Shrimp Fra Diavolo Recipe

Spicy Italian Shrimp
Spicy Italian Shrimp, quick, easy and elegant for a romantic dinner for two. Credit: Georgina Palmer
  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings

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.

Edited by Joy Nordenstrom, Romantic Meals' Expert

What You'll Need

  • 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 chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil

How 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.
  1. Add garlic and cook another minute.
  2. Add vermouth and reduce liquid to almost nothing.
  3. 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.
  4. Serve over pasta.