Out of all the restaurants we ate at in Maui, our favourite meal came from a little food truck called Geste's on the side of the highway. We could smell the garlic as we walked up and I just knew it was going to be real good! I'm a huge garlic fan. More the better! Like if a recipe called for 2 cloves of garlic I'm adding at least 6. So this place was right up my alley. After we ordered we waited quite awhile because they cool every single order fresh to go but it was worth the wait. We hopped in the car and sat on the side of the highway and chowed down. You didn't hear a peep out of us until we were all done. Then we were all like "THAT WAS SO GOOD! okay we have to try and figure out how to make this at home and also come back here at least once more before we leave." Well we didn't get a chance to go back but I DID figure out how to make it. We've made this recipe several times since we've been back, making tweaks along the way and I'm so happy to be able to share it with you.
This recipe comes together very quickly, has the simplest ingredients, and it's so so close to the one from the shrimp truck (only thing missing is their Crab Mac! Here a few things you might want to know.
1. You MUST love garlic. and butter. 16 cloves of garlic is not a typo. You could also use some crispy pre-fried garlic as well but I couldn't find it so I used all fresh.
2.You can skip the pineapple if you don't like it in savoury dishes (but it's like really delicious).
3. Shell-on shrimp was the type used in Hawaii so that's what I used too! It's a bit more messy but really helps the garlic and spices cling to the shrimp! I'm sure peeled shrimp would work just fine too.
that's all! I hope you try it out - now that it's summer i'm excited to cook this recipe for guests on the bbq! Make sure to tag me on social media if you do make it, I'd love to see!
Hawaiian Pineapple Shrimp Scampi
Note: Buying the pre-peeled garlic thats ready to go from Superstore makes this easier/no mess. I use a garlic press to finely mince the garlic, but you can also use a mini-food processor.