Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp

Hawaii is known for its white sand beaches, tropical climate and fun water sports. But any food lover will tell you that the real draw on Oahu is the Hawaiian garlic shrimp scampi, served at roadside truck stands along the North Shore.

In this video, I’ll show you how to make Hawaiian garlic shrimp just like the famous shrimp shacks in Kahuku.

To make the recipe, you should prepare a batch of clarified butter before beginning. If you don’t have time to take this step, it will still be delicious.

At our favorite stop, Giovanni’s shrimp truck, in Kahuku, each plate includes 12 shrimp with two mounds of steamed sticky calrose rice and a lemon wedge. We hope you enjoy this. It’s almost a perfect replica of Giovanni’s shrimp. Mahalo!

If you like this recipe, take it up a notch with my Hawaiian garlic shrimp boats!

Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp Scampi

Recipe by Jason Hill – CookingSessions.com
Chef Jason Hill shows you how to make garlic shrimp scampi modeled after the famous Giovanni's shrimp truck in Kahuku in this episode of "Chef Tips."
Each plate includes 12 shrimp with two mounds of steamed sticky calrose rice and a lemon wedge. We hope you enjoy this — it's almost a perfect replica of Giovanni's shrimp.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Hawaiian
Servings 2


  • 10 shell-on U-15 extra large shrimp deveined
  • 10 garlic cloves peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 tablespoon for spicier tastes
  • 1/2 stick clarified butter see our video recipe
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons regular butter


  • To begin, rinse and thaw your large shrimp in cool running water. Lightly pat dry. In a wide tupperware dish, place the flour, paprika and cayenne pepper. Mix lightly with your hands and coat each piece of shrimp on both sides.
  • Heat saute pan over high heat.
  • Add clarified butter and garlic. Stir for 1 minute, then add all of the shrimp, which has been coated in the flour mixture. Saute 3 minutes on each side.
  • After 3 minutes on the second side, add the 1/8 cup of white wine and 2 tablespoons butter. Saute, turning shrimp occasionally, until it reaches a caramel brown color.
  • Remove shrimp immediately and serve with two mounds of sticky steamed calrose rice and a lemon wedge, spooning extra garlic butter sauce over the rice and shrimp. Add extra salt and cayenne pepper to taste if desired.
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You leave the shell on only during the cooking process. This keeps the shrimp tender and moist. Afterward, you peel and eat them, topped with the buttery garlic sauce and sticky rice.
Keyword garlic, Hawaii, Hawaiian recipes, seafood, shrimp
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AboutJason Hill

Hi, I’m Jason Hill, host of YouTube’s “Chef Tips” series. I graduated from culinary school in 1998, and gained my experience working the lines in Southern California. I launched my cooking videos in 2007. I love sharing quick and easy recipes that get people back in the kitchen.

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