Spicy Italian Shrimp Fra Diavolo Recipe

Spicy Italian Shrimp

Georgina Palmer

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
954 Calories
18g Fat
128g Carbs
63g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 954
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 340mg 113%
Sodium 1521mg 66%
Total Carbohydrate 128g 47%
Dietary Fiber 12g 44%
Protein 63g
Calcium 507mg 39%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Shrimp Fra Diavolo is a classic, slightly spicy Italian dish (but feel free to kick up the spice with more red pepper flakes or a dash of cayenne pepper, if you wish). It's perfect for a weeknight dinner but fancy enough for company. It's also light enough to make great summer fare.

Add a green salad and perhaps a bottle of Pinot Grigio, and you're eating like a queen, or maybe a Duchess.


  • 8 oz. pasta
  • 12 oz large shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • 3/4 tsp​ red pepper flakes 
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion (chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup​ vermouth (or​ dry white wine)
  • 1 15-ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp fresh oregano (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)

Steps to Make It

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions to achieve a perfect al dente texture. Drain when done, reserving a couple of tablespoons of the cooking water.

  2. Meanwhile, toss the shrimp with the salt and pepper flakes.

  3. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat, add the shrimp, and cook for about 2 minutes per side. Remove from pan and set aside.

  4. Reduce heat to medium, add onion to skillet, and cook until soft and translucent - about 5 minutes.

  5. Add garlic and cook another minute.

  6. Add vermouth and reduce liquid to almost nothing.

  7. Add tomatoes and herbs to skillet and cook 10 minutes, then put in the shrimp, and reserved pasta water and cook another couple of minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning.

  8. Serve over pasta.

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