When you’re in a hurry and want to make a simple and easy meal, try this Hawaiian garlic shrimp recipe!
Serve this with some white sticky rice and Hawaiian macaroni salad.
These crunchy garlicky shrimp always reminds me of summer. The first time I ever visited Hawaii, I fell in love with the beaches and of course the garlic shrimp. How can you visit Hawaii and not stop at a garlic shrimp food truck? Impossible. I wanted to recreate this dish exactly how I had it in Hawaii.
Shrimp with the shells on, lots of butter, a bunch of fresh garlic, served over white sticky rice with a squeeze of lemon. This Hawaiian style garlic shrimp recipe is hands down my all-time favorite weeknight meal. Although, I say the same thing about my honey garlic shrimp.
At first, I felt like removing the shells and tails but that’s a mistake. All of the flavors are in the tails and shells. A crispy buttery garlicky shell is what makes these Hawaiian style shrimp. A squeeze of fresh lemon juice is optional but I highly recommend it. The sticky rice? Oh, that’s a must.
Ingredients You’ll Need For Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp:
- Garlic, minced
- All-purpose flour
- Cayenne Pepper
How To Make Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp:
This is probably one of the easiest shrimp recipes you’ll ever make! Here’s all you have to do.
- Devein the shrimp but leave the shells and tails on.
- Pat dry the shrimp with a paper towel.
- Mix the all-purpose flour, paprika, salt, and cayenne pepper. Coat the shrimp with the flour mixture, shaking off any excess flour.
- Fry the shrimp in oil for 1 minute on each side.
- Add the butter and garlic and season with salt.
- Cook for an additional minute or until the garlic starts to brown.
- Serve over rice and enjoy with fresh lemon and parsley.
Why This Recipe Is So Good:
- It’s super easy to make and only requires a handful of ingredients.
- This is a restaurant-quality meal that can be made at home and the entire family will enjoy it.
- The almost burned garlic cooked in butter over high heat is incredibly delicious and tastes even better over white rice.
- The flour makes the shrimp shell super crunchy and helps the garlic butter stick to the shrimp.
More Shrimp Recipes You’ll Love:
Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp
- 1 lb shrimp deveined
- 4 tbsp butter
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt or to taste
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 10 cloves of garlic minced
- Devein the shrimp and pat dry with a paper towel.
- In a large bowl, mix the all-purpose flour, paprika, salt, and cayenne pepper.
- Coat the shrimp on both sides with the flour mixture, shaking off any excess flour.
- Warm up the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Fry the shrimp for 1 minute on each side.
- Add the butter and garlic and cook for an additional minute or until the garlic starts to brown.
- Season with salt.
- Serve over white rice, if desired.
- Don't remove the shrimp shells or the tails.
- Season generously with salt if using unsalted butter.