September 21, 2023


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Hawaiian Garlic Butter Shrimp Recipe: This 15-Minute Recipe Will Make You Do the Hula | Seafood

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Hawaiian Garlic Butter Shrimp Recipe: This 15-Minute Recipe Will Make You Do the Hula | Seafood

When you’re in Hawaii, it’s a good bet that you’ll find a food truck selling garlic butter shrimp. Hawaiian garlic butter shrimp is a quick shrimp recipe that is loaded – and we mean loaded – with garlic. You won’t miss the garlic in this buttery shrimp!

Large shrimp are seasoned with paprika and ground cayenne before being cooked in butter, olive oil and garlic. A splash of lemon juice at the end adds acidity and freshness. The tender, succulent shrimp and garlic butter sauce are a Hawaiian match made in heaven.

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Serve this Hawaiian garlic butter shrimp over rice with lemon wedges or pineapple for dinner. You could even serve it over pasta (think Hawaiian shrimp scampi) or quinoa. A fresh vegetable like broccolini, broccoli, brussels sprouts or asparagus would make this a dinner homerun. And the garlic shrimp is table ready in less than 20 minutes. The shrimp would also be a nice appetizer served with toothpicks. 

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • ground cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh garlic 
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Here’s how to make it: 

  1. Put the shrimp into a bowl. Sprinkle with the flour, paprika, cayenne, and salt and pepper, to taste. 
  2. Melt the butter and garlic in a skillet. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. 
  3. Add the shrimp in a single layer. Cook on one side about 2 minutes, then flip over and cook about 2 minutes more or until just cooked through. 
  4. Turn the heat off and stir in the lemon. 

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