Garlic Butter Shrimp

Delicious Hawaii Style Garlic Shrimp you will find IRRESISTIBLE…   

Just like from the shrimp trucks in Hawaii!

Hawaiian Style Garlic Shrimp recipe just like the shrimp trucks in Hawaii @createdbydiane



Hawaiian Style Garlic Shrimp

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Have I told you how much I LOVED going to Hawaii,

the weather was amazing, it was so relaxing, I loved the sea turtles and the delicious food!

Ok, let’s escape to paradise for the next few minutes…

Imagine the sun shining on your face, the warm air hitting you like it does at the beginning of spring after a cold winter…

You’ll want to enjoy something so tasty, you’ll want to remember that flavors forever!

Well, this is that type of recipe…

While driving around the islands of Hawaii you can’t help but see all sorts of “Shrimp Trucks” pulled over on the side of the road.

I don’t mean one once in a while, I mean you will just about see one every mile!

I had gotten some recommendations about shrimp trucks before I even arrived in Hawaii,

and I’m so glad I did. I couldn’t get enough of this delicious shrimp!

Now we can’t all be flying off to Hawaii every time we dream of garlic shrimp, especially the most delicious garlic shrimp you’ve ever had.

With this recipe, you can now enjoy it ANYTIME, no airfare needed!

Take a look at these other great shrimp recipes:


In no time at all,

you could be enjoying these delicious shrimp!

devein shrimp with the shell, tail, and feet in tact


I use THIS shrimp deveining tool it makes it easy to remove the vein and leave the shell, tail, and feet intact. Just slide the tool down the back of the shrimp and as you hold the shell, pull and cut the shell in one sweeping motion, the vein will be removed and the back of the shrimp will “butterfly” when cooked.

When you go to eat the shrimp the shell, tail, and feet will usually come off in one swoop, the larger the shrimp I think they easier they peel.

marinating shrimp with garlic



Marinating the shrimp for an hour in garlic will give it some EXTRA delicious flavor!


shrimp in the shell, garlic and cooking in a cast iron skillet


You can add the shrimp and marinade in a plastic bag to keep the mess at a minimum, which is great and makes for easy clean up too.



garlic shrimp @createdbydiane


When it comes to flavor, there are some really simple tips that will make the world of difference:

Cooking the shrimp with the shells on give the shrimp, even more flavor.

This dish is messy to eat but TOTALLY worth it!

Serve the shrimp with rice and lemon wedges or with a salad.

Serve with an empty bowl for shells and moist towels will help reduce the mess.

Maybe you’ll plan your next vacation while enjoying this… Hawaii was such a great vacation it’s no wonder it’s such a popular destination.

I loved sitting by the water… peeling the shrimp and enjoying the time in Hawaii!

Any time I want to take a mini-trip, I make this dish and reminisce!.

I can’t wait to go back, but in the meantime, I’ll just enjoy some shrimp and daydream of the time we spent there.

Hawaiian Style Garlic Shrimp @createdbydiane (just like the shrimp trucks)


If you love shrimp like I do you’ll have to give these recipes a try:


I look forward to going back to Hawaii soon, I loved the quite areas of Oahu. It was warmer on Maui but more touristy. Have you been to Hawaii? What was your favorite area?


Oh, these shrimp are so delicious!

Until I go back to Hawaii, I will just be enjoying this shrimp often!

THIS is the deveining tool I use, yes I devein the shrimp with the shells on, this tool is flexible and has a started edge just slide the tip of the tool down the back of the shrimp and remove the vein by pulling the tool out and cutting the shell in one motion.

Garlic Butter Shrimp


  • 1 lb extra-large shrimp deveined with shells on
  • 1 bulb garlic freshly diced fine or pressed in a garlic press
  • 2 tablespoons garlic paste pressed or use Gourmet Gardens like I did
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt


  • In a gallon zipper bag place shrimp with olive oil with 2 tablespoons garlic paste, crushed red pepper, and salt.
  • Place in the fridge for 1 hour.
  • In a 12" preheated cast iron skillet heat.
  • Add the bulb of garlic (crushed) with garlic and butter cook for a minute or two.
  • Then add the shrimp and cook while stirring occasionally until the shrimp are pink and fully cooked.
  • To avoid over-cooking the shrimp, place a lid over the shrimp at the last minute or two as the last few shrimp are still turning pink.
  • Serve with rice and lemon wedges.
  • Be sure to have an extra bowl for shells and moist towels are great as well.


This dish is messy but really worth the mess, the flavor is fantastic, and cooking the shrimp in the shells adds great flavor.


 Hawaiian style shrimp IRRESISTABLBE @createdbydiane


  1. Try dipping them in Greek style yogurt for an extra kick,my friends cannot get enough of them.
    We call them Prawns here in Australia (not Shrimp)

    1. You can, but one that is not how they are served in Hawaii. The shells add A TON of flavor to the cooking process. Yes, they are messy to eat with the shells on, but it certainly adds to the whole experience and flavor. Of course you can do as you like in your kitchen 🙂 but I beg you to try them with the shells on, they are truly fantastic!

  2. Just like barbecue shrimp at manages in NOLA, served in the shells and you transfer a lot of the taste and seasoning on the shells to the shrimp meat when you peel them. Messy, yes, good, yes!

  3. My mouth is watering, I want some now!!

    I’m throwing a Hawaiian baby shower.

    Do you think I can cook these on a grill?

    I was thinking of skewering them beforehand. Will it turn out as delicious or must they be cooked on a stove top?

    1. You can cook them on the grill, or even under the broiler if you prefer. I have lots of other Hawaiian type items, Cupcakes, fried rice pasta salad and even a no churn ice cream If you needed more ideas. Wishing you a great party!

  4. The place that I had garlic shrimp in Oahu also served them with sweet chili sauce to dip the shrimp in and it was delicious. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

    1. These shrimp have a strong garlic flavor and the crushed red pepper does add some spice which you can adjust according to taste. If your kids are used to eating garlic and crushed red pepper in other dishes it most likely won’t be too much for them, if they are not used to eating as much garlic, then it may be too much for them. It’s really all what they are accustomed to eating. Since you asked my guess would be your kids don’t eat lots of garlic or spice, so I’d fix them something milder and enjoy this yourself 🙂 My kids love spicy foods.

  5. Hi Diane,

    I have been preparing your recipes for quite some time now. They are delicious, easy to prepare and healthy.
    Thank you so much for all your hard work in presenting these recipes for us. Your pictures are gorgeous and it truly helps to see how the finished product should look.
    Thank You!
    Kathleen Lunsford
    Mt Shasta, CA

    1. Thanks so much, Kathleen, I’m so happy to hear you like my recipes, I’m working on lots of new stuff so keep an eye out and let me know if there something you’d love to see a recipe about.

    1. It’s correct as written, one bulb of garlic, it’s a garlicky recipe and delicious, you can adjust to your preference, when it’s ordered in Hawaii, trust me it’s really garlicky!

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