Shrimp Fra Diavola

Shrimp Fra Diavola

Diavola simply means “devil” in Italian, but when it comes to food it means very spicy or hot.  It is incredibly simple but really gives a kick to anything from pasta to shrimp to chicken.  The heat can come from any hot pepper, but if you cannot find any, simply used crushed red pepper flakes you can find in any supermarket.  Once you master the recipe try fresh hot peppers like habanero or scotch bonnets, but be careful, this is some serious heat, proceed with caution.


  • Extra virgin Olive oil
  • 3 Smashed Garlic Cloves
  • Pinch or two or three of crushed red pepper flakes (to taste)
  • Tablespoon Butter (to mellow out the heat and coat the shrimp)
  • 2/3 Cup Crushed tomatoes
  • Half small onion or 1 small shallot, diced.
  • Salt & Pepper

Slowly heat your olive oil in a large sauce pan with the smashed garlic.  Add in the onion and hot pepper flakes. Once the onion is translucent, add in a few ounces of dry white wine to deglaze.  Be careful not to burn the pepper flakes and be sure to remove them if they get too dark. Add in the wine, allow to burn off and add in tomatoes.  Simmer on low heat for about 20-30 minutes. Give it a taste, and be sure its to your liking.  From there, add in your shrimp and once they turn red, give them a flip on the other side and allow another 2-3 minutes to cook.

From there you can eat them as is with bruschetta, garlic bread, good Italian bread, or even pasta of your choice such as linguine or spaghetti.

If don’t like shrimp or have an allergy to shellfish, this recipe works just as well with chicken cubes or even completely vegetarian when you serve it simply with pasta.


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