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Hawaiian Shrimp Scampi (Garlic Butter Shrimp)

Hawaiian shrimp scampi made famous by Giovanni’s shrimp truck. Easy shrimp scampi recipe using shrimp, garlic, butter, olive oil and lemon juice, so YUMMY you will want to gobble them up yourself |

Hawaiian Shrimp Scampi (Garlic Butter Shrimp)

Hawaiian shrimp scampi made famous by Giovanni’s shrimp truck. Easy shrimp scampi recipe using shrimp, garlic, butter, olive oil and lemon juice, so YUMMY you will want to gobble them up yourself |

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1 lb shrimp, headless, shell-on, tail-on, deveined
1/2 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.

Mix the flour and the cayenne pepper together in a big bowl. Add the shrimp to the bowl, toss a few times to coat lightly with the flour mixture.

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

Hawaii Shrimp Scampi
Hawaii Shrimp Scampi pictures (5 of 5)

Hawaiian Shrimp Scampi (Garlic Butter Shrimp)

Hawaiian shrimp scampi made famous by Giovanni’s shrimp truck. Easy shrimp scampi recipe using shrimp, garlic, butter, olive oil and lemon juice. 

This Hawaiian Shrimp Scampi recipe was originally published August 1, 2013. Updated with new photos.

Lately, Hawaiian-style shrimp scampi or garlic butter shrimp photos keep popping up on my feeds on Facebook. 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

I love shrimp and I can eat shrimp every day. So, the more I look at those photos, 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. As I couldn’t just pack up my luggage and hop on the plane to the 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 made this Hawaiian shrimp scampi at home. The end result: one pound of buttery, garlicky, yummy shrimp goodness that I finished all by myself. 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.

Hawaiian Shrimp Scampi

For my creation, I used olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and butter. I also checked out this recipe and then created my own recipe, based on this photo that I captured during the trip.

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 when you have a craving for it. If you haven’t been to Hawaii, 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 my peel and eat shrimp.

Bon appetit!

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43 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. Georgia

    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.

  2. Lydia

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

  3. Barbara Rivers

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

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

  4. Candice

    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.

  5. nico

    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?

  6. Quinn

    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?

  7. Khrystyne

    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!

  8. anh

    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.

  9. Kim

    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

  10. Essy

    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

  11. Sue

    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!

  12. Max

    Excited to try this recipe. How soon after the shrimp go in do you add everything else? And is it better to have the heat at medium or high? Thanks in advance!

  13. Cheryl

    When I saw this on the internet and saw you had written “Hawaiian shrimp scampi made famous by Giovanni’s shrimp truck” I just couldn’t believe it! My friend and I were in Hawaii on Oahu staying on the Marine Base, somewhere around 2007 I believe, visiting with friends and one day we went for a drive around the island and found this truck set up along the road somewhere and I had this recipe! I am so surprised to see this here, I am going to make it! I can remember it being sooooooo garlicky, I loved it. Wow, talk about bringing back good memories. ;o)

  14. Venus

    Would mixed seafood work for this recipe? I know you mentioned omitting white wine but I like wine in my cooking. Would red wine work too? I just want to use what I have available.

  15. Lauren Nguyen

    Love that shrimp truck. I need to figure out when we can go back!! Haha
    Until then, I’m adding this to my recipe list for this week!

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