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.
The main thing I like to do differently is to toss the buttery shrimp and fiery 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.
How to Make Shrimp Fra Diavolo
Step 1: Toss raw shrimp with crushed red pepper and salt.
Step 2: 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.
Step 3: 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
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 4 tablespoons olive oil divided
- 1 medium onion thinly sliced
- 8 ounces dry linguine
- 14 1/2 ounce can diced tomatoes with juices
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 3 large cloves garlic chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
- 1/4 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; stir and let simmer 10 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened.
- Meanwhile, cook linguine 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 cooking liquid. Just before adding to tomato mixture, toss pasta in colander with cooking liquid to loosen and separate any strands that stick together.
- If you like your Shrimp Fra Diavolo, feel free to add crushed red pepper to taste!