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Being apart of a big family has its advantages and disadvantages.

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I am one of seven kids. There’s mom and dad, and they been together forever – since my mom was fifteen and my dad was 18, three older brothers, two younger bothers and one little sister. And yes, I also have cousins galore.

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This means I have family everywhere. This is personally one of my favorite advantages. When I am running low on inspiration they are who I turn to. I have family members in Canada (but he’s normally in Utah or Tahoe – actually he is really just all over the place – yes, Brendan), Florida, Vermont, Ohio, Pennsylvania and California.

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This time though, I turned to an unlikely source.

One of my older brothers, Trevor. See Trevor and I? Well, we fight more than we get along, but I am pretty sure we would not be “us” if we didn’t fight. I mean he just gets on my nerves. I can’t help it. But I love him and I love where he is living.

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Trevor’s living and working in California and we all know how people in California know how to eat some dang good food. I asked him what he has been eating and  he said he’s broke, so not much. Surprise, surprise. And I am not trying to be mean, but the kid can’t save a dollar for the life of him. It’s just a known fact.

Anyway, he did say he has been loving Hawaiian foods and he told me about this place he goes to. It sounds awesome and I am jealous (oh, to live in a place with good restaurants and grocery stores that carry things like rhubarb in the spring – mine does not). He mostly told me about beefy dishes because he is mostly a beef and chicken only kind of guy, BUT he did get me thinking about Hawaiian food.

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Like any normal person I spent the next two hours researching Hawaiian Shrimp Trucks which, FYI, are a huge thing along the shores of Hawaii.

Also FYI, I really want to go to Hawaii. Like today. Please, please, please today?

Hawaiian Shrimp Truck Special (Garlic Lemon Butter Shrimp) |

I looked at like a gazillion recipes and read like a gazillion descriptions regarding top shrimp trucks along the shores and somehow I came up with this super simple recipe for Garlic Lemon Pepper Butter Shrimp. Basically it is caramelized garlic in butter and lemon with some pepper that you toss together with shrimp. It’s the best thing ever. So tender, juicy and buttery.

You have to marinate the shrimp in olive and garlic for at least thirty minutes, but the longer the better. Then just sauté and smell the amazingness that is taking place. I served it just like they do in Hawaii – with rice, pineapple slices and a lemon wedge. Oh, and I think they leave the entire shell on the shrimp, but for easy eating purposes, I just left the tail shell on.

Hawaiian Shrimp Truck Special (Garlic Lemon Butter Shrimp) |

Hawaiian Shrimp Truck Special (Garlic Lemon Butter Shrimp).

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
marinating time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 276 kcal

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  • 1 pound raw tail on shrimp
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 lemons juiced, divided
  • 5-6 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  • Add the shrimp to a gallon size ziplock bag or medium size bowl. Add the olive oil, juice of 1 lemon, chopped garlic, 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, flour, cayenne pepper and pepper. Toss well to combine, seal the bag or cover the bowl and place in the fridge for 30 minutes or up 24 hours.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot use a slotted spoon to scoop the shrimp out of the marinade and into the hot skillet, season with salt and pepper. Make sure to scoop up all the garlic as well. Saute the shrimp until pink, about 2-3 minutes per side. Remove the shrimp from the pan leaving the garlic in the skillet. Add the salted butter and 1 teaspoon pepper (or more or less to your taste) to the skillet. Cook the garlic in the butter until it begins to caramelize and turn golden brown. Remove from the heat and stir in 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, the juice of 1/2 a lemon and zest if using. Drizzle with the warm garlic butter over the shrimp. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley.

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So we could devour without pausing. Obviously.

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    1. Hey Lisa,
      Noodles would work well here! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! Happy New Year! xTieghan

  1. Hi! I marinated this shrimp overnight and when I checked on it the acid in the lemon juice cooked the shrimp. I’m disappointed that shrimp would be rubbery and overcooked now, So I would maybe wait to put the lemon juice in until the end or just do a quick marinade!

  2. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness, all of your recipes are so good. Last night, thai chicken, and this tonight. My husband loved it and wished I made more. It was perfect! Tomorrow night either falafel or creamy tuscan pasta. I got some buratta cheese and it is so delicious. Thank you for all of your wonderful recipes. I am on a roll!

    1. Thank you Kim!! I am so glad this recipe turned out so well for you!! I hope you continue to enjoy my recipes! xTieghan

  3. Okay, I’ve never actually commented on a recipe before but THIS!!!! Wow. We just finished eating, and I have to say this went above and beyond my expectations. I’m not even a shrimp person and I couldn’t stop eating this. And I love how simple the ingredients are! I didn’t even have to go grocery shopping to make this. Thank you for sharing this!

  4. 5 stars
    Hello! I’ve been making this recipe for years — since I first read it on your blog. We probably make it (slightly evolved from its original form) about 4 or 5 times per month. So delicious and easy. Today, a friend is moving so we’re collecting recipes to “shower” her with, and this is the first thing that came to mind! I’m proud to share this recipe from your blog 🙂 THANK YOU for the yummiest thing in my whole kitchen.

    1. Hi Stephanie! Wow! This is so sweet to read! I am SO glad you have been loving this recipe for years and you are still making it! I hope your friend loves this just as much! xTieghan

    1. Hi Desiree! By the way it is prepared with a little twist of my own! Is there something I am missing? Please let me know! xTieghan

  5. 5 stars
    I went to Oahu twice. There is a shrimp truck there called Giovanne’s that is over the top amazing!! The garlic shrimp is so garlicky it takes days to get the garlic off your breath!! He serves it without the shell (usually about 8-12 shrimp, two scoops of rice and a slice of lemon. Oh, It is so amazing!! I found the recipe for his shrimp. Takes about 15 cloves of garlic 🙂 Your recipe sounds very close to his. If you ever get to Hawaii go to Oahu and go to Giovanne’s.

    1. Ooo that sounds amazing! I would really like to try it! Thank you so much Pat! I hope you love this recipe! xTieghan

  6. Hi there, in the recipe you mention pepper twice, which pepper do you mean by that?

    Yours sincerely


    1. HI there! I just mean regular black pepper. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  7. OMG – had a hankering for some Hawaiian Shrimp Truck shrimp and this recipe was spot on – YUM!! Tasted just like the 5 Star Shrimp Truck – we must have eaten there 3-4 times our week in Oahu. Thanks so much!

  8. The shrimp had no flavor…very bland. Sorry, didnt care for it. We are a family of shrimp lovers, and we were all very underwhelmed.

  9. Quick question about the recipe: It does specify the quantity of olive oil, just 1/4… I want to make sure I get this part right! Can you please clarify? Thank you 🙂

    1. Hey Kim! So sorry about that, it is a 1/4 cup. Fixing the recipe now. Thanks so much and I hope you love this!

  10. Made this tonight. I only had an hour to marinate. Loved the light fresh flavors. I added a little bit more garlic and white ends of green onions along with the butter. Saved the green ends of onions as garnish. I love garlic so I’d add much more garlic next time and leave to marinate much longer.

    Thanks for the lovely dinner 🙂

  11. Just made this tonight! Tastes so amazing. I of course added more chopped garlic. I just love garlic! But thank you for this recipe! My family loved it !

  12. I made this tonight for the Hubs and I. And we loved it. I sprinkled it with toasted coconut on our plates, since I did not have any coconut for the rice. That was pure perfection. Thank you for the recipe.

  13. I eat today those shrimps in Hawaii. And he was prapered them next yo me . So… I try to remember some of ingredients. In the skillet he warm up already prapered garlic butter, them shrimps , then white wine, sone spices , half and half… It was very delicious!

  14. This recipe looks amazing. I am trying it for dinner right now! We travel to Hawaii every year for vacation and I was really craving the shrimp truck food. Thanks for finding the recipe and posting!

  15. Hey Tieghan,

    Can’t wait to try this recipe! It makes me drool and reminisce of Food Truck crawling, lol.

    When you plan your trip to Hawaii (hopefully soon!) just know that the (famous) shrimp trucks are on the North Shore o f O’ahu…Giovanni’s is probably the most well-known, and a personal favorite!

    If you do make it out to Hawaii and branch out to other islands, Kauai is great! We’ve our own little shrimp truck and lots of other nummy goodness…I’d be happy to make recommendations 🙂

  16. I made it and will definitely make it again! The only thing was that I didn’t think I needed nearly that much butter! The shrimp sat in the sauce while it was served but I just dumped it down the sink after (maybe that’s cause I served the shrimp with pan fried spuds, steamed broccoli & corn on the cob? – no rice to sop up the sauce). I would make only half the “drizzle” next time 🙂


  18. If this dish is as good as your writing, it’s a winner! Question: I have couple of pounds of cooked jumbo shrimp. Have you ever tried already cooked shrimp for this recipe? What do you suggest?

  19. I have been meaning to try this and I finally made it tonight accompanied with Fire Rock Pale Ale. It was delicious, thanks for the recipe!

  20. Tieghan, ah-MAZING – made tonight for my parents and we all loved it. So buttery but fresh from the lemon. My only question was if you’re not supposed to put the oil from the marinade into the pan to cook? Thank you for a great recipe!

    1. So happy you loved this, Amy!!

      You are supposed to scoop the shrimp + garlic out with a slotted spoon. Sorry, I will add that to the recipe.
      Thanks so much!

  21. Coming from Hawaii I can tell you that those shrimp trucks have some of the best shrimp I have ever eaten. Your recipe looks on poin,t the only thing is that they don’t usually serve it with pineapple unless it’s a really touristy place. Btw love your blog, so much inspiration

    1. Thanks so much, Celia!! I added the pineapple because I love it, but I also thought they added it. Thanks for letting me know!

  22. These shrimp sound AMAZING. Also, I went to Hawaii (Maui) for the first time last year and it was incredible. You must go!

    1. Glad you loved your trip here. Being born and raised here I guess I take the food for granted. We are waiting for Olive Garden, Sonic, In & out burger, etc to open on Maui lol. Hope your next visit here is just as great.

  23. Hawaii is on my list of dream vacation spots as well, of course for the beautiful scenery and warm weather, but also for the food. I’ve heard it’s all phenomenal, I feel like I could close my eyes, eat this shrimp and pretend I’m there…..

  24. I’m one of 8! I have 7 sisters. Just wait until all your brothers and sisters start having kids. In like ten years when you all get together and they have kids running everywhere it’s going to be a mad house. I have 20 nieces and nephews, but my sisters started having babies in high school, I would advise against that 😉

    1. Haha! I never meet many people who beat me with siblings! I cannot even imagine my brothers with kids… they can barely take cake of themselves! LOL!

      Thanks Jackie!! 🙂

  25. im jealous of those people who have seasonal produce at their disposal all the time!

  26. I <3 <3 <3 shrimp {and Hawaii, but that goes without saying} Simple recipes are the best – pining!

  27. I have Hawaii dreams too, and this shrimp only makes me want to go more! I have been craving seafood like a crazy person..and garlic + lemon is always a good idea!

  28. Totally making this for myself – my husband somehow doesn’t like shrimp much anymore – wth?!

    Question for you – if you had your own food truck – what would your theme be?! I love how diverse your food is here. Keep up the great work!

  29. 1.) I love shrimp.
    2.) I’ve never been to Hawaii and want to go so badly.
    3.) Pinning and making this recipe asap. 🙂

    1. Doesn’t Hawaii sound so good right now? I will do pretty much anything to go, LOL! It’s obviously snow now. 🙁

      Thanks for pinning!

  30. Wow, this looks really great. A bonus that it is gluten free as well 🙂 I have eaten shrimp from a shrimp truck when we were in Maui a few years ago. Your recipe looks like it will be just as good. Thanks for sharing.

    1. You must be talking about the Geste shrimp truck parked at the harbor. Shrimp is the best there…matter of fact I’m going to head there today :)..Glad you loved the food here on Maui and please come back and visit anytime

  31. This tropical twist on shrimp is so gorgeous and mouthwatering! I could totally imagine grabbing a big plate of this from some little island shack and devouring it by the beach. Oh, you’ve got my imagination running wild!

  32. Yes, family can get on your nerves! I appreciate your honesty:) Shrimp look amazing and as a Californian I have to say I love Hawaiin food too.

  33. Holy yum! These look incredibly tasty! I love food trucks but one in Hawaii….I can’t imagine anything better. (Logging onto as soon as I’m done commenting.)

  34. Swoon! I am in love with this simple yet insanely delicious recipe. Definitely making for our Friday night date night!! Thanks Tieghan!

  35. I will SO jump on that Hawaii trip with you, girl! Let’s go! And let’s eat these shrimp alllllll day, please!

  36. My mouth is watering and I’m not even a shrimp person (only eat shrimp cocktail haha). This is definitely something I would eat tho! Looks amazing!

  37. Loved the story and the best part . . . the ending . . . the food devoured! It looks so delicious–so much so, I am going to make it tonight! Your pictures are fantastic! Do you take them yourself? And the last pic, just made me smile with a feel good giggle 🙂

  38. Somehow you always make shrimp so appetizing. I always say I don’t care for it, but whenever you post a shrimp recipe, I can’t stop craving it. You must be a magician, or something 😛