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!


4.6 from 8 reviews
Hawaiian Style Garlic Shrimp
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Delicious famous Hawaiian shrimp cooked perfectly in a buttery garlic sauce!
Serves: 6
  • 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
  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. 🙂
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.


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