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

Hawaiian Shrimp Scampi (Garlic Butter Shrimp)

Shrimp Scampi
Shrimp Scampi pictures (3 of 5)

Recently on social media, Hawaiian-style shrimp scampi or garlic butter shrimp photos keep popping up on my feeds. Some photos are my friend’s vacation photos as they chowed down on the world’s famous Giovanni’s shrimp scampi, while others are recipes and videos of copycat recipes of this delicacy.

Hawaiian Shrimp Scampi

The more I look at the photos and recipes, the more I am craving for the luscious, buttery, and lip-smacking Giovanni’s shrimp scampi that I had 4 years ago while we vacationed in Oahu. I had to fix it. As I couldn’t just pack up my luggage and hop on the plane to paradise island, I had to do something about my hunger and intense craving. So, I gathered all the ingredients—a short list of essentials that most people have at home—and cooked up a storm yesterday. The end result: one pound of buttery, garlicky, yummy shrimp goodness laid out on a piece of parchment paper on my patio table. I was enjoying the gorgeous day, soaking in the warmth of sunshine, and downing the shrimp with a bottle of cold beer. Ahhhh, it was as if I was transported to Kahuku, the north shore of Oahu island, where the legendary shrimp truck is.

For my Hawaiian shrimp scampi recipe, I referred to the menu of Giovanni’s above, which stated the key ingredients of olive oil, garlic, lemon/butter. I also checked out this recipe and then created my own recipe, based on this photo that I captured during the trip.

Hawaiian Shrimp Scampi

Anyway, here is the side-by-side comparison. The left photo is the original. Even though my version is not 100% identical, I got my shrimp scampi to taste as close as Giovanni’s. I was very happy with my Hawaiian shrimp scampi recipe. If you have tried the original, I strongly urge you to try my interpretation. If you haven’t been, you should totally try it, too, as this is a perfect summer dish to share and enjoy with your friends and family. You should also check out this summertime peel and eat shrimp. Happy eating!

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  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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