Sunny’s Hawaiian Shrimp

January 14, 2015

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My girlfriend/neighbor has this incredible shrimp dish that she’s cooked for us a handful of times already. This recipe is adapted from the popular shrimp truck in Hawaii called Giovanni’s. It is a really simple recipe! It has a ton of garlic so do not do the following afterwards:

  1. meet with friends or anyone for that matter
  2. kiss anyone unless they too have eaten this shrimp (jimmy ate this too so no problem there πŸ˜€ )
  3. go to the gym b/c you will sweat garlic and you will make people angry #imforrealz


I bought this shrimp from Costco. I recommend buying wild caught shrimp and not the farm raised b/c they are fed toxins. I doubled the recipe so I could share this dish with my parents and used the whole bag. The recipe below is for half of this bag of shrimp.

Sunny’s Hawaiian Shrimp (serves 2)

  • 1 lb large white shrimp (keep peel on)
  • 5 tbsp olive oil, divided (I use grapeseed oil)
  • 4 tbsp salted butter
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 3/4 CUP of minced garlic (YES I KNOW, I TOLD YOU!) 
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional) 


Add 4 tbsp of butter and all of the minced garlic in a skillet under medium heat. Saute the garlic until it caramelizes. 


Once browned, add salt, paprika, pepper and red pepper flakes along with the rest of the butter, oil and lemon juice. Saute all together to mix.

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Add your shrimp and lay them on one side. Let them cook for about 4 minutes just until they turn a pinkish, orange color. Then flip them over.

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Serve the shrimp with rice, crusted bread, pasta, etc. I had mine with quinoa. It was delicious with a side of kimchee. #koreansdoitright

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My parents loved it so much. Jimmy came home a little later and said he could smell the garlic from the garage when he pulled in. It’s so strong but oh so good and oh so worth the stankity stank breath. 

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Get in ma belly!! I love adding a good amount of red pepper flakes b/c it gives it some heat but it’s totally optional. It’s so good to cover your rice with some of that garlicky sauce too so if you want more sauce, just add more butter and oil. #buttahmakesitbettah

Enjoy, my friends! Thanks, Sunny! Check out the printable recipe down below. 


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Sunny's Hawaiian Shrimp
Serves 2
A delicious, garlicky shrimp
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  1. 1 lb large white shrimp
  2. 5 tbsp olive oil, divided
  3. 4 tbsp salted butter
  4. 1 lemon (juiced)
  5. 3/4 CUP of minced garlic
  6. 1/4 tsp sea salt
  7. 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  8. 1/4 tsp paprika
  9. 1 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  1. In a medium pan on medium heat, add 4 tbsp oil, 2 tbsp butter and all of the minced garlic. Saute until the garlic browns and caramelizes.
  2. Add salt, pepper, paprika, red pepper flakes, rest of the butter, oil and lemon juice. Saute to mix.
  3. Lay the shrimp on one side and cook until it turns pinkish/orange for about 4 minutes or less. Flip over.
  4. Serve shrimp and sauce over rice, quinoa, pasta, crusted bread, etc.
  1. If you want to make more sauce, add more oil and butter. Make sure to cook with the peel on.
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