Garlic shrimp is an incredibly popular seafood dish and quite the food truck staple as well since it cooks in just a few minutes. This recipe will teach you how to make the most addictive garlic shrimp–Hawaiian style–that everyone will love.

How to Make Hawaiian Style Garlic Shrimp

It should only take you a few minutes to prep your shrimp and whip up the Hawaiian-style seasoning. From there, just follow the recipe directions to see how to perfectly cook the shrimp:

  • Dry the shrimp. Pat the shrimps dry with paper towels.
  • Prepare the flour mixture. Use a small bowl to combine the all-purpose flour, cayenne pepper, paprika and salt to taste.
  • Coat the shrimp. Sprinkle the shrimp with the flour mixture and toss to coat.
  • Prepare the cooking skillet. Add the butter to a skillet and melt over medium heat.
  • Cook the garlic. Add the extra virgin olive oil and minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Cook the shrimp. Add the shrimp in an even layer and cook for 2 minutes per side (or until pink).
  • Garnish. Remove from the heat and add lemon juice and chopped fresh parsley.
  • Toss. Toss to combine.
  • Serve. Serve the shrimp warm with pan juices.

Garlic Shrimp

Garlic Shrimp

3 Tips to Remember for Cooking Shrimp

Here are 3 useful tips to keep in mind when cooking shrimp; hopefully they help to make sure your shrimp is turning out perfectly each and every time:

  • Defrost your shrimp properly. The best way to thaw out frozen shrimp is to leave them in the fridge overnight. You should never use a microwave or anything like that to thaw shrimp. If you’re pressed for time, you can also seal the shrimp tightly inside of a ziploc bag and run cold water over them for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Prep the shrimp properly. Make sure that you’re taking the time to peel and devein the shrimp. The digestive tract of shrimp, while perfectly edible, can often contain bits of sand and grime so you’re better off simply removing it. You should also make sure that you’re taking the time to thoroughly dry the shrimp with paper towels.
  • Be wary of overcooking. Due to their small size, shrimp can unfortunately be somewhat easy to overcook. Overcooked shrimp will turn rubbery and hard; not the texture you’re looking for. Shrimp should melt in your mouth when cooked properly.

Garlic Shrimp

Garlic Shrimp

What to Serve with Hawaiian Style Garlic Shrimp

Wondering what to serve with this Hawaiian style garlic shrimp? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Rice
  • Steamed veggies (broccoli, asparagus, etc.)
  • Salads
  • Boiled potatoes (or with garlic mashed potatoes)
  • Pasta noodles
  • Hawaiian rolls
  • Crusty bread (for dipping)

Garlic Shrimp

Garlic Shrimp

(Also try: Sheet Pan Honey Garlic Salmon)

Incredibly Addictive Garlic Shrimp (Hawaiian Style)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 medium head of garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • salt to taste


  • Pat the shrimps dry with paper towels. 
  • In a small bowl combine the flour, cayenne pepper, paprika and salt to taste.
  • Sprinkle the shrimp with flour mixture and toss to coat. 
  • Add the butter to a skillet and melt over medium heat. 
  • Add the olive oil and garlic and cook for 30 seconds. 
  • Add the shrimp in an even layer and cook for 2 minutes per side or until pink. 
  • Remove from the heat. 
  • Add lemon juice and sprinkle with parsley. 
  • Toss to combine. 
  • Serve warm with pan juices.
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Emma Kelly

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