Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Shrimp Fra Diavolo features sautéed shrimp tossed in a spicy tomato sauce spiked with white wine. It’s a quick & easy delicious pasta recipe perfect for the weeknight dinner table.

I’m back with another quick & easy pasta recipe for you! This spicy shrimp pasta with tomatoes will be on your dinner table in 30-minutes flat. It’s got a bit of heat to it, and a lovely briney goodness from the shrimp.

Plus, it’s not heavy and overpowering like some rich pasta dishes can be. Just light, delicious and oh so flavorful – with white wine, plenty of garlic and fresh parsley.

Shrimp Fra Diavolo is a bit like clam linguini’s evil cousin – all the seafood goodness but amped up with fiery heat.

What does Fra Diavolo mean?

  • “Fra Diavolo” means “Brother Devil” in Italian. This Shrimp “Fra Diavolo” is given the name for its spicy flavors.

Shrimp Fra Diavolo ingredients:

  • Shrimp
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Canned Tomatoes
  • White Wine
  • Parsley
  • Sugar
Ingredients for shrimp fra diavolo on tray.

I used a bag of frozen shrimp that I thawed for this seafood fra diavolo recipe. They were partially peeled but had the tails still attached. They worked out perfectly. I like having a bit of the peel left on. I think that it adds more flavor to the dish and is a bit more appealing to the eye as well. However, you can use shrimp that are fully peeled as well.

How to make it:

  • Get a skillet super hot. Then quick saute the shrimp until pink throughout. Set them aside.
  • Lower the skillet heat to LOW so that the garlic wont scorch. Slow saute it until golden.
  • Add wine, tomatoes, red pepper flakes, and let the sauce simmer to allow the flavors to meld.
  • Return the shrimp to the skillet and toss with linguini and a bit of reserved pasta cooking water.

Is fra diavolo spicy?

  • As written, this recipe is about a “medium” on the heat level.

I like things spicy, and if you’re going to serve people something called devil shrimp, it’s my belief that you’d better come bringing some heat!

However, I’ve also made this dish for my good friend Barb and her daughter. They’re both pretty sensitive to spicy dishes so I cut the red pepper flakes back by half and it was all good! You can also leave the red pepper flakes entirely if you’d like.

Bowl of shrimp fra diavolo next to bowl of pepper flakes.

What wine goes with Fra Diavolo? 

  • White Wine –  Pinot Grigio or dry sparkling wine such as Prosecco will be awesome with this dish.
  • Red Wine – Dolcetto or Barbera would make a good option for this dish – Look for fruity reds that are lower in alcohol.

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Hand holding bowl of diavolo on pasta.

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Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Shrimp Fra Diavolo features sautéed shrimp tossed in a spicy tomato sauce spiked with white wine. It's a quick & easy delicious pasta recipe perfect for the weeknight dinner table. 
3.66 from 43 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 pound linguine
  • 1 pound large shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes (divided)
  • 6 Tablespoons olive oil (divided)
  • 14 cloves garlic (minced, divided)
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes (drained)
  • 1 cup dry white wine (or vermouth)
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley (minced)
  • Salt (to taste)


  • Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta, according the package directions, then drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking liquid.
  • Meanwhile, combine the shrimp, half of the red pepper flakes, 2 tablespoons oil, and 1 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Toss to blend.
  • Add the shrimp to the hot skillet and assemble in a single layer. Let cook without stirring until the bottoms turn pink, about 30-45 seconds. Flip the shrimp over and cook until pink throughout.
  • Transfer the shrimp to a bowl and set aside.
  • Add 3 tablespoons oil and 3 tablespoons minced garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, over low heat, until the garlic is light golden, about 7-10 minutes.
  • Mix in remaining red pepper flakes, 1/2 teaspoon salt, sugar, tomatoes and wine. Increase the heat to medium-high and simmer until thickened, about 8 minutes.
  • Stir reserved shrimp and accumulated juices, remaining garlic and parsley into the sauce. Simmer until the shrimp are heated through, about 1 minute. Add linguini and toss to combine, adding pasta cooking liquid if needed to loosen the sauce.
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Calories: 548kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 190mg | Sodium: 607mg | Potassium: 308mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 410IU | Vitamin C: 8.3mg | Calcium: 146mg | Iron: 3.1mg

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This recipe was originally published in 2019. It was updated in 2021 to add new photographs. The original recipe remains the same. Enjoy!

20 thoughts on “Shrimp Fra Diavolo”

  1. Made this last night and it was FABULOUS!! We also made the celery & fennel salad which was a perfect match (and my new favorite summer salad). Thanks!!!

  2. 5 stars
    Wow, I already feel this stunning smell and perfect taste! I love pasta, shrimps and creamy textures separately, but together it will be a real BOMB! And I also like the title 🙂 I will try not to cook this dish for the night, so as not to eat it all to the last shrimp 🙂 I really like your blog for exquisite delicious recipes. Do not stop, I am a frequent guest here and always find something interesting, keep it up and thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    This was a delicious recipe! Loved how it was light and not too spicy but enough where there was a little kick! Family also enjoyed

  4. 5 stars
    Recipe was a hit with family. I was a bit skeptical since most Italian food I have eaten with tomatoes had no appeal to my taste buds. The simple ingredients made this easy to fix and tasted awesome. The wine made all the difference. Shrimp was so good and flavored by searing and mixing with sauce. I’m ready to eat this again! Kudos kudos kudos


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