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Hawaiian Shrimp Truck Recipe

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While its known for white sand beaches and thick, jungle mountains, Hawaiian food culture is something to be excited about too. Salty Spam, sweet, sticky rice, juicy fruit… Seriously, Hawaii is filled with delicious food everywhere, including this indulgent Hawaiian Shrimp Truck Recipe that had me excited to recreate it as soon as we got home from our trip.

Exploring the North Shore of Oahu was probably my favorite part of the trip. Natural beauty and Hawaiian tradition all intermingled into modern day culture, and I loved soaking it all in! For lunch one day, we stopped at the popular Giovanni Shrimp Truck along the main highway. Yelp this place.. it’s super popular and gets rave reviews! We ate some amazing Hawaiian shrimp with garlic and butter alongside sticky rice. So SO good!

Hawaiian Shrimp Truck Recipe Bringing home the flavors of North Shore, Oahu

After talking (begging) with the cooks inside the shrimp truck, I learned a couple of their recipe secrets. The first being that the shrimp need to be as big as possible and with shells still on. They also said they use clarified butter. I had to research what that was and opted to just use butter and some vegetable oil instead to create that high smoke point.

For this recipe, I also opted to use deveined shrimp with the tails still on and no shells. The shells made for a big mess and more sauce on your fingers than in your mouth.

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Hawaiian Shrimp Truck Recipe

Are you ready to indulge in delicious Hawaiian food culture? This Hawaiian Shrimp Truck recipe is beyond simple and so fast – it makes the PERFECT week night dinner!

Here’s all you need….

  • 1 pound large shrimp, deveined
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 head garlic, peeled and chopped (yes, you need it ALL!)
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1-2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 lemon, cut into slices or wedges

Here’s how you make this simple Hawaiian Shrimp Truck recipe…

Combine flour, paprika, and cayenne pepper in a dish and toss the shrimp in the mixture to coat. Heat a large skillet over low heat. Add the butter, oil and garlic, allowing the garlic to cook for 3-5 minutes. Raise the heat to medium and add the shrimp in a single layer. Cook for 3-4 minutes on one side, then turn the shrimp and cook for 3-4 minutes on the other side. Add salt. Cook for another minute or two. Squeeze a bit of fresh lemon juice over the shrimp to zest up the flavor.

Serve immediately with a side of white rice and a lemon wedge.

Hawaiian Shrimp Truck Recipe

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  • Hi I was just at Giovanni’s yesterday and as I was in the back restroom area I saw a big Costco truck unloading and delivering a full truck load of ingredients to their kitchen storage. The 4 big cases of ingredients I saw them bring into the kitchen was Costco Extra Virgin Olive oil, Meyers Lemons, unsalted Butter, and Whole garlic cloves.

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