Hawaiian Spicy Garlic Shrimp Recipe

June 1, 2018Van
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Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 8 minutes

Serves: 2

On my way to the airport (heading back to Orange Country) from Maui I had set aside an hour to try this famous food truck known for the best garlic shrimp plate lunch on the island – Geste Shrimp Truck. My husband and I rushed to the “secret” location eager to try this local dish. As strangers to “Hawaiian Time” we nearly missed our flight waiting for the cooks to get around to opening and serving the plate lunch. Now typically I’d be enraged—but this shrimp was SO GOOD I instantly forgave them and have since dreamed about their dish again. I’m not sure when I’ll be back in Maui, so I began making this at home – it always brings back beautiful memories of one of the amazing time we had on Maui.

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Hawaiian Spicy Garlic Shrimp Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 8 minutes
  • Serves: 2



  • 1 Pound Jumbo Shrimp, In Hawaii they use Easy Peel Shrimp with shells, but you can use Peeled & Deveined shrimp if you prefer
  • 5 Tablespoons Butter
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil, divided
  • 1 Head of Garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 Teaspoons All Purpose Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons Paprika
  • ¼ Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper, you can add more if you like it spicier
  • 1 Teaspoon Fine Sea Salt
  • ½ Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Green Onions, only the green parts chopped


  • 1)

    In a large bowl add 2 Teaspoons of All Purpose Flour, 2 Teaspoons Paprika, ¼ Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper, 1 Teaspoon of Fine Sea Salt and ½ Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper and mix well. Add the shrimp and coat well with the seasoning.

  • 2)

    In a large skillet, add 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil and 5 Tablespoons of Butter. Turn the heat to med-high, once the butter is melted add the full head of minced Garlic and cook until they start turning light golden, then immediately pour the garlic and butter into a heat safe bowl.

  • 3)

    Using the same pan, add 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil and use high heat. Cook the shrimp for about 3 minutes on each side or just until they’re cooked through (do not overcook). Add 1 Tablespoon of Water and scrape the bottom of the pan. Add chopped green onions, garlic butter and toss well to coat the shrimp. Serve with rice, mac salad and a couple lemon wedges.

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