May 21, 2020

Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp

When my husband and I got married, we enjoyed a 2-week vacation on two separate islands in Hawaii as our Honeymoon.  One of those islands was Oahu.  We were told by locals that the Giovanni shrimp truck on the North Shore was definitely something not to miss.  They were so right!  We trekked out there twice while we were on that island, just to enjoy the Garlic Shrimp they serve. 

Several years back I went on a pursuit to recreate that famous shrimp dish.  I have come pretty close to the taste we remember, simplifying it for a busy home cook.  Giovanni's served a large helping of their Garlic Shrimp with sides of white rice drizzled with the garlic sauce and a slice of fresh lemon for seasoning the shrimp and rice.  So incredible!

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Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp

1 lb cooked Jumbo shrimp, defrosted & tails removed
1 tbsp flour
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp butter
4 tbsp minced garlic
1 fresh lemon, sliced into wedges

In a large food storage bag, add flour and spices.  Shake mixture together to combine.  Add shrimp to bag, seal.  Toss shrimp in flour mixture until very well coated.  Place shrimp into a foil lined 9x13 baking dish, arranging in a single layer. Spoon garlic on top of shrimp.  Place pats of butter in dish.  Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, until heated through and garlic is golden. Serve shrimp with white rice and a slice of fresh lemon.

We start off with frozen already cooked shrimp that have been deveined and tails removed. Then just mix up the seasoning in a large food storage bag and coat the shrimp.  

Top the shrimp with LOTS of minced garlic and some butter.  You can pre-melt the butter and pour it over or you can just put pats on top and they will melt in the oven.

When it is done baking, it comes out looking something like this with a thickened buttery garlic sauce.  Give it a good stir and it's ready to serve.

This is such an easy and fast recipe for any day of the week.  The shrimp take only a short bit to bake and while that is going you can get the rice cooking and any sides prepared.  Trust me when I say, this is so amazingly good!

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