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Hawaiian BBQ Shrimp

Okay, guys. This one's awesome.

I was really wanting something sweet and spicy and this is what I cam up with: Hawaiian BBQ Shrimp. Well, my version, at least.

Traditional Hawaiian shrimp is cooked with all kinds of garlic and butter. Check. I also really wanted to add in some Asian flavors, so I made up a delicious soy/hoisin sauce to add to the mix. I also added in some fresh mango and pineapple to cook in the pan with the shrimp and...oh, good. Serve it over rice with some more fresh pineapple, avocado and a little green onion for some garnish. It really is the perfect bowl of food. And, it's really pretty, too.

My family seriously downed this.

I topped the entire bowl with some incredibly delicious - and incredibly HOT - chili oil my friend Ruth sent me. Oh, dang. It was awesome.

A great meal for end of summer!



Hawaiian BBQ Shrimp

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Servings: 4


1-1/2lb shrimp, peeled + deveined

1/4 cup flour

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp cayenne powder

1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce

3 Tbsp hoisin sauce

1 Tbsp honey

1 tsp rice vinegar

1 tsp sesame oil

5 Tbsp unsalted butter

2 Tbsp olive oil

6 garlic cloves, minced

1 jalapeno, seeds removed + diced

1 mango, diced

2 cup diced pineapple, divided

1-2 avocados, diced

1 cup uncooked jasmine rice

white + black sesame seeds, garnish

green onion, diced, garnish


  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine soy sauce, hoisin, honey, vinegar and sesame oil. Whisk until fully incorporated. Set aside until ready to use.

  2. Whisk together flour, cayenne powder, paprika, black pepper and salt in a small bowl.

  3. To a gallon size ziploc bag, add peeled + deveined shrimp and flour mixture. Close bag and shake to fully incorporate everything.

  4. In a large pan, heat olive oil and butter over medium heat. When butter has melted, add garlic and jalapeno. Cook until garlic is fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.

  5. Add shrimp, 1/2 cup of diced pineapple and all of the diced mango to pan along with 1/4 of the soy/hoisin sauce. Stir to combine with butter and garlic.

  6. The shrimp will take about 6-8 minutes to fully cook. During that time, stir shrimp every so often, making sure to flip each piece so that everything cooks and gets some color. Be sure to add remaining soy/hoisin sauce slowly, about 1/4 of the mixture every couple of minutes. You want the sauce to reduce, but not fully.

  7. While shrimp cooks, prepare rice per the directions on the packaging. One cup of uncooked rice should be enough for four people.

  8. When shrimp is fully cooked, remove from heat.

  9. Assemble bowls: divide ingredients into four bowls. Top rice with shrimp, pineapple and avocado. Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions.

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