Chef John's Shrimp Fra Diavolo


Shrimp fra diavolo, "shrimp brother devil" if we are being literal for comic effect, is really good and turns any pile of pasta or rice into a memorable meal. Some people like to add a little lemon, but I don't think it needs it unless your wine is too sweet.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 1 pound extra large shrimp (16-20), peeled and deveined, tail left on

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, or more as needed

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • 1 pinch Aleppo pepper flakes, or to taste

  • ½ yellow onion, sliced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 cup white wine

  • 1 ½ cups canned crushed tomatoes (such as San Marzano)

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil leaves


  1. Combine shrimp, olive oil, red pepper flakes, salt, and Aleppo pepper flakes in a bowl; toss to coat shrimp completely in oil and spices.

  2. Heat a large skillet over high heat until very hot. Cook shrimp in a single layer in the hot skillet until the bottoms are browned, about 2 minutes. Turn shrimp and cook until browned on the other side, about 1 minute more. Transfer shrimp to a clean bowl.

  3. Heat the same skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir onion with a pinch of salt in the hot skillet until onions are slightly golden and translucent, 2 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and oregano; cook and stir until fragrant, 15 to 30 seconds.

  4. Pour white wine into onions; bring to a boil while scraping the browned bits of food off of the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Add crushed tomatoes and lower heat to medium-low. Cook and stir until tomato mixture thickens and flavors blend, 10 to 15 minutes.

  5. Return shrimp to the skillet along with any accumulated juices in the bowl. Cook until shrimp are reheated, 2 to 4 minutes. Stir parsley and basil into sauce; season with salt, red pepper flakes, and Aleppo pepper flakes.

    looking down at a pan of Chef John's shrimp fra diavolo with a spoonful coming out
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Chef's Note:

You can substitute 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano for 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

247 Calories
8g Fat
13g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 247
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 173mg 58%
Sodium 907mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 17mg 84%
Calcium 92mg 7%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 563mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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