Shrimp Fra Diavolo

“Fra Diavolo” is Italian for “brother devil,” and Dan and I are each blessed with two devil brothers (love you guys!).  We serve this spicy shrimp over pasta, usually with a simple salad as a side dish.  It is spicy, but also tangy and delicious. This dish uses only a few ingredients (most of which you may already have in your pantry), is easy to cook during the week and tastes like a dish you would be happy to eat in a restaurant.


Add the white wine, stir it around to deglaze the pan, and cook for a few minutes.


After a few minutes, the wine starts to reduce.


Time to build the sauce.  Add the drained tomatoes, oregano and additional crushed red peppers (if you are bold enough for an extra spicy meal!).


After a good stir, cook the tomato mixture for about ten minutes until the sauce starts to thicken.


Add the shrimp and any accumulated juices from the plate back to to the tomato sauce.


Drizzle in a little more olive oil, add the parsley, and give it all a good stir.  Cook the shrimp for another few minutes until it is hot again.


We served the Shrimp Fra Diavolo on this night with wheat spaghetti.  After the spaghetti is cooked and drained, return it to the pot in which the spaghetti boiled, add a few spoonfuls of the tomato sauce, cook for another minute, then put the pasta in low bowls for serving.


Spoon the shrimp and sauce over the pasta for the final product.  Shrimp Fra Diavolo (a/k/a “Small Brother Devils”).

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

1 pound large shrimp, peeled, deveined
1 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper flakes, divided
2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
3-5 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
3/4 cup dry white wine
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
Pinch of dried oregano leaves
3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves

Add the shrimp to a medium bowl, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes and a good pinch of salt, and stir to coat the shrimp evenly.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a heavy large pan over medium-high heat.  When the oil is hot, add the shrimp and saute for about a minute, turn them once, and continue cooking until just cooked through, about 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the shrimp to a large plate and cover with foil.

Add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds.  Add the white wine and cook a few minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add the drained tomatoes, remaining 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional if you want the final dish to be spicy!), and oregano. Simmer until the sauce thickens slightly, about 10 minutes.

Return the shrimp and any accumulated juices to the pan and stir, and cook for about a minute or two until the shrimp are nice and hot.  Add the the parsley and remaining 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, season to taste with salt, and stir well.  Serve the shrimp and sauce over pasta.

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3 thoughts on “Shrimp Fra Diavolo

  1. My Dad loves Shrimp! Now that they are living in Texas he has it a couple times a week. I was running out of shrimp recipes, and this is a keeper!

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