Hawaiian Style Garlic Shrimp

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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!
Hawaiian Style garlic shrimp on a white plate.Here 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!

Hawaiian garlic shrimp cooking in a skillet.The 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!

Giovanni's shrimp truck.

Hawaiian Style Garlic Shrimp

4.5 from 2 votes
Delicious famous Hawaiian shrimp cooked perfectly in a buttery garlic sauce!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 6 Servings


  • 1 pound White Shrimp
  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 3 heads fresh garlic minced
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon course Hawaiian sea salt regular sea salt is ok
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Serves: 6

Calories254kcal (13%)Carbohydrates2g (1%)Protein16g (32%)Fat20g (31%)Saturated Fat7g (35%)Cholesterol211mg (70%)Sodium849mg (35%)Potassium91mg (3%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar1g (1%)Vitamin A274IU (5%)Vitamin C13mg (16%)Calcium119mg (12%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword hawaiian style garlic shrimp, shrimp, shrimp recipes
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Alyssa Rivers

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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  1. 4 stars
    Your one is only recipe I found in the internet which is very close to the genuine taste After reading lot of stupid so called recipes for Hawaiian Garlic Shrimps I found yours one is very close. But I don’t remember any of those famous food trucks used pepper of paprika. May be I couldn’t taste them as fried.

  2. 5 stars
    This was exactly how we remembered Giovanni’s shrimp (sans tourists & balmy Island weather).

    Now to track down a purple potato taco recipe, my Haleiwa fantasies will be realised.

  3. I’ve now made this recipe 3 time! I think it’s better than waiting the 45 minutes at the shrimp truck 😉 There’s nothing I would change, however I do like the recommendation of adding flour to thicken it up.

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