Giovanni Style Shrimp Scampi


If you have ever been a tourist or even a local in Hawaii, you must have visited the famous “Giovanni Shrimp Truck” in the North Shore. I remember that I used to drive 30- 45 minutes literally almost every weekend from where I lived in town to Kahuku just to eat at the place. I’ve tried some other shrimp trucks too in Kahuku, but they never tasted the same or even close to Giovanni. Their sauce is even on sale in bottles at Walmart in Hawaii. At least, I found some before.

Now, that I have moved away from Hawaii… every once in a while, I miss Giovanni’s shrimp. So, I came across this recipe that is very close and similar to it. I was in heaven, It’s so ono and so easy to make! Happy trying!


1 lb big shrimp, headless, shell-on, tail-on, deveined
Scant 1/4 cup 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.

In a big plastic bowl or container, mix the flour and the cayenne pepper together. Transfer all the shrimp into the flour, toss around to coat the shrimp lightly with the flour. Transfer the shrimp out and dust off the excess flour. DO NOT OVERCOAT with too much flour. You just want a very light dust of flour on the shrimp. Discard the flour mixture.

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


Shrimp Truck Scampi

I miss Giovanni’s shrimp scampi on the North Shore on Oahu. When I was still dating my husband, we used to drive up to Kahuku almost every weekend to eat the shrimps. So, I made up this recipe with some help from recipes I found on Google. Although as usual, none of them satisfy my picky palate. I just had to experiment it myself!

I know it really well that Giovanni’s shrimp scampi has tons of garlic in it, and I’ve seen them marinating the shrimps, too. So, that helps.

Here is what I came up with:

1 lb big shrimp- shelled
1/4 c. olive oil
juice of one lemon or you can use 2-3 tbps “Real Lemon” juice
5-6 good size fresh garlic, smash and minced and (yes, you see it right!) 2-3 tablespoon of jarred minced garlic.
salt and pepper to taste

Marinate the shrimps in the olive oil, minced garlic, jarred minced garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper overnight.

Next day, stir fry everything but the shrimp over medium-low heat until the garlic is golden brown with the marinate olive oil you used to soaked the shrimps. Put up the heat to medium- high and add the shrimps. Keep stirring until the shrimp are pinkish in color. Remove immediately and serve shrimp over rice. You can scraping all the little garlic bits onto the rice, if you like.

I’ve been making this recipe several times now, and am happy!! Let me know what you think!

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