Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Fra diavolo (which in Italian is referred to as "brother devil") is a spicy tomato sauce for pasta or seafood, made with crushed red pepper, garlic, and fresh herbs like parsley and basil.

The spicy shrimp is a wonderful heat for those who love Italian red pepper and compliments this dish perfectly seasoned to the heat.

This dish can be made with fresh tomatoes or canned, even jarred marinara sauce, today everything is made from scratch in the recipe the same as I grew up on in the 1970s and mom's recipe.

The recipe is simplified with a few adaptions with the shrimp be grilled on the barbecue or with the original recipe indoors in a cast-iron skillet.

All these instructions are below with both simple ways to make shrimp diavolo perfect for any pasta you choose to top them with.

If you love shrimp you may also like to try our Scampi or Alfredo sauce recipe both delicious with any seafood you make.

Another alternative would be to add meat instead of seafood which of course is being over-the-top creative and a whole different recipe, but that's how recipes are born right?

The quick-cooking tomato sauce compliments the shrimp and this pasta dish.

For these delicious scroll down to the printable recipe card at the end of the post.

this is a spicy shrimp with marinara sauce and pasta

A Few Revisions

During the summertime, we love to grill out, I use this same recipe to grill the shrimp either on skewers or sauteed in a heated cast-iron skillet on the grill.

The shrimp comes out with a little char on the outside, and taste spectacular with this pasta dish.

If you're in a hurry, both indoor or outdoor cooking will still be done in less than 30 minutes and super easy any day of the week to make for dinner.

If you want to make this shrimp ahead of time and add it to the sauce the next day, it still tastes fresh and delicious.

Simplified marinara sauce using fresh tomatoes gives the best results however in a pinch use your favorite jarred sauce.

This original recipe is made with onion which we aren't big fans of however, it's the authentic version, and added as an option for your choice.

this is a grilled spicy shrimp with bow tie pasta

Other Substitutions and Sauce Additions

  • any kind of pasta you like can be used
  • use marinara jarred sauce in a pinch
  • hot peppers can be sauteed for added flavor with the garlic
  • sliced of cooked steak, pork or Italian sausage can be substituted for seafood allergies
  • halibut, haddock, swordfish, fresh tuna, shrimp, or another seafood you like
  • a small onion sauteed in with the garlic can be added for extra flavor 
  • if you're not a spicy food lover, omit the red pepper flakes and add more basil
  • use canned whole tomatoes in place of fresh and put through the food processor and left a little chunky

these are threaded spicy shrimp on skewers

Pasta Suggestions

  1. rigatoni
  2. bowties
  3. mostaccioli
  4. fusilli
  5. seashells
  6. tagliatelle
  7. spaghetti
  8. fettuccini
  9. spirals
  10. low carb veggie pasta, zucchini noodles, whole wheat, or quinoa, spinach fettuccini (shown in the photo)

this is grilled shrimp on skewers

Ingredients You Will Need(for exact measurements scroll down to the recipe card)

  1. pasta of your choice
  2. tomato marinara sauce Homemade or jarred
  3. any seafood or boneless meats
  4. fresh garlic
  5. oregano
  6. fresh chopped parsley
  7. fresh basil
  8. Pecorino Romano cheese
  9. olive oil
  10. Optional Garnish: red pepper flakes and more Pecorino Romano cheese, fresh basil leaves, using skewers to thread the shrimp

this is chunky tomatoes put in a food processor


  • cook any kind of pasta you like to package instructions and keep warm
  • to save time use a jarred marinara sauce
  • make this sauteed meat instead of seafood
  • use either fresh or canned tomatoes
  • add onion for more flavor
  • use hot peppers for a spicier sauce
  • always taste the sauce for additional spices IE. salt pepper
  • try to always use fresh herbs when possible
  • always use Pecorino Romano blended cheese for best results in the flavor for garnishing
  • shrimp or meat can be grilled outdoors for a rustic flavor
  • any kind of seafood can be used scallops, lobster or another hardy thick kind

this is fresh marinara sauce

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Quick and Easy Meals

This pasta diavolo dish is super simple to make and can as I mentioned made in less than 30 minutes.

You can save more time by using bottled sauce and making the shrimp ahead of time then just boil the pasta.

One tip I always give is fresh is flavor, if you have the time, make it from scratch and with fresh herbs.

If you prefer using meats, grill, or cooking indoor on the stovetop, cook to your family's preference.

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Grilled Shrimp Diavolo

Yield: 6
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 15 MinTotal time: 30 Min
This is a spicy tomato-style marinara sauce with spicy sauteed shrimp on your favorite cooked pasta.


  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled, deveined 
  •  salt to taste, plus additional for pasta water
  • freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper flakes 
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus 1 to 2 tablespoons 
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 lb fresh plum tomatoes or when not available use  1 -  (28) can whole tomatoes put through a food processor left a little chunky
  • 1 cup  white wine ( I use Pinot Grigio)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano leaves 
  • 3 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves 
  • 3 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves
  • Optional: slice one small onion and add to the garlic when step.
  • Garnish:
  • add wooden skewers ( this is just for presentation after they are cooked and optional)
  • cook any kind of pasta cooked to package instructions
  • serve with more red pepper flakes, shaved Pecorino Romano cheese


  1. In a medium-sized bowl add the shrimp with a pinch of salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes
  2. In a cast-iron skillet add 3 tablespoons of olive oil saute the shrimp for a few minutes until it turns pink.(you can also grill it, broil it, or air fry it first)
  3. Remove the shrimp to a dish.
  4. Puree the tomatoes in the food processor leaving small chunks ( you can remove the skins first or leave them on see notes below).
  5. Add the garlic with 1 tablespoon more oil to the skillet.
  6. Pour in the tomatoes, wine, garlic, and oregano.
  7. Simmer for around 10 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
  8. You can stir in the shrimp ( I grilled it first and skewered mine)
  9. Stir in the parsley and basil.
  10. Serve cooked shrimp over your favorite pasta with freshly made sauce.
  11. Garnish with freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese and season with freshly cracked black pepper, more salt if needed, and red pepper flakes.
  12. Note: for removing skins on fresh tomatoes:
  13. Just make an X on the bottom of your tomatoes and throw them into a pot of boiling water for no more than a minute. 
  14. Remove them out with a slotted spoon, plunge them into a bowl of cold water (or an ice bath), lift them directly back out, and peel back the skin with a knife or your fingers. It will slip off easily.



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  1. Happy Valentine's Day! XOXOXO
    looks delicious...yummm

  2. Claudia, that looks amazing! I love shrimp and you have some of the best shrimp and fish recipes I've seen. Great post!

  3. Ah, you know I love shrimp SO much! And you are right, there is no substitute for fresh basil, it's absolutely delicious, so aromatic - the sauce must smell divine!

  4. I love grilled shrimp. If you ever have a chance to get the freah whole shrimp try it. It's worth the effort!

  5. Oh boy, all of my favourite flavours! This looks amazing!

  6. The shrimp skewers sound great! Such a flavorful dish! I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's day!

  7. Love me some marinara sauce! Yummy with garlic shrimp!

  8. I love the light sauce for the shrimp - hearty enough for winter but light enough to not overpower the shrimp. And the fresh herbs do add extra taste! Mouth-watering.

  9. Hello. I love this recipe, so i'm doing it right now.

  10. Oh love those shrimp, Claudia! I like this one with angel hair on the side. Deliziosa!

  11. This looks delicious! Love the idea of grilled shrimp with pasta and sauce!

  12. Somehow I missed a couple of your recipes :( I love shrimp also - okay basically anything italian haha. looks so good - i love the flavors!

  13. Bowtie pasta is one of my favorite shapes. I love to serve it in pasta bowls with dishes that have sauces like this gorgeous one...that way I can get every drop of sauce. I bet this smells as great as it tastes!YUM!

  14. looks amazing - nice photos and presentation. I love shrimp and this is a great shrimp recipe that you present :)

  15. Olala... this is awesome! Love the whole thing. Just soooo inviting.

  16. Wow - I would eat all the shrimp! Forget the pasta haha.

  17. I really was excited to try a moderation of this recipe, but the post was a bit difficult for me to follow.
    How did you prepare the shrimp separate from the sauce?
    Maybe I missed something. It looks delicious but had a bit of trouble navigating your method.


  18. @Camille Cares Kitchen : The shrimp are cleaned first, then marinated in the sauce mentioned then cooked raw on a skewer onto a gas grill....hope that helps you if not you can email me will be glad to help you further...thanks for reaching out to me..and comments

  19. Love shrimp, and this shrimp looks so delicious and flavorful!

  20. Such a delicious and easy weeknight dish to make! Love the lemon garlic shrimp -- yum!

  21. This looks absolutely delicious! We're lucky to live a 5 minute walk away from our local fish market and I have a garden full of tomatoes at the moment so I will definitely be making this.

  22. That looks like a fantastic meal! I like spicy sauce, but love those plump shrimp skewers even more.

  23. This Italian shrimp with a kick sounds marvelous!

  24. My family would love this, and that sauce is great!


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