Shrimp Fra Diavolo


Tender shrimp in a spicy white wine and tomato-based sauce. Served with linguini for a satisfying and filling meal.

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

One of my favorite dine-out dishes is Shrimp Fra Diavolo. I love carbo-loading on this slightly spicy tomato sauce-based pasta dish with sweet, tender shrimp. And when it is accompanied by really garlicky garlic bread—YUM! one of the best pasta dinners ever!

Every time I order this dish, I always think that I should make it more often at home. It is so much cheaper and so easy to make. Pasta and tomato sauce are pretty inexpensive, so I'm basically paying in inflated price for a handful of shrimp when dining out. Making it at home allows me to add as many shrimp as I want. And I can tailor the spice level to my preference.

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

I start out by sautéing some extra virgin olive oil with anchovy paste and red pepper flakes. Do not omit the anchovy. It will not taste fishy. In fact you won't even know it's there. What it does is enhance the depth of flavor. Onion and garlic are added next, followed by white wine to build up more flavor. Tomato sauce goes in next and brought to a simmer. Finally shrimp is added the last few minutes of cooking, and the whole thing is finished off with fresh basil. 

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

I love that this meal that can be put together in less than 30 minutes. It never fails to fill me up and make me happy. One word of advice while eating Shrimp Fra Diavolo: avoid splashing yourself in the eye at all cost. I got sauce in my eye once at a restaurant and thought I was going to go blind! I don't know how in the world it happened. Never in my decades of eating pasta have I ever experienced such a thing! And with my luck, it had to happen when I was eating a spicy sauce. I had to go the the ladies room (Eww!! I avoid public bathrooms unless it's life or death) to wash the spicy sauce out of my eye. It was bloodshot and teary when I returned to the table, but it did not prevent me from enjoying the rest of my meal—a girl has got to eat!

Shrimp Fra Diavolo  


10 16/20 count shrimp, deveined with tails on
8 oz. uncooked linguini 
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. anchovy paste (this amount if you're new to anchovies, a little more if you like it)
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes (this give just a little bit of warmth, add more for more heat)
1 heaping tsp. chopped garlic
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 can (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
3 tbsp. chopped basil (divided)


Boil a large pot of water for cooking. Cook linguini until al dente according to package direction while the sauce simmers.

Preheat olive oil in a large saute pan on medium heat. Add anchovy paste and red pepper flakes. Cook 1 minute. Add onion and garlic. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add wine and cook for 1 minute. Add tomato sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Increase heat to medium. Submerge shrimp in sauce cook for 2 minutes. Turn shrimp over, add 2 tablespoon basil and cook for 1 minute.

Add cooked linguini to sauce, stirring to incorporate. Garnish with the remaining 1 tablespoon basil. Makes 2 servings.


Karrie said...

I always order shrimp fra diavolo out too. Thank you for this wonderful recipe because I will make it at home now AND I can add extra shrimp! Yay!

Kathleen | HapaNom said...

This looks absolutely delicious - I love the bit of spice and the anchovy! My husband would like this too, except whenever I use anchovies, I never mention they're in the dish. He 'thinks' he doesn't like anchovies, but every time I use them in a recipe, he loves the dish... go figure ;)

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

I am pleased to know that you are also a Shrimp Fra Diavolo lover, Karrie. If I see it on the menu, I need not look any further! But making it at home has huge advantages and adding all the shrimp you want is the main one.

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

Haha! I'm guilty of withholding info too! I have picky adults in my life, and I believe what they don't know won't hurt them. I try not to reveal the whole ingredient list until after they tried the food first.

Suzy @ The Mediterranean Dish said...

This is a mean pasta dish! I love it. And you are so right, making it at home allows you to tailor the spice level and the number of shrimp to use. In my case, lots and lots of shrimp! So glad we connected.

Lynn | The Road to Honey said...

This dish looks absolutely delicious Thao. I love shrimp and your post is reminding me that I need to eat it more often (my shrimp addict kitty would agree).

Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen said...

Looks amazing Thao! Would make an amazing weeknight meal!

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

Thank you, Suzy! I agree with your shrimp count—my whole meal can be ruined when I get less shrimp than expected. (I am still thinking about your amazing seafood paella by the way.) I am so glad to have found your blog!

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

Thanks, Lynn! And not only is your kitty intelligent, but he also has a discerning taste. I hope you both have some shrimp soon :)

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

Thanks, Christin! It is certainly fuss free and great when you're on a tight schedule.

Kelly said...

This is such a beautiful pasta dish! I love that it comes together in less than 30 minutes - so perfect for weeknights!

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

Thank you Kelly. I plan to treat myself to more homemade shrimp Fra Diavolo in between restaurant visits. It practically takes no time to make.

Miz Helen said...

Your Shrimp dish look delicious, we would just love it. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday this week and have a great weekend.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

Marcie FlavortheMoments said...

I love a great shrimp dish, and this one appears to have plenty of flavor! :)

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

Thank you, Miz Helen! Have a great week!

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

Thank you, Marcie!

Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary said...

Shrimp Fra Diavolo (or Diablo) is one of my favorites too! And you are sooo right, so much better and cheaper to make at home! Your version looks wonderful ♡ Cheers and thanks for sharing

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

Thank you, Cheyanne! It's always a good feeling to hear that someone loves something as much as you do!

jackie @ superman cooks said...

Yum!!! Wow Thao, these look amazing! I just actually bought some shrimp and was looking for something to do with it... I can't wait to make this!!

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

Thanks Jackie! Shrimp Fra Diavolo is the way to go!I hope you'll try it out!

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