Hawaiian Shrimp Scampi (Garlic Butter Shrimp)
August 01st, 2013 31 Comments

Hawaiian Shrimp Scampi (Garlic Butter Shrimp)

Hawaiian Shrimp Scampi

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Hawaiian Shrimp Scampi Recipe (Giovanni’s Shrimp Scampi)

Serves 2 | Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Cook Time: 10 Minutes


1 lb big shrimp, headless, shell-on, tail-on, deveined
1 heaping tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 oz unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
5 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
2 tablespoons white wine
Salt, to taste
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon fish sauce (optional)
Squirts of lemon juice
1/2 heaping teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Clean and rinse the shrimp and deveined. Pat dry with paper towels.

In a big plastic bowl or container, mix the flour and the cayenne pepper together. Transfer all the shrimp into the flour, toss around to coat the shrimp lightly with the flour. Transfer the shrimp out and dust off the excess flour. DO NOT OVERCOAT with too much flour. You just want a very light dust of flour on the shrimp. Discard the flour mixture.

Heat up a saute pan and add the butter. As soon as the butter melts, add the olive oil. Add the garlic and stir well before adding the shrimp into the pan. Saute the shrimp and keep stirring. Add the white wine, salt, sugar, and fish sauce (if using). Continue to saute until the shrimp is nicely cooked. Add a squirt or two of the lemon juice and the black pepper. Stir to combine well and serve immediately.

Cook’s Note:

Fish sauce is optional but it adds umami to the dish. If you don’t use it, just add more salt to taste.

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31 comments... read them below or add one

  1. Edie Layland says:

    The shrimp looks amazing! My mouth is watering. Thanks for the post!

  2. carol says:

    Just for grins – ingredients list squirts of lemon juice, but description said lime. which is correct?

  3. Georgia says:

    They look amazing. Do you eat the shells? I know at times the shells are so soft you can actually eat them whole instead of peeling them and losing some of the yummy ingredients.

  4. Lydia says:

    This looks so yummy. Drove by Giovanni’s last month – but didn’t stop since we had just eaten at Ted’s Bakery.

  5. nancy says:

    will this receipe work for peeled shrimp (no shell or tail on)?

  6. Compote says:

    Now if we could just get the recipe for their hot sauce!

  7. Jayne says:

    I want to make this so bad! On Saturday I will. I must!

  8. This looks lip-smackingly delicious! Shrimp is quite costly here though, would it be possible to do the same with, say, chicken?

  9. Barbara Rivers says:

    Hi Rasa, Thank u so much 4 this recipe ~ I’ll be visiting

    this link more often ….Again, Thank U :)

  10. Candice says:

    This looks absolutely delicious! I didn’t get a chance to go to Giovanni’s when I was in Oahu, but it will be a must visit on my next trip.

    I’m going to attempt to make the shrimp w/out the shell…hopefully, it’ll turn out.

  11. nico says:

    Hi, i would like to ask a question , i dont have any white wine , so what other ingredients i need to use to subtitute the white wine?

  12. Nerissa says:

    can i use Sake instead of white wine?

  13. Quinn says:

    Do I have to add the white wine, or can I just leave it out of the recipe, or will that affect the whole entire recipe?

  14. This recipe looks awesome. It’s going to be featured on my table and my blog this weekend.

    Thanks Bee.

  15. Khrystyne says:

    Just got back from Hawaii. Tried Giovanni’s shrimp scampi and it was delicious. Tried your reipe today and it tastes exactly liked it. Definitely will make many more times and invite family and friends to try it. Thank you!

  16. Moni says:

    Thank you for this recipe! I made it tonight and it was delicious!!

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  18. anh says:

    thank you for the recipe, i tried making it yesterday but my garlic burn. The taste was good just have to figure out how to not burn the garlic. The shrimp wasnt cook that long either, just 5 minutes each side.

  19. Ralph says:

    Thanks for the recipe. It’s delicious and taste like the one in Hawaii. My wife wants to make it every week!

  20. Kim says:

    I was CRAVING noodles, but I didn’t have yellow noodles, so I used soba noodles to make Bee’s Garlic Noodles & it was DELICIOUS!!! I paired the noodles with Bee’s Hawaiian Shrimp Scampi recipe… It was the easiest, most DELICIOUS dinner in 25mins I have ever whipped up!!! THANK YOU so very much for perfecting both these recipes, Bee!!! xoxo

  21. Essy says:

    oh my god, I’ve been craving Giovanni’s since I got back from my vacation on the North Shore. Thank youuuuuuu, can’t wait to try this, I have high hopes! <3

  22. Sue says:

    Made this for dinner, and it was so easy and yummy. Didn’t have white wine, so I used vodka (what we had – don’t judge!). I also added more than a squirt of lemon because I love acid (that came out bad). Anyways, thanks for the recipe!

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