I've received a bunch of requests to make this, and after tasting it, I understand why. If you're a garlic lover, you're going to want to pull out your bucket list and add this recipe to it. I absolutely love this, and I think you will too. Serve over white rice with fresh lemon wedges.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Separate garlic cloves into a bowl and place another bowl on top. Shake until all of the peels are knocked off the cloves, about 30 seconds, being careful not to shake too hard. Chop peeled cloves into relatively small pieces.

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  • Melt butter in a saute pan over medium heat and add chopped garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the garlic and butter into a small bowl and reserve.

  • Pat thawed shrimp dry with paper towels and add to a large mixing bowl.

  • Combine rice flour, paprika, cayenne, and salt in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the shrimp and use a large spoon or spatula to toss until completely coated.

  • Heat olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add some shrimp in a single layer and cook until browned and just barely cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Add some garlic butter and cook for another 30 seconds. Repeat with remaining shrimp and garlic butter. Serve immediately.

Chef's Notes:

Recipe can be made with shell-off shrimp for easier eating but cooking with the shells on is the classic method. I think the best shrimp to use for this is the 21 to 25 per pound size.

All-purpose flour can be used instead of rice.

Nutrition Facts

294 calories; protein 20.1g; carbohydrates 9.8g; fat 19.7g; cholesterol 203.1mg; sodium 923mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (18)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2020
Driving up to the North Shore to the shrimp trucks is one of the things I miss most about living in Honolulu. This is by far the closest recipe I've found to that exact flavor. Perfect! Shell off or on really doesn't matter. On is authentic, but off is so much easier to eat and the flavors are nearly identical. I cannot recommend this enough! Read More
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  • 5 star values: 24
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
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  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
06/28/2020
I made it the shells-off way. It tasted great! My Husband and teenage sons loved it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2020
Driving up to the North Shore to the shrimp trucks is one of the things I miss most about living in Honolulu. This is by far the closest recipe I've found to that exact flavor. Perfect! Shell off or on really doesn't matter. On is authentic, but off is so much easier to eat and the flavors are nearly identical. I cannot recommend this enough! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2020
Outstanding! Peeled all of the shrimp. Tossed with only 1/2 of rice flour/ spice mixture saving the other half for making this again! Super easy and extremely tasty! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/26/2020
Zach vq,, Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/16/2020
Loved it! Very similar to the Kahuku Aloha shrimp I had on Oahu's North Shore. Just needed to add some crushed peanuts to it. However, my husband found it to be too spicy for his taste and I will bring the pepper down 50% next time. Definitely a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2020
I've now made it with and without shells. Shells on is noticeably better! I just want to thank you for this recipe. I always planned to drive up to the north shore of Oahu to get this dish from the shrimp truck. The truck is gone now and I thought I'd never get to taste this. From the look and taste of it, I'm sure that I'm tasting the same dish. It may just be my favorite shrimp dish?? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/28/2020
I will definitely make it again Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/28/2020
This is a good and simple recipe that anyone could make their own. I wish I had taken a picture but it looked a lot like what Chef John made. I'm definitely making it again. Side note, that garlic peeling trick is AWESOME! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/25/2020
I made it without the shells and it was honestly one of the best things I've ever eaten Read More
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