Clean Eating Loco Moco Recipe

This wonderful clean eating Loco Moco recipe has all the wonderful flavor of the traditional meal but with far better nutrition!

I know this is going to sound strange, but until 2 years ago, I never had any interest in going to Hawaii. I know, I know. I’m an oddball. But the humidity and heat just never appealed to me. That is until…

I started liking coconut! I know it sounds strange, but the second I started to actually like coconut (which I hated for most of my life), the idea of a nice hot beach and a pina colada in my hand (admittedly not clean!) suddenly sounded just too good to pass up. And now, all I dream about it going to Hawaii.

*Sigh…* Some day…

Clean Eating Loco Moco Recipe

But until I get there, I can enjoy a clean and healthy version of one of Hawaii’s classic dishes. Clean Eating Loco Moco. If you’ve never heard of it, don’t worry. You’re not alone. All you have to know is that this is one seriously good breakfast.

I will admit that this is not something you’ll want to eat regularly. It’s more of a “special morning” kinda breakfast. It’s a little higher in fat and calories than most of the other breakfast recipes I have on this blog, but it’s certainly a heck of a lot better than a bowl of the original stuff.

Clean Eating Loco Moco Recipe

NOTE: This is an adaptation. For original recipe, click here.


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Clean Eating Hawaiian Loco Moco Recipe

Clean Eating Loco Moco

A healthier version of this Hawaiian classic dish!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Hawaiian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 477kcal
Author: Tiffany McCauley


  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • ยฝ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. whole wheat pastry flour (affiliate link)
  • 2 cups beef broth (no sugar added - I used the Pacific brand)
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice
  • 4 large eggs (poached separately)


  • Cook your eggs and set aside. (They will cool down by the time you get ready to assemble everything, but the gravy warms them up again.)
  • In a medium mixing bowl, mix the turkey, onion powder and black pepper. Then form into 4 patties and fry in the olive oil. You don't need much because the water from the turkey will help to keep it from burning.
  • When the meat is cooked, set the patties on a plate and set aside.
  • Using the same pan (do not clean first), pour in the broth.
  • Using a whisk, quickly whisk in the flour, being sure to dissolve any clumps. The leftovers from cooking the turkey will help to flavor the gravy as it cooks. Keep whisking to blend the flavors well.
  • When the gravy begins to boil, allow to boil for about 30 seconds to 1 minute and remove from heat.
  • Assemble your meal by placing the rice in a dish, a turkey patty on top of that, Include an egg and pour the gravy over everything.


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 0.25the recipe | Calories: 477kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 248mg | Sodium: 578mg | Potassium: 661mg | Fiber: 4g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 3.4mg

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  1. Yum, I can’t wait to try this one! Thank you Tiffany! I have been wanting a loco moco for some time but haven’t had one… can you believe I used to eat this in college, every week, a couple times a week? And it was made with 2 scoops of white rice, 2 patties, 2 eggs, gravy and macaroni salad? Can’t wait to eat this this weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Anonymous says:

      Dawahine – Well now I’m nervous. I hope my version measures up! lol

  2. Holly Newell says:

    I cant wait to try this! Yum

    1. Anonymous says:

      Holly – Hope you enjoy it!

  3. Clandtlady says:

    Hi Tiffany–I enjoy your recipes and columns very much! Just a quick comment: although I’ve been to Hawaii many times and totally adore it, I’ve never eated Loco Moco. Traditional Hawaiian food appears to be mostly “white” foods (rice, macaroni, etc.) so I’ve never pursued the cuisine…but I will on my next visit, just to see if I am misinformed. Word of caution…once you get there, I predict you’ll be hooked! Thanks for all you do and keep up the GREAT work!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Clandtlady – Haha!!! I predict you may be right!!

  4. Interesting recipe –I never heard of it. I’ve been to Hawaii on a cruise and the cruise line didn’t even make this recipe. I use turkey often so I will try it. If I could go to anywhere it would be a cruise to Australia/New Zealand.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Laurie – Both of those places would definitely be fabulous to visit! Enjoy the recipe!

  5. I just moved from Hawaii and was very excited to try this, Cant wait!!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Doro – Fantastic! Let me know how you like it!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Liz – Haha! Probably a good idea!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Morganfam – Oh that sounds sooooo yummy!!! And yes, some day…. I’ll make it to Hawaii. (Says the California girl who’s never been to Disneyland either!)

  8. This looks delish…we enjoy breakfast for dinner a lot so i think that this might just get made tomorrow! And I HIGHLY recommend Kauai…. the best island in my opinion because it is small and quaint and not so touristy (if there is such a thing in Hawaii)!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Slappymo – Yes, I’ve heard good things about Kauai. Maybe some day…. Enjoy the Loco Moco!

  9. Trudefaith says:

    my son lives on maui!!!!!! so I get to visit and only have to worry about plane fare! I really don’t like hot weather but were talkin HAWAII here- blue skies, blue water, beautiful sandy beaches *sigh* one of these days I see it all first hand. My son Keegan says the avarage temp is 85 every day with a nice breeze, I want to lose enough weight so that I don’t have to wear a mu-mu I am not looking for miracles but a few pounds down would be nice.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Trude – Haha! I know the feeling….

  10. Once you go to Hawaii, your life will be changed. I went after my grandmother passed away (I had planned to way before this happened) and it helped me to heal spiritually. The aloha spirit is something truly uplifting. You’ve never tasted a papaya until you’ve had one from Hawaii. The roadside fruit stands are the best thing ever. I can’t wait to go back.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      mling – I can only imagine! Maybe some day…

  11. I love rice, turkey and eggs so this would be a great way to “visit” Hawaii!

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  13. Jessica M says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I never thought you could make a loco moco HEALTHY(ish) lol.

    I live on Oahu and you definitely should come down for a visit. It’s very different here than anywhere else in the world. Lots to see and do here. We have a TON of good food — though I will not tell you it’s all healthy, because…to be honest, most of it ISN’T!

    This is a great new way to do a loco moco and I’m excited to try it. I think I might try quinoa instead of brown rice though. We try not to keep rice in our house at all (which is like a sin in Hawaii — not to have RICE). By the way, some people like to eat this with scrambled eggs as well ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks! Enjoying your website.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jessica M – My pleasure! Maybe I’ll visit some day. I hope so anyway… ๐Ÿ™‚