Hawaiians love food trucks. Like, LOVE them. I don’t know if it’s because of the recent food truck trend that seems to be sweeping the nation or if it’s just their culture. Either way, there’s food trucks everywhere. And you don’t just get a quick sammy. No, it’s an entire plate of food. It’s nuts. There’s 2 shrimp trucks on the North Shore that have been on the Food Network and the Travel Channel and their claim to fame is garlic shrimp. We went to a food truck festival over the weekend and tried some (not from one of the famous trucks) and it was pretty good.
So good that Hubs requested it for Father’s Day dinner. So, I took to the google and here’s what I came up with.
First of all, it’s amazing.
Second of all, I don’t know if we’ll try the food trucks because this was the bomb.
Third of all, if you’ve never peeled garlic before, you are in for a treat. This was my first time and I was far more time consuming that I could have imagined but it was so worth it!
Here’s what you need:
3/4 cup butter
1 garlic, peeled and chopped
1 pound raw shrimp, shell-on but cleaned
1/4 cup white wine (we used Pinot Grigio)
1. Melt the butter in a frying pan with the garlic. While this is melting, place the shrimp in a plastic baggy and add some flour, paprika, and cayenne pepper; 2 parts flour to 1 part of seasonings (paprika and chili combined). Shake well.
2. Once the butter garlic mixture is hot, add the shrimp in a single layer. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Flip, continue to cook for 2-3 more minutes.
3. Add the wine and keep cooking until the sauce is absorbed and the shrimp is done cooking.
4. Serve over white rice. Keep napkins handy. Take no shame is licking your fingers and eating the rice with your hands to keep nom all the yummy sauce from peeling the shrimp.
I seriously want to eat this everyday. I can’t believe how yummy it was. We saw one of the food trucks on Food Network and it looked so good, I wanted to lick the TV. New island favorite for sure.