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Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Shrimp fra diavolo is a simple and spicy Italian seafood recipe.  Served over linguine pasta, it makes one delicious meal. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 488kcal
Author James


  • 1 pound large shrimp
  • 1/2 pound linguine
  • 1 28 ounce can of plum tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1 cup pasta water
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt


  • Boil pasta to 1 minute less than package instructions in salted water.  Chop or slice garlic.  
  • Place shrimp in a bowl and add 1/2 tsp kosher salt, 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, 1/2 tsp baking soda, and 1/4 cup of olive oil.  Mix well. 
  • Before draining pasta, reserve 1 cup of pasta water.  Crush tomatoes by hand or pulse in blender for 1-2 seconds.
  • Heat large pan to medium heat and saute shrimp until pink.  About 2 minutes per side.  Remove shrimp from pan and set aside.
  • In same pan saute the garlic for 1-2 minutes until golden.  Add the white wine and brandy and turn heat to high.  Bring to boil for 30 seconds.  Lower heat to medium-low and add tomatoes and oregano.  Stir to combine and let the sauce simmer.
  • After 5-10 minutes of simmering remove half the sauce and set aside.  Add 1/4 cup of pasta water to sauce pan and add the pasta.  Turn heat to high and thoroughly coat the pasta for 1 minute.  
  • Finally add the shrimp back to pan with the parsley and reduce heat to low.  Stir it all together for 1 more minute then remove from heat.  Taste and adjust spice and salt levels. Enjoy!



  • The extra sauce can be used for bread dipping or added to the pasta if a little dry.  Over sauced pasta is a personal preference.
  • The spice level should be adjusted up or down according to taste.  Fra diavolo should be a spicy sauce but adjust according to taste. 
  • Salt is kept down in this recipe.  Adjust to taste.
  • Serve with grated cheese if you like and crusty Italian bread.


Calories: 488kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 16g | Sodium: 500mg