Hawaiian Style Garlic Shrimp

We had the time of our lives in Hawaii.  It was the most perfect and relaxing trip.  Ever!  We stayed in Turtle Bay on the North Shore.  Everyone knows that while you are in Hawaii, no trip is complete without a trip to a shrimp shack!
hawaiiangarlicfinalHere is the problem for me.  I hate shrimp.  It is so chewy and gross and the texture makes me gag.  I accidentally ate it once in a chinese dish.  So I ordered other things in Hawaii besides the shrimp.  My hubby and friends absolutely loved the shrimp shacks in Hawaii and we stopped at them three different times.  I asked the famous Giovanni shrimp shack the ingredients that they use and was able to completely make this shrimp taste exactly like it was from Hawaii…. according to my husband!

hawaiiangarlic2finalThe butter garlic sauce turned out the same that I had imagined in Hawaii.  It had the perfect blend of garlic and spices, just as it was in Hawaii!  And if you have been lucky enough to experience the shrimp in Hawaii, you know that it is loaded with tons of caramelized garlic.  You definitely will need a breath mint after trying this, but the sauce is absolutely perfect!  And according to my hubby, I made it taste and smell just like it came from a shrimp truck in Hawaii!

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4.3 from 3 reviews
Hawaiian Style Garlic Shrimp
 
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Delicious famous Hawaiian shrimp cooked perfectly in a buttery garlic sauce!
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 pound White Shrimp
  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 3 heads fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon
  • ½ teaspoon course Hawaiian sea salt (regular sea salt is ok)
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
Instructions
  1. In a medium skillet on medium low heat, add 4 Tablespoons olive oil, 2 Tablespoons butter, and minced raw garlic. Saute the garlic until it is brown, tender and caramelized.
  2. Add the salt, pepper, paprika, remaining butter, 1 T olive oil, and juice of one lemon. See notes. Let the sauce develop and carefully add the shrimp in one layer in the pan.
  3. Shrimp cook quickly and only take about 3-5 minutes on each side. Once the shells have turned a lovely pink orangeish color, it is time to flip them. Do not overcook them or they will be rubbery and tough.
  4. Serve the shrimp with rice and to get the full Hawaii effect, use the leftover garlic sauce to serve on top of the rice. :)
Notes
Although I thought the sauce was perfect, my hubby thought it should be a little thicker. If you want it thicker, before adding shrimp, whisk in a Tablespoon of flour.

 

Alyssa

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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Comments

  1. I stumbled across your recipie on Pinterest and I just have to say that this shrimp recipie looks amazing. I have printed it out and although I don’t really like to cook I will attempt to make it this weekend.

    Thanks a bunch

    Mary (Thunder Bay, Ontario – Canada)

  2. I just came back from Oahu and while on the island we decided to take a drive around the island. We ended up in the north shore, we stumbled across the food truck Macky’s and fell in love with the Garlic Butter Shrimp. I have been dying for those shrimp since I came back. I looked all over Pinterest for a similar recipe and stumbled upon yours. I will be making this for dinner tonight!!! Can’t wait to taste it 🙂 Thanks for uploading this!

    Wendy (OC, California)

  3. Jhelen Marie says:

    Very nice, tasted really good.

    I’ve also made this recipe page into a drinking game. I took a shot every time you said “in Hawaii” in your description.

  4. I just made this! It turned out really great!
    I actually live in Hawaii but have never been to Giovanni’s. Sad right?

    On a side note, I used a lemon that my aunty grew at her house. Her lemons are kind of large so I used half and I guess because of the type of lemon, the dish had a really strong lemon flavor.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Please tell me you asked for the Hot & Spicy shrimp recipe too!

  6. Sharon Frantz says:

    i made this tonite and i was so impressed by how exactly the flavors were like the shrimp shack! my whole family was heaven eating this. we don’t have to go back to hawaii now since i can make this. just kidding on that but thanks for sharing a recipe that was spot on!!!

  7. A few weeks ago I had Giovanni’s Shrimp. I am fortunate enough to live on Oahu but don’t get to North Shore shrimp trucks often. When I got home I started looking for a recipy and found yours. I finally made it last night and it came out great. Thank you so much for posting this!

  8. Thanks! I live in Hawaii (born and raised) and was too lazy/broke to go to the North Shore for some of my favortie shrimp (Giovannis isint really that good or big in my opinion). This recepie was pretty good!Thanks for the recepie for when I dont want to go outside haha
    *sorry for all the typos

  9. My go to shrimp recipe now, great recipe!!!

  10. I will give you an A for effort, but this looks nothing like Giovannis and you missed a critical step in the prep, not to mention you did not use the right shrimp. I am sure it tastes great, but this is not Giovanni style.

  11. Love this recipe! Although the recipe wasn’t 100% like Giovanni’s, I still thought it was simple and easy to make at home. Super fast to make to get dinner on the table. I’ll save the 100% to the experts 😉

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