To be honest, I haven't tried Giovanni's shrimp truck. I just saw a post from a friend and it got me interested. It looks heavenly! It's so garlicky and savory. I looked for it and decided to play a version of my own. It's so good with rice. You won't regret doing it. There are lots of flavors to choose from but I decided to recreate the garlic shrimp that's very famous.

How to make:

For the roast garlic, I just use toaster for easier cooking. Chopped open a whole head of garlic. Yes, you will need this a lot. Drizzle with olive oil and salt. wrapped it in aluminum foil and put in oven toaster for 10 minutes.

While waiting for the roasted garlic, you also have to minced about 4 cloves of garlic for cooking.

The cooking process is very short as to not overcooked the shrimps.

Once the garlic in toaster is done, remove from foil. Take out the garlic from the outer skin and mashed it with oil.

For cooking, add butter and a little oil to prevent from burning the butter. Put in the minced garlic. Cooked slow in low heat allowing it to get toasted but not burnt.

Add in the white wine and wait to reduced in half. Then add the mashed roasted garlic, mixing all together in pan.

To season, add salt, pepper, paprika, add more butter. Add the lemon juice and the peeled shrimps. The actual shrimps served in Giovanni’s food truck is not peeled. I just prefer this so it can easily be eaten and to add more flavor to the shrimps instead.

Hawaiian Shrimp Truck Recipe Recipe:

There are lots of shrimp trucks in Hawaii but the most famous one tourists go to is the Giovanni's Food Truck.

Category: Main Course

Cuisine: American

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Servings: 2

Calories: 55 cal per serving

Rating: 4.5


  • one whole head of garlic
  • minced garlic ( about 4 cloves)
  • 3 tb of butter
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • lemon juice from half lemon
  • 14 pcs of shrimps


Roast Garlic: 

  1. Chopped open a whole head of garlic, add salt and oil
  2. Wrapped in aluminum foil and set oven toaster for 10 mins
  3. Take out the garlic and mashed it, adding more oil


  1. In pan, add the 2 tb of butter and a little oil
  2. add the minced garlic and cooked slowly in low heat for about 8 mins until toasted
  3. Add in the white wine and reduced to half
  4. add the roasted mashed garlic
  5. Season with salt, pepper, paprika
  6. Add in the 1 tb of butter and lemon juice
  7. Add the shrimps, cooked for 1-2mins per sides. Don’t overcooked the shrimps
  8. Served over rice



  1. You should have enough buttery sauce in the end to drizzle it on topped of rice. Add butter as needed
  2. You can peel the shrimps like what I did. Your choice 🙂