Shrimp Fra Diavolo, translated as 'brother devil' in Italian, earns its name with a spicy red pepper kick. Tender, succulent shrimp and al dente pasta are tossed in a rich, tomato based sauce embellished with garlic, good olive oil, white wine and fresh herbs. A truly memorable dish that you can prepare in about 30 minutes.
I love to tinker with recipes, lightening up classics like Twice Baked Potatoes and Chicken Pot Pie (often as Chicken Pot Pie Soup). And once in a while, I discover a better method to share than the original, as with these Bacon Wrapped Scallops. But I have to give the majority of credit for this version of Shrimp Fra Diavolo to Giada because her recipe is like Mary Poppins: practically perfect in every way.
Ingredients You Need to Make Shrimp Fra Diavolo
- Shrimp: ideally medium shrimp for the best texture and flavor
- Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- Olive Oil: ideally good quality extra virgin olive oil
- Onion: yellow onion or white onion
- Pasta: linguine or other long, slender Pasta
- Canned Diced Tomatoes
- Dry White Wine: choose one that you'd be happy to drink
- Garlic: fresh garlic cloves
- Dried Oregano: ideally Mediterranean oregano
- Fresh Basil
- Fresh Parsley: Ideally Italian parsley (also called flat leaf parsley)
- Salt: kosher salt or fine sea salt
The main thing I like to do differently is to toss the buttery shrimp and spicy tomato sauce with pasta. It makes this dish a satisfying meal on its own and ensures that you don't waste a drop of the silky sauce. And you don't need much pasta to make a perfect Shrimp Fra Diavolo, just a couple of ounces per person. It's a dish that tastes decadent, but won't expand your waistline.
More Classic Italian Pasta Recipes
- Bucatini Carbonara (You'll love this no-fail method!)
- Broccoli Rabe and Sausage Pasta (Our go-to weeknight pasta dish.)
- Authentic Italian Ragu Sauce (You won't believe how simple this is to make. It will almost seem too simple, but I promise it's amazing.)
- Pasta alla Norma (One of my favorite ways to enjoy custardy, roasted eggplant! Everyone loves this dish.
- Bucatini Cacio e Pepe (With a no-fail method!)
- Tuna Pasta (A quick and easy way to turn a good quality can of tuna into an elegant meal.)
How to Make Shrimp Fra Diavolo
Toss raw shrimp with crushed red pepper flakes and salt.
Cook shrimp in hot olive oil and remove from the pan. Soften onions in the same pan then add tomatoes, wine, garlic and dried oregano, simmer 10 minutes.
While the sauce simmers, cook pasta until al dente. Return shrimp to pan. Drain pasta and add directly to shrimp mixture; toss to coat. Stir in fresh parsley and basil; serve.
Shrimp Fra Diavolo Recipe Video
Shrimp Fra Diavolo
- 1 pound medium shrimp peeled and deveined
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt or 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 4 tablespoons olive oil divided
- 1 medium onion thinly sliced
- 8 ounces dry linguine
- 14 ½ ounce can diced tomatoes with juices
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 3 large cloves garlic chopped
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ¼ cup chopped fresh basil leaves
- ¼ cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
- Add shrimp, salt and crushed red pepper to a medium bowl and toss to coat.
- Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp; cook and stir until cooked through, about 2 minutes. Transfer shrimp to plate and set aside.
- To the same skillet add remaining tablespoon of olive oil and onion; cook and stir 5 minutes, or until translucent.
- Add tomatoes with juices, wine, garlic and oregano. Reduce heat; stir and simmer 10 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened.
- Meanwhile, cook linguine in a large pot according to package directions (see recipe note #1) until al dente; drain (do not rinse).
- Add shrimp and pasta to tomato mixture; toss well to combine. Stir in basil and parsley; serve.
- Try to time the pasta so that it finishes cooking about the time that the sauce finishes simmering (just before you return the shrimp). If your pasta finishes earlier, drain into a colander in the sink (do not rinse) and reserve a cup or so of the pasta water. Just before adding to tomato mixture, toss pasta in colander with cooking water to loosen and separate any strands that stick together.
- You can use large shrimp for this recipe, but you may want to cut them in half crosswise.
- Use whatever olive oil you have on hand. Because you're cooking with it, extra-virgin olive oil is not essential.
- For the canned tomatoes, crushed tomatoes or whole tomatoes that you crush in the skillet will also work.
- If you like your Shrimp Fra Diavolo fiery hot, feel free to add crushed red pepper to taste!