Recipe for Whalers Stew, from Chef CJ on Cooking w/Cutty Show

Recipe for Whalers Stew, from Chef CJ on Cooking w/Cutty Show

Following up to our earlier blog article, the Whaler’s Stew Recipe from the Cooking with Cutty show is below. In the nationally aired episode, Chef Christian Jorgensen teamed with Cutty in his Cooking with Cutty ‘Sailors Stew’ from Kaanapali Beach Maui.

Whalers Stew Recipe

by Chef Christian Jorgensen,
of CJ’s Deli & Diner in The Kaanapali Fairway Shops
3 Medium Size Maui Onions
2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Chopped Garlic
3 Stalks Celery
3 Carrots
1/3 Head Green Cabbage
2 Molokai Sweet Potatoes
1 Maui Yam
1 Green Bell Pepper
1 Can Kidney Beans
1 Can Pinto Beans
1 Can Diced Tomatoes
10 oz Fresh Hawaiian Fish (Firm Mahi, Ono, Sword, Opa, Marlin)
1 Stick Portuguese Sausage (Linguessa)
10 Prawns Shell On
4 Chicken Breast or Chicken Thigh (Optional with or with out Bone)
2 Quarts Fish or Chicken Stock (1 Quarts White Wine Optional)
1 Each Table Spoon:
Saffron / 1 x Thyme / 1 x Bay Leaves / Pinch of Cinnamon.
To Taste: Salt & Pepper
(Serves 8-10), with a Good Size Family Pot

  1. In Heavy Pan / Cast Iron Pot, Add Olive Oil. Sauté Onions, Sausages, Garlic and SaffronGolden Brown (Caramelized) (5 minutes).
  2. Add Carrots, Celery and Peppers – Stir for 2 minutes
  3. Deglaze with Stock / Wine
  4. Add Spices:  Potatoes / Yams and Chicken
  5. Add Diced Tomatoes
  6. Simmer for 20-30 minutes
  7. Brush Prawns with Olive Oil and Chopped Garlic, Grill until done, add to stew last minute.
  8. Taste with Salt and Pepper, add Shredded Cabbage

Serve with Crusty Bread and Brown Rice

Cooking with Cutty Logo

In his Kaanapali Week Cookin’ with Cutty, Cutty and the Kids joined Chef CJ, of CJs Maui Restaurant Comfort Zone Maui Weddings, and cooked up their healthy ‘Sailors Stew’ at the Ka’anapali Alii on Ka’aanapali Beach. (recipe above)

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I think you’ll enjoy my stew recipe. I know my family does! Along with Maui Wedding Planning blog articles, I’ll be posting more recipes in the future. If you use this recipe and make the stew, please let us know how you liked it in the Comments Section Below.
Thanks! From Chef Christian Jorgensen, Chef ‘CJ’

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CJ’s Kaanapali Diner Review

My daughter and I visited Maui a couple of weeks ago and came to your restaurant 3 times. I just wanted to thank you for your willingness to meet our gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free requirements. We loved being able to eat out safely and wish we had a CJ’s at home! I just wrote you a stellar review on Trip Advisor. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the summer!

Kelley MacCabe
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Review

Wonderful for a Sunday Brunch since you can order breakfast until 11:00am! Had a ‘custom’ 3 ingredient omelette (I chose mushrooms, feta and spinach) with nicely crunchy on the outside and soft inside home potatoes, yummy. Hubby had the pancakes with fresh fruit! These are light fluffy slightly sweet batter pancakes, not those heavy bland ones (OK I admit it, I had to have a few bites of his breakfast…) Service was fast and friendly :0). The menu is EXTENSIVE, we live here and love it!

Kathy, Lahaina, Maui
CJ’s Deli and Diner Maui Restaurant Review

Fact: CJ’s Maui onion soup will melt your face off it’s so good. Best I’ve ever had. It gets 20 stars.
Alas, it’s not on the menu every day… But when my fiancee and I went this past summer and were lucky to meet Chef CJ in person and mentioned that we had been thinking about the onion soup since the last time we visited two years earlier, he was kind enough to put it on the next day’s menu. We went back the following day and ordered it, and it was amazing, just as we had remembered. Another fact: the onion soup at CJ’s is better than the onion soup at Mama’s Fish House (and at like 1/4th of the price). Really. It’s that good. Part of me wants to reverse engineer CJ’s onion soup recipe, quit my job, and make millions selling onion soup to the mainland masses! (or: CJ, wanna make a deal?)
I think that the loco moco gravy is made from the same goodness. So that’s great too. The potato salad is tasty as well.
The to-go lunch plate is respectable.

Jonny S, San Diego, CA
Maui Chef CJ Prepares Mushroom Soup for Kaanapali Restaurant Guest

On a previous visit to Maui, I had the most delicious mushroom soup at CJ’s Deli and Diner in Kaanapali. When I arrived in Maui this week, I emailed the restaurant and asked what day they might have the soup. The owner and chef, Christian Jorgensen (CJ), promptly replied even though he was on vacation in Vegas. He gave me a number to call to check on the soup of the day. Then when he returned to Maui on Friday, he emailed me to let me know he would have the soup for me on Saturday. When I got there, he was so friendly and the soup was even more scrumptious than I had remembered. I really appreciated how valued he made me feel as a customer.

Linda D.
CJs Maui Restaurant Customer

Good Morning, My wife and I spent last week in Maui. Your early bird special was the best. After we found you, we ate breakfast there every morning. You had two regular coffees that we just loved.

James T Wilson Jr
Maui Restaurant Customer

The best burger I ever had! Great Service! Fantastic Food!! Simply Awesome.

Pat Janostin, Champlin MN
Kaanapali Restaurant Customer Comment

Thanks for all the Good Food. Best we have ad since we hit the island 5 days ago!

Jeff and Myra V., Ontario, Ohio

CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comments on CJ’s Private Luau in her Blog

Aloha, Just wanted to let you know that this post was up last Friday and it will be included (linked) with all of our Hawaii properties. Thank you both for excellent service. You made our trip to Maui very memorable! Feel free to comment on the post. It’s always good to have additional information and your input.

Nancy Solomon, Travel Writer
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comment

Aloha, We were in to see you many times during our stay last month in Ka’anapali, couple of things for you:
Need to order some more of your CJ’s roasted Kona Coffee. I see it’s not yet on your website, only the Maui Coffee Co. stuff. We ran out last weekend and are having withdrawls, please help!! Need 2 bags urgently!!
Secondly, your claim about having the best corned beef hash on the island. I think you’ve understated this because it’s the best I’ve had any where in the world! And that covers a lot of ground as I’ve been to every continent multiple times. Just the best anywhere, period!! Don’t suppose you would have that for delivery to Indiana would you? Maybe by the pound(s)?
Great people and even better food, Mahalo CJ’s. Seriously though, please let me know about that coffee. How do we get some ordered and shipped to Indiana?

Bill Clark, Valparaiso, In.
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comment

​CJ’s Deli & Diner Rocks! Been here several times while visiting Maui – each time we tried different meals and each time we LOVED the food, service and atmosphere. Only suggestion would be to provide regular dinner napkins along with this paper type – because we’re messy!

Aloha and Mahalo from Detroit