The Best Garlic Shrimp Recipe – Just like Hawaii Food Trucks!

The Best Garlic Shrimp Recipe – Just like Hawaii Food Trucks!

If you’ve ever been to Hawaii, or are like my family are fortunate enough to live there, then you’ve tried some delicious island favorites.  I’m sure you made your way to one of the island’s Shrimp Trucks.  The best ones are located on Oahu’s North Shore!  A shrimp truck specialty is the Garlic Shrimp plate; succulent shrimp in rich garlic butter sauce served with steamed white rice and macaroni salad.  A local favorite!

Shrimp trucks usually serve this plate with shell on shrimp.  I love the stuff but hate the mess of peeling shrimp while eating outdoors on picnic tables; specially if you have kids to peel for.  That’s why I make them at home using peeled shrimp with just the tail on.  It’s a very easy recipe to make and doesn’t require a lot of time.  For the best results I use fresh chopped garlic, lots of it!  So if you’re hankering for some shrimp truck Garlic Shrimp, or just what to try it here’s the recipe.  You may just love it so much that you’ll want to come to Hawaii to try the real thing!

Shrimp Truck Garlic Shrimp

Ingredients:

1 Lb. Extra Large Shrimp – peeled but leave tail on

1/2 Cup Flour

1 Tbs. Paprika

1 Tbs. Cayenne Red Pepper

1 – 2 Bulbs of Fresh Garlic – Chopped (adjust according to your taste)

1/4 Cup Olive Oil

1/4 Lb. or 1 Stick Butter

1 Lemon

Parsley for garnishing (optional)

Directions:

Combine flour, cayenne red pepper, and paprika in a bowl.

Toss peeled shrimp in flour mixture until well coated.

Place bowl in fridge and allow to marinate at least a half hour but no more than 2 hours.

Heat Olive Oil in a heavy pan.

Add butter and stir until butter melts.

Add garlic and cook until garlic starts to brown – color should be golden not brown.

Add marinated shrimp and cook until shrimp is no longer translucent, about 2 minutes on both sides.

Remove from heat and squeeze the juice of one lemon over all.

Plate and garnish with chopped parsley if desired.

Serve fresh with your choice of starch and veggies.

 

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Instructions
  1. Combine flour, cayenne red pepper, and paprika in a bowl.
  2. Toss peeled shrimp in flour mixture until well coated. 
  3. Place bowl in fridge and allow to marinate at least a half hour but no more than 2 hours.
  4. Heat Olive Oil in a heavy pan.
  5. Add butter and stir until butter melts.
  6. Add garlic and cook until garlic starts to brown - color should be golden not brown.
  7. Add marinated shrimp and cook until shrimp is no longer translucent, about 2 minutes on both sides.  
  8. Remove from heat and squeeze the juice of one lemon over all.
  9. Plate and garnish with chopped parsley if desired.  
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Scampi Fra Diavolo with Spaghetti

Scampi Fra Diavolo with Spaghetti

Thanksgiving is next week, so in preparation for the holiday I’m going to share my Scampi Fra Diavolo with Spaghetti recipe.  What?? Have I gone mad? Pasta for Thanksgiving?

No, I haven’t gone mad and no I’m not suggesting you serve pasta for your Thanksgiving meal, although you absolutely can if you want to!  It’s just that with we all know that our kitchens are super busy between now and then (pies, sides dishes, and other things), and that we’ll be eating turkey for days (leftovers!).  So in the days leading to the great feast I like to make easy meals and avoid making anything with poultry.  And one of the easiest things to prepare is pasta, not only is it filling it can feed a crowd!  And what can be farther from roast turkey than a spicy shrimp pasta dish?

So what exactly is Scampi Fra Diavolo? Well that depends on the country you’re in and the language you speak.  In America we often think of Scampi as a shrimp dish, in Italy Scampi usually refers to langoustine which is a type of edible lobster that is found in the Mediterranean and the Northeast Atlantic.  (Shrimp in Italian is gamberetti).  As for the Fra Diavolo it literally means Brother Devil, in culinary terms it’s usually a red tomato based sauce that’s seasoned with spicy peppers and used with pasta and seafood.

So let’s keep it simple and say that Scampi Fra Diavolo is Shrimp in Spicy Tomato Sauce.  That works right?  Of course you can make this dish with prawns, lobster, or even squid.  And you can use any type of pasta you prefer, spaghetti, fettucini, penne, or whatever.  But whatever shellfish and pasta you use this dish is delicious!

To make it easier I use my basic homemade Marinara Sauce as the base.  I always keep jars of it on hand to use whenever I need it.  Click here for my Basic Marinara Sauce recipe, it’s really delicious!  If you have a preferred Marinara Sauce recipe you can use that too and in a pinch, I do mean in a big pinch, you can use a store bought pasta sauce.

This dish is really easy to make and can be done in less than a half an hour.  Perfect when you’re trying to get dinner at on the table while prepping for a big Thanksgiving meal!

Scampi Fra Diavolo

Ingredients:

1 Lb. Large Shrimp (13-15 count) – Peeled with tail on, de-veined

2 Tbs. Olive Oil

1 Tsp. Garlic Powder

2 Tbs. Crushed Red Pepper (you can adjust this to your taste)

2 Tsp. Salt

1 Tbs. Garlic, minced

2 Cups Marinara Sauce

4 Cups cooked pasta

1 Cup reserved pasta water

1 Tbs. Fresh Parsley, chopped

Directions:

Cook Pasta about 1 minute less than the cooking time on the box or if you’re using fresh pasta cook just before it gets to the Al Dente stage.  You want your pasta mostly cooked but firm.

Drain pasta and reserve 1 cup of the water you used to cook it.

As the pasta cooks heat 1 Tbs. Olive Oil in a heavy skillet.

Add Shrimp, garlic powder, and 1 Tbs. Crushed red pepper.  Cook until shrimp turns pink.

Remove shrimp from pan and set aside.

Add remaining Olive Oil to skillet and saute fresh minced garlic until it starts to turn brown.

Add remaining crushed red pepper and Marinara Sauce.

Simmer for about 5 Minutes.

Stir in Pasta Water and combine well.

Add back shrimp and stir until shrimp is heated.

Add pasta and toss with shrimp and sauce until heated thru.

Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

Served with a green salad and some garlic bread this dish is deliciously filling!

Buon Appetito!

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Spicy Lemon Shrimp Skewers

Spicy Lemon Shrimp Skewers

Level: Easy

Total: 40 min

Prep: 25 min

Cook: 15 min

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients:

 

6 lemons

Kosher salt

1 stalk lemongrass, finely chopped

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons Sriracha (Asian chile sauce)

2 cloves garlic, minced

 

 

1 tablespoon fish sauce

2 teaspoons packed light brown sugar

30 extra-large shrimp, unpeeled

Vegetable oil, for the grill

2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

Directions:

1. Finely grate the zest from 4 of the lemons, then pulse in a mini food processor with 3 tablespoons salt. Squeeze the juice from 2 of the zested lemons into a large bowl; add the lemongrass, olive oil, Sriracha, garlic, fish sauce, brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of the lemon salt. Thinly slice the 2 remaining lemons and add to the bowl.

2. Using kitchen shears, cut through the shrimp shells along the outer curve, leaving the shells on. Remove the veins and rinse the shrimp. Add to the bowl with the lemongrass marinade and toss; cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Meanwhile, soak 12 to 15 wooden skewers in water.

3. Preheat a grill to medium high. Thread the shrimp onto the skewers. Brush the grill with vegetable oil, then add the lemon slices and grill until they begin to char, turning once, about 2 minutes; transfer to a platter. Stir the mint into the remaining marinade. Add the shrimp skewers to the grill and cook, brushing with the marinade-mint mixture, until the shells begin to char, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to the platter and sprinkle with the lemon salt to taste.


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Tandoori Salmon

Tandoori Salmon

In an effort to eat less meat, we like to have a few fish alternatives in our arsenal to satisfy our cravings for their meat counterparts. Instead of hitting up Seamless for your tandoori chicken, why not try a salmon stand-in?! This version comes together in very little time, and it packs a ton of flavor. The pickled red onions might seem like a superfluous add-on, but trust us, they’re SO worth it.

 

Made it? Let us know how it went in the comment section below!

YIELDS: 6 SERVINGS

PREP TIME: 0 HOURS 20 MINS

COOK TIME: 0 HOURS 25 MINS

TOTAL TIME: 0 HOURS 45 MINS

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE QUICK PICKLED ONIONS
1 1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
1/2 c. water
3 tbsp. granulated sugar
1 tbsp. kosher salt
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
FOR THE SALMON
1 large clove garlic, minced
2 tsp. minced fresh ginger
1 1/2 tsp. sweet paprika
1 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
Pinch ground cloves
1 1/4 c. plain low-fat yogurt
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 lemon, sliced, plus wedges for serving
1 (2 1/4-lb.) skin-on salmon fillet
Cilantro sprigs, for serving

DIRECTIONS

1. Make quick pickled onions: Stir together vinegar, water, sugar, and salt in a medium heatproof bowl. Microwave until hot and sugar and salt dissolve, stirring every 30 seconds. Stir in onions and let sit.

2. Preheat oven to 400°. In a medium bowl, stir garlic, ginger, paprika, coriander, cumin, turmeric, cayenne, and cloves into yogurt. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Place lemon slices on bottom of 9”-x-13” baking dish and arrange salmon on top. Season salmon with salt and pepper. Spread yogurt mixture in an even layer over top of salmon.

4. Roast salmon until cooked through and flakes easily with a fork, 20 to 25 minutes. Turn oven to broil and broil until golden if desired, about 3 minutes.

Serve salmon with cilantro, pickled onions, and lemon wedges.


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Cajun Butter Shrimp & Sausage Skewers

Cajun Butter Shrimp & Sausage Skewers

We love these skewers for many reasons: they’re FULL of flavor, they’re hearty, and most of all, they provide the PERFECT bite. Sausage + shrimp = a match made in Cajun heaven. It’s like Jamalaya on a stick! If you dig this, you gotta add cajun butter pasta to your list—another sure-fire winner.

Made it? Let us know how it went in the comment section below!

YIELDS: 6 SERVINGS
PREP TIME: 0 HOURS 15 MINS
TOTAL TIME: 0 HOURS 35 MINS

INGREDIENTS

1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
4 andouille sausages, sliced into 1/2″ thick rounds
1/4 c. melted butter
1 tbsp. lemon zest
Juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
1 tbsp. freshly chopped thyme
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. cayenne
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

1. Soak wooden skewers in water for 15 minutes. When ready to cook, drain and dry skewers.

2. Thread top of shrimp, then sausage, then tail of shrimp onto skewers. Repeat until all shrimp and sausage is used.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk to combine butter, lemon zest, lemon juice, thyme, and spices. Season with salt and pepper, then brush all over skewers.

4. Heat grill or grill pan to medium. Add skewers and cook until shrimp is opaque and sausage is warmed through, about 3 minutes per side. Garnish with parsley and serve.


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