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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.

Shrimp Fra Diavolo served on a white shallow bowl and photographed from above.

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.

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How to Make Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Toss raw shrimp with crushed red pepper flakes and salt.

tossing shrimp with salt and red pepper flakes

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.

cooking shrimp and onion for shrimp fra diavolo

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.

combining shrimp fra diavolo ingredients
tossing shrimp fra diavolo

Shrimp Fra Diavolo Recipe Video

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

5 from 18 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Calories: 532
Servings: 4 people
An easy recipe to make Shrimp Fra Diavolo at home in about 30 minutes! Buttery shrimp is tossed with a silky, fiery sauce and hot pasta! Adapted from this recipe by Giada De Laurentiis. 

Ingredients  

  • 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 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

Instructions 

  • 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.

Notes

  1. 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.
  2. You can use large shrimp for this recipe, but you may want to cut them in half crosswise. 
  3. Use whatever olive oil you have on hand. Because you’re cooking with it, extra-virgin olive oil is not essential.
  4. For the canned tomatoes, crushed tomatoes or whole tomatoes that you crush in the skillet will also work.
  5. If you like your Shrimp Fra Diavolo fiery hot, feel free to add crushed red pepper to taste! 

Nutrition

Calories: 532kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 285mg | Sodium: 1628mg | Potassium: 532mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 665IU | Vitamin C: 22.2mg | Calcium: 236mg | Iron: 4.9mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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58 Comments

  1. Dawn - Girl Heart Food says:

    5 stars
    This sounds and looks divine, Marissa! I’m thinking this would be lovely for date night with crusty bread and some vino….maybe a little dessert too 😉 And you can’t beat quick dinners!

    1. Marissa says:

      Yum! You just described the perfect date night!! Thanks, Dawn!

  2. David @ Spiced says:

    5 stars
    I’ve always loved the Fra Diavolo translation…talk about a fun name! I’m a huge fan of spicy foods, and I do love Fra Diavolo…but I don’t think I’ve ever had it with shrimp. Just my luck as shrimp is on a good sale at our grocery store this week. Looks like I’ll be putting this on the menu soon! 🙂

    1. Marissa says:

      Perfect timing! Thank you, David!

  3. sherry says:

    sounds very delicious. cheers sherry

    1. Marissa says:

      Thanks so much, Sherry!

  4. Mimi says:

    Fabulous! I love spicy shrimp and spicy tomato sauce, so this recipe is a win win!!!

    1. Marissa says:

      woohoo! Thank you, Mimi!

  5. Laura says:

    5 stars
    Marissa – I could eat just about anything “Fra Diavolo” I’m such a spicy food lover. And, though I’ve heard of this shrimp dish, for some reason I’ve never made it! But I’m looking forward to trying it, since I often have all of these ingredients on hand! Thanks so much for the recipe – Pinning!

    1. Marissa says:

      That’s wonderful, Laura! Thank you!