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hawaiian shrimp 7-min

One of the absolute best parts of traveling is trying new dishes. And that is just how we were introduced to this Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp! A classic menu item at Hawaiian food trucks, this buttery and delectable shrimp is a meal that’s near impossible to forget. As we remembered it so fondly we decided to try to recreate it at home.. and boy were the results delicious. Does it live up to the original? You’ll have to give the recipe a try and let us know what you think!

hawaiian shrimp 4-min
hawaiian shrimp 5-min

What I might love most about this recipe is just how simple it is. You don’t need many ingredients and it cooks in a matter of minutes. It’s easy enough for an after work dinner, but tasty and elegant enough to serve for company. Plate it with some sliced pineapple and rice, your guests will think they’ve been transported to the tropics! An experience we can definitely get behind during these cold winter months.

hawaiian shrimp 6-min
hawaiian shrimp 9-min

The recipe is fairly straightforward, even for a novice cook. If you aren’t familiar with buying shrimp you will want to make sure you’re purchasing them peeled and deveined. This information should be on a package or you can ask someone at the seafood counter. Pat the shrimp dry before adding them to the pan to eliminate extra moisture and improve the texture. Don’t worry, the full stick of butter will ensure that they taste anything but dry in the end. Spooning the extra garlic butter sauce onto your plate is also highly encouraged!

hawaiian shrimp 1-min

Serves 4

20m prep time

Rated 4.7 out of 5
Rated by 3 reviewers
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 medium sized head of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon AP flour
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 8 tablespoons butter, 1 stick
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Parsley for garnish
  1. Pat the shrimp dry using paper towel then place in a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, paprika, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Sprinkle this mixture over the dried shrimp and toss until coated evenly.
  3. Add the olive oil to a large skillet and melt the butter on medium heat.
  4. Add the minced garlic to the melted butter and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  5. Place shrimp in the skillet in one even layer without overlapping. Cook each side until shrimp turns pink about 2-3 minutes per side.
  6. Remove pan from the heat and drizzle the lemon juice over the top. Top with parsley if desired.
  7. Serve immediately, spooning remaining garlic butter over the top.

Recipe adapted from

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