Giovanni's Hawaiian Food Truck Garlic Shrimp

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"This food truck can be found in the North Shore of Oahu. The garlic shrimp is famous! They serve it shell on, but I find I get more sauce on the shrimp if I cook it peeled and deveined. Prep time does not include peeling and deveining....I usually buy mine already peeled and deveined at the fish market."

Original recipe yields 3 servings
752 Calories. More Nutrition

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Step 1

Combine the flour, paprika, and cayenne pepper in a dish and toss the shrimp in the mixture to coat.

Step 2

Heat a large skillet over low heat. Add the butter, oil, and garlic. Allow the garlic to cook for 3 to 5 minutes.

Step 3

Raise the heat to medium and add the shrimp in a single layer. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on one side, then turn the shrimp and cook for 3-4 minutes on the other side.

Step 4

Add salt, and cook for another minute or two. Squeeze a bit of fresh lemon juice over the shrimp.

Step 5

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

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1 (360.9 g), Calories 752, Total Fat - 51.5 g, Saturated Fat - 22.2 g, Cholesterol - 271.4 mg, Sodium - 1912.7 mg, Total Carbohydrate - 49.4 g, Dietary Fiber - 5.4 g, Sugars - 2.8 g, Protein - 28.5 g, Calcium - 207.2 mg, Iron - 3 mg, Vitamin C - 51.9 mg, Thiamin - 0.2 mg.

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No special items needed.



What a great shrimp dish. We loved it and then some! I made baked potato skins and salad to have with it. What a great combo!

(22 Sep 2021)


I didn't try this recipe, and I'm sure it is delicious, but as Ric stated, this is NOT the Shrimp Scampi from the famous Giovanni's Shrimp Truck of Oahu. My wife and I were there (Kahuku location) in March 2020 and the in-the-shell shrimp is smothered in a butter-garlic goo. Yummmmm! "A dozen shrimp marinated in olive oil, fresh chopped garlic, and lemon butter, served with two scoops of rice all drizzled with a garlic lemon butter and caramelized chunks of tangy garlic".

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(9 Jun 2021)

Marie Nixon

Delicious! I followed the cooking instructions. I chopped 7 cloves of garlic to approximate 1 garlic bulb. Unfortunately, my garlic did burn by the time the shrimp were done. Maybe it was because the garlic was chopped quite small. I wonder how small Giovannis chops his garlic for the recipe. I dumped all of the breading ingredients into a plastic freezer bag and then tossed the shrimp in the bag to evenly coat them. Worked well. I'm attempting to salvage the leftover in the pan garlic flavored butter. I strained out the burnt garlic and put the remaining butter in the refrigerator.

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(16 May 2021)


Good recipe, To comment on what "Ric" said, I believe the flour is used to help bind the flavors of the seasoning to the shrimp. It should say to dust the leg area and not to coat the whole shrimp (it shouldn't be used to batter and fry). With that being said, the whole family really enjoyed it.

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(13 Mar 2021)


This may be a good garlic shrimp recipe, but it is NOT like Giovanni’s. They don’t coat the shrimp in flour. Butter and garlic coats the shrimp, and they do some kind of magic with the rice (seriously—that is some excellent rice) and that’s it.

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(20 Feb 2021)


I used less butter and more EVOV, to make it a bit healthier. They were delicious! We enjoyed them very much! Baked potato and a small salad to go with it!

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(21 Sep 2020)