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Serving Loco Moco at a Dinner Party

Updated on May 25, 2014
new wave loco moco
new wave loco moco

Most people who've visited Hawaii has heard and even tried the Loco Moco, which is probably one of the best-known dishes on the islands. It's truly Hawaiian comfort food and appeals to locals and visitors alike.

So what is a Loco Moco anyway?

Well, it's a simple concoction that's basically a bowl of rice, with a hamburger patty on top, topped by a fried egg smothered in lots of gravy. Yes that's all there is to it. I know it's not the healthiest of foods, but trust me, it's good!

So the other day I got to thinking. How can I take the Loco Moco to a different level? I mean is it even possible to amp it up just a bit, perhaps elevating this dish into haute cuisine? Well, the opportunity to do just that came up this past weekend as my friends came over for a casual get-together.

New-Wave Loco Moco

The end result of my "new wave" Loco Moco didn't exactly turn out haute-cuisine, but it did look fancier and at least tasted just like a real Loco Moco. And although I think I prefer it the old-fashioned way, I had fun with this and it managed to surprise my dinner guests that evening.

Helpful Tips:

  • Use short-grain rice for best results as they need to be sticky.
  • I used instant gravy mix but you can substitute your own homemade version if you like.
  • I like my eggs on the runny side, but hard-boiled eggs work just fine.

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 4


  • 2 cups steamed rice
  • 2 cups ground beef
  • 1/4 cup fine bread crumbs ( or panko crumbs )
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 packet gravy mix
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 -3 shakes Worcestershire sauce


  1. Cook the rice.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  3. Put ground beef in bowl with 1 egg, bread crumbs, salt and pepper. Mix with hands until combined.
  4. Prepare the mold by greasing all sides with a little oil or butter. You can also use a non-stick mold.
  5. Add a tablespoon of cooked rice into the bottom of the mold. Flatten with back of spoon.
  6. Add a tablespoon of ground beef mixture and place on top of the rice layer. Flatten with spoon.
  7. Repeat the rice layer, followed by another layer of meat mixture. Smooth the top of the mixture.
  8. Bake in oven for 35 minutes or until meat is done.
  9. Make the gravy by following packet instructions. Add Worcestershire sauce to taste.
  10. Make 4 sunny-side up eggs in a frying pan.
  11. Once the meat/rice loaf is done, take out of the oven and divide into 4 servings.
  12. Plate each square onto a plate and place an egg on top.
  13. Pour gravy over everything and serve with some soy sauce and tabasco on the side.
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USA Pan Bakeware Pullman Loaf Pan with Cover, 13 x 4 inch, Nonstick & Quick Release Coating, Made in the USA from Aluminized Steel
USA Pan Bakeware Pullman Loaf Pan with Cover, 13 x 4 inch, Nonstick & Quick Release Coating, Made in the USA from Aluminized Steel

This pan works well with breads, cakes and my Loco Moco recipe. I like this one for its non-stick surface, which makes it easy to take out. This pan also doesn't contain PTFEs or PFOAs and it's made of 65% recycled steel.

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Did this recipe make your mouth water? I surely hope so. All comments are appreciate. Thanks for dropping by!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Elsie Hagley let me know how it turns out!

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      This looks very interesting, I was wondering how you got the rice to sit like that but after reading your hub I think I can get it to work.

      Thanks for the recipe, I haven't tried anything like this so I hope it will work for me.

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      Michael Yoshinaka 3 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      For some reason I can imagine just a little side dish of poi to go with that.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      I am certainly up for a little loco moco. I find Hawaiian food, virtually, as shared by you, to be fascinating.

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      MaggiePowell 3 years ago

      Looks nice... but nothing beats coming out of the surf hungry and sandy, then scarfing down loco moco from a little place overlooking the ocean.

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      Bored with the usual and looking for a new recipe--found it! Your Loco Moco sounds easy and delicious, as well as a great comfort food dish!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I think I'd like this for breakfast. Sounds very tasty! Thanks for sharing!

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      Jo-Jackson 3 years ago

      This sounds like tasty comfort food. Looks good too.

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      sybil watson 3 years ago

      I am a sucker for loco moco, especially on a rainy morning. How clever of you to elevate it to haute cuisine! It does make my mouth water.

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      Kay 3 years ago

      I've had a variation of this and never knew what it was. Must say, it was quite tasty!

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      RinchenChodron 3 years ago

      Sounds wonderful!

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      Lori Green 3 years ago from Las Vegas

      My Foster Daughter makes Loco Moco for the family. It's SO good!

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      Leah J. Hileman 3 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      We've never called it that, but I've had a homemade Dutch dish similar to this. I love the savory flavors and variety of textures. Looks great! Liked and pinned.

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      Corrinna Johnson 3 years ago from BC, Canada

      Yum! I have never tried loco moco before, but it looks delicious!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Sort of a loco moco casserole. Cool! I'm sure I'd enjoy it. We do love our loco moco at my house!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      This look divine! Your are a great cook and picture taker!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Yes it does Smine27. It's so beautiful. Amazing.