Terrace House-inspired garlic shrimp recipe

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If you do, you probably follow Terrace House Aloha on Netflix. If you don’t, it’s a reality TV show following a group of 6 people staying in one amazing house. You’ll get to see blossoming romances, housemates cooking, a glimpse of their day jobs/ scenery and some sights of the country they are in. Also, there is a group of hosts who comment on the interactions between the people and they are the main reason why the show is so entertaining.

In one of the scenes, they go to the beach and eat shrimp at Giovanni’s in Hawaii. And it looked soooo good, it made me want to make some myself. I mean, prawns and garlic. YUMMERS!

Credits: Screenshots from Netflix


Have you ever watched a show and gone,”I need to eat that RN!” ? While I haven’t been to Hawaii, much less tried Giovanni’s garlic shrimp, I still wanted to recreate what I thought it might taste like.

If you’re an absolute noob, you’d understand. People don’t tell you these things – that you have to prep prawns before you cook them. I.e. cutting off the legs, pulling off the head and removing the “digestive tract” of the prawn AKA de-veining. Most of my photos either show one or no hands (because I take them myself). The next few photos are rare because I asked my mum to take them!

Prawn prep
Cutting off the prawn legs.

Me: Help me take photo

Mum: Like that everyone also know. Take for what?

Me: You know how to devein prawns but do you know how to devein prawns with the shells still on??

Deveining a prawn without removing its shell
Deveining a prawn without removing its shell
  1. Poke through the outer side of the prawn with a toothpick.
  2. Pull out, carefully locating the digestive tract of the prawn.

Watch this short clip to understand how to do it better. This is probably the most labour-intensive part of the recipe. 😮

Raw prawns
These prawns are ready for their flour bath!
Hawaiian garlic prawns recipe
Bathing them in flour, pepper and paprika!
Frying Hawaiian garlic prawns
Garlic cloves
This is one head of garlic. I hope you like garlic.


  • 15 prawns (500 – 600g)
  • 170g butter (3/4 cup) I would cut down on this amount though. It’s scaryyy~
  • 1 head garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine (a nice finish though apparently optional)
  • 1-2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 lemon wedge (optional)

Just do it:

  1. Combine the flour, paprika, and cayenne pepper in a bowl. Toss the shrimp in the flour mixture to coat. (There will be leftover flour leftover.)
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the butter and garlic and cook for 1 – 2 min.
  3. Add the shrimp in a single layer. Cook for 3-4 minutes on one side, then turn the shrimp and cook for 3-4 minutes on the other side. Throw in some excess flour mix (2- 3 tbsp) to thicken the sauce.
  4. Add the white wine and salt. Cook for a minute or two. Squeeze a bit of fresh lemon juice over the shrimp. Serve with a side of white rice, veggies and a lemon wedge.

Check out the recipe for the french beans here!

Thank you The Gourmand Mum for the recipe! I perused several recipes before deciding on this one based on her delectable photos!

Hawaiian garlic prawn bowl
Hawaiian garlic prawn bowl – TADAA!

All in all, I’d say this gives a different meaning to TV dinners. 🙂

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