This copycat Hawaiian Food Truck Garlic Shrimp recipe is so succulent! This recipe costs $9.19 to make which is just $4.60 per serving!
The past two Aprils my family has spent Spring Break on the island of Oahu. While there we soaked up as much of the warm Hawaiian sunshine, culture, and food as we could.
Hawaiian Garlic Butter Shrimp is one of my absolute favorite things to eat while on the island of Oahu. I’ve spent almost 2 years developing my own garlic shrimp recipe that tastes just like it came from my favorite food truck in Hawaii. I’m happy to report that I’ve finally nailed it and I’m sharing the recipe with you today!
I have had an overwhelming amount of love from you guys with my Hawaiian Macaroni Salad that I feel it is only fair to share my next favorite Hawaiian dish with you, GARLIC SHRIMP!
My Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp recipe is AH-mazing if I don’t say so myself! It will make you feel like you are sitting right on the beach watching the Hawaiian waves with every bite.
What’s the secret to recreating this recipe you ask? Butter and garlic. Lots and lots of butter and garlic! 8 Tablespoons of butter and an entire head of garlic to be exact.
Make this recipe and you will find, just like my Macaroni Salad, that this Garlic Shrimp tastes just like it came from a Hawaiian Food Truck!
Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp recipe questions answered:
What do you eat with garlic shrimp?
The Hawaiian food trucks usually serve the dish with white rice and Hawaiian macaroni salad. Other delicious recipes would be:
Do you really cook garlic shrimp with the shell on?
Yup! In Hawaii, that’s exactly how they serve them. I think this cuts down on costs and time.
How to make Hawaiian Food Truck Garlic Shrimp:
- First, cook the rice per package instructions. Then pat the shrimp dry and set aside.
- Next, in a pie dish whisk together paprika, flour, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Add the shrimp to the pie plate and toss the shrimp into the paprika mixture until all of the shrimp are evenly coated.
- Then, in a large skillet over low heat, add butter and garlic. Be sure to stir it often for about 4 minutes. Next, turn the heat up to medium and add the shrimp in a single layer to cook until the shrimp are no longer translucent on the side touching the pan. Turn the shrimp over and cook the other side.
- Finally, remove the pan from the heat and spoon the garlic butter over the shrimp. Serve the shrimp with 2 scoops of rice, and spoon some of the garlic butter over the rice.
HOW MUCH WILL THIS HAWAIIAN GARLIC SHRIMP RECIPE COST?
RECIPE COST: $9.19
COST PER SERVING: $4.60
NOTE: The recipe prices are used calculating name brand products from Walmart’s website. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what your pantry is already stocked with and current grocery prices.
- 1 pound shell-on (often called EZ peel) jumbo or extra-jumbo shrimp – $6.74
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons paprika – $0.15
- 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour – $0.02
- 1/2 teaspoon salt – $0.01
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper – $0.01
- pinch cayenne pepper – $0.04
- 8 Tablespoons salted butter – $0.80
- 1 large head of garlic – $0.55
- 1 cup long-grain rice – $0.39
- 1 lemon – $0.48
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- You can double this recipe. You will just need to cook the shrimp in batches.
- Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1 day.
Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp
- 1 pound shell-on (often called EZ peel jumbo or extra jumbo shrimp, thawed if previously frozen)
- 1 ½ Tablespoons paprika
- 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- pinch cayenne pepper optional
- 8 Tablespoons salted butter
- 1 large head of garlic about 15-20 cloves, minced
- 1 cup long-grain rice cooked as per package instructions
- lemon wedges
- Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels; set aside.
- In a pie dish whisk together paprika, flour, salt, black pepper, and cayenne (if using).
- Add the shrimp to the pie plate and toss the shrimp into the paprika mixture until all of the shrimp are evenly coated.
- In a large skillet over low heat add butter and garlic and cook, stirring often, for 4 minutes.
- Turn the heat up to medium and add the shrimp in a single layer. Cook the shrimp for 2-4, or until the shrimp are no longer translucent on the side touching the pan, (the cooking time varies depending on how big your shrimp are). Then turn the shrimp over and cook for another 2-4 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the heat and spoon the garlic butter over the shrimp.
- Serve the shrimp with 2 scoops of rice, and spoon some of the garlic butter over the rice. Enjoy!