also provides the perfect year-round growing conditions, produce availability, and stability for all to flourish.

Olakai’s “hydroponically clean” process ensures that the sea asparagus tips never touch water and soil from planting to harvest. It contains 30 to 40 percent less salt than comparable land-grown products due to stable salinity in the water.

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