Shrimp Fra Diavolo Sauce

Food & Home, Rachel Maria's Recipes

There are so many things I love about a Shrimp Fra Diavolo Sauce. It’s typically spicy, with tomatoes, and shrimp or lobster. The flavor is intense. And, the sauce is simple to make. 

Fra Diavolo is an Italian phrase that is translated to “From the Devil”. It is documented that it was a nickname given to Michele Pezza, a famous Neapolitan guerrilla leader, who resisted the French occupation of Naples (Early 19th century). How it ended up defining this particular sauce is a bit ambiguous.

Still, it makes sense that the name Fra Diavolo was assigned to this particular recipe because it is spicy. If you reserve the spice, it would simply be called Shrimp Marinara. (Even though some shrimp marinara recipes contain red pepper flakes. I know. Confusing!) 

I suppose all that matters is how it tastes. This recipe is quick, easy, and so delicious. You can decide how much red pepper to add. For the following recipe, the level of spice, on a scale of 1-10, is about a five. 

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Yield: 4

Shrimp Fra Diavolo


  • 1 lb Large Shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Salt, Pepper
  • .5 T red pepper flakes (1 T for extra spice)
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, chopped
  • 3 T Tomato Paste
  • 1.5 C White Wine
  • 1 lg. Can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 T fresh Basil, sliced
  • 1 tsp. Oregano, Dried
  • Your Favorite Pasta (Angel Hair or Thin Spaghetti is recommended.)
  • Grated cheese (Pecorino Reggiano or Romano is recommended.)


  1. Wash shrimp. If frozen, defrost by running under cool water. Then, pat dry with paper towels!
  2. Place shrimp in a medium-sized bowl.
  3. Add 1 T. olive oil, 1 tsp. salt, and red pepper flakes. Toss.
  4. Heat a large saucepan, over medium-high until it's hot.
  5. Add shrimp in a single layer and cook until pink. (Do not overcook! Flip over half way through. Should only take a minute or two on each side.)
  6. Remove shrimp from pan and set aside.
  7. Add a little more olive oil to the pan.
  8. Add the onion, stir for a minute or two, followed by the garlic. Cook until onion is translucent.
  9. Lower heat. Add tomato paste and stir with a wooden spoon.
  10. Add wine. Again, stir to combine everything.
  11. Add diced tomatoes, basil, oregano, and Salt & Pepper to taste.
  12. Simmer for 10-15 minutes. Add shrimp at the end (just to heat the shrimp).
  13. Serve over cooked pasta with some good grated cheese!
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