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16 September 2020

This shrimp fra diavolo recipe is an Italian classic with succulent shrimp and linguine tossed with a fiery tomato sauce. It’s pasta for spicy food lovers!

We’re cooking up some spicy pasta in the Chili Pepper Madness kitchen today, my friends. Earlier I made a flavorful Fra Diavolo Sauce recipe with spicy red chili flakes, so now we’re using it to make a classic Italian dish called Shrimp Fra Diavolo.

You will love this one, my spicy food loving friends! “Fra Diavolo” translated to “brother devil”, so that gives you an idea of what to expect.

Shrimp Fra Diavolo is one of my favorite pasta dishes, with linguine or other pasta noodles tossed in a fiery tomato-based sauce and shrimp. It’s the perfect weekend meal, but really anytime as it is incredibly quick and easy to make.

The sauce cooks up quickly, as does the shrimp, and you can prepare your noodles while the sauce is simmering. Toss it all together and boom! Huge flavor. Spicy pasta in the house.

Italian food isn’t always known for being very spicy, but this particular dish is sure to deliver. So let’s get cooking!

Let’s talk about how we make shrimp fra diavolo, shall we?

Shrimp Fra Diavolo in a pan, ready to serve

Shrimp Fra Diavolo Ingredients

  • Shrimp. Use 1 pound for this recipe, peeled and deveined. Any size shrimp will do. I usually go with medium sized.
  • Oil for Cooking. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Onion and Garlic. Use 1 small onion and 4 cloves garlic (or more to your personal tastes).
  • Peppers. Use 1 spicy red pepper, chopped. You have many options here. Italian peppers are not typically spicy, so use a cayenne pepper or a red serrano for a higher level of heat. A red jalapeno pepper or Fresno pepper will give you a bit of kick.
  • Tomatoes. I use a 14 ounce can of crushed tomatoes, though you can use diced tomatoes or even the equivalent amount of fresh chopped tomatoes. Try using fire roasted tomatoes for an extra flavor bonus.
  • Chili Flakes. I use several teaspoons of crushed red pepper flakes, to my preference, but start with 1-2 teaspoons for the sauce and adjust from there, and some for seasoning the shrimp.
  • White Wine. Use 1/2 cup dry white wine.
  • Dried Oregano. Use 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano.
  • Salt and Pepper. To taste.
  • Fresh Herbs. Use 1 tablespoon chopped parsley and 6-7 fresh basil leaves, chopped.
  • Pasta. I use linguine noodles for my recipe, but you can realistically use any pasta noodles. Use your favorites!

How to Make Shrimp Fra Diavolo – the Recipe Method

Prepare the Shrimp. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper and 1 teaspoon chili flakes. Heat the oil in a large skillet to medium heat. Add the shrimp and cook them for 2-3 minutes per side, or until they are pink and cooked through. Set them aside for now.

Onion, Peppers and Garlic.  Add the onion and red pepper to the hot pan. Cook them down for 5 minutes to soften. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, until you can smell that gorgeous garlic. You can also use a large pot if making a big batch sauce.

Tomatoes and Seasonings. Add the crushed tomatoes with their juices, red chili flakes, white wine, oregano and salt and pepper to taste.

Simmer the Pasta Sauce. Simmer for 10 minutes (or longer) to let the flavor develop. You can cook the pasta while the sauce simmers. You can stir some of the pasta water into the sauce to thicken it. The cooking water has starches that can build some body into the sauce. 

Fra Diavolo Sauce simmering in a pan

Stir in the Shrimp. Return the shrimp to the pan and stir them into the sauce. Heat them through about a minute or so.

Simmering shrimp in our Fra Diavolo sauce

Fresh Herbs. Stir in the parsley and basil leaves. Taste and adjust for salt.

Toss with Pasta Noodles. Toss the sauce and shrimp with your prepared linguine or other pasta noodles. Garnish with extra spicy red chili flakes and fresh herbs.

Twirling Shrimp Fra Diavolo pasta on a fork

Boom! Done! Looks wonderful, doesn’t it? This is pasta for spicy food lovers for sure. Add in some extra spicy chili flakes for me, please. I just love this recipe.

Shrimp Fra Diavolo being served

Recipe Tips & Notes

  • Heat Level. Medium. You can really spice this up with lots of spicy chili flakes and your choice of hot pepper. For a milder version, skip the fresh pepper and use only 1 teaspoon chili flakes.
  • Other Seafood. Fra diavolo sauce is often served with shrimp, but you can serve it up with any seafood. Try this recipe out with white fish, crab, lobster or mussels. So good!

That’s it, my friends. I hope you enjoy this shrimp fra diavolo recipe. Extra spicy for me, please. Let me know if you make it. I’d love to hear if it was a hit.

Shrimp Fra Diavolo in a pan

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Shrimp Fra Diavolo in a bowl with extra red chili flakes

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

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Shrimp Fra Diavolo Recipe

This shrimp fra diavolo recipe is an Italian classic with succulent shrimp and linguine tossed with a fiery tomato sauce. It's pasta for spicy food lovers!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: chili flakes, pasta, shrimp, spicy
Servings: 4
Calories: 435kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 spicy red pepper chopped optional, for extra spicy
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 14 ounce can crushed tomatoes or use diced or fire roasted
  • 2 teaspoons spicy red pepper flakes + 1 teaspoon or to taste
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 6-7 fresh basil leaves chopped
  • 8 ounces prepared linguine noodles for serving
  • FOR GARNISH: Extra red chili flakes fresh chopped parsley

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a large pan to medium heat. Season the shrimp with salt, pepper and 1 teaspoon chili flakes, then cook them for 2-3 minutes per side, or until they are pink and cooked through. Set them aside.
  • Add the onion and red pepper to the same pan. Cook them down for 5 minutes to soften.
  • Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, until you can smell that gorgeous garlic.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes with their juices, red chili flakes, white wine, oregano and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes (or longer) to let the flavor develop. You can prepare your pasta noodles while the fra diavolo sauce is simmering.
  • Stir in the reserved shrimp and heat them through about a minute.
  • Stir in the parsley and basil leaves. Taste and adjust for salt.
  • Toss with prepared linguine noodles. Garnish and serve!

Notes

Heat Factor: Medium. You can really spice this up with lots of spicy chili flakes and your choice of hot pepper. For a milder version, skip the fresh pepper and use only 1 teaspoon chili flakes.

Nutrition

Calories: 435kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 286mg | Sodium: 1037mg | Potassium: 637mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 733IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 232mg | Iron: 5mg
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