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If you’ve ever been to Oahu’s North Shore, you most certainly know about their shrimp truck scene. People wait in line for hours to get mouthwatering shrimp cooked Hawaiian style on the side of the road.

The first time we went, we stood in line for an hour and then it took another 40 minutes to get our food. But, it was still worth it!

The Hawaiian garlic butter shrimp was so flavorful and tasted so good with a bit of hot, sticky rice.

While we can’t be in Hawaii every day, we can try to recreate some of the flavors at home. This Hawaiian shrimp truck recipe is pretty easy to make and doesn’t require too many ingredients.

And check out my other Hawaii recipes! Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp Recipe featured by top Hawaii blog, Hawaii Travel with Kids.

Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp FAQs

How do you cook shrimp that’s already cooked?

If they are frozen, thaw them by running cold water on them. Then, toss them in the sauce until the shrimp is hot.

Should you wash shrimp before cooking?

Yes. Simply rinse them in cold water to remove any debris and then immediately cook them.

How do you not overcook shrimp?

Shrimp cook so quickly (usually just 2-3 minutes.) Keep an eye on them as you saute and remove them from heat as soon as they are fully pink.

Do you cook shrimp with shells on or off?

You can do it either way. Cooking them with the shells on adds extra flavor and prevents them from overcooking and getting rubbery. But, then you’ll need to peel them as you eat.

Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15-20 minutes

Servings: 5

Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ lbs. Medium shrimp
  • 3 Tbsp. Flour
  • 1 ½ tsp. Paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil divided
  • 8 Tbsp. Butter unsalted and divided
  • 6 tsp. Minced garlic

How to Make this Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp Recipe:

  1. Place 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and 6 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet over medium heat on the stove.Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp Recipe featured by top Hawaii blog, Hawaii Travel with Kids.
  2. Once the butter has melted and begun to foam slightly, add the garlic and saute until browned but not burned.
  3. Pour the garlic sauce into a bowl and keep warm.
  4. In a mixing bowl, toss the shrimp in the flour, paprika and salt and pepper to taste.Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp Recipe featured by top Hawaii blog, Hawaii Travel with Kids.Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp Recipe featured by top Hawaii blog, Hawaii Travel with Kids.
  5. Add the other tablespoon of olive oil and two tablespoons of butter to the skillet over medium heat.
  6. Once the butter has melted, add the shrimp to the skillet in one single layer. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side until cooked through. Do not overcook the shrimp or they will become tough. You may need to cook the shrimp in batches to make it through them all.Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp Recipe featured by top Hawaii blog, Hawaii Travel with Kids.
  7. Once the shrimp is cooked, add the butter sauce back to the skillet, and toss the shrimp to coat.Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp Recipe featured by top Hawaii blog, Hawaii Travel with Kids.
  8. Serve this Hawaiian garlic shrimp recipe over a bed of white sticky rice.Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp Recipe featured by top Hawaii blog, Hawaii Travel with Kids. |  garlic shrimp hawaii
Yield: 5 Servings

Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp Recipe

Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp Recipe

This Hawaiian style garlic shrimp recipe is sure to be a hit with your whole family!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lbs. Medium shrimp
  • 3 Tbsp. Flour
  • 1 ½ tsp. Paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil divided
  • 8 Tbsp. Butter unsalted and divided
  • 6 tsp. Minced garlic

Instructions

  1. Place 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and 6 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet over medium heat on the stove. 
  2. Once the butter has melted and begun to foam slightly, add the garlic and saute until browned but not burned. 
  3. Pour the garlic sauce into a bowl and keep warm. 
  4. In a mixing bowl, toss the shrimp in the flour, paprika and salt and pepper to taste. 
  5. Add the other tablespoon of olive oil and two tablespoons of butter to the skillet over medium heat. 
  6. Once the butter has melted, add the shrimp to the skillet in one single layer. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side until cooked through. Do not overcook the shrimp or they will become tough. You may need to cook the shrimp in batches to make it through them all. 
  7. Once the shrimp is cooked, add the butter sauce back to the skillet,and toss the shrimp to coat. 
  8. Serve the shrimp over a bed of white sticky rice. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

5

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 397Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 336mgSodium: 1351mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 32g

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