This recipe features the devilishly delicious shrimp fra diavolo, or 'shrimp brother devil' if we are being literal for comic effect. It's 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.

Chef John
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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

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

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

  • Pour white wine into onions and 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.

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

Cook's Note:

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

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

247 calories; 8.2 g total fat; 173 mg cholesterol; 907 mg sodium. 12.5 g carbohydrates; 20.8 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2015
This is a classic. Perfect as it is! When I want to feed a crowd I will increase the tomatoes to 28 oz add a pound of seared scallops(same way) in addition to the shrimp, and a couple of cups of clams or mussels.This has a complex flavor but is equally fresh and zippy!!! John does a great job with classic favorites!!! I love the way the seafood sears when the oil is tossed with it, instead of in the pan. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
04/13/2017
I love your garlic shrimp but this is not your best effort. Way too much spice. I realize that fra diavolo is supposed to be spicy, but this was way out there. I only used 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, no aleppo peppers. considering that shrimp have a very delicate flavor the sauce absolutely overwhelmed them, and I normally eat very spicy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2015
This is a classic. Perfect as it is! When I want to feed a crowd I will increase the tomatoes to 28 oz add a pound of seared scallops(same way) in addition to the shrimp, and a couple of cups of clams or mussels.This has a complex flavor but is equally fresh and zippy!!! John does a great job with classic favorites!!! I love the way the seafood sears when the oil is tossed with it, instead of in the pan. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2015
This is a classic. Perfect as it is! When I want to feed a crowd I will increase the tomatoes to 28 oz add a pound of seared scallops(same way) in addition to the shrimp, and a couple of cups of clams or mussels.This has a complex flavor but is equally fresh and zippy!!! John does a great job with classic favorites!!! I love the way the seafood sears when the oil is tossed with it, instead of in the pan. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2018
This was the best fra diavalo I have ever made, and I have tried several. Watch Chef John's video for tips you won't see on the written recipe, like drying the shrimp before seasoning it, etc...I found this recipe so fast to make too. For those reviewers complaining it's too spicy, they have no business making this recipe--try shrimp salad instead! Good grief. The red pepper flakes make the dish, and unlike so many others, I DID have Aleppo chili, glad I was able to find a use for it. It's easily found online, Amazon and other places. But the recipe is not hurt by not having it. I prefer not to put anything like pasta or rice with this, I like that on the side. That's how I roll. I don't like the sauce too thick either, so I simmered the sauce for only 5 mins, not 10, so it wouldn't reduce too much. But if it does, simply add a splash of broth. This goes well with shrimp and clams added, mussels, etc...the sauce is a vehicle to let your imagination fly. By the way, I used more oregano bc I buy it direct from Italy on its branches, it is not anything like store bought, you need to try REAL dried oregano from Italy. Since this recipe uses so few ingredients, use the best you can find...100% Italian oregano, 100% Italian tomatoes too, good white wine you would drink, etc.... Don't cut corners here, you can't hide bad ingredients in a dish that uses so few. So glad I found this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/01/2014
This was really good AND easily came together after a late night at work. I chose to serve it over some linguini. We liked it, but I think I'd use a little EVOO in the pan for cooking the shrimp (if not using cast iron). I realized we didn't have any white wine, so I subbed a merlot and I subbed dried parsley for fresh. THANKS for another well explained recipe, Chef John! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2017
Excellent as is! Don't be afraid to make extra sauce, as my group devoured it. Chef John is my go-to and still hasn't disappointed once Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
04/12/2017
I love your garlic shrimp but this is not your best effort. Way too much spice. I realize that fra diavolo is supposed to be spicy, but this was way out there. I only used 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, no aleppo peppers. considering that shrimp have a very delicate flavor the sauce absolutely overwhelmed them, and I normally eat very spicy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2017
This is a wonderful recipe for Shrimp Fra Diavolo. Loved it! Made the recipe as written with only a couple of exceptions. Omitted the aleppo pepper since I didn't have any and I halved the salt. I also used a can of Italian diced tomatoes that I ran through the food processor for the crushed tomatoes just so I could use what I had in the pantry. Very delicious! My husband & I both loved it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2015
Fixed this dish tonight For my family and it got a thumbs up from all three of us. Tossing the shrimp with EVOO and spices really brought out the flavor of the shrimp. It's pretty quick and easy to put together with a salad and bread. Really great dish! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/16/2019
OMG this is the real deal! Just like you d get on the north end of Boston! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2019
Very very good! Thank you Chef John! Read More
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