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Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp

Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp

  • Author: Audrey
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Experience a taste of Hawaii with our Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp recipe. In 20 minutes indulge in shrimp coated in a delightful buttery garlic sauce enhanced with a touch of smoky paprika. This dish is an explosion of flavors perfectly balancing the freshness of garlic, the richness of butter and the tanginess of lemon juice. Be it a quick and easy weeknight dinner or an impressive appetizer, for guests our Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp will transport you on a culinary journey. Close your eyes and savor each bite. Let the gentle tropical breeze carry you away. Aloha!



1 pound extra-large shrimp, peeled and deveined

1/4 cup (slightly packed) minced fresh garlic (nearly 1 medium head)

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons paprika

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced into 1 tablespoon pieces

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


Start by selecting some large shrimp. Use paper towels to pat them dry and remove any moisture. This step is important to ensure a beautiful sear.

Now it’s time to add some magic! Sprinkle the shrimp with flour, paprika and a pinch of cayenne pepper if you want a bit of spice. Don’t forget a pinch of salt and pepper. Give them a toss making sure they are evenly coated in this mixture.

Heat up a skillet, over medium-high heat then add butter and olive oil. When the butter starts to sizzle add minced garlic to infuse your kitchen with that aroma. Sauté it until it becomes fragrant. 30 seconds. But be careful not to let it brown!

Arrange your shrimp in a single layer in the skillet. Allow them to sizzle until they turn into a pinkish color, on one side, which usually takes 2 minutes. Then flip them over. Let the other side cook for another 2 minutes or so.

It’s time to bring some brightness into the dish! Add a squeeze of that lemon juice for a burst of taste. If you happen to have some parsley sprinkle it on top to add a vibrant touch of color and freshness.

Now comes the exciting part. Serving and enjoying your Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp. Plate it up immediately. Don’t forget to drizzle some of that garlic butter sauce, from the pan, over the shrimp for an extra boost of flavor.


To make this Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp recipe gluten-free just replace the all-purpose flour, with a gluten-free flour blend. Make sure to verify that all the other ingredients, like paprika and cayenne pepper are certified gluten-free, for a gluten-free safe meal. This simple adjustment lets everyone enjoy the tastes of Hawaii without any concerns. Aloha!

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes