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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
  • ½ pound linguine
  • 1 28 ounce can of plum tomatoes crushed by hand or blender pulsed
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • ¼ cup brandy
  • 1 cup pasta water reserved
  • 8 cloves garlic sliced
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley minced
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt


  • Boil pasta to 1 minute less than package instructions in salted water.  Before draining pasta, reserve 1 cup of pasta water. Chop or slice the garlic.  
  • Place shrimp in a bowl and add ½ tsp kosher salt, 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, ½ tsp baking soda, and ¼ cup of olive oil.  Mix well. 
  • Heat large pan to medium heat and saute shrimp until pink.  About 2 minutes per side.  Remove shrimp from pan and set aside.
  • In the 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 1 minute.  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 ¼ cup of pasta water to saucepan and add the pasta.  Turn heat to medium and thoroughly coat the pasta for 1 minute. 
  • Finally, add the shrimp back to the 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.  
  • 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 crusty Italian bread.


Calories: 488kcal | Carbohydrates: 44.1g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 16.2g | Saturated Fat: 2.6g | Cholesterol: 280mg | Sodium: 870mg | Potassium: 742mg | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 3mg